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Intercontinental Championship
ICChampionship
Details
Current
champion(s)
Sami Zayn
Date won April 30, 2020
Date created April 9, 2010
Promotion WWE
Brand SmackDown

The WWE Intercontinental Championship is a professional wrestling championship created and promoted by the American professional wrestling promotion WWE on the SmackDown brand. Along with the United States Championship on the Raw brand, it is one of the two secondary titles of the promotion. The current champion is Sami Zayn, who is in his first reign.

The championship was established by the then-World Wrestling Federation (WWF) on September 1, 1979, after inaugural champion Pat Patterson unified (kayfabe) the WWF North American Heavyweight and South American Heavyweight championships. It is the third oldest championship currently active in WWE, behind the WWE Championship (1963) and United States Championship (1975). Although generally contested in the midcard at WWE shows, it was defended in the main events of presentations such as WrestleMania VI, SummerSlam in 1992, the third and eighth In Your House shows, and Backlash in 2001. It has been called a "stepping stone" to the WWE Championship.

In November 2001, the then-WCW United States Championship was unified into the Intercontinental Championship. In 2002 after the first brand extension, it became exclusive to Raw and the WWF was renamed to WWE. Later that year, the European and Hardcore championships were unified into the Intercontinental Championship, which itself was unified into the World Heavyweight Championship. The following year, however, it was reactivated for Raw, followed by the United States Championship's reactivation as a counterpart title on SmackDown. As a result of the 2016 draft, the Intercontinental Championship became exclusive to the SmackDown brand.

Title historyEdit

Reigns Edit

No. Wrestler Reign Date Days held
1 Dolph Ziggler 1 April 9, 2010 16
2 John Morrison 1 April 25, 2010 84
3 Dolph Ziggler 2 July 18, 2010 63
4 John Morrison 2 September 19, 2010 25
5 Kofi Kingston 1 October 14, 2010 38
6 John Morrison 3 November 21, 2010 70
7 Christian 1 January 30, 2011 63
8 Chris Jericho 1 April 3, 2011 77
9 Christian 2 June 19, 2011 28
10 Chris Jericho 2 July 17, 2011 126
11 Kofi Kingston 2 November 20, 2011 91
12 Dolph Ziggler 3 February 19, 2012 42
13 Cody Rhodes 1 April 1, 2012 28
14 Wade Barrett 1 April 29, 2012 49
15 Dolph Ziggler 4 June 17, 2012 63
16 Cody Rhodes 2 August 19, 2012 119
17 Chris Jericho 3 December 16, 2012 63
18 Edge 1 February 17, 2013 49
19 Chris Jericho 4 April 7, 2013 70
20 Edge 2 June 16, 2013 25
21 Christian 3 July 11, 2013 38
22 Chris Jericho 5 August 18, 2013 49
23 Christian 4 October 6, 2013 49
24 Chris Jericho 6 November 24, 2013 21
25 Edge 3 December 15, 2013 4
26 Chris Jericho 7 December 19, 2013 21
27 Wade Barrett 2 January 9, 2014 45
28 Big E 1 February 23, 2014 42
29 Ted DiBiase 1 April 6, 2014 105
30 Cody Rhodes 3 July 20, 2014 126
31 Wade Barrett 3 November 23, 2014 137
32 Luke Harper 1 April 9, 2015 108
33 Chris Jericho 8 July 26, 2015 63
34 Seth Rollins 1 September 27, 2015 301
35 Finn Bálor 1 July 24, 2016 217
36 Fandango 1 February 26, 2017 64
37 Dean Ambrose 1 April 30, 2017 57
38 Fandango 2 June 25, 2017 36
39 Dean Ambrose 2 July 30, 2017 22
40 Fandango 3 August 20, 2017 36
41 Dean Ambrose 3 September 24, 2017 64
42 Christian 5 November 26, 2017 36
43 Dean Ambrose 4 December 31, 2017 57
44 Roman Reigns 1 February 25, 2018 64
45 Luke Harper 2 April 29, 2018 57
46 Roman Reigns 2 June 24, 2018 127
47 Baron Corbin 1 October 28, 2018 92
48 Hideo Itami 1 January 27, 2019 64
49 Baron Corbin 2 March 31, 2019 395
50 Sami Zayn 1 April 30, 2020 1+

List of combined reignsEdit

Indicates the current champion
Rank Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined days
1 Chris Jericho 8 490
2 Baron Corbin 2 487
3 Seth Rollins 1 301
4 Cody Rhodes 3 273
5 Wade Barrett 3 231
6 Finn Bálor 1 217
7 Christian 5 214
8 Dean Ambrose 4 200
9 Roman Reigns 2 191
10 Dolph Ziggler 4 184
11 John Morrison 3 179
12 Luke Harper 2 165
13 Fandango 3 136
14 Kofi Kingston 2 129
15 Ted DiBiase 1 105
16 Edge 3 78
17 Hideo Itami 1 64
18 Big E 1 42
19 Sami Zayn † 1 1

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