WWE Intercontinental Championship History & Current Champion

Last updated: 12/20/12
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Wade Barrett (2)12/31/2012Washington, DCWWE RAW
Kofi Kingston (4)10/17/12Memphis, TNWWE Main Event• The title switch was the first championship change to take place on the Ion Television show. The switch occurred just three weeks after the premiere of the series
The Miz7/23/2012St. Louis, MOWWE RAW 1000--
Christian (4)5/20/2012Raleigh, NCOver the Limit--
Cody Rhodes (2)4/29/2012Chicago, ILExtreme Rules• Rhodes regained the title in a Tables Match which ended in controversial fashion after Big Show accidentally stepped on a table on the outside of the ring after Rhodes dropkicked him off the apron of the ring
The Big Show4/1/2012Miami, FLWrestleMania 28--
Cody Rhodes8/12/2011Sacramento, CAWWE SmackDown!--
Ezekiel Jackson6/19/2011Washington, DCCapital Punishment--
Wade Barrett (1)3/25/2011Columbus, OHWWE SmackDown!--
Kofi Kingston (3)1/7/2011Tucson, AZWWE SmackDown!--
Dolph Ziggler8/6/2010Laredo, TXWWE SmackDown!--
Kofi Kingston (2)5/23/2010Detroit, MIOver the Limit• Kingston won the match after making it to the finals of a four-man tournament.
• Drew McIntyre was his final opponent in the tournament.
VACATED5/14/2010North Charleston, SCWWE SmackDown!• McIntyre was storyline suspended and eventually fired after continually attacking Matt Hardy.
Drew McIntyre12/13/2009San Antonio, TXTLC--
John Morrison (3)9/1/2009Cleveland, OHWWE SmackDown!--
Rey Mysterio (2)6/28/2009Sacramento, CAThe Great American Bash• During the match, Jericho took off Mysterio's mask, but Mysterio had another mask underneath.
• Stipulations of this match called for Mysterio to unmask if he lost the bout.
Chris Jericho (8)6/7/2009New Orleans, LAExtreme Rules• This match was contested in a No Holds Barred Match
Rey Mysterio (1)4/5/2009Houston, TXWrestleMania 25• After the match, JBL announced that he quit.
John Bradshaw Layfield (JBL)3/9/2009Jacksonville, FLWWE RAW--
CM Punk1/19/2009Chicago, ILWWE RAW• This match was a No DQ Match.
William Regal (2)11/10/2008Manchester, EnglandWWE RAW--
Santino Marella (2)8/17/2008Indianapolis, INSummerSlam• This match was contested in a Tag Match with Marella teaming with Beth Phoenix to face Kofi Kingston and Mickie James.
• Both the IC and Women's Champions were on the line
• Mickie James was the Women's Champion.
Kofi Kingston (1)6/29/2008Dallas, TXNight of Champion--
Chris Jericho (7)3/10/2008Milwaukee, WIWWE RAW--
Jeff Hardy (4)9/3/2007Columbus, OHWWE RAW--
Santino Marella4/16/2007Milan, ItalyWWE RAW• This match featured the debut of Marella.
• This match was contested in a No Holds Barred Match after Bobby Lashley interfered in the match, attacked Vince McMahon and hit Umaga with a spear after multiple chair shots.
Umaga2/19/2007Bakersfield, CAWWE RAW--
Jeff Hardy (3)11/13/2006Manchester, EnglandWWE RAW--
Johnny Nitro (2)11/6/2006Columbus, OHWWE RAW--
Jeff Hardy (2)10/2/2006Topeka, KSWWE RAW--
Johnny Nitro (1)6/25/2006Charlotte, NCVengeance• This match was contested in a Triple Threat Match featuring Nitro, Benjamin, and Carlito Caribbean Cool.
Shelton Benjamin (3)5/15/2006Lubbock, TXWWE RAW• The title was put on the line in a Handicap Match featuring Triple H, Benjamin, and Chris Masters vs John Cena and Rob Van Dam.
Rob Van Dam (6)4/30/2006Lexington, KYBacklash• As per the stipulations of the match, Benjamin would have won RVD's Money in the Bank briefcase if he won the match.
Shelton Benjamin (2)2/20/2006Trenton, NJWWE RAW--
Ric Flair9/18/2005Oklahoma City, OKUnforgiven--
Carlito Caribbean Cool6/20/2005Phoenix, AZWWE RAW• Cool won the match after Eric Bischoff announced that the next draft pick to RAW was going to challenge Benjamin.
