The WCW Hardcore Championship's five wildest moments

The Junkyard brawl that started it all

The unorthodox style of Hardcore wrestling was wildly popular in WWE and ECW in the late 1990s and the Atlanta-based organization followed suit. Initially, the WCW Hardcore Championship began as a trophy, with the winner being crowned at Bash at the Beach 1999. Rather than having the trophy winner be decided inside the squared circle using a bevy of foreign objects, WCW management held nothing back with a Junkyard Invitational to determine the victor.

The brawl actually took place in a junkyard and the birth of WCW’s Hardcore Championship division was in the chaos that accompanies such a style of competition.

The contest featured a veritable who’s who of ECW alums and weathered WCW brawlers including Fit Finlay, Ciclope, Jerry Flynn, Hardcore Hak (ECW’s Sandman), Horace Hogan, Brian Knobbs, Hugh Morrus, La Parka, Lord Steven Regal (William Regal) and Mikey Whipwreck among others. The only way to secure victory was by climbing over a chain-link fence and escaping the havoc.

The wild brawl featured cars being flipped over, explosions and a plethora of foreign objects such as tires, steel chairs and car bumpers. WCW spared no expense to capture the battle’s chaos and provide viewers with a full view of the action, using a helicopter to show a bird’s eye view.

With bent steel and burning wreckage left in the wake of the bizarre match, Fit Finlay escaped to win the Hardcore Trophy — the predecessor to the WCW Hardcore Championship.