The Intercontinential Championship Part II: Greatest Matches
So far we have taken a look at past WWE/WWF Intercontinental Champions and whether or not winning the title led them to the Heavyweight Championship. In this article we will continue to look back at the title's history and look at some of the greatest matches in the history of belt.
Tito Santana vs. Greg "The Hammer" Valentine (Steel Cage Match 1985): I was five-years old when this match took place so I had to refresh my memory on Youtube. Great match that ended Valentine's reign of almost 10 months.
"Magnificent" Don Muraco vs. Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka (Steel Cage Match 1983): Unless you are a die-hard fan I don't think anyone remembers Muraco winning this match. What you do remember is Superfly's splash off the top of the cage.
Razor Ramon vs. Shawn Michaels (Ladder Match Wrestlemania X 1994): Still considered one of the greatest matches of all-time, this match put the Ladder Match on the map. HBK's performance will always be remembered even though Razor Ramon won the match.
The Honky Tonk Man vs. Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat (WWF Superstars 1987): On paper you would think that "The Dragon" would dominate an average wrestler with an Elvis gimmick. Well if we know anything about the WWE, we know that they like to shock the fan. They did that and then some with what is regarded as the biggest upset in the history of the IC title. After the victory, THTM held the belt for 15 months. The longest reign ever.
Pedro Morales vs. "Magnificent" Don Muraco (No Disqualification Match 1981): Another match that I had to go back and watch. This one was a blood bath with Morales coming out on top becoming the first two time title holder.
Ultimate Warrior vs. "Ravishing" Rick Rude (Summerslam 1989): The Warrior is not known for being a great wrestler but his feud with Rude and this match was great. Rude pulled off the upset which subsequently let Warrior to his quest for the Heavyweight Title.
"The British Bulldog" Davey Boy Smith vs. Bret "Hitman" Hart (Summerslam 1992): This match is one of my all-time favorites. It had the drama of Bret and Davey Boy being real life Brothers-in-Law and the match was on Davey Boy's turf in London. Could the hometown boy pull it off? Well we all know that he did and it was great to watch.
Bret Hart vs. "Mr. Perfect" Curt Hennig (Summerslam 1991): As far as techinal wrestling goes this was arguably the best match ever.
Bret Hart vs. Roddy Rowdy Piper (Wrestlemania VIII 1992): OK Bret is starting to dominate this list but lets face it, he is responsible for a lot of classic matches in WWE/WWF history. This match was built on the drama of Hart and Piper being friends and that friendship being tested during the match. Piper could have took Hart out with the ring bell but decided against it. That was costly because Hart eventually won the match.
Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat vs. "Macho Man" Randy Savage (Wrestlemania III 1987): You could say the best was saved for last. This was not just a classic IC Title match but one of the best matches in the history of wrestling. Savage and Steamboat had all of the build up for a classic match. Savage took Steamboat out by hitting him in the throat with the ring bell from the top rope weeks prior to the match. Steamboat came to Wrestlemania looking for revenge and the IC title. He got both.
There you have it my list of the greatest Intercontinential Championship Matches. Were there any I missed? Feel free to voice your opinions in the comments section.
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