List of WWE Intercontinental Champions

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Two-time and current champion Dean Ambrose

The WWE Intercontinental Championship is a professional wrestling championship contested in and owned by the American promotion WWE on the SmackDown brand. The title was introduced into WWE in 1979, which was known as the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) at the time. 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).[1][2][3]

The Intercontinental Championship has been called the second most important championship in the company, after the WWE Championship.[4] 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 in 2001. In 2002, the WWF was renamed to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), and the championship was renamed as the WWE Intercontinental Championship.[5] As a result of the 2016 WWE draft, it is exclusively contested on the SmackDown brand.

Overall, there have been 78 different Intercontinental Champions. Chris Jericho holds the record for the most reigns with nine, The Honky Tonk Man holds the longest reign at 454 days. Only three more 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 Dean Ambrose, in his second reign, after defeating The Miz at SmackDown Live on January 3, 2017.

Title history

Names

Name[6] Years[6]
WWF Intercontinental (Heavyweight) Championship September 1, 1979 – May 10, 2002
WWE Intercontinental Championship May 10, 2002 – October 20, 2002; May 18, 2003 – present

Reigns

As of March 28, 2017.

Reign The reign number for the specific champion listed
Location The city in which the title was won
Event The event promoted by the respective promotion in which the title was won
Indicates the reign is not recognized by WWE
+ Indicates the current reign is changing daily
No. Wrestler Reign Date Days held Location Event Notes Ref.
1 Pat Patterson 1 September 1, 1979 233 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Patterson became the first champion as a result of defeating Ted DiBiase to win the WWF North American Heavyweight Championship on June 19, 1979 in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and defeating Johnny Rodz in a fictional tournament final in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to unify the North American Heavyweight Championship with the fictional South American Heavyweight Championship to create the WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship. [1][2][7]
2 Ken Patera 1 April 21, 1980 231 New York, NY House show [8]
3 Pedro Morales 1 December 8, 1980 194 New York, NY House show [9]
4 Don Muraco 1 June 20, 1981 156 Philadelphia, PA House show [10]
5 Pedro Morales 2 November 23, 1981 425 New York, NY House show [11]
6 Don Muraco 2 January 22, 1983 385 New York, NY House show [12]
7 Tito Santana 1 February 11, 1984 226 Boston, MA House show [13]
8 Greg Valentine 1 September 24, 1984 285 London, ON Maple Leaf Wrestling Aired on tape delay on October 13, 1984. [14]
9 Tito Santana 2 July 6, 1985 217 Baltimore, MD House show This was a steel cage match. [15]
10 Randy Savage 1 February 8, 1986 414 Boston, MA House show [16]
11 Ricky Steamboat 1 March 29, 1987 65 Pontiac, MI WrestleMania III [17]
12 The Honky Tonk Man 1 June 2, 1987 454 Buffalo, NY Superstars of Wrestling Aired on tape delay on June 13, 1987.
By mid-1988, the title was renamed the WWF Intercontinental Championship.
[18][19]
13 The Ultimate Warrior 1 August 29, 1988 216 New York, NY SummerSlam [20]
14 Rick Rude 1 April 2, 1989 148 Atlantic City, NJ WrestleMania V [21]
15 The Ultimate Warrior 2 August 28, 1989 216 East Rutherford, NJ SummerSlam [22]
Vacated April 1, 1990 Toronto, ON WrestleMania VI The title was vacated when The Ultimate Warrior defeated Hulk Hogan for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship. [22]
