Looking Back WWE WWW Review Archive (December 2015-July 2017)

The Hardcore Files #31 (Steve Blackman vs. Hardcore Holly vs. Raven)

Welcome back to the thirty first edition of The Hardcore Files. With Steve Blackman as champion, he has the deck stacked against him once again as he defends his Hardcore Championship against two of the most hardcore men in the business. Last time he fought five other men, but against Hardcore Holly and Raven in one match, he’s sure in for one hell of a ride. So, let’s get into it.

Date: December 22, 2000

Where: Raw Is War

Watch: WWE Network

(Hardcore Championship) Steve Blackman vs. Hardcore Holly vs. Raven

Hardcore Holly made his way down to the ring followed by Raven who had a shopping cart full of weapons then Steve Blackman came last. Once Blackman stepped into the ring; the fight began.

Raven was standing around while Blackman and Holly fought back and forth. Steve tossed Hardcore Holly over the top rope and he landed on the shopping cart, causing his leg to get stuck in it and I don’t think that was supposed to happen. It didn’t look pleasant. Raven quickly took control of Blackman until Holly came back in and was throwing trash can lid shots left and right at his opponents. The match quickly fell into the crowd and the fun began.

They all brawled to the backstage area, when suddenly the match turned a different direction. All three competitors started beating up the backstage workers who were standing around. Blackman threw two of them in a crate, which was hilarious before they started fighting each other again. Fighting all through the backstage area, they then were led outside by Raven. Steve Blackman tossed Raven down a flight of steps outside, while him and Holly went up the steps. Blackman ended up German suplexing Hardcore Holly on a car then pinned him to retain the Hardcore Championship.

While Steve Blackman was walking back into the arena, Raven busted a 2×4 over the back of his head and pinned him to become the new Hardcore Champion. With the 24/7 rule now back in tact, Blackman should’ve been watching his back.

Very exciting match we saw here. I really enjoyed this. There was a perfect mix of everything here, we saw some comedy, some wrestling, and what we’re here for the most, some hardcore moments. Matches like these are perfect and I would love it if every Hardcore bout was like this. And now with Raven as champion, I’m sure we’re in for some crazy matches. Come back next time for more of The Hardcore Files.


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