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The WWE Intercontinental Championship is a professional wrestling championship contested for in and owned by the American promotion World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). The title was introduced into WWE in 1979, which was known as the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) at the time. The explanation was that Pat Patterson, holder of the WWF North American Heavyweight Championship, had defended the title in a tournament to be unified with a South American Heavyweight Championship in Rio de Janeiromarker, Brazilmarker. The WWF considered the Intercontinental Championship to be the second most important championship in the company, after the WWF Championship.

In March 2001, the WWF bought the bankrupt promotions of World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW), which included all of its assets and titles. Due to the new acquisitions, the WWF introduced a storyline called the "The Invasion," in which WCW and ECW alumni invaded the WWF and resulted in another WWF championship in the WCW United States Championship. At Survivor Series 2001, the two championships were unified. The United States Champion, Edge, defeated the Intercontinental Champion, Test, causing the United States Championship to become inactive while becoming the new Intercontinental Champion. Following the acquisitions, the WWF was court ordered to change their name, which was changed to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). After the name change, the Undisputed Title was renamed to the WWE Intercontinental Championship. It was then unified with the European Championship in a ladder match on July 22, and the Hardcore Championship on August 26. The Intercontinental Champion, Rob Van Dam, defeated the European Champion, Jeff Hardy, and the Hardcore Champion, Tommy Dreamer. As a result, Rob Van Dam was named the last European and Hardcore Champion. At No Mercy , it was unified with the World Heavyweight Championship. The World Heavyweight Champion, Triple H, defeated the Intercontinental Champion, Kane, causing the Intercontinental Championship to become inactive.

In May 2003, the title was reactivated by Raw co-General Manager, Steve Austin, and was recommissioned to be a secondary championship to the Raw brand. Shortly after, the WCW United States Championship was reactivated as the WWE United States Championship by the SmackDown brand, making the title its equal counterpart. On April 13, 2009, when reigning champion Rey Mysterio was drafted from Raw to SmackDown during the 2009 WWE Draft, the title became property of the SmackDown brand.

WWE Intercontinental Championship reigns are determined by professional wrestling matches, in which competitors are involved in scripted rivalries. These narratives create feud between the various competitors, which cast them as villains and heroes. Some reigns were held by champions using a ring name, while others used their real name. The first champion was Pat Patterson, who won the championship in 1979, while as of the current champion is John Morrison, who is in his third reign. Overall, there have been 63 different champions, with Chris Jericho having the most reigns at nine.

Title history


Name Years
WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship
WWF Intercontinental Championship
WWE Intercontinental Championship 2002 - present


As of , .: indicates reigns and title changes not recognized by WWE.
# Wrestler Reigns Date Days held Location Event Notes Ref.
Pat Patterson 1 N/A N/A
Ken Patera 1 New York, NYmarker Live event
Pedro Morales 1 New York, NY Live event
Don Muraco 1 Philadelphia, PAmarker Live event
Pedro Morales 2 New York, NY Live event
Don Muraco 2 New York, NY Live event
Tito Santana 1 Boston, MAmarker Live event
Greg Valentine 1 London, ONmarker Maple Leaf Wrestling
Tito Santana 2 Baltimore, MDmarker Live event
Randy Savage 1 Boston, MA Live event
Ricky Steamboat 1 Pontiac, MImarker WrestleMania III
The Honky Tonk Man 1 Buffalo, NYmarker WWF Superstars of Wrestling
The Ultimate Warrior 1 New York, NY SummerSlam
Rick Rude 1 Atlantic City, NJmarker WrestleMania V
The Ultimate Warrior 2 East Rutherford, NJmarker SummerSlam
Vacated 0 Toronto, ONmarker WrestleMania VI
Mr. Perfect 1 Austin, TXmarker WWF Superstars
The Texas Tornado 1 Philadelphia, PA SummerSlam
Mr. Perfect 2 Rochester, NYmarker WWF Superstars
Bret Hart 1 New York, NY SummerSlam
The Mountie 1 Springfield, MAmarker Live event
Roddy Piper 1 Albany, NYmarker Royal Rumble
Bret Hart 2 Indianapolis, INmarker WrestleMania VIII
The British Bulldog 1 London, Englandmarker SummerSlam
Shawn Michaels 1 Terre Haute, INmarker Saturday Night's Main Event
Marty Jannetty 1 New York, NY Raw
Shawn Michaels 2 Albany, NY Live event
Vacated 0 N/A N/A
Razor Ramon 1 New Haven, CTmarker Raw
Diesel 1 Rochester, NY WWF Superstars
Razor Ramon 2 Chicago, ILmarker SummerSlam
Jeff Jarrett 1 Tampa, FLmarker Royal Rumble
Vacated 0 Moline, ILmarker Live event
Jeff Jarrett 2 Moline, IL Live event
Razor Ramon 3 Montreal, QCmarker Live event
Jeff Jarrett 3 Trois-Rivières, QCmarker Live event
Shawn Michaels 3 Nashville, TNmarker In Your House 2: The Lumberjacks
Dean Douglas 1 Winnipeg, MBmarker In Your House 4: Great White North
Razor Ramon 4 Winnipeg, MB In Your House 4: Great White North
Goldust 1 Fresno, CAmarker Royal Rumble
Vacated 0 N/A Raw
Goldust 2 San Bernardino, CAmarker Raw
Ahmed Johnson 1 Milwaukee, WImarker King of the Ring
Vacated 0 N/A N/A
Marc Mero 1 Hershey, PAmarker Raw
Hunter Hearst Helmsley 1 Fort Wayne, INmarker Raw
Rocky Maivia 1 Lowell, MAmarker Thursday Raw Thursday
Owen Hart 1 Omaha, NEmarker Raw is War
Steve Austin 1 East Rutherford, NJ SummerSlam
Vacated 0 N/A N/A
Owen Hart 2 St. Louis, MOmarker Badd Blood: In Your House
Steve Austin 2 Montreal, QC Survivor Series
The Rock 2 Portland, MEmarker Raw is War
Triple H 2 New York, NY SummerSlam
Vacated 0 N/A N/A
Ken Shamrock 1 Uniondale, NYmarker Raw is War
Val Venis 1 Memphis, TNmarker In Your House: St. Valentine's Day Massacre
Road Dogg 1 San Jose, CAmarker Raw is War
Goldust 3 East Rutherford, NJ Raw is War
The Godfather 1 Detroit, MImarker Raw is War
Jeff Jarrett 4 Moline, IL Raw is War
Edge 1 Toronto, ON Live event
Jeff Jarrett 5 Buffalo, NY Fully Loaded
D'Lo Brown 1 Dayton, OHmarker Raw is War
Jeff Jarrett 6 Minneapolis, MNmarker SummerSlam
Chyna 1 Cleveland, OHmarker No Mercy
Chris Jericho 1 Sunrise, FLmarker Armageddon
Chris Jericho & Chyna 1 Miami, FLmarker Raw is War
Chris Jericho 2 New York, NY Royal Rumble
Kurt Angle 1 Hartford, CTmarker No Way Out
Chris Benoit 1 Anaheim, CAmarker WrestleMania 2000
Chris Jericho 3 Richmond, VAmarker SmackDown!
Chris Benoit 2 Uniondale, NY Raw is War
Rikishi 1 Memphis, TN SmackDown!
Val Venis 2 Fort Lauderdale, FLmarker SmackDown!
Chyna 2 Raleigh, NCmarker SummerSlam
Eddie Guerrero 1 Knoxville, TNmarker Raw is War
Billy Gunn 1 Sunrise, FL SmackDown!
Chris Benoit 3 Birmingham, ALmarker Armageddon
Chris Jericho 4 New Orleans, LAmarker Royal Rumble
Triple H 3 Oklahoma City, OKmarker SmackDown!
Jeff Hardy 1 Philadelphia, PA SmackDown!
Triple H 4 Knoxville, TN Raw is War
Kane 1 Sacramento, CAmarker Judgment Day
Albert 1 New York, NY SmackDown!
Lance Storm 1 Buffalo, NY Raw is War
Edge 2 San Jose, CA SummerSlam
Christian 1 Pittsburgh, PAmarker Unforgiven
Edge 3 St. Louis, MO No Mercy
Test 1 Uniondale, NY Raw
Edge 4 Greensboro, NCmarker Survivor Series
William Regal 1 Atlanta, GAmarker Royal Rumble
Rob Van Dam 1 Toronto, ON WrestleMania X8
Eddie Guerrero 2 Kansas City, MOmarker Backlash
Rob Van Dam 2 Edmonton, ABmarker Raw
Chris Benoit 4 Greensboro, NC Raw
Rob Van Dam 3 Uniondale, NY SummerSlam
Chris Jericho 5 Denver, COmarker Raw
Kane 2 Houston, TXmarker Raw
Triple H 5 Little Rock, ARmarker No Mercy
Unified 0 Little Rock, AR No Mercy (2002)
Christian 2 Charlotte, NCmarker Judgment Day
Booker T 1 Montreal, QC Raw
Christian 3 Des Moines, IAmarker Live event
Rob Van Dam 4 Chicago, IL Raw
Chris Jericho 6 Fayetteville, NCmarker Raw
Rob Van Dam 5 Fayetteville, NC Raw
Randy Orton 1 Orlando, FL Armageddon
Edge 5 Hartford, CT Vengeance
Vacated 0 N/A N/A
Chris Jericho 7 Portland, ORmarker Unforgiven
Shelton Benjamin 1 Milwaukee, WI Taboo Tuesday
Carlito 1 Phoenix, AZmarker Raw
Ric Flair 1 Oklahoma City, OK Unforgiven
Shelton Benjamin 2 Trenton, NJmarker Raw
Rob Van Dam 6 Lexington, KYmarker Backlash
Shelton Benjamin 3 Lubbock, TXmarker Raw
Johnny Nitro 1 Charlotte, NC Vengeance
Jeff Hardy 2 Topeka, KSmarker Raw
Johnny Nitro 2 Columbus, OHmarker Raw
Jeff Hardy 3 Manchester, Englandmarker Raw
Umaga 1 Bakersfield, CAmarker Raw
Santino Marella 1 Milan, Italymarker Raw
Umaga 2 Dallas, TXmarker Raw
Jeff Hardy 4 Columbus, OH Raw
Chris Jericho 8 Milwaukee, WI Raw
Kofi Kingston 1 Dallas, TX Night of Champions
Santino Marella 2 Indianapolis, IN SummerSlam
William Regal 2 Manchester, England Raw
CM Punk 1 Chicago, IL Raw
John "Bradshaw" Layfield 1 Jacksonville, FLmarker Raw
Rey Mysterio 1 Houston, TX WrestleMania XXV
Chris Jericho 9 New Orleans, LA Extreme Rules
Rey Mysterio 2 Sacramento, CA The Bash
John Morrison

3 + Cleveland, OH Friday Night SmackDown

List of combined reigns

As of , .
Rank Wrestler # of Reigns Combined Days
1. Pedro Morales 2 619
2. Don Muraco 2 541
3. The Honky Tonk Man 1 454
4. Tito Santana 2 443
5. Razor Ramon 4 438
6. The Ultimate Warrior 2 432
7. Randy Savage 1 414
8. Mr. Perfect 2 406
8. Shawn Michaels 3 406
10. Shelton Benjamin 3 354
11. The Rock 2 339
12. Jeff Hardy 4 329
13. Chris Jericho 9 318
14. Bret Hart 2 290
14. Jeff Jarrett 6 290
16. Greg Valentine 1 285
17. Ken Patera 1 231
18. Pat Patterson 1 219
19. Rob Van Dam 6 211
20. Randy Orton 1 210
21. John Morrison 3 +
22. Triple H 5 196
23. Edge 5 171
24. Santino Marella 2 162
25. Goldust 3 161
26. Ric Flair 1 155
27. Rick Rude 1 148
28. Chris Benoit 4 142
29. Diesel 1 138
30. Owen Hart 2 132
31. Christian 3 128
31. Rey Mysterio 2 128
33. William Regal 2 126
34. Ken Shamrock 1 125
35. Umaga 2 118
36. Eddie Guerrero 2 114


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