The title lasted from 1999 to 2001. The very first WCW Hardcore champion was Norman Smiley who defeated Brian Knobs in Toronto, Ontario at the WCW pay-per-view WCW Mayhem 1999 on November 21, 1999. Other notable champions are 3 Count who won and defended the belt as a trio. Brian Knobs who held the belt a record three times and was the one to defeat 3 Count at WCW Uncensored 2000. Terry Funk (a two time hardcore champ) also held the title for a period of almost two months, from April–June 2000 when he was defeated by Eric Bischoff at a WCW Monday Nitro in Atlanta, Georgia. Bischoff later awarded the title to Big Vito as a reward for helping him take it from Funk. In 2000, as part of a storyline where he renamed singles titles that he had won, Lance Storm won the Hardcore Championship and, as he had done with the Cruiserweight and U.S. titles (renaming them the 100 Kilos and Under and Canadian championships), changed the name of the title to the Saskatchewan Hardcore Invitational Title (or S.H.I.T for short).
The final competitive hardcore champion in WCW was Meng, who defeated Crowbar and reigning champ Terry Funk at WCW Sin 2001 on January 14, 2001. It was largely abandoned after Meng left the company to return to the WWF. Meng awarded the championship to Barbarian as a gift on an episode of Thunder, which was Meng's final appearance on WCW television. The belt was not defended on the final episode of Nitro which was also known as "Night of Champions". The title belt was handed over formally to the WWF upon the purchase of WCW. The title is now displayed in WWE headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut.
The WCW Hardcore Title was a continuation from the WCW Hardcore Trophy that Fit Finlay won in the Junkyard Battle Royal that took place at WCW Bash at the Beach 1999. Shortly after the PPV, the trophy was seized by Eric Bischoff and removed from television. Afterwards Norman Smiley was crowned first official WCW hardcore champion.
- Norman Smiley - November 21, 1999 - WCW Mayhem 1999
- Brian Knobs - January 14, 2000 - WCW Thunder
- Bam Bam Bigelow - February 7, 2000 - WCW Monday Nitro
- Brian Knobs 2 - February 20, 2000 - WCW SuperBrawl 2000
- Shane Helms, Evan Karagias, and Shannon Moore - ebruary 28, 2000 - WCW Monday Nitro
- Brian Knobs 3 - March 19, 2000 - WCW Uncensored 2000
Vacated - April 10, 2000
- Terry Funk - April 16, 2000 - WCW Spring Stampede 2000
- Eric Bischoff - June 5, 2000 - - WCW Monday Nitro
- Big Vito and Johnny the Bull - June 8, 2000 - WCW Thunder
- Big Vito 2 - June 8, 2000 - WCW Thunder
- Lance Storm - July 24, 2000 - WCW Monday Nitro
- Carl Ouellet - August 14, 2000 - WCW Monday Nitro
- Norman Smiley 2 - August 14, 2000 - WCW Monday Nitro
Vacated - September 25, 2000
- Reno - October 2, 2000 - WCW Monday Nitro
- Crowbar - November 10, 2000 - WCW Thunder
- Terry Funk 2 - December 17, 2000 - Starrcade 2000
- Meng - January 14, 2001 - - WCW Sin
Deactivated - January 21, 2001