16 Mr. Perfect 1 April 23, 1990 126 Austin, TX Superstars of Wrestling Defeated Tito Santana in a tournament final for the vacant title.
Aired on tape delay on May 19, 1990.
[18][23]
17 The Texas Tornado 1 August 27, 1990 84 Philadelphia, PA SummerSlam [24]
18 Mr. Perfect 2 November 19, 1990 280 Rochester, NY Superstars of Wrestling Aired on tape delay on December 15, 1990. [18][25]
19 Bret Hart 1 August 26, 1991 144 New York, NY SummerSlam [26]
20 The Mountie 1 January 17, 1992 2 Springfield, MA House show [27]
21 Roddy Piper 1 January 19, 1992 77 Albany, NY Royal Rumble [28]
22 Bret Hart 2 April 5, 1992 146 Indianapolis, IN WrestleMania VIII [29]
23 The British Bulldog 1 August 29, 1992 59 London, England SummerSlam [30]
24 Shawn Michaels 1 October 27, 1992 202 Terre Haute, IN Saturday Night's Main Event Aired on tape delay on November 14, 1992. [31][32]
25 Marty Jannetty 1 May 17, 1993 20 New York, NY Raw [33]
26 Shawn Michaels 2 June 6, 1993 113 Albany, NY House show [34]
Vacated September 27, 1993 Shawn Michaels was stripped of the title for failing to defend it within 30 days. In reality, Michaels was suspended for testing positive for steroids.[35] [36]
27 Razor Ramon 1 September 27, 1993 198 New Haven, CT Raw Ramon and Rick Martel were the final two participants in a battle royal, in which the last two would face off the next week for the vacant title; Ramon won the match which aired on tape delay on October 11, 1993. However, Michaels returned in November 1993, claiming to be the legitimate champion as nobody defeated him for the title (though not recognized as such by WWF). Ramon went on to defeat Michaels in a ladder match on March 20, 1994 at WrestleMania X to become the undisputed champion. [36][37]
28 Diesel 1 April 13, 1994 138 Rochester, NY Superstars Aired on tape delay on April 30, 1994. [38]
29 Razor Ramon 2 August 29, 1994 146 Chicago, IL SummerSlam [39]
30 Jeff Jarrett 1 January 22, 1995 94 Tampa, FL Royal Rumble [40]
Vacated April 26, 1995 Moline, IL Action Zone Held up when match between Jeff Jarrett and Bob "Spark Plug" Holly ended in controversy. [41]
31 Jeff Jarrett 2 April 26, 1995 23 Moline, IL Action Zone Defeated Bob Holly in a rematch for the vacant title.
Aired on tape delay on April 30, 1995.
[41]
32 Razor Ramon 3 May 19, 1995 2 Montreal, QC House show This was a ladder match.
WWE recognizes Ramon's reign as lasting 3 days, ending on May 22, 1995.
[42]
33 Jeff Jarrett 3 May 21, 1995 63 Trois-Rivières, QC House show WWE recognizes Jarrett's reign as lasting 62 days, beginning on May 22, 1995. [43]
34 Shawn Michaels 3 July 23, 1995 91 Nashville, TN In Your House 2: The Lumberjacks [44]
35 Dean Douglas 1 October 22, 1995 <1 Winnipeg, MB In Your House 4: Great White North Won the title by forfeit due to Shawn Michaels being attacked outside a nightclub in Syracuse, NY on October 14, 1995. [45]
36 Razor Ramon 4 91 [46]
37 Goldust 1 January 21, 1996 71 Fresno, CA Royal Rumble WWE recognizes Goldust's reign as lasting 64 days, ending on March 25, 1996. [47]
Vacated April 1, 1996[47] San Bernardino, CA Raw Held up when a title defense against Savio Vega ended in a no contest.
Aired on tape delay on April 15, 1996.
[48][49]
38 Goldust 2 April 1, 1996 83 San Bernardino, CA Raw Defeated Savio Vega in a rematch for the vacant title.
Aired on tape delay on April 22, 1996.
[48][49]
39 Ahmed Johnson 1 June 23, 1996 50 Milwaukee, WI King of the Ring WWE recognizes Johnson's reign as lasting 58 days, ending on August 19, 1996. [50]
Vacated August 12, 1996 Seattle, WA Raw Ahmed Johnson forfeited the title after being attacked by the debuting Faarooq after winning an 11-man battle royal. [50]
