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Hardcore Holly BioEdit
From the larger-than-life personas of the early ’90s to the wild brawls of The Attitude Era, Bob Holly’s long WWE career was emblematic of the eras it spanned. But after 15 years spent evolving on sports-entertainment’s grandest stage, there’s no doubt that Holly was one thing: Hardcore.
When that partnership crumbled, Holly re-emerged with a blond crewcut as one of the early stars in WWE’s burgeoning Hardcore Championship division. Changing his name to Hardcore Holly, the nasty brawler held the title on six occasions and established his on-screen persona as one of the toughest men in WWE — a fact the locker room was already well familiar with. He also exchanged the title with his cousin Crash, with whom Holly defeated The Rock ‘n’ Sock Connection to win the World Tag Team Championships.
In 2002, Holly brought his toughness to SmackDown and engaged in his most high-profile rivalry to date. Caught in Brock Lesnar’s massive clutches, The Alabama Slammer refused to simply admit defeat. Lesnar slammed Holly onto the canvas, breaking Hardcore’s neck. Holly was on the shelf for more than a year, and eventually came up short in a match for Lesnar’s WWE Championship at the Royal Rumble 2004, exactly 10 years after his WWE debut.