Wrestling Gold: The History of the WWE Intercontinental Championship, Pt. 2

Kyle SchadlerChief Writer IJanuary 2, 2013

Wrestling Gold: The History of the WWE Intercontinental Championship, Pt. 2

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    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. 

Mr. Perfect

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    Defeated: Tito Santana

    Where: Austin, Texas

    When: April 23, 1990

    Event: WWF Superstars of Wrestling

    Title Reign: 126 days

    Mr. Perfect defeated Tito Santana in an eight-man tournament final to win the vacant Intercontinental Championship.

    WWE Highlights:

    • Two-time WWE Intercontinental champion
    • Inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2007

    WCW Highlights:

    AWA Highlights:

    • One-time AWA World Heavyweight champion
    • One-time AWA World Tag Team champion

The Texas Tornado

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    Defeated: Mr. Perfect

    Where: Philadelphia

    When: Aug. 27, 1990

    Event: SummerSlam

    Title Reign: 84 days

    WWE Highlights:

    • One-time WWE Intercontinental champion
    • Inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2009 with the Von Erich Family

    WCCW Highlights:

    • Five-time NWA American Heavyweight champion
    • Six-time NWA American Tag Team champion
    • Three-time NWA Texas Heavyweight champion
    • Three-time NWA Texas Tag Team champion
    • One-time NWA World Heavyweight champion
    • Six-time NWA World Six-Man Tag Team champion
    • Three-time NWA World Tag Team champion (Texas version)
    • Four-time WCWA World Heavyweight champion
    • Two-time WCWA World Six-Man Tag Team champion
    • Four-time WCWA World Tag Team champion

    Other career highlights:

    • One-time NWA Missouri Heavyweight champion
    • One-time TWF Texas Heavyweight champion
    • One-time USWF Texas Heavyweight champion
    • One-time WWWA Heavyweight champion

Mr. Perfect

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    Defeated: The Texas Tornado

    Where: Rochester, N.Y.

    When: Nov. 19, 1990

    Event: WWF Superstars of Wrestling

    Title Reign: 280 days

    Other career highlights:

    • One-time FOW Heavyweight champion
    • Two-time i-Generation World Heavyweight champion
    • One-time MECW Heavyweight champion
    • One-time NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight champion
    • Three-time NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team champion
    • One-time WWC Universal Heavyweight champion 

Bret Hart

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    Defeated: Mr. Perfect

    Where: New York City

    When: Aug. 26, 1991

    Event: SummerSlam

    Title Reign: 144 days

    WWE Highlights:

    • Five-time WWE champion
    • Two-time WWE Intercontinental champion
    • Two-time WWE World Tag Team champion
    • One-time WWE United States champion
    • 1991 and 1993 King of the Ring
    • 1994 winner of the Royal Rumble
    • Inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2006
    • 1996 Slammy Awards for Put a Fork in Him He's Done, Best Music Video, Hall of Fame Bound and Match of the Year vs. Shawn Michaels

    WCW Highlights:

    • Two-time WCW World Heavyweight champion
    • Four-time WCW United States champion
    • One-time WCW World Tag Team champion

The Mountie

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    Defeated: Bret Hart

    Where: Springfield, Ma.

    When: Jan. 17, 1992

    Event: House Show

    Title Reign: two days

    WWE Highlights:

    • One-time WWE Intercontinental champion
    • Three-time WWE World Tag Team champion

    AWA Highlights:

    • Two-time AWA Southern Heavyweight champion

    Other career highlights:

    • One-time NWA Central States Tag Team champion
    • Two-time NWA Mid-America Heavyweight champion
    • One-time NWA Alabama Heavyweight champion
    • One-time NWA Southeastern Heavyweight champion (Northern division)
    • Four-time Canadian International Tag Team champion

Roddy Piper

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    Defeated: The Mountie

    Where: Albany, N.Y.