40 Marc Mero 1 September 23, 1996 28 Hershey, PA Raw Defeated Faarooq in a tournament final for the vacant title. [48][51]
41 Hunter Hearst Helmsley 1 October 21, 1996 115 Fort Wayne, IN Raw [52]
42 Rocky Maivia 1 February 13, 1997 74 Lowell, MA Raw [53]
43 Owen Hart 1 April 28, 1997 97 Omaha, NE Raw Is War [54]
44 Stone Cold Steve Austin 1 August 3, 1997 36 East Rutherford, NJ SummerSlam WWE mistakenly lists Austin's reign as lasting 64 days, ending on October 5, 1997. [55]
Vacated September 8, 1997 Vacated due to a neck injury that Stone Cold Steve Austin suffered in winning the title. [55][56]
45 Owen Hart 2 October 5, 1997 35 St. Louis, MO Badd Blood: In Your House Defeated Faarooq in a tournament final for the vacant title. [57][58]
46 Stone Cold Steve Austin 2 November 9, 1997 29 Montreal, QC Survivor Series [59]
47 The Rock 2 December 8, 1997 265 Portland, ME Raw Is War Austin handed the championship belt to The Rock, who was formerly known as Rocky Maivia. [60]
48 Triple H 2 August 30, 1998 40 New York, NY SummerSlam This was a ladder match.
Triple H was formerly known as Hunter Hearst Helmsley.
WWE mistakenly lists Triple H's reign as lasting 44 days, ending on October 12, 1998.
[61]
Vacated October 9, 1998 Vacated due to injury. [61]
49 Ken Shamrock 1 October 12, 1998 125 Uniondale, NY Raw Is War Defeated X-Pac in a tournament final for the vacant title. [62][63]
50 Val Venis 1 February 14, 1999 29 Memphis, TN In Your House: St. Valentine's Day Massacre Billy Gunn was the guest referee. [64][65]
51 Road Dogg 1 March 15, 1999 14 San Jose, CA Raw Is War [66]
52 Goldust 3 March 29, 1999 14 East Rutherford, NJ Raw Is War [67]
53 The Godfather 1 April 12, 1999 43 Detroit, MI Raw Is War [68]
54 Jeff Jarrett 4 May 25, 1999 60 Moline, IL Raw Is War WWE recognizes Jarrett's reign as lasting 54 days, beginning on May 31, 1999, when the episode aired on tape delay. [69]
55 Edge 1 July 24, 1999 1 Toronto, ON House show [70]
56 Jeff Jarrett 5 July 25, 1999 2 Buffalo, NY Fully Loaded WWE recognizes Jarrett's reign as lasting 1 day, ending on July 26, 1999. [71]
57 D'Lo Brown 1 July 27, 1999 26 Columbus, OH Raw Is War This was a title for title match, where Brown also defended the European Championship. Brown became the first Eurocontinental Champion.
Aired on tape delay on August 2, 1999.
WWE recognizes Brown's reign as lasting 27 days, beginning on July 26, 1999.
[72]
58 Jeff Jarrett 6 August 22, 1999 56 Minneapolis, MN SummerSlam Jarrett also won the European Championship in the match to become the second Eurocontinental Champion. [73]
59 Chyna 1 October 17, 1999 56 Cleveland, OH No Mercy This was a Good Housekeeping match. [74][75]
60 Chris Jericho 1 December 12, 1999 22 Sunrise, FL Armageddon [76]
Chris Jericho and Chyna 1 January 3, 2000 20 Miami, FL Raw Is War On December 28, 1999 (aired December 30, 1999) on SmackDown!, a title match between Chyna and Jericho ended in a double pinfall; as a result they were recognized as co-champions. WWE doesn't recognize this period as an official reign as the title is considered vacant. [7][77]
61 Chris Jericho 2 January 23, 2000 35 New York, NY Royal Rumble Jericho defeated Chyna and Hardcore Holly in a triple threat match to become undisputed champion. [77]
62 Kurt Angle 1 February 27, 2000 35 Hartford, CT No Way Out Earlier that month, Angle had also won the European Championship. This win made Angle the third and final Eurocontinental Champion. [78]
63 Chris Benoit 1 April 2, 2000 30 Anaheim, CA WrestleMania 2000 This was a two-fall triple threat match, also involving Chris Jericho, in which Kurt Angle defended both championships. The person to get the first fall won the Intercontinental Championship and the person to score the second fall won the European Championship; Benoit scored the first fall to win the Intercontinental Championship.
