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Intercontinental Championship
The Intercontinental Championship's current design
The Intercontinental Championship's current design
Details
Current
champion(s)
Seth Rollins
Date won January 10, 2021
(aired January 10, 2021)
Promotion WWE

The WWE Intercontinental Championship is the second-tier championship title in the WWE E-Fed federation on Monday Night RAW; the first brand of the company. This title was introduced by in 2005.

WWE Intercontinental title reigns are determined by professional wrestling matches, in which wrestlers are involved in rivalries that are played out on WWE programming. These narratives create feuds between various wrestlers, which cast them as heels and faces.

History[]

The Intercontinental Championship was introduced in 2005 with Carlito becoming the inaugural champion on July 31, 2005 at Bad Blood by defeating Chris Jericho.

Reigns[]

The inaugural champion was Carlito, who won the title by defeating Chris Jericho on July 31, 2005. Currently, Jeff Hardy holds the record for the most reigns as champion with seven reigns. Finn Balor, is the longest reigning champion in history with his reign lasting 266 days. Seth Rollins is the current champion, and is in his second reign. Overall, there have been 95 Intercontinental Championship reigns with ten vacancies.

List of Champions[]

As of December 15, 2020.

# Wrestler Name Reign Date Days held Venue Notes
1 Carlito 1 July 31, 2005 21 Bad Blood

Carlito defeated Chris Jericho to become the inaugural champion.

2 Brock Lesnar 1 August 21, 2005 73 SummerSlam
3 Edge 1 November 1, 2005 117 Taboo Tuesday
4 Matt Cross 1 February 27, 2006 40 RAW
5 Sean O'Haire 1 April 9, 2006 28 WrestleMania 22
6 Matt Cross 2 May 7, 2006 42 Backlash
Vacated June 19, 2006 RAW

The title was vacated following Cross' release from the company

7 Christian Cage 1 July 3, 2006 7 RAW

Christian won the vacant title in a Gauntlet match on RAW

8 Thomas Brewington 1 July 10, 2006 67 RAW
9 Sylvan 1 September 17, 2006 50 Unforgiven
10 Chris Jericho 1 November 11, 2006 89 Taboo Tuesday
11 Edge 2 February 6, 2007 28 Royal Rumble

Chris Jericho had vacated the title prior to the match PPV and Edge faced Rob Conway for the vacant championship

12 Rob Conway 1 March 4, 2007 21 RAW
13 Edge 3 March 25, 2007 35 Bad Blood
Vacated April 30, 2007 RAW
14 Jeff Hardy 1 May 7, 2007 96 RAW

Hardy defeated both Gregory Helms and Chris Sabin for the vacant title

Vacated September 3, 2007 SummerSlamiversary
15 Chris Sabin 1 September 30, 2007 51 Unforgiven

Sabin defeated Alex Shelley to win the vacant title

16 Alex Shelley 1 November 21, 2007 110 Taboo Tuesday
17 Jeff Hardy 2 March 31, 2008 29 WrestleMania
18 Alex Shelley 2 April 30, 2008 25 Bad Blood

Shelley vacated the championship on an episode of SmackDown

19 Pete Gas 1 June 22, 2008 62 Insurrextion

Gas defeated Kenny Dykstra for the vacant championship

Vacated August 24, 2008 SummerSlammiversary
20 CM Punk 1 September 1, 2008 22 RAW

CM Punk defeated Chase Stevens to win the vacant championship

21 Buschski 1 September 22, 2008 123 Unforgiven
22 Rob Van Dam 1 January 25, 2009 21 New Years Revolution
23 Buschski 2 February 16, 2009 14 Royal Rumble
24 Buschski & Rob Van Dam 3 (Buschski) 2 (Van Dam) March 9, 2009 33 WrestleMania

There was a controversial finish between Buschski and Van Dam so they were named Co-Champions. This began Buschski's third reign as Intercontinental Champion while Van Dam began his second reign.

