This Day In Wrestling History: The Start Of a Historic Reign

Chris JeterContributor IJune 2, 2009

On this day June 2nd, 1987 in Buffalo, New York the Honky Tonk Man defeated Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat to become the WWE (then WWF) Intercontinental Champion.

This match was so pivotal because after this match, Honky would go on to hold the title for 454 days, which is longer than any other Intercontinental Title reign in history. Honky would go on to defend the title against such men as Billy Jack Haynes, George "The Animal" Steele, and the legendary Bruno Sammartino (longest reigning WWE Champion ever). 

Unfortunately, Honky's storied title reign came to a screeching halt at the first ever SummerSlam pay-per-view. Honky was scheduled to face Brutus "the Barber" Beefcake for the title.

However, after an on-screen attack by Ron Bass (off-screen it was an injury) Honky issued an open challenge to anyone in the back.

Honky's challenge was answered by the Ultimate Warrior and Warrior proceeded to defeat Honky in merely 32 seconds. I find it ironic that the longest IC title reign in history was halted in such quick fashion.

I'm Christopher Jeter and this has been This day in wrestling history.