WWE recognizes Benoit's reign as lasting 32 days, ending on May 4, 2000, when the following episode aired on tape delay. They incorrectly list his reign as ending on May 22, 2000, and lasting 50 days.
[79]
64 Chris Jericho 3 May 2, 2000 6 Richmond, VA SmackDown! WWE recognizes Jericho's reign as lasting 5 days, beginning on May 4, 2000, when the episode aired on tape delay. [80]
65 Chris Benoit 2 May 8, 2000 43 Uniondale, NY Raw Is War [81]
66 Rikishi 1 June 20, 2000 14 Memphis, TN SmackDown! WWE recognizes Rikishi's reign as beginning on June 22, 2000 and ending on July 6, 2000, both episodes of which aired on tape delay. [82]
67 Val Venis 2 July 4, 2000 54 Fort Lauderdale, FL SmackDown! WWE recognizes Venis's reign as lasting 52 days, beginning on July 6, 2000, when the episode aired on tape delay. [83]
68 Chyna 2 August 27, 2000 8 Raleigh, NC SummerSlam Won the title in a mixed tag team match that pitted Chyna and Eddie Guerrero against Val Venis and Trish Stratus; Chyna pinned Trish to win Venis' title. [84]
69 Eddie Guerrero 1 September 4, 2000 78 Lexington, KY Raw Is War This was a triple threat match, also involving Kurt Angle.
WWE recognizes Guerrero's reign as lasting 80 days, ending on November 23, 2000, when the following episode aired on tape delay.
[85]
70 Billy Gunn 1 November 21, 2000 19 Sunrise, FL SmackDown! WWE recognizes Gunn's reign as lasting 17 days, beginning on November 23, 2000, when the episode aired on tape delay. [86]
71 Chris Benoit 3 December 10, 2000 42 Birmingham, AL Armageddon [87]
72 Chris Jericho 4 January 21, 2001 72 New Orleans, LA Royal Rumble This was a ladder match.
WWE recognizes Jericho's reign as lasting 74 days, ending on April 5, 2001, when the following episode aired on tape delay.
[88]
73 Triple H 3 April 3, 2001 7 Oklahoma City, OK SmackDown! WWE recognizes Triple H's reign as beginning on April 5, 2001 and ending on April 12, 2001, both episodes of which aired on tape delay. [89]
74 Jeff Hardy 1 April 10, 2001 6 Philadelphia, PA SmackDown! WWE recognizes Hardy's reign as lasting 4 days, beginning on April 12, 2001, when the episode aired on tape delay. [90]
75 Triple H 4 April 16, 2001 34 Knoxville, TN Raw Is War [91]
76 Kane 1 May 20, 2001 37 Sacramento, CA Judgment Day This was a chain match.
WWE recognizes Kane's reign as lasting 39 days, ending on June 28, 2001, when the following episode aired on tape delay.
[92][93]
77 Albert 1 June 26, 2001 27 New York, NY SmackDown! This was a no disqualification match.
WWE recognizes Albert's reign as lasting 25 days, beginning on June 28, 2001, when the episode aired on tape delay.
[94]
78 Lance Storm 1 July 23, 2001 27 Buffalo, NY Raw Is War [95]
79 Edge 2 August 19, 2001 35 San Jose, CA SummerSlam [96]
80 Christian 1 September 23, 2001 28 Pittsburgh, PA Unforgiven [97]
81 Edge 3 October 21, 2001 15 St. Louis, MO No Mercy This was a ladder match. [98]
82 Test 1 November 5, 2001 13 Uniondale, NY Raw [99]
83 Edge 4 November 18, 2001 63 Greensboro, NC Survivor Series This was a title unification match, where Edge also defended the WCW United States Championship. The United States Championship was deactivated in favor of continuing the Intercontinental Championship. [100]
84 William Regal 1 January 20, 2002 56 Atlanta, GA Royal Rumble [101]
85 Rob Van Dam 1 March 17, 2002 35 Toronto, ON WrestleMania X8 On March 25, the brand extension began, in which wrestlers and championships became exclusive to either the Raw or SmackDown! brands, represented by the show of the same name. The title became exclusive to Raw when Van Dam was drafted to the Raw brand. [102]
