Hardcore Holly was a tired man. A WWE veteran who, along with X-Pac (then known as the 1-2-3 Kid), became WWE Tag Team Champion in the mid-1990s, Holly had been through it all. He even held the NWA Tag Team Belts with Bart Gunn as the New Midnight Express.
He joined WWE under the name Sparky Plugg in the early 1990s. He is a licensed NASCAR driver, after all. He thought it would be an instant ticket to fortune.
It didn't happen. He became disenchanted with WWE's front office. After a brief stretch in the J.O.B. Squad, Holly developed a harder edge. With that, he focused his attention on the Hardcore Championship. He beat Al Snow at 1999 St. Valentine's Day Massacre Pay-Per-View to secure the vacant Hardcore Championship, lost it, regained it at WrestleMania XV, and again at WrestleMania 2000.
Holly's toughness was used to his advantage again, however, when he was selected to be a trainer on Tough Enough 2. Back from training newcomers, Holly is once again blazing a trail in the singles division, looking for more gold to add to his collection.