    When: Jan. 19, 1992

    Event: Royal Rumble

    Title Reign: 77 days

    WWE Highlights:

    • One-time WWE Intercontinental champion
    • One-time WWE World Tag Team champion
    • 1986 Slammy Award for Best Personality in Land of a Thousand Dances
    • Inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2005

    WCW/Mid-Atlantic Highlights:

    • Three-time NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight champion
    • One-time NWA Mid-Atlantic Tag Team champion
    • Two-time NWA Television champion
    • Three-time NWA/WCW United States champion

    WCCW Highlights:

    • One-time NWA American Tag Team champion

    Other career highlights:

    • One-time NWA Canadian Tag Team champion (Vancouver version)
    • Five-time NWA Americas heavyweight champion
    • Seven-time Americas Tag Team champion
    • One-time NWA World Light Heavyweight champion
    • One-time NWA United States champion (San Francisco version
    • One-time NWA World Tag Team champion (San Francisco version)
    • Two-time NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight champion
    • Five-time NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team champion
    • Inducted into the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame Class of 2007

Bret Hart

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    Defeated: Roddy Piper

    Where: Indianapolis, In.

    When: April 5, 1992

    Event: WrestleMania VIII

    Title Reign: 146 days

    Stampede Wrestling Highlights:

    • Five-time NWA International Tag Team champion (Calgary version)
    • Three-time Stampede British Commonwealth Mid-Heavyweight champion
    • Six-time Stampede North American Heavyweight champion
    • Member of the Stampede Wrestling Hall of Fame

    Other career highlights:

    • One-time WWC Caribbean Tag Team champion
    • Inducted into the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame Class of 2008

The British Bulldog

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    Defeated: Bret Hart

    Where: London, England

    When: Aug. 29, 1992

    Event: SummerSlam

    Title Reign: 59 days

    WWE Highlights:

    Stampede Wrestling Highlights:

    • Two-time NWA Stampede International Tag Team champion (Calgary version)
    • One-time Stampede British Commonwealth Mid-Heavyweight champion
    • Two-time Stampede Wrestling International Tag Team champion
    • Two-time Stampede North American heavyweight champion
    • One-time Stampede World Mid-heavyweight champion
    • Inducted into the Stampede Wrestling Hall of Fame

    Other career highlights:

    • WWWA Intercontinental champion
    • Korakuen Hall Heavyweight Battle Royal Winner on January 2, 1989 

Shawn Michaels

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    Defeated: The British Bulldog

    Where: Terre Haute, In.

    When: Oct. 27, 1992

    Event: Saturday Night’s Main Event

    Title Reign: 202 days

    WWE Highlights:

    • Three-time WWE World Heavyweight champion
    • One-time World Heavyweight champion
    • Three-time WWE Intercontinental champion
    • One-time WWE European champion
    • Five-time WWE World Tag Team champion
    • One-time WWE Tag Team champion
    • 1995-1996 WWE Royal Rumble winner
    • 1996 Slammy Awards for Slammin’ Jammin’ Entrance, Best Threads, Squared Circle Shocker, Master of Mat Mechanics, Match of the Year vs. Razor Ramon and Leader of a New Generation
    • 1997 Slammy Awards for Best Finisher and Match of the Year vs. Bret Hart
    • 2008 Slammy Award for Match of the Year vs. Ric Flair
    • 2009 Slammy Award for Match of the Year vs. the Undertaker
    • 2010 Slammy Award for Moment of the Year with the Undertaker
    • Inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2011

Marty Jannetty

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    Defeated: Shawn Michaels

    Where: New York City

    When: May 17, 1993

    Event: Raw

    Title Reign: 20 days

    WWE Highlights:

    • One-time WWE Intercontinental champion
    • One-time WWE World Tag Team champion

    AWA Highlights:

    • Two-time AWA World Tag Team champion
    • Two-time AWA Southern Tag Team champion

    Other career highlights:

    • Two-time NWA Central States Heavyweight champion
    • Five-time NWA Central States Tag Team champion
    • One-time NWA Central States Television champion
    • One-time DWA Internet champion
    • One-time PWW Heavyweight champion
    • MTW Heavyweight champion
    • UWA Elite iChampion
    • One-time WWWA Intercontinental champion

Shawn Michaels

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    Defeated: Marty Jannetty

    Where: Albany, N.Y.

