The Intercontinental Championship has always been one of the most prestigious titles in all of the WWE. It has been held and defended by some of the all-time greats in the business. In many cases, holding the IC Title has been a springboard to eventually capturing the WWE Championship.
With so many legends, Hall of Famers, and future Hall of Famers having held the title, it is only natural to debate about who were the 10 best Intercontinental Champions of all time.
For me, one the best things about WrestleMania XXVIII was that the Intercontinental Championship was going to be defended. No, I was not thrilled or excited about Cody Rhodes defending the title against The Big Show.
But, I was very pleased to see the WWE decide to showcase what has traditionally been one of the most important singles titles in the industry.
The IC Title used to be a staple of WrestleMania. In fact, from WrestleMania I through XVIII, the IC Title was defended at every event with the exception of WrestleMania XII.
But, from that point on, the IC Title became inconsequential. From WrestleMania XIX through WrestleMania XXVII, the IC Title was defended only once, at WrestleMania XXV.
How did that happen? How is it that the championship that produced possibly the greatest match ever between Randy Savage and Ricky Steamboat at WrestleMania III get put on the back burner?
Why did the belt that was fought over in the first truly great ladder match in WWE history not seem to matter any longer?
It is hard to say. The WWE Championship has always garnered more attention and prestige than the IC Title. But, once WCW was acquired and the World Heavyweight Championship was created, the Intercontinental Championship almost faded away.
Hopefully, having the IC Title defended at WrestleMania XXVIII is the beginning of bringing the championship back to its rightful place in the WWE's title hierarchy.
With that being said, let's turn back the pages of history and take a look at the Top 10 greatest Intercontinental Champions of all time.