86 Eddie Guerrero 2 April 21, 2002 36 Kansas City, MO Backlash On May 6, 2002, after the World Wrestling Federation was renamed "World Wrestling Entertainment" due to a lawsuit by the World Wide Fund for Nature, the title was subsequently renamed to WWE Intercontinental Championship. [103][104]
87 Rob Van Dam 2 May 27, 2002 63 Edmonton, AB Raw This was a ladder match. [105]
88 Chris Benoit 4 July 29, 2002 27 Greensboro, NC Raw The title became exclusive to SmackDown when Benoit defected to SmackDown on July 30, 2002.
Aired on tape delay on August 1, 2002.
WWE incorrectly list Benoit's reign as ending on August 26, 2002, and lasting 28 days.
[106][107]
89 Rob Van Dam 3 August 25, 2002 22 Uniondale, NY SummerSlam The title was returned to Raw due to Van Dam's status as a Raw superstar.
WWE incorrectly list Van Dam's reign as beginning on August 6, 2002, and lasting 41 days.
[107][108]
90 Chris Jericho 5 September 16, 2002 14 Denver, CO Raw [109]
91 Kane 2 September 30, 2002 20 Houston, TX Raw [110]
92 Triple H 5 October 20, 2002 <1 North Little Rock, AR No Mercy This was a title unification match to unify the Intercontinental Championship with Triple H's World Heavyweight Championship. [111]
Unified October 20, 2002 North Little Rock, AR No Mercy Unified with Triple H's World Heavyweight Championship; the Intercontinental Championship was deactivated. [111]
93 Christian 2 May 18, 2003 50 Charlotte, NC Judgment Day Co-General Manager Stone Cold Steve Austin reactivated the title. Christian won the revived title in a battle royal. [112]
94 Booker T 1 July 7, 2003 34 Montreal, QC Raw That same month the United States Championship was reactivated for the SmackDown brand as the Intercontinental title's counterpart. [113]
95 Christian 3 August 10, 2003 50 Des Moines, IA House show [114]
96 Rob Van Dam 4 September 29, 2003 28 Rosemont, IL Raw This was a ladder match. [115]
97 Chris Jericho 6 October 27, 2003 <1 Fayetteville, NC Raw [116]
98 Rob Van Dam 5 48 This was a steel cage match. [117]
99 Randy Orton 1 December 14, 2003 210 Orlando, FL Armageddon Mick Foley was the guest referee. [118]
100 Edge 5 July 11, 2004 57 Hartford, CT Vengeance [119]
Vacated September 6, 2004 Wichita Falls, TX Raw Vacated due to injury. [119]
101 Chris Jericho 7 September 12, 2004 37 Portland, OR Unforgiven Defeated Christian in a ladder match for the vacant title. [120]
102 Shelton Benjamin 1 October 19, 2004 244 Milwaukee, WI Taboo Tuesday Due to the stipulation of the event, fans could vote for who would face Chris Jericho for the title; Benjamin had the most votes.
WWE recognizes Benjamin's reign as lasting 245 days.
[121]
103 Carlito 1 June 20, 2005 90 Phoenix, AZ Raw WWE incorrectly list Carlito's reign as ending on September 19, 2005, and lasting 91 days. [122]
104 Ric Flair 1 September 18, 2005 155 Oklahoma City, OK Unforgiven WWE incorrectly list Flair's reign as beginning on September 19, 2005, and lasting 154 days. [123]
105 Shelton Benjamin 2 February 20, 2006 69 Trenton, NJ Raw [124]
106 Rob Van Dam 6 April 30, 2006 15 Lexington, KY Backlash This was a title for contract match, where Van Dam also defended his Money in the Bank contract. [125]
107 Shelton Benjamin 3 May 15, 2006 41 Lubbock, TX Raw This was a 3-on-2 handicap Texas tornado match, featuring Benjamin, Chris Masters, and Triple H against WWE Champion John Cena and Rob Van Dam, in which anyone who beat Cena or Van Dam would win their respective title; Benjamin pinned Van Dam. [126]
108 Johnny Nitro 1 June 25, 2006 99 Charlotte, NC Vengeance This was a triple threat match, also involving Carlito. [127]
109 Jeff Hardy 2 October 2, 2006 35 Topeka, KS Raw [128]
110 Johnny Nitro 2 November 6, 2006 7 Columbus, OH Raw This was a no disqualification match. [129]
111 Jeff Hardy 3 November 13, 2006 98 Manchester, England Raw [130]
112 Umaga 1 February 19, 2007 56 Bakersfield, CA Raw [131]