    When: June 6, 1993

    Event: House Show

    Title Reign: 113 days

    Shawn Michaels was stripped of the title on Sept. 27, 1993 when he failed to defend it within the thirty day time frame.

    AWA Highlights:

    • Two-time AWA World Tag Team champion
    • Two-time AWA Southern Tag Team champion

Razor Ramon

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    Defeated: Rick Martel

    Where: New Haven, Ct.

    When: Sept. 27, 1993

    Event: Raw

    Title Reign: 198 days

    Razor Ramon defeated Rick Martel to win the vacant title after they were the final two left in a battle royal.

    Shawn Michaels would soon return claiming to be the true Intercontinental champion and it resulted in the famous ladder match at WrestleMania X that saw Razor Ramon become the undisputed champion.

    WWE Highlights:

    • Four-time WWE Intercontinental champion
    • 1996 Slammy Award for Match of the Year vs. Shawn Michaels

Diesel

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    Defeated: Razor Ramon

    Where: Rochester, N.Y.

    When: April 13, 1994

    Event: WWF Superstars of Wrestling

    Title Reign: 138 days

    WWE Highlights:

    • One-time WWE World Heavyweight champion
    • One-time WWE Intercontinental champion
    • Two-time WWE World Tag Team champion
    • 2011 Slammy Award for Most Predictable Outcome of the Year

    WCW Highlights:

    • Five-time WCW World Heavyweight champion
    • Nine-time WCW World Tag Team champion
    • 1998 World War 3 winner

    Other career highlights:

Razor Ramon

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    Defeated: Diesel

    Where: Chicago, Il.

    When: Aug. 29, 1994

    Event: SummerSlam

    Title Reign: 146 days

    WCW Highlights:

    • Two-time WCW United States champion
    • Seven-time WCW World Tag Team champion
    • One-time WCW Television champion
    • 1997 World War 3 winner

Jeff Jarrett

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    Defeated: Razor Ramon

    Where: Tampa, Fl.

    When: Jan. 22, 1995

    Event: Royal Rumble

    Title Reign: 117 days

    The title was held up after a match against Bob Holly at a house show on April 26, 1995 ended in controversy. They would later have a rematch that saw Jarrett win the match.

    WWE Highlights:

    • Six-time WWE Intercontinental champion
    • One-time WWE European champion
    • One-time WWE World Tag Team champion
    • One-time NWA North American Heavyweight champion

Razor Ramon

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    Defeated: Jeff Jarrett

    Where: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

    When: May 19, 1995

    Event: House Show

    Title Reign: three days

    AWA Highlights:

    • One-time AWA World Tag Team champion

Jeff Jarrett

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    Defeated: Razor Ramon

    Where: Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Canada

    When: May 21, 1995

    Event: House Show

    Title Reign: 62 days

    WCW Highlights:

    • Four-time WCW World Heavyweight champion
    • Three-time WCW United States champion 

Shawn Michaels

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    Defeated: Jeff Jarrett

    Where: Nashville, Tn.

    When: July 23, 1995

    Event: In Your House 2: The Lumberjacks

    Title Reign: 91 days

    Other career highlights:

    • One-time NWA Central States Tag Team champion
    • Two-time TASW Texas Tag Team champion
    • One-time TWA Heavyweight champion

Dean Douglas

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    Defeated: Forfeit

    Where: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

    When: Oct. 22, 1995

    Event: In Your House 4: Great White North

    Title Reign: 11 minutes

    Dean Douglas won the title by forfeit after Shawn Michaels was legitimately attacked by a group of marines outside of a nightclub.

