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FinnBalor

Three-time and current champion Finn Bálor

The WWE Intercontinental Championship is a professional wrestling championship contested in and owned by the American promotion WWE on the Raw brand. The title was introduced into the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE) in 1979. Pat Patterson, holder of the WWF North American Heavyweight Championship, was awarded the title (with the kayfabe explanation that he won a tournament in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and unified the North American and South American titles).

The Intercontinental Championship has been called the second most important championship in the company, after the WWE Championship. It has been active in WWE for the second longest period, but is the third oldest active title, behind the WWE Championship (1963) and the United States Championship (1975), the latter of which was acquired from World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in 2001. In 2002, the WWF was renamed to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), and the championship was renamed as the WWE Intercontinental Championship. As a result of the 2017 WWE Superstar Shake-up, it is exclusively contested on the Raw brand.

Overall, there have been 77 different Intercontinental Champions. Chris Jericho holds the record for the most reigns with ten, The Honky Tonk Man holds the longest reign at 454 days. Only three other wrestlers – Pedro Morales, Don Muraco and Randy Savage – have held the championship for a continuous reign of more than a year. The current champion is Finn Bálor, who is in his third reign. He defeated Seth Rollins on the June 18 episode of Raw.

Title history Edit

Names Edit

Name Years
WWF Intercontinental Championship September 1, 1979 – May 6, 2002
WWE Intercontinental Championship May 6, 2002 – October 20, 2002; May 18, 2003 – present

Reigns Edit

As of July 16, 2018.