25 Shiima Xion 1 April 12, 2009 28 WrestleMania

Shiima defeated both Rob Van Dam and Buschski in a triple threat match to become the sole Intercontinental Champion

26 CM Punk 2 May 10, 2009 40 Backlash
27 Kevin Nash 1 June 30, 2009 102 Insurrextion
28 Zack Ryder 1 October 12, 2009 40 RAW
29 Tyler Chandler 1 November 22, 2009 154 Survivor Series
30 Alex Shelley & Chris Sabin 3 (Alex Shelley) 2 (Chris Sabin) April 25, 2010 42 RAW

Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin both pinned reigning champion Tyler Chandler thus making them co-champions

31 Drew McIntyre 1 June 7, 2010 7 RAW

Drew McIntyre beat Chris Sabin who had gone on to become the sole holder of the title after Alex Shelley was released

32 The Miz 1 June 14, 2010 55 RAW

The Miz won a battle royal on RAW to be crowned the new champion

33 Chris Sabin 3 August 9, 2010 32 RAW
34 Brendan Moretti 1 September 26, 2010 62 Night of Champions

Christian and Tyler Chandler were also involved in the match including then champion Chris Sabin

35 Dolph Ziggler 1 November 28, 2010 42 Survivor Series

Chris Sabin was also involved in the match including then champion Brendan Moretti

36 The Miz 2 January 9, 2011 57 New Years Revolution
37 Ted DiBiase 1 March 6, 2011 48 No Way Out
38 Alberto Del Rio 1 April 24, 2011 36 WrestleMania 27
39 Travis Kooper 1 May 31, 2011 24 RAW
40 Billy Cassidy 1 June 26, 2011 252 Over The Limit

On November 28, 2011 Cassidy would become the longest reigning Intercontinental Champion in WWE history.

41 Paul Burchill 1 March 4, 2012 49 Cyber Sunday
42 Billy Cassidy 2 April 22, 2012 15 Wrestlemania 28

Cassidy would be stripped of the championship by Shane McMahon on the May 7, 2012 episode of RAW after failing a drug test.

Vacated May 7, 2012 RAW
43 Paul Burchill 2 June 25, 2012 7 Invasion

Burchill would vacate the championship after being released from the company.

Vacated July 2, 2012 RAW
44 Jeff Hardy 3 July 22, 2012 98 Unforgiven

Hardy would join Edge, Alex Shelley, Chris Sabin, Buschski for most reigns as champion with three.