113 Santino Marella 1 April 16, 2007 77 Milan, Italy Raw This was a No Holds Barred match. Santino was "picked out of the audience" by Vince McMahon. [132]
114 Umaga 2 July 2, 2007 62 Dallas, TX Raw WWE recognizes Umaga's reign as lasting 63 days, ending on September 3, 2007, when the following episode aired on tape delay. [133]
115 Jeff Hardy 4 September 2, 2007 190 Columbus, OH Raw WWE recognizes Hardy's reign as beginning on September 3, 2007. [134]
116 Chris Jericho 8 March 10, 2008 111 Milwaukee, WI Raw [135]
117 Kofi Kingston 1 June 29, 2008 49 Dallas, TX Night of Champions [136]
118 Santino Marella 2 August 17, 2008 85 Indianapolis, IN SummerSlam Won the title in an intergender tag team match in which both the Intercontinental and Women's Championship were on the line. The title was won when partner Beth Phoenix pinned Mickie James. [137]
119 William Regal 2 November 10, 2008 70 Manchester, England Raw [138]
120 CM Punk 1 January 19, 2009 49 Rosemont, IL Raw This was a no disqualification match. [139]
121 John Bradshaw Layfield 1 March 9, 2009 27 Jacksonville, FL Raw [140]
122 Rey Mysterio 1 April 5, 2009 63 Houston, TX WrestleMania XXV The title became exclusive to SmackDown following the 2009 WWE draft. [141]
123 Chris Jericho 9 June 7, 2009 21 New Orleans, LA Extreme Rules This was a No Holds Barred match. [142]
124 Rey Mysterio 2 June 28, 2009 65 Sacramento, CA The Bash This was a mask vs. title match.
WWE recognizes Mysterio's reign as lasting 68 days, ending on September 4, 2009, when the following episode aired on tape delay.
[143]
125 John Morrison 3 September 1, 2009 103 Cleveland, OH SmackDown WWE recognizes Morrison's reign as lasting 100 days, beginning on September 4, 2009, when the episode aired on tape delay.
John Morrison was formerly known as Johnny Nitro.
[144]
126 Drew McIntyre 1 December 13, 2009 161 San Antonio, TX TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs On May 7, 2010, SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long suspended McIntyre and vacated the title. The following week on SmackDown, Kofi Kingston won a tournament to declare a new champion, but Vince McMahon reverted Long's decision, nullifying Kingston's win and continuing McIntyre's. [145]
127 Kofi Kingston 2 May 23, 2010 66 Detroit, MI Over the Limit WWE recognizes Kingston's reign as lasting 75 days, ending on August 6, 2010, when the following episode aired on tape delay. [146]
128 Dolph Ziggler 1 July 28, 2010 160 Laredo, TX SmackDown WWE recognizes Ziggler's reign as lasting 154 days, beginning on August 6, 2010, and ending on January 7, 2011, both episodes of which aired on tape delay. [147]
129 Kofi Kingston 3 January 4, 2011 77 Tucson, AZ SmackDown WWE recognizes Kingston's reign as beginning on January 7, 2011 and ending on March 25, 2011, both episodes of which aired on tape delay. [148]
130 Wade Barrett 1 March 22, 2011 89 Columbus, OH SmackDown WWE recognizes Barrett's reign as lasting 86 days, beginning on March 25, 2011, when the episode aired on tape delay. [149]
131 Ezekiel Jackson 1 June 19, 2011 51 Washington, D.C. Capitol Punishment WWE recognizes Jackson's reign as lasting 54 days, ending on August 12, 2011, when the following episode aired on tape delay. [150]
132 Cody Rhodes 1 August 9, 2011 236 Sacramento, CA SmackDown WWE recognizes Rhodes's reign as lasting 234 days, beginning on August 12, 2011, when the episode aired on tape delay.
On August 29, 2011, the brand extension ended, allowing the Intercontinental Champion to appear on both Raw and SmackDown.
[151]
133 Big Show 1 April 1, 2012 28 Miami Gardens, FL WrestleMania XXVIII [152]
134 Cody Rhodes 2 April 29, 2012 21 Rosemont, IL Extreme Rules This was a tables match.
WWE recognizes Rhodes's reign as lasting 22 days.