Reign The reign number for the specific champion listed
Event The event promoted by the respective promotion in which the title was won
Indicates the title change is not recognized by WWE
+ Indicates the current reign is changing daily
<1 Indicates reign was less than a day
No. Champion Reign Date Days held Event
1 Pat Patterson 1 September 1, 1979 233
2 Ken Patera 1 April 21, 1980 231 House show
3 Pedro Morales 1 December 8, 1980 194 House show
4 Don Muraco 1 June 20, 1981 156 House show
5 Pedro Morales 2 November 23, 1981 425 House show
6 Don Muraco 2 January 22, 1983 385 House show
7 Tito Santana 1 February 11, 1984 226 House show
8 Greg Valentine 1 September 24, 1984 285 House show
9 Tito Santana 2 July 6, 1985 217 House show
10 Randy Savage 1 February 8, 1986 414 House show
11 Ricky Steamboat 1 March 29, 1987 65 WrestleMania III
12 The Honky Tonk Man 1 June 2, 1987 454 Superstars of Wrestling
13 The Ultimate Warrior 1 August 29, 1988 216 SummerSlam
14 Rick Rude 1 April 2, 1989 148 WrestleMania V
15 The Ultimate Warrior 2 August 28, 1989 216 SummerSlam
Vacated April 1, 1990 WrestleMania VI
16 Mr. Perfect 1 April 23, 1990 126 Superstars of Wrestling
17 The Texas Tornado 1 August 27, 1990 84 SummerSlam
18 Mr. Perfect 2 November 19, 1990 280 Superstars of Wrestling
19 Bret Hart 1 August 26, 1991 144 SummerSlam
20 The Mountie 1 January 17, 1992 2 House show
21 Roddy Piper 1 January 19, 1992 77 Royal Rumble
22 Bret Hart 2 April 5, 1992 146 WrestleMania VIII
23 The British Bulldog 1 August 29, 1992 59 SummerSlam
24 Shawn Michaels 1 October 27, 1992 202 Saturday Night's Main Event
25 Marty Jannetty 1 May 17, 1993 20 Raw
26 Shawn Michaels 2 June 6, 1993 113 House show
Vacated September 27, 1993
27 Razor Ramon 1 September 27, 1993 198 Raw
28 Diesel 1 April 13, 1994 138 Superstars
29 Razor Ramon 2 August 29, 1994 146 SummerSlam
30 Jeff Jarrett 1 January 22, 1995 94 Royal Rumble
Vacated April 26, 1995 Action Zone
31 Jeff Jarrett 2 April 26, 1995 23 Action Zone
32 Razor Ramon 3 May 19, 1995 2 House show
33 Jeff Jarrett 3 May 21, 1995 63 House show
34 Shawn Michaels 3 July 23, 1995 91 In Your House 2: The Lumberjacks
35 Dean Douglas 1 October 22, 1995 <1 In Your House 4: Great White North
36 Razor Ramon 4 91
37 Goldust 1 January 21, 1996 71 Royal Rumble
Vacated April 1, 1996 Raw
38 Goldust 2 April 1, 1996 83 Raw
39 Ahmed Johnson 1 June 23, 1996 50 King of the Ring
Vacated August 12, 1996 Raw
40 Marc Mero 1 September 23, 1996 28 Raw
41 Hunter Hearst Helmsley 1 October 21, 1996 115 Raw
42 Rocky Maivia 1 February 13, 1997 74 Raw
43 Owen Hart 1 April 28, 1997 97 Raw is War
44 Stone Cold Steve Austin 1 August 3, 1997 36 SummerSlam
Vacated September 8, 1997
45 Owen Hart 2 October 5, 1997 35 Badd Blood: In Your House
46 Stone Cold Steve Austin 2 November 9, 1997 29 Survivor Series
47 The Rock 2 December 8, 1997 265 Raw is War
48 Triple H 2 August 30, 1998 40 SummerSlam
Vacated October 9, 1998
49 Ken Shamrock 1 October 12, 1998 125 Raw is War
50 Val Venis 1 February 14, 1999 29 In Your House: St. Valentine's Day Massacre
51 Road Dogg 1 March 15, 1999 14 Raw is War
52 Goldust 3 March 29, 1999 14 Raw is War
53 The Godfather 1 April 12, 1999 43 Raw is War
54 Jeff Jarrett 4 May 25, 1999 60 Raw is War
55 Edge 1 July 24, 1999 1 House show
56 Jeff Jarrett 5 July 25, 1999 2 Fully Loaded
57 D'Lo Brown 1 July 27, 1999 26 Raw is War
58 Jeff Jarrett 6 August 22, 1999 56 SummerSlam
59 Chyna 1 October 17, 1999 56 No Mercy
60 Chris Jericho 1 December 12, 1999 22 Armageddon
Vacated January 3, 2000 Raw is War
61 Chris Jericho 2 January 23, 2000 35 Royal Rumble
62 Kurt Angle 1 February 27, 2000 35 No Way Out
63 Chris Benoit 1 April 2, 2000 30 WrestleMania 2000
64 Chris Jericho 3 May 2, 2000 6 SmackDown!
65 Chris Benoit 2 May 8, 2000 43 Raw is War
66 Rikishi 1 June 20, 2000 14 SmackDown!
67 Val Venis 2 July 4, 2000 54 SmackDown!
68 Chyna 2 August 27, 2000 8 SummerSlam
69 Eddie Guerrero 1 September 4, 2000 78 Raw is War
70 Billy Gunn 1 November 21, 2000 19 SmackDown!
71 Chris Benoit 3 December 10, 2000 42 Armageddon
72 Chris Jericho 4 January 21, 2001 72 Royal Rumble
73 Triple H 3 April 3, 2001 7 SmackDown!
74 Jeff Hardy 1 April 10, 2001 6 SmackDown!
