Mick Foley introduced the new 24/7 Championship; Titus O’Neil won the inaugural championship and Robert Roode pinned him to win the title

Mick Foley debuts the 24/7 Championship: Raw, May 20, 2019

WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley’s announcement of the 24/7 Championship quickly leads to two new champions.

New title, new rules, new Raw? Seeking to bring the rawness back to the third hour of Raw, WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley introduced the 24/7 Championship, a new title that can be won or lost at any time, in any place, as long as there’s a referee present, with competition open to all brands, including 205 Live, NXT and NXT UK, as well as Legends and WWE Hall of Famers. The idea, Foley said, was to reinforce the notion that a champion must eat, sleep and breathe the title if he wants to be worthy of it, and fittingly enough, the title’s history got off to the most frantic possible start when Foley’s announcement instigated a wild scrum that ended in not one but two titleholders within the span of a few minutes.

The winner turned out to be someone who wasn’t even involved in that fray: Moments after Titus O’Neil grabbed the title to become the inaugural champion, Robert Roode ran out like a bat out of hell and rolled up The Big Deal near the entranceway to win the championship. The savvy Roode hit the bricks the second he captured the championship, with several other contenders giving chase behind the curtain. He didn’t even have time to grab the title when he made his escape, but Roode certainly got Foley’s message: Everyone is coming for him, and he’ll need to be at his best to hold them off.

Mick Foley on the unpredictability of the 24/7 Title: WWE.com Exclusive, May 20, 2019

With the new 24/7 Championship, you never quite know what to expect. WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley discusses what it was like to introduce the spiritual successor to the Hardcore Championship.

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