    WWE Highlights:

    • One-time WWE Intercontinental champion

    WCW Highlights:

    • One-time WCW United States champion
    • Two-time WCW World Tag Team champion

    ECW Highlights:

    Other career highlights:

    • One-time APWA World Heavyweight champion
    • Two-time BTW Heavyweight champion
    • One-time BCW Can-Am Heavyweight champion
    • One-time IWA Heavyweight champion
    • One-time MLW World Heavyweight champion
    • One-time NAWA Heavyweight champion
    • One-time PWU Heavyweight champion
    • One-time PWX Heavyweight champion
    • One-time NWA Southeastern Continental Tag Team champion
    • One-time SWF Heavyweight champion
    • One-time USWL Unified World Heavyweight champion
    • One-time USA Pro Wrestling Heavyweight champion
    • One-time UWF World Television champion
    • One-time XPW World Heavyweight champion

Razor Ramon

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    Defeated: Dean Douglas

    Where: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

    When: Oct. 22, 1995

    Event: In Your House 4: Great White north

    Title Reign: 91 days

    Other career highlights:

    • One-time TNA World Tag Team champion
    • One-time USWA Unified World Heavyweight champion
    • One-time WWC Caribbean Heavyweight champion
    • One-time WWC Universal Heavyweight champion

Goldust

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    Defeated: Razor Ramon

    Where: Fresno, Ca.

    When: Jan. 21, 1996

    Event: Royal Rumble

    Title Reign: 154 days

    The title was held up after a match against Savio Vega on April 1, 1996 ended in a no contest. A rematch was held a few weeks later which Goldust won.

    WWE Highlights:

    • Three-time WWE Intercontinental champion
    • One-time WWE World Tag team champion
    • Nine-time WWE Hardcore champion

    WCW Highlights:

Ahmed Johnson

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    Defeated: Goldust

    Where: Milwaukee, Wis.

    When: June 23, 1996

    Event: King of the Ring

    Title Reign: 50 days

    The title was declared vacant on Aug. 12, 1996 when Ahmed Johnson suffered an injury.

    WWE Highlights:

    • One-time WWE Intercontinental champion
    • 1996 winner of the Kuwait Cup
    • 1999 Slammy Award for New Sensation of the Squared Circle

    Other career highlights:

    • One-time TAP Heavyweight champion
    • One-time USWA Unified Heavyweight champion

Marc Mero

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    Defeated: Faarooq

    Where: Hershey, Pa.

    When: Sept. 23, 1996

    Event: Raw

    Title Reign: 28 days

    Marc Mero defeated Faarooq in a tournament final to win the vacant title.

    WWE Highlights:

    • One-time WWE Intercontinental champion

    WCW Highlights:

    • Three-time WCW Television champion

Hunter Heart Helmsley

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    Defeated: Marc Mero

    Where: Fort Wayne, In.

    When: Oct. 21, 1996

    Event: Raw

    Title Reign: 115 days

    WWE Highlights:

    • Eight-time WWE World Heavyweight champion
    • Five-time World Heavyweight champion
    • Five-time WWE Intercontinental champion
    • Two-time WWE European champion
    • Two-time WWE World Tag Team champion
    • One-time WWE Tag Team champion
    • 1997 King of the Ring winner
    • 1997 Slammy Award for Best Hair
    • 2002 Royal Rumble winner
    • 2011 Slammy Award for OMG Moment of the Year
    • 2012 Slammy Award for Match of the Year vs. the Undertaker

Rocky Maivia

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    Defeated: Hunter heart Helmsley

    Where: Lowell, Ma.