75 Triple H 4 April 16, 2001 34 Raw
76 Kane 1 May 20, 2001 37 Judgment Day
77 Albert 1 June 26, 2001 27 SmackDown!
78 Lance Storm 1 July 23, 2001 27 Raw
79 Edge 2 August 19, 2001 35 SummerSlam
80 Christian 1 September 23, 2001 28 Unforgiven
81 Edge 3 October 21, 2001 15 No Mercy
82 Test 1 November 5, 2001 13 Raw
83 Edge 4 November 18, 2001 63 Survivor Series
84 William Regal 1 January 20, 2002 56 Royal Rumble
85 Rob Van Dam 1 March 17, 2002 35 WrestleMania X8
86 Eddie Guerrero 2 April 21, 2002 36 Backlash
87 Rob Van Dam 2 May 27, 2002 63 Raw
88 Chris Benoit 4 July 29, 2002 27 Raw
89 Rob Van Dam 3 August 25, 2002 22 SummerSlam
90 Chris Jericho 5 September 16, 2002 14 Raw
91 Kane 2 September 30, 2002 20 Raw
92 Triple H 5 October 20, 2002 <1 No Mercy
Unified October 20, 2002 No Mercy
93 Christian 2 May 18, 2003 50 Judgment Day
94 Booker T 1 July 7, 2003 34 Raw
95 Christian 3 August 10, 2003 50 House show
96 Rob Van Dam 4 September 29, 2003 28 Raw
97 Chris Jericho 6 October 27, 2003 <1 Raw
98 Rob Van Dam 5 48
99 Randy Orton 1 December 14, 2003 210 Armageddon
100 Edge 5 July 11, 2004 57 Vengeance
Vacated September 6, 2004 Raw
101 Chris Jericho 7 September 12, 2004 37 Unforgiven
102 Shelton Benjamin 1 October 19, 2004 244 Taboo Tuesday
103 Carlito 1 June 20, 2005 90 Raw
104 Ric Flair 1 September 18, 2005 155 Unforgiven
105 Shelton Benjamin 2 February 20, 2006 69 Raw
106 Rob Van Dam 6 April 30, 2006 15 Backlash
107 Shelton Benjamin 3 May 15, 2006 41 Raw
108 Johnny Nitro 1 June 25, 2006 99 Vengeance
109 Jeff Hardy 2 October 2, 2006 35 Raw
110 Johnny Nitro 2 November 6, 2006 7 Raw
111 Jeff Hardy 3 November 13, 2006 98 Raw
112 Umaga 1 February 19, 2007 56 Raw
113 Santino Marella 1 April 16, 2007 77 Raw
114 Umaga 2 July 2, 2007 61 Raw
115 Jeff Hardy 4 September 1, 2007 191 Raw
116 Chris Jericho 8 March 10, 2008 111 Raw
117 Kofi Kingston 1 June 29, 2008 49 Night of Champions
118 Santino Marella 2 August 17, 2008 85 SummerSlam
119 William Regal 2 November 10, 2008 70 Raw
120 CM Punk 1 January 19, 2009 49 Raw
121 John "Bradshaw" Layfield 1 March 9, 2009 27 Raw
122 Rey Mysterio 1 April 5, 2009 63 WrestleMania XXV
123 Chris Jericho 9 June 7, 2009 21 Extreme Rules
124 Rey Mysterio 2 June 28, 2009 65 The Bash
125 John Morrison 3 September 1, 2009 103 SmackDown
126 Drew McIntyre 1 December 13, 2009 161 TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs
127 Kofi Kingston 2 May 23, 2010 66 Over the Limit
128 Dolph Ziggler 1 July 28, 2010 160 SmackDown
129 Kofi Kingston 3 January 4, 2011 77 SmackDown
130 Wade Barrett 1 March 22, 2011 89 SmackDown
131 Ezekiel Jackson 1 June 19, 2011 51 Capitol Punishment
132 Cody Rhodes 1 August 9, 2011 236 SmackDown
133 Big Show 1 April 1, 2012 28 WrestleMania XXVIII
134 Cody Rhodes 2 April 29, 2012 21 Extreme Rules
135 Christian 4 May 20, 2012 64 Over the Limit
136 The Miz 1 July 23, 2012 85 Raw 1000
137 Kofi Kingston 4 October 16, 2012 74 Main Event
138 Wade Barrett 2 December 29, 2012 99 Raw
139 The Miz 2 April 7, 2013 1 WrestleMania 29
140 Wade Barrett 3 April 8, 2013 69 Raw
141 Fandango 1 June 16, 2013 155 Payback
142 Big E Langston 1 November 18, 2013 167 Raw
143 Bad News Barrett 4 May 4, 2014 57 Extreme Rules
Vacated June 30, 2014 Raw
144 The Miz 3 July 20, 2014 28 Battleground
145 Dolph Ziggler 2 August 17, 2014 35 SummerSlam
146 The Miz 4 September 21, 2014 1 Night of Champions
147 Dolph Ziggler 3 September 22, 2014 56 Raw
148 Luke Harper 1 November 17, 2014 245 Raw
149 Chris Jericho 10 July 19, 2015 64 Battleground
150 Finn Bálor 1 September 20, 2015 84 Night of Champions
151 Dean Ambrose 1 December 13, 2015 64 TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs
152 Finn Bálor 2 February 15, 2016 48 Raw
153 Fandango 2 April 3, 2016 1 WrestleMania 32
154 The Miz 5 April 4, 2016 188 Raw
155 Dolph Ziggler 4 October 9, 2016 37 No Mercy
156 The Miz 6 November 15, 2016 49 SmackDown Live
157 Dean Ambrose 2 January 3, 2017 152 SmackDown Live
158 The Miz 7 June 4, 2017 169 Extreme Rules
159 Roman Reigns 1 November 20, 2017 63 Raw
160 The Miz 8 January 22, 2018 76 Raw 25 Years
161 Seth Rollins 1 April 8, 2018 71 WrestleMania 34
162 Finn Bálor 3 June 18, 2018 25+ Raw