Shelton Benjamin (1)10/19/2004Milwaukee, WITaboo Tuesday• Benjamin was chosen as Chris Jericho's challenger as voted by the fans for the fan-interactive PPV.
• Benjamin won 37% of the vote followed by Batista's 20%.
Chris Jericho (6)9/12/2004Portland, ORUnforgiven• Both competed for the vacant IC Title, as announced by Eric Bischoff
• This match was contested in a Ladder Match.
VACATED9/6/2004----• RAW General Manager Eric Bischoff stripped Edge of the title due to injury.
Edge (5)7/11/2004Hartford, CTVengeance--
Randy Orton12/14/2003Orlando, FLArmageddon• Mick Foley worked the match as the special guest referee.
Rob Van Dam (5)10/27/2003Fayeteville, NCWWE RAW• This match took place inside a Steel Cage after insistence by RAW co-General Manager Stone Cold Steve Austin
Chris Jericho (5)10/27/2003Fayeteville, NCWWE RAW--
Rob Van Dam (4)9/29/2003Chicago, ILWWE RAW• This match was contested in a Ladder Match.
Christian (3)8/10/2003Des Moines, IAVeterans Memorial Auditorium--
Booker T7/7/2003Montreal, Quebec, CanadaWWE RAW--
Christian (2)5/8/2003Charlotte, NCJudgment Day• The title was brought back by co-RAW General Manger Stone Cold Steve Austin in a 9-man battle royal that included Christian, Booker T, Lance Storm, Kane, Chris Jericho, Goldust, Test, Rob Van Dam, and Val Venis.
PHASED OUT10/20/2002Little Rock, ARNo Mercy• The IC Title was phased out in a IC Title/World Title unification match between Triple H, the World Champion, and Kane, the IC Champion.
Kane (2)9/30/2002Houston, TXWWE RAW• Stipulations for this match called for the winner to face Triple H for the World Title at No Mercy.
Chris Jericho (4)9/16/2002Denver, COWWE RAW--
Rob Van Dam (3)8/25/2002Long Island, NYSummerSlam--
Chris Benoit (4)7/29/2002Greensboro, NCWWE RAW--
Rob Van Dam (2)5/27/2002Edmonton, Alberta, CanadaWWE RAW• This match was contested in a Ladder Match.
Eddie Guerrero (2)4/21/2002Kansas City, MOBacklash--
Rob Van Dam (1)3/17/2002Toronto, Ontario, CanadaWrestleMania X-8--
William Regal (1)1/20/2002Atlanta, GARoyal Rumble--
Edge (4)11/18/2001Greensboro, NCSurvivor Series• This was a IC Title & WCW US Title unification match.
• Edge, the WCW US Champion, unified the titles after his win.
Test11/5/2001Long Island, NYWWF RAW--
Edge (3)10/21/2001St. Louis, MONo Mercy• Edge and his former tag-team partner competed in a Ladder Match during this bout.
Christian (1)9/23/2001Pittsburgh, PAUnforgiven--
Edge (2)8/19/2001San Jose, CASummerSlam--
Lance Storm7/23/2001Buffalo, NYWWF RAW• Hugh Morrus interfered in the match and hit Albert with the title belt.
Albert6/26/2001New York City, NYWWF SmackDown!• This match was contested in a No DQ Match.
• Diamond Dallas Page interfered in the match by hitting the Diamond Cutter on Kane before leaving through the crowd.
Kane (1)5/20/2001Sacramento, CAJudgment Day• This match was contested in a Chain Match.
• Stone Cold Steve Austin, HHH's tag-team partner and co-WWF Tag Team Champion, accidentally hit HHH with a steel chair, causing Kane to win the title.
Triple H (4)4/16/2001Knoxville, TNWWF RAW--
Jeff Hardy (1)4/10/2001Philadelphia, PAWWF SmackDown!• Matt Hardy interfered on behalf of his brother and hit HHH with a steel chair, causing his brother to win the title
Triple H (3)4/3/2001Oklahoma City, OKWWF SmackDown!--
Chris Jericho (3)1/21/2001New Orleans, LARoyal Rumble• The match was contested in a Ladder Match.