    When: Feb. 13, 1997

    Event: Thursday Raw

    Title Reign: 74 days

    WWE Highlights:

    • Seven-time WWE World Heavyweight champion
    • One-time WCW World Heavyweight champion
    • One-time World Heavyweight champion
    • Two-time WWE Intercontinental champion
    • Five-time WWE World Tag Team champion
    • 1997 Slammy Award for New Sensation
    • 2000 Royal Rumble winner
    • 2011 Slammy Award for Return of the Year and Game Changer of the year
    • 2012 Slammy Award for LOL! Moment of the Year

Owen Hart

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    Defeated: Rocky Maivia

    Where: Omaha, Ne.

    When: April 28, 1997

    Event: Raw is War

    Title Reign: 97 days

    WWE Highlights:

    • Two-time WWE Intercontinental champion
    • One-time WWE European champion
    • Four-time WWE World Tag Team champion
    • 1994 King of the Ring winner

Steve Austin

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    Defeated: Owen hart

    Where: E. Rutherford, N.J.

    When: Aug. 3, 1997

    Event: SummerSlam

    Title Reign: 36 days

    The title was declared vacant on Sept. 8, 1997 due to Steve Austin suffering a neck injury during the match with Owen Hart.

    WWE Highlights:

    • Six-time WWE World Heavyweight champion
    • Two-time WWE Intercontinental champion
    • Four-time WWE World Tag Team champion
    • One-time Million Dollar champion
    • 1996 King of the Ring Winner
    • 1997-1998 and 2001 Royal Rumble winner
    • 1997 Slammy Award for Freedom of Speech
    • Inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2009

Owen Hart

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    Defeated: Faarooq

    Where: St. Louis, Mo.

    When: Oct. 5, 1997

    Event: Badd Blood: In Your House

    Title Reign: 35 days

    Owen Hart defeated Faarooq in a tournament final to win the vacant title.

    Stampede Wrestling Highlights:

    • One-time Stampede British Commonwealth Mid-Heavyweight champion
    • One-time Stampede Wrestling International Tag Team champion
    • Two-time Stampede North American Heavyweight champion
    • Inducted into the Stampede Wrestling Hall of Fame

    Other career highlights:

    • One-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight champion
    • One-time USWA Unified World Heavyweight champion
    • Inducted into the Legends pro Wrestling Hall of Fame Class of 2011

Steve Austin

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    Defeated: Owen Hart

    Where: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

    When: Nov. 9, 1997

    Event: Survivor Series

    Title Reign: 29 days

    WCW Highlights:

    • Two-time WCW United States champion
    • Two-time WCW Television champion
    • One-time WCW World Tag Team champion
    • One-time NWA World Tag Team champion

    Other career highlights:

    • One-time TWF Tag Team champion

The Rock

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    Defeated: Forfeit

    Where: Portland, Or.

    When: Dec. 8, 1997

    Event: Raw is War

    Title Reign: 265 days

    WWF Chairmen Vince McMahon forced Stone Cold Steve Austin to forfeit the title to Rocky Maivia.

    Ken Shamrock would win the title at WrestleMania XIV on March 29, 1998, but after the match, Shamrock wouldn’t let go of the ankle lock. When he finally did, he started suplexing referees. The referee assigned to the match reversed his decision as a result and disqualified Shamrock. The title was awarded back to the Rock due to the new finish.

    Other career highlights:

    Two-time USWA World Tag Team champion

Triple H

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    Defeated: The Rock

    Where: New York City

    When: Aug. 30, 1998

    Event: SummerSlam

    Title Reign: 40 days

    The title was declared vacant on Oct. 9, 1998 when Triple H suffered a knee injury.

    Other career highlights:

    • One-time IWF Heavyweight champion

Ken Shamrock

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    Defeated: X-Pac

    Where: Uniondale, N.Y.

    When: Oct. 12, 1998

    Event: Raw is War

    Title Reign: 125 days

    Ken Shamrock defeated X-Pac in a one-night tournament final for the vacant title.

