Black Division: John Nicolaides vs. Jacob Waring
Subject: Worst Intercontinental Champion of All-Time
The Intercontinental Championship is a very prestigious belt that has a stellar history of a magnificent linage. Randy Savage, Mr. Perfect, Shawn Micheals, CM Punk and John Morrison are just some of the phenomenal wrestlers and entertainers to ever had the honor to have the belt hoisted upon their waist!
Needless to say, the Intercontinental belt is a major title in the eyes of wrestlers and fans alike.
Before I reveal my choice of who I consider is the worst Intercontinental Champion of all-time, let's look at the definition(s) of the word "worst:"
- More inferior, as in quality, condition or effect.
- More severe or unfavorable.
- Being further from a standard; less desirable or satisfactory.
I'll be using this definition as the basis for my reasoning behind my choice as the worst.
Now I'm judging each former Intercontinental Champion from the starting part of a reign to the endpoint, while also factoring the length of the reign, entertainment factor and if they wrestled any quality matches or wrestled, for that matter, before losing the belt.
I thought about choosing The Mountie as he had a short reign that was never memorable, but then I considered that he won the belt from Bret Hart and lost the belt to Roddy Piper, so at least he won and lost it to two credible opponents.
I considered Santino Marella as the worst, but he was too entertaining of a champion which eclipsed the fact a Diva won the match for him. Honky Tonk Meter may have seemed ridiculous, but he sold the importance of the title to the crowd.
I went through numerous of possibilities trying find the worst Intercontinental Champion until I remembered one man who fit the bill perfectly.
The worst Intercontinental Champion ever is the self-proclaimed wrestling god, John "Bradshaw" Layfield (JBL). In my mind, he fits the bill perfectly as the worst!
It was on an episode of RAW that occurred on March 9, 2009 and his opponent was the Straight Edge Superstar, CM Punk.
That would be the only good aspect of the short 27-day reign. His only challenger was Rey Mysterio and they faced off at WrestleMania 25. They had a match that was definitely not a five-star classic, as it simply was a squash match that was 21 seconds of pointless action.
Oh, did I also mention JBL had a head start and yet still lost?
That is JBL's reign in a nutshell and is not spectacular in anyway except for the little tidbit of him quitting the WWE because of the embarrassing loss.
So let's apply the definition to JBL as being the worst Intercontinental Champion!
JBL's so-called claim of being a self-proclaimed wrestling god does not wrestle up to the standards of Randy Savage, Mr. Perfect, Bret Hart and CM Punk as his in-ring skills are inferior in comparison. He has less then desirable mic skills compared to Scott Hall, Shawn Micheal, Wade Barrett and Ric Flair. How unfavorable is the fact that Marc Mero had a longer title reign and didn't lose it to Triple H in a squash match!
The simple fact of the matter is JBL is the worst Intercontinental Champion of all-time and the evidence is right there. What's sadder is that even wrestlers who are normally considered the worst are actually better when it comes to being an Intercontinental Champion.
Here's John Nicolaides' article!
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