[153]
135 Christian 4 May 20, 2012 64 Raleigh, NC Over the Limit [154]
136 The Miz 1 July 23, 2012 85 St. Louis, MO Raw 1000 [155]
137 Kofi Kingston 4 October 16, 2012 74 Memphis, TN Main Event Aired on tape delay on October 17, 2012.
WWE recognizes Kingston's reign as lasting 75 days.
[156]
138 Wade Barrett 2 December 29, 2012 99 Washington, D.C. Raw Aired on tape delay on December 31, 2012. [157]
139 The Miz 2 April 7, 2013 1 East Rutherford, NJ WrestleMania 29 Match aired live on YouTube and WWE.com as part of the WrestleMania 29 pre-show.
WWE recognizes The Miz's reign as lasting 2 days.
[158]
140 Wade Barrett 3 April 8, 2013 69 East Rutherford, NJ Raw [159]
141 Curtis Axel 1 June 16, 2013 155 Rosemont, IL Payback This was a triple threat match, also involving The Miz.
WWE recognizes Axel's reign as lasting 156 days.
[160]
142 Big E Langston 1 November 18, 2013 167 Nashville, TN Raw On February 12, 2014, Big E Langston's ring name was shortened to Big E. [161]
143 Bad News Barrett 4 May 4, 2014 57 East Rutherford, NJ Extreme Rules Bad News Barrett was formerly known as Wade Barrett.
WWE recognizes Barrett's reign as lasting 58 days.
[162]
Vacated June 30, 2014 Hartford, CT Raw Title vacated due to a shoulder injury. [163]
144 The Miz 3 July 20, 2014 28 Tampa, FL Battleground This was a 19-man battle royal. Miz last eliminated Dolph Ziggler to win the vacant title. [164]
145 Dolph Ziggler 2 August 17, 2014 35 Los Angeles, CA SummerSlam WWE recognizes Ziggler's reign as lasting 36 days. [165]
146 The Miz 4 September 21, 2014 1 Nashville, TN Night of Champions [166]
147 Dolph Ziggler 3 September 22, 2014 56 Memphis, TN Raw WWE recognizes Ziggler's reign as lasting 57 days. [167]
148 Luke Harper 1 November 17, 2014 27 Roanoke, VA Raw [168]
149 Dolph Ziggler 4 December 14, 2014 22 Cleveland, OH TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs This was a ladder match.
WWE recognizes Ziggler's reign as lasting 23 days.
[169]
150 Bad News Barrett 5 January 5, 2015 83 Corpus Christi, TX Raw Dolph Ziggler originally retained his title against Barrett, but Director of Operations Kane made the match a two-out-of-three falls match, which Barrett won. [170]
151 Daniel Bryan 1 March 29, 2015 43 Santa Clara, CA WrestleMania 31 This was a seven-way ladder match, also involving Dean Ambrose, Dolph Ziggler, Luke Harper, R-Truth, and Stardust.
WWE recognizes Bryan's reign as lasting 44 days.
[171]
Vacated May 11, 2015 Cincinnati, OH Raw Title vacated due to injury. [172]
152 Ryback 1 May 31, 2015 112 Corpus Christi, TX Elimination Chamber This was an Elimination Chamber match for the vacant title, also involving Sheamus, Dolph Ziggler, Mark Henry, R-Truth, and King Barrett. [173]
153 Kevin Owens 1 September 20, 2015 84 Houston, TX Night of Champions WWE recognizes Owens's reign as lasting 85 days. [174]
154 Dean Ambrose 1 December 13, 2015 64 Boston, MA TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs [175]
155 Kevin Owens 2 February 15, 2016 48 Anaheim, CA Raw This was a fatal five-way match, also involving Tyler Breeze, Stardust, and Dolph Ziggler. [176]
156 Zack Ryder 1 April 3, 2016 1 Arlington, TX WrestleMania 32 This was a seven-way ladder match, also involving Dolph Ziggler, Sami Zayn, Stardust, Sin Cara, and The Miz.
WWE recognizes Ryder's reign as lasting 2 days.
[177]
157 The Miz 5 April 4, 2016 188 Dallas, TX Raw The brand extension returned and the title became exclusive to the SmackDown brand following the 2016 WWE draft. [178]
158 Dolph Ziggler 5 October 9, 2016 37 Sacramento, CA No Mercy This was a title vs. career match. [179]
159 The Miz 6 November 15, 2016 49 Wilkes-Barre, PA SmackDown 900 Live [180]
160 Dean Ambrose 2 January 3, 2017 84+ Jacksonville, FL SmackDown Live [181]

