WWE is introducing a new championship, but Al Snow doesn't want it to be the title that helped make his name.
WWE announced this weekend that Mick Foley would appear on WWE Raw to bring WWE's newest title belt. This subsequently led to speculation of old titles returning, with one of the most fondly remembered being the Hardcore Championship. However, when speaking to Chris Van Vliet of WSVN-TV, Snow stated that he didn't want the company to run back that title.
"I don't think so. I think it was the right thing at the right time for the right reason. It kind of organically developed out of it being a joke for Mick Foley and then it just grew from there. In OVW before I took it over, they had a similar title called an Anarchy Title which is where the champion could, basically it was anarchy, he could call his own stipulations no matter how ridiculous based on whatever he wanted to do. I explained that in this day and age, I think it's hard because every time you have that title on the show and it has a stipulation, it now waters down the stipulations for matches where you have a personal vendetta or a reason that they have to be in this type of a match," said Snow.
There hasn't been a WWE Hardcore title in nearly 18 years, since it was unified with the Intercontinental Championship when Rob Van Dam beat Tommy Dreamer to effectively end it. The 24/7 rule was deactivated just a week prior, ahead of the age of camera phones.
You can see Van Vliet's full interview above. Fightful will have full, live coverage of WWE Raw tonight where the newest WWE title belt will be announced.