    WWE Highlights:

    • One-time WWE intercontinental champion
    • One-time WWE World Tag Team champion
    • 1998 King of the Ring winner

    Other career highlights:

    • One-time NWA World Heavyweight champion
    • One-time SAPW Heavyweight champion

Val Venis

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    Defeated: Ken Shamrock

    Where: Memphis, Tn.

    When: Feb. 14, 1998

    Event: In Your House: St. Valentine’s Day Massacre

    Title Reign: 29 days

    WWE Highlights:

    • Two-time WWE Intercontinental champion
    • One-time WWE European champion
    • One-time WWE World Tag Team champion

    Other career highlights:

    • One-time CMLL World Heavyweight champion
    • 1997 CMLL International Gran Prix winner
    • One-time EXW Tag Team champion
    • One-time HWA Tag Team champion
    • One-time IWA World Tag Team champion
    • One-time WWC Television champion
    • Three-time WWC World Tag Team champion

The Road Dogg

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    Defeated: Val Venis

    Where: San Jose, Ca.

    When: March 15, 1999

    Event: Raw is War

    Title Reign: 14 days

    WWE Highlights:

    • One-time WWE Intercontinental champion
    • Five-time WWE World Tag Team champion
    • One-time WWE Hardcore champion

    Other career highlights:

    • One-time NWA World Tag Team champion
    • One-time MCW Tag Team champion
    • One-time MWF Tag Team champion
    • One-time NWA/ACW Wisconsin Tag Team champion
    • Two-time NWA Alabama Heavyweight champion
    • Two-time NWA World tag Team champion
    • One-time TWA Tag Team champion
    • One-time USWA Heavyweight champion
    • Two-time USWA Television champion
    • Two-time USWA World Tag Team champion
    • One-time WWA World Heavyweight champion
    • One-time CWF World Heavyweight champion

Goldust

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    Defeated: The Road Dogg

    Where: E. Rutherford, N.J.

    When: March 29, 1999

    Event: Raw is War

    Title Reign: 14 days

    Other career highlights:

    • One-time NWA Florida heavyweight champion
    • One-time NWA Florida Tag Team champion
    • One-time CCW World Heavyweight champion
    • One-time TCW heavyweight champion

The Godfather

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    Defeated: Goldust

    Where: Detroit, Mi.

    When: April 12, 1999

    Event: Raw is War

    Title Reign: 43 days

    WWE Highlights:

    • One-time WWE Intercontinental champion
    • One-time WWE World Tag Team champion

    Other career highlights:

    • Two-time USWA Unified World Heavyweight champion

Jeff Jarrett

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    Defeated: The Godfather

    Where: Moline, In.

    When: May 25, 1999

    Event: Raw is War

    Title Reign: 60 days

    WCCW Highlights:

    • Two-time WCWA World Light Heavyweight champion
    • Three-time WCWA World Tag Team champion
    • Two-time USWA World Tag Team champion

Edge

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    Defeated: Jeff Jarrett

    Where: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    When: July 24, 1999

    Event: House Show

    Title Reign: one day

    WWE Highlights:

    • Four-time WWE World Heavyweight champion
    • Seven-time World Heavyweight champion
    • Five-time WWE Intercontinental champion
    • 12-time WWE World Tag Team champion
    • Two-time WWE Tag Team champion
    • One-time WCW United States champion
    • 2001 King of the Ring winner
    • 2005 Money in the Bank winner
    • 2010 Slammy Award for “Oh Snap” Meltdown of the Year
    • 2010 Royal Rumble winner
    • 2008 Slammy Award for Couple of the Year with Vickie Guerrero
    • Inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2012

Jeff Jarrett

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    Defeated: Edge

    Where: Buffalo, N.Y.

    When: July 25, 1999

    Event: Fully Loaded

    Title Reign: two days

    AWA Highlights:

    • Four-time AWA Southern Tag Team champion
    • Two-time AWA/CWA International Tag Team champion

D’lo Brown

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    Defeated: Jeff Jarrett

    Where: Columbus, Ohio

    When: July 27, 1999

    Event: Raw is War

    Title Reign: 26 days

    WWE Highlights:

    • One-time WWE Intercontinental champion
    • Four-time WWE European champion

    Other career highlights:

    • One-time BAW champion
    • Two-time BCW Can-Am Heavyweight champion
    • Two-time CAPW North American champion
    • Two-time HWA Heavyweight champion
    • One-time IWA World Tag Team champion
    • One-time IWW International Heavyweight champion
    • Six-time NEPW Heavyweight champion
    • One-time GHC Tag Team champion
    • One-time NWA World Tag Team champion

Jeff Jarrett

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    Defeated: D’lo Brown

    Where: Minneapolis, Mn.

    When: Aug. 22, 1999

    Event: SummerSlam

    Title Reign: 56 days

    Other career highlights:

    • One-time AAA World Heavyweight champion
    • Six-time NWA World Heavyweight champion
    • One-time CWA Heavyweight champion
    • Five-time NWA Mid-America Heavyweight champion
    • One-time NWA Cyberspace Heavyweight champion
    • One-time PCW United States champion
    • One-time USWA Heavyweight champion
    • Nine-time USWA Southern Heavyweight champion
    • Three-time USWA Unified World Heavyweight champion
    • 14-time USWA World Tag Team champion
    • Two-time WWA World Heavyweight champion
    • WSW Heavyweight champion

Chyna

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    Defeated: Jeff Jarrett

    Where: Cleveland, Ohio

    When: Oct. 17, 1999

    Event: No Mercy

    Title Reign: 56 days

    WWE Highlights:

    Other career highlights:

    • One-time IWF Women’s champion

Chris Jericho

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    Defeated: Chyna

    Where: Sunrise, Fl.

    When: Dec. 12, 1999

    Event: Armageddon

    Title Reign: 22 days

    The title was held up on Dec. 28, 1999 after a match against Chyna when both superstars were involved in a double pin.

    WWE Highlights:

    • One-time Undisputed WWE champion
    • Three-time World Heavyweight champion
    • Two-time WCW World Heavyweight champion
    • Nine-time WWE Intercontinental champion
    • Five-time WWE World Tag Team champion
    • Two-time WWE Tag Team champion
    • One-time WWE European champion
    • One-time WWE Hardcore champion
    • 2008 Slammy Award for Superstar of the Year
    • 2009 Slammy Award for Tag Team of the Year with the Big Show

Statistics/Part 3 Coming Soon

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    Longest 90s Reign: Mr. Perfect (280 days)

    Shortest 90s Reign: Dean Douglas (11 minutes)

    Thanks for reading! Part 3 of the WWE Intercontinental Championship, which will feature the champions of the 2000s, will be up next week!

     

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    WWE DivasTNA KnockoutsTNA Knockouts TagWWE TagTNA TagShimmerWWE US 1WWE US 2TNA TVTNA X-DivisionWWE IC 1

     

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    WWE Women’sWWE EuropeanECW TelevisionWCW HardcoreWCW US Tag TeamWWF Martial ArtsWWF InternationalWCW Women’sECW WorldWWE CruiserweightWWF Light WeightECW Tag TeamFTW WorldWCW 6-Man Tag TeamMillion DollarWWF JuniorWWF Women’s Tag TeamWCW International│ WCW TV pt.1WCW TV pt. 2WWE Hardcore │WCW Tag Team pt. 1WCW Tag Team pt. 2World Tag Team pt. 1World Tag Team pt. 2│ World Tag Team pt. 3World Tag Team pt. 4WWWF USA

     

    Sources

    http://www.wwe.com/classics/titlehistory/intercontinental

    http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/ic.html

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WWE_Intercontinental_Championship

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_WWE_Intercontinental_Champions

    Information on wrestler title histories provided by Wikipedia

    Title "Wrestling Gold" thought up by Jeff D. Gorman 

     

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