Wrestling Gold: The History of the WWE Intercontinental Championship, Pt. 4

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Wrestling Gold: The History of the WWE Intercontinental Championship, Pt. 4
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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 it 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 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 was “unified” with another to create it, I included its brief existence.

On May 6, 2002, the title was renamed the WWE Intercontinental Championship due to the issues over the initials “WWF” with the World Wildlife Fund. 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.

In Part 1 of the title, the champions of the 1980s were presented, which saw the first 16 champions hold the belt. In Part 2, the 43 champions of the 1990s came up. Last time in Part 3, you saw the 2000s and the 67 titleholders of that decade.

For final piece of the WWE Intercontinental Championship, the 12 champions of this decade so far will be presented!

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