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FinnBalor

Three-time and current champion Finn Bálor

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

The championship was established on April 9, 2010, and Dolph Ziggler was the inaugural champion after last eliminating John Morrison in a 20-man battle royal. It has been called a "stepping stone" to the WWE Championship.

The championship was originally exclusive to the SmackDown brand until early 2016 when all championships would be declared as dual-branded, ending the initial brand extension. As a result of the 2020 draft, the Intercontinental Championship became exclusive to the Raw brand.

The inaugural champion was Dolph Ziggler. Edge's 4-day reign is the shortest in the title's history, while Baron Corbin has the longest single reign at 370 days. Chris Jericho holds the most reigns with 8, and has the longest combined reign at 490 days.

Finn Bálor is the current champion in his third reign. He won the title by defeating former champion Bray Wyatt at WrestleMania XI on April 4, 2021.

Title historyEdit

Reigns Edit

No. Wrestler Reign Date Days held Event
1 Dolph Ziggler 1 April 9, 2010 16 SmackDown
2 John Morrison 1 April 25, 2010 84 Extreme Rules
3 Dolph Ziggler 2 July 18, 2010 63 Money in the Bank
4 John Morrison 2 September 19, 2010 25 Night of Champions
5 Kofi Kingston 1 October 14, 2010 38 SmackDown
6 John Morrison 3 November 21, 2010 70 Survivor Series
7 Christian 1 January 30, 2011 63 Royal Rumble
8 Chris Jericho 1 April 3, 2011 77 WrestleMania
9 Christian 2 June 19, 2011 28 Capitol Punishment
10 Chris Jericho 2 July 17, 2011 126 Money in the Bank
11 Kofi Kingston 2 November 20, 2011 91 Survivor Series
12 Dolph Ziggler 3 February 19, 2012 42 Elimination Chamber
13 Cody Rhodes 1 April 1, 2012 28 WrestleMania II
14 Wade Barrett 1 April 29, 2012 49 Extreme Rules
15 Dolph Ziggler 4 June 17, 2012 63 No Way Out
16 Cody Rhodes 2 August 19, 2012 119 SummerSlam
17 Chris Jericho 3 December 16, 2012 63 TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs
18 Edge 1 February 17, 2013 49 Elimination Chamber
19 Chris Jericho 4 April 7, 2013 70 WrestleMania III
20 Edge 2 June 16, 2013 25 Payback
21 Christian 3 July 11, 2013 38 SmackDown
22 Chris Jericho 5 August 18, 2013 49 SummerSlam
23 Christian 4 October 6, 2013 49 Battleground
24 Chris Jericho 6 November 24, 2013 21 Survivor Series
25 Edge 3 December 15, 2013 4 TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs
26 Chris Jericho 7 December 19, 2013 21 SmackDown
27 Wade Barrett 2 January 9, 2014 45 SmackDown
28 Big E 1 February 23, 2014 42 Elimination Chamber
29 Ted DiBiase 1 April 6, 2014 105 WrestleMania IV
30 Cody Rhodes 3 July 20, 2014 126 Battleground
31 Wade Barrett 3 November 23, 2014 137 Survivor Series
32 Luke Harper 1 April 9, 2015 108 SmackDown
33 Chris Jericho 8 July 26, 2015 63 Battleground
34 Seth Rollins 1 September 27, 2015 301 Night of Champions
35 Finn Bálor 1 July 24, 2016 217 Battleground
36 Fandango 1 February 26, 2017 64 Fastlane
37 Dean Ambrose 1 April 30, 2017 57 Extreme Rules
38 Fandango 2 June 25, 2017 36 Money in the Bank
39 Dean Ambrose 2 July 30, 2017 22 Battleground
40 Fandango 3 August 20, 2017 36 SummerSlam
41 Dean Ambrose 3 September 24, 2017 64 Night of Champions
42 Christian 5 November 26, 2017 36 Survivor Series
43 Dean Ambrose 4 December 31, 2017 57 TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs
44 Roman Reigns 1 February 25, 2018 64 Fastlane
45 Luke Harper 2 April 29, 2018 57 Extreme Rules
46 Roman Reigns 2 June 24, 2018 127 Money in the Bank
47 Baron Corbin 1 October 28, 2018 92 Hell in a Cell
48 Hideo Itami 1 January 27, 2019 64 Royal Rumble
49 Baron Corbin 2 March 31, 2019 370 WrestleMania IX
50 Finn Bálor 2 April 5, 2020 175 WrestleMania X
51 Elias 1 September 27, 2020 175 Clash of Champions
52 Bray Wyatt 1 March 21, 2021 14 Fastlane
53 Finn Bálor 3 April 4, 2021 1+ WrestleMania XI

List of combined reignsEdit

DolphZiggler

Inaugural champion Dolph Ziggler

ChrisJericho

Record eight-time champion Chris Jericho

BaronCorbin

Baron Corbin is the longest reigning champion in history, with a record of 370 days

Indicates the current champion
Rank Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined days
1 Chris Jericho 8 490
2 Baron Corbin 2 462
3 Finn Bálor † 3 392+
4 Seth Rollins 1 301
5 Cody Rhodes 3 273
6 Wade Barrett 3 231
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 Elias 1 175
13 Luke Harper 2 165
14 Fandango 3 136
15 Kofi Kingston 2 129
16 Ted DiBiase 1 105
17 Edge 3 78
18 Hideo Itami 1 64
19 Big E 1 42
20 Bray Wyatt 1 14