Chris Benoit (3)12/10/2000Birmingham, ALArmageddon--
Billy Gunn11/21/2000Ft. Lauderdale, FLWWF SmackDown!--
Eddie Guerrero (1)9/4/2000Lexington, KYWWF RAW• Guerrero defeated Chyna and Kurt Angle in a Triple Threat Match
Chyna (3)8/27/2000Raleigh, NCSummerSlam• The match was contested in a Tag Team Match featuring Eddie Guerrero & Chyna vs Val Venis & Trish Stratus.
• Pre-match stipulations: If Val Venis or Trish Stratus lost the match, the winner of the fall on the other team would have won the title, which Chyna did after she pinned Stratus.
Val Venis (2)7/4/2000Ft. Lauderdale, FLWWF SmackDown!--
Rikishi6/20/2000Memphis, TNWWF SmackDown!--
Chris Benoit (2)5/8/2000Long Island, NYWWF RAW• The special guest referee, Triple H, stopped the match when Jericho was in the Crippler Crossface submission even though he never tapped out.
Chris Jericho (2)5/2/2000Richmond, VAWWF SmackDown!--
Chris Benoit (1)4/2/2000Anaheim, CAWrestleMania 2000• Benoit defeated Chris Jericho and Kurt Angle in a Triple Threat Match.
Kurt Angle2/27/2000Hartford, CTNo Way Out• Kurt Angle's European Championship was not on the line during the bout.
Chris Jericho & Chyna (2)12/28/1999----• Both Jericho & Chyna were both crowned co-champions after both of their shoulders were counted for a three-count.
• Jericho later became sole-champion after he pinned her in a triple threat match on Jan. 23, 2000.
Chris Jericho (1)12/12/1999Ft. Lauderdale, FLArmageddon
Chyna10/17/1999Cleveland, OHNo Mercy• This bout was contested in a Good Housekeeping Match.
• Chyna, the first female IC Champion, won the title after hitting Jarrett with a guitar.
Jeff Jarrett (6)8/22/1999Minneapolis, MNSummerSlam• Jarrett won both the European & IC Championships in this match after Mark Henry came out and broke a guitar over Brown's back.
D-Lo Brown7/27/1999Columbus, OHWWF RAW--
Jeff Jarrett (5)7/25/1999Buffalo, NYFully Loaded--
Edge (1)7/24/1999Toronto, Ontario, CanadaSkydome• Edge won the title at a house show and substituted for Ken Shamrock due to travel issues.
Jeff Jarrett (4)5/31/1999Moline, ILWWF RAW--
The Godfather4/12/1999Detroit, MIWWF RAW--
Goldust (3)3/29/1999East Rutherford, NJWWF RAW• The Blue Meanie interfered on behalf of Goldust by hitting the champion in the face with a title shot.
The Road Dogg3/15/1999San Jose, CAWWF RAW--
Val Venis (1)2/14/1999Memphis, TNSt. Valentine's Day Massacre• Billy Gunn, the special guest referee, counted a fast three count to give Venis the victory and title.
Ken Shamrock10/12/1998Long Island, NYNassau Coliseum• In a one-night tournament, Shamrock was able to defeat X-Pac to win the title.
VACATED10/5/1998----• Vince McMahon stripped HHH of the title due to sufering a leg injury.
Triple H (2)8/30/1998New York City, NYSummerSlam• This match was contested in a Ladder Match.
• HHH won the title after Chyna hit a low-blow on Rock as he climbed the ladder.
The Rock (2)12/8/1997Portland, MEWWF RAW• Rock won the title due to forfeit when Austin refused to Vince McMahon's orders to defend the belt.
Stone Codl Steve Austin (2)11/9/1997Montreal, Quebec, CanadaSurvivor Series--
Owen Hart (2)10/5/1997St. Louis, MOIn Your House: Badd Blood• Again, the vacated title winner was determined in an 8-man tournament, which was won by Owen Hart in the finals against Farooq.
• Steve Austin interfered in the match finals by hitting Farooq in the head with the title.
VACATED9/8/1997----• The title was vacated after Steve Austin suffered a neck injury.
Stone Cold Steve Austin (1)8/23/1997East Rutherford, NJSummerSlam--
Owen Hart (1)4/28/1997Omaha, NEWWF RAW--
Rocky Maivia (The Rock) (1)2/13/1997Lowell, MAWWF RAW--
Hunter Heart Helmsley (Triple H) (1)10/21/1996Ft. Wayne, INWWF RAW• HHH won after Mr. Perfect, the guest commentator during the match, took away a steel chