For this edition of Wrestling Gold, I present the WWE Intercontinental Championship!
The title was established in September 1979, but before that was the WWF North American Heavyweight Championship. Established just seven months beforehand, the North American title is seen as the predecessor to the Intercontinental title.
The North American Heavyweight Championship was unified with the South American Heavyweight Championship to create the Intercontinental Championship, but some believe there was no unification and that it was just said to explain the introduction of the new title.
WWE doesn’t recognize the two titles as the same, and they’re most likely not. Since the belt is a predecessor to the Intercontinental title, and it was “unified” with another to create it, I included its brief existence.
On May 6, 2002 the title would be renamed the WWE Intercontinental Championship due to the issues over the initials “WWF” with the World Wildlife Fund, and it would be briefly abandoned in October when it was unified with the World Heavyweight Championship.
The title would return seven months later and has been active ever since.
For Part 1 of the title, the champions of the 1980s were presented! The 1980s saw 16 champions hold the belt, but in the 1990s, the Intercontinental Championship saw 43 title holders!
Starting with this edition, I will be doing something different with the slides. Before, I gave a career retrospective of each wrestler, but that was proving too time consuming, which is why there has been some major gaps of time between editions. From now on, each slide will include the wrestler’s title history from WWE and the companies they own in full or the tape libraries of, as well as other career highlights. Special circumstances during a title reign will still be present when necessary.