Hardcore wrestling has been long lost thing in WWE since it acquired the rating of TV-PG. However, pro-wrestling fans haven’t forgotten anything about the older times. Hardcore Style in wrestling is seen as the most dangerous style anyone can be influenced by. During the Attitude Era, few superstars found the top promotion with their hardcore mentality.
This wrestling style also includes very creative use of weapons. The matches of these superstars included a lot of blood and dangerous violence, hence, we don’t see these types of matches these days in WWE. So, come with us as we take a look at the top 10 hardcore superstars in WWE history.
Top 10 hardcore superstars in WWE history
10. Crash Holly
Crash Holly utterly dedicated himself to the Hardcore division. The 24/7 era have him a different sort of boost as he thrived as a star who always avoided challenges outside the ring. He was never the hard and strong contender for the title but he shares a legacy in the company.
9. Tommy Dreamer
Tommy Dreamer suffered during his whole WWE career but when it comes to hardcore action, he has a long list for that. Using garbage bins, sticks and chairs was a common task for the superstar. Tommy Dreamer has also won the Hardcore Championship 14 times.
8. Terry Funk
Terry Funk was an icon in the business as an overall performer. Because of that, at times, people forget about his hardcore style of wrestling. However, his style surely deserves a place on this list. WWE signed Funk after his brilliant run in the ECW as their Champion.
7. Shane McMahon
He didn’t actually have a very glorious career in WWE but when we talk about hardcore wrestling, he was a strong asset for the company. No one predicted that the son of Vince McMahon will be an atrocious hardcore star but, Shane McMahon came above all the exceptions. His jump on the Undertaker from the top of the Hell in the Cell in WrestleMania was dreadful.
6. Dean Ambrose
Dean Ambrose is among the few modern-day names on this list. During his time in Combat Zone Wrestling, he was lethal as well as a hardcore enthusiast. When he arrived at WWE, the promotion tried to change that because they no more encouraged extremely violent content. Since he got under the name of Jon Moxley, he has been bathing in blood.
Sabu will surely get a top spot when we talk about the most dangerous men in the wrestling business. He had a super hardcore persona and that helped him in reaching the top of the promotion. WWE gave him several weapons in different matches to make his personality more lethal.
Using weapons such as chairs, tables, shopping signs and more was a day-to-day task for the former hardcore champion. Raven was a top star in ECW for his brilliant character work. He also holds a record of winning the Hardcore Championship for 27 times during the 24/7 era.
3. Rob Van dam
Rob Van dam was a great in-ring technician in addition to his high-flying abilities. He was an absolute legend in ECW as well as WCW. However, the fans have forgotten that he was a great wrestler when it comes to hardcore wrestling. His moves such as Van Dominator and the Van Terminator added to his legacy.
2. Jeff Hardy
When he talks about hardcore wrestling, Jeff Hardy is utterly unshakeable. It’s fair to say that Jeff’s ladder made a synonym of his name in the Attitude Era. His singles career as well as The Hardy Boyz’s tag career, both were huge successes. Jeff will always be considered a legend when we talk about hardcore wrestling or using weapons in the ring.
1. Mick Foley
Mick Foley is the epitome of hardcore mentality. He never thought twice before making any atrocious and lethal stunt. From jumping into a burning table to crashing in the ring from 20 feet, Mick Foley was always ready for the challenges. The Hardcore legend’s style also helped him in becoming the WWE Champion as well as a main event star.