45 Tyler Chandler 2 October 28, 2012 50 Halloween Havoc
46 Jeff Hardy 4 December 17, 2012 34 Monday Night RAW
47 Edge 4 January 20, 2013 63 New Years Revolution
48 Matt Hardy 1 March 24, 2013 28 Cyber Sunday
49 Dolph Ziggler 2 April 21, 2013 29 Wrestlemania XXIX
50 James Storm 1 May 20, 2013 41 Monday Night RAW
51 Daniel Bryan 1 June 30, 2013 28 Invasion
52 Shawn Michaels 1 July 28, 2013 28 Unforgiven
53 Briley Pierce 1 August 25, 2013 36 SummerSlam
54 Nick Mitchell 1 September 30, 2013 27 Raw
55 John Morrison 1 October 27, 2013 28 Halloween Havoc Morrison defeats Jeff Hardy in an impromptu Ladder Match after Mitchell unable to compete.
56 Jeff Hardy 5 November 24, 2013 22 Survivor Series
57 John Morrison 2 December 16, 2013 28 Raw
58 Jeff Hardy 6 January 12, 2014 29 New Year's Revolution
59 Chris Sabin 4 February 10, 2014 181 Raw
60 Seth Rollins 1 August 10, 2014 42 SummerSlam
61 Dolph Ziggler 3 September 21, 2014 8 Night of Champions This was a Championship Scramble match also featuring Jake Anderson, Eugene, Jeff Hardy, and Nick Mitchell.
Vacated September 29, 2014 Raw The championship was vacated due to Dolph Ziggler sustaining a concussion at Night of Champions.
62 Jake Anderson 1 October 6, 2014 97 Raw
63 Enzo Amore 1 January 11, 2015 41 New Year's Revolution
64 Sami Zayn 1 February 22, 2015 84 Royal Rumble
65 Shane Helms 1 May 17, 2015 56 Extreme Rules
66 Roman Reigns 1 July 12, 2015 155 Unforgiven
67 Colt Cabana 1 December 14, 2015 91 RAW
68 Kenny Omega 1 March 14, 2016 13 RAW
69 Matt Sydal 1 March 27, 2016 49 WrestleMania 32
70 Magnus 1 May 15, 2016 22 Extreme Rules
70 Big Show 1 June 6, 2016 83 Raw
71 Enzo Amore 2 August 28, 2016 56 SummerSlam (2016) Big Show forfeited the title to Amore
72 Noam Dar 2 October 23rd, 2016 57 Halloween Havoc
73 Jeff Hardy 7 December 19, 2016 20 Raw
74 Edge 5 January 8, 2017 77 New Year's Revolution
75 Pastor William Eaver 1 March 26. 2017 63 WrestleMania XXXIII
76 Kenny Omega 2 May 28, 2017 49 Extreme Rules
77 The Miz 3 July 16, 2017 98 Unforgiven
78 Dean Ambrose 1 October 22, 2017 57 Halloween Havoc
79 Dolph Ziggler 4 December 18, 2017 21 Raw
80 Enzo Amore 3 January 7, 2018 161 Royal Rumble
81 Shane Helms 1 June 18, 2018 69 Raw
82 Chris Jericho 2 August 26, 2018 15 SummerSlam
83 Shane Strickland 1 September 10, 2018 41 Raw
84 Finn Balor 1 October 21, 2018 266 Halloween Havoc Balor vacated the championship at Unforgiven on July 14th, 2019.
- Vacant - July 14, 2019 - Raw
85 Dolph Ziggler 5 August 26, 2019 22 SummerSlam
86 CM Punk 3 September 16, 2019 7 Raw Punk vacated the championship on the September 23, 2019 episode of Raw.
- Vacant - September 23, 2019 - Raw
87 The Miz 4 October 20, 2019 21 Halloween Havoc
88 Big E 1 November 24, 2019 21 Survivor Series
89 Jimmy Havoc 1 December 18, 2019 159 Cyber Sunday
90 Johnny Gargano 1 May 25, 2020 1 RAW
Vacated May 26, 2020 SmackDown Johnny Gargano relinquished the championship when drafted to SmackDown
91 The Rock 1 June 28, 2020 63 Unforgiven (2020) The Rock defeated MJF and Fandango in a Triple Threat match to win the vacant title.
92 Maxwell Jacob Friedman 1 August 30, 2020 15 SummerSlam (2020)
93 Adam Cole 1 September 14, 2020 76 Raw
94 Dolph Ziggler 6 December 14, 2020 27 Raw
95 Seth Rollins 2 January 10, 2021 1+ Royal Rumble (2021)

List of combined reigns[]

Indicates the current champion
<1 Indicates the reign was less than 1 day

As of January 11, 2021

Rank Wrestler # of Reigns Combined Days
1. Jeff Hardy 7 337
2. Edge 5 320
3. Chris Sabin 4 306
4. Billy Cassidy 2 267
5. Finn Balor 1 266
6. Enzo Amore 3 258
7. Tyler Chandler 2 204
8. Alex Shelley 3 177
9. Buschski 3 170
10. Jimmy Havoc 1 159
11. Roman Reigns 1 155
12. Dolph Ziggler 6 149
13. The Miz 4 133
14. Chris Jericho 2 104
15. Kevin Nash 1 102
16. Jake Anderson 1 97
17. Colt Cabana 1 91
18. Sami Zayn 1 84
19 Big Show 2 83
20 Matt Cross 2 82
22. Brock Lesnar 1 73
23. Adam Cole 1 76
23. CM Punk 3 69
24. Thomas Brewington 1 67
25. The Rock 1 63
26. Brendan Moretti 1 62
26. Pete Gas 1 62
27. John Morrison 2 57
28. Paul Burchill 2 56
28. Shane Helms 1 56
29. Rob Van Dam 2 54
30. Sylvan 1 50
31. Matt Sydal 1 49
32. Ted DiBiase 1 48
33. Seth Rollins 2 43+
34. James Storm 1 41
35. Zack Ryder 1 40
36. Alberto Del Rio 1 36
36. Briley Pierce 1 36
37. Sean O'Haire 1 28
37. Matt Hardy 1 28
37. Daniel Bryan 1 28
37. Shawn Michaels 1 28
38. Nick Mitchell 1 27
39. Travis Kooper 1 24
40. Magnus 1 22
41. Carlito 1 21
41. Rob Conway 1 21
42. Maxwell Jacob Friedman 1 15
43. Kenny Omega 1 13
44. Christian Cage 1 7
44. Drew McIntyre 1 7
45. Johnny Gargano 1 1

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