Combined reignsEdit

Patterson IC belt

Inaugural champion Pat Patterson

Jericho 9th Intercontinental Championship

Record ten-time champion Chris Jericho

Honky Tonk Man by Gage Skidmore

The Honky Tonk Man, whose 454-day reign is the longest in history

As of July 16, 2018.

Indicates the current champion
Rank Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined days
1 Pedro Morales 2 619
2 The Miz 8 597
3 Don Muraco 2 541
4 The Honky Tonk Man 1 454
5 Tito Santana 2 443
6 Razor Ramon 4 437
7 The Ultimate Warrior 2 432
8 Randy Savage 1 414
9 Shawn Michaels 3 406
Mr. Perfect 2 406
11 Chris Jericho 10 382
12 Shelton Benjamin 3 354
13 Rocky Maivia/The Rock 2 339
14 Jeff Hardy 4 330
15 Wade Barrett/Bad News Barrett 4 314
16 Jeff Jarrett 6 298
17 Bret Hart 2 290
18 Dolph Ziggler 4 288
19 Greg Valentine 1 285
20 Kofi Kingston 4 266
21 Cody Rhodes 2 257
22 Luke Harper 1 245
23 Pat Patterson 1 233
24 Ken Patera 1 231
25 Dean Ambrose 2 216
26 Rob Van Dam 6 211
27 Randy Orton 1 210
28 Johnny Nitro/John Morrison 3 209
29 Hunter Hearst Helmsley/Triple H 5 196
30 Christian 4 192
31 Edge 5 171
32 Goldust 3 168
33 Big E Langston 1 167
34 Santino Marella 2 162
35 Drew McIntyre 1 161
36 Finn Bálor † 3 157+
37 Fandango 2 156
38 Ric Flair 1 155
39 Rick Rude 1 148
40 Chris Benoit 4 142
41 Diesel 1 138
42 Owen Hart 2 132
43 Rey Mysterio 2 128
44 William Regal 2 126
45 Ken Shamrock 1 125
46 Umaga 2 117
47 Eddie Guerrero 2 114
48 Carlito 1 90
49 The Texas Tornado 1 84
50 Val Venis 2 83
51 Roddy Piper 1 77
52 Seth Rollins 1 71
53 Stone Cold Steve Austin 2 65
Ricky Steamboat 1 65
55 Chyna 2 64
56 Roman Reigns 1 63
57 The British Bulldog 1 59
58 Kane 2 57
59 Ezekiel Jackson 1 51
60 Ahmed Johnson 1 50
61 CM Punk 1 49
62 The Godfather 1 43
63 Kurt Angle 1 35
64 Booker T 1 34
65 Big Show 1 28
Marc Mero 1 28
67 Albert 1 27
John "Bradshaw" Layfield 1 27
Lance Storm 1 27
70 D'Lo Brown 1 26
71 Marty Jannetty 1 20
72 Billy Gunn 1 19
73 Rikishi 1 14
Road Dogg 1 14
75 Test 1 13
76 The Mountie 1 2
77 Dean Douglas 1 <1