The Hardcore Championship first debuted in Elite Answers Wrestling while it was still a brand on AWF. When EAW became an independent company, the Hardcore Championship skyrocketed in prestige, showcasing some of the greatest matches of its era. The championship was contested under 24/7 Rules, meaning a match for the championship could take place anywhere, with the standing stipulation being a referee must be present at the time. However, due to the various amount of matches that would ensue because of this rule, the championship would lose prestige and it would be retired.
After the retirement of the EAW Pure Championship, Voltage needed a new mid-card championship to take its place. Carlos Rosso would announce that the new championship to be created would be the Hardcore Championship. In a seven-way Hardcore Match to find a new champion, Nathan Fiora would be crowned the new champion by defeating Marco Fedor, J.D. Damon, Phoenix Winterborn, Maero, and Scott Diamond. This incarnation of the championship, however, would not hold the 24/7 Rules and would be contested like a normal championship.
The inaugural champion was Killswitch after he won a battle royal on the EAW as an AWF brand. There have been 27 different official champions, with Captain Charisma having the most reigns with 5 reigns. The current champion is Johnny Ventura in his first reign. He won the championship on June 22, 2018, in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Pain for Pride Festival by defeating Cody Marshall.
The reign number for the specific set of wrestlers listed
Indicates what number the reign is
The event promoted by the respective promotion in which the titles were won
The information is not available or is unknown
Used for vacated reigns so as not to count it as an official reign
† indicates reigns and title changes not recognized by EAW.