Combined reigns

Inaugural champion Pat Patterson
Record nine-time champion Chris Jericho
The Honky Tonk Man, whose 454-day reign is the longest in history

As of March 28, 2017.

Indicates the current champion
Rank Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined days Combined days
recognized by WWE
1 Morales, PedroPedro Morales 2 619
2 Muraco, DonDon Muraco 2 541
3 The Honky Tonk Man 1 454
4 Santana, TitoTito Santana 2 443
5 Razor Ramon 4 437 438
6 The Ultimate Warrior 2 432
7 Savage, RandyRandy Savage 1 414
8 Michaels, ShawnShawn Michaels 3 406
Mr. Perfect 2 406
10 Wade Barrett 5 397 395
11 Benjamin, SheltonShelton Benjamin 3 354 355
12 The Miz 6 352 353
13 Rocky Maivia/The Rock 2 339
14 Hardy, JeffJeff Hardy 4 329 327
15 Jericho, ChrisChris Jericho 9 318 319
16 Ziggler, DolphDolph Ziggler 5 310 307
17 Jarrett, JeffJeff Jarrett 6 298 290
18 Hart, BretBret Hart 2 290
19 Valentine, GregGreg Valentine 1 285
20 Kingston, KofiKofi Kingston 4 266 276
21 Rhodes, CodyCody Rhodes 2 257 256
22 Patterson, PatPat Patterson 1 233
23 Patera, KenKen Patera 1 231
24 Van Dam, RobRob Van Dam 6 211
25 Orton, RandyRandy Orton 1 210
26 Johnny Nitro/John Morrison 3 209 206
27 Hunter Hearst Helmsley/Triple H 5 196 200
28 Christian 4 192
29 Edge 5 171
30 Goldust 3 168 161
31 Big E 1 167
32 Marella, SantinoSantino Marella 2 162
33 McIntyre, DrewDrew McIntyre 1 161
34 Axel, CurtisCurtis Axel 1 155 156
Flair, RicRic Flair 1 155
36 Ambrose, DeanDean Ambrose 2 148+
37 Rude, RickRick Rude 1 148
38 Benoit, ChrisChris Benoit 4 142 144
39 Diesel 1 138
40 Owens, KevinKevin Owens 2 132 133
Hart, OwenOwen Hart 2 132
42 Mysterio, ReyRey Mysterio 2 128 131
43 Regal, WilliamWilliam Regal 2 126
44 Shamrock, KenKen Shamrock 1 125
45 Umaga 2 118 119
46 Guerrero, EddieEddie Guerrero 2 114 116
47 Ryback 1 112
48 Carlito 1 90
49 The Texas Tornado 1 84
50 Venis, ValVal Venis 2 83 81
51 Piper, RoddyRoddy Piper 1 77
52 Stone Cold Steve Austin 2 65 93
Steamboat, RickyRicky Steamboat 1 65
54 Chyna 2 64
55 The British Bulldog 1 59
56 Kane 2 57 59
57 Jackson, EzekielEzekiel Jackson 1 51 54
58 Johnson, AhmedAhmed Johnson 1 50 58
59 CM Punk 1 49
60 Bryan, DanielDaniel Bryan 1 43 44
The Godfather 1 43
62 Angle, KurtKurt Angle 1 35
63 Booker T 1 34
64 Big Show 1 28
Mero, MarcMarc Mero 1 28
66 Albert 1 27 25
John Bradshaw Layfield 1 27
Storm, LanceLance Storm 1 27
Harper, LukeLuke Harper 1 27
70 Brown, D'LoD'Lo Brown 1 26 27
71 Jannetty, MartyMarty Jannetty 1 20
72 Gunn, BillyBilly Gunn 1 19 17
73 Rikishi 1 14
Road Dogg 1 14
75 Test 1 13
76 The Mountie 1 2
77 Ryder, ZackZack Ryder 1 1 2
78 Douglas, DeanDean Douglas 1 <1

See also

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External links

  • Official WWE Intercontinental Championship Title History
  • Wrestling-Titles.com: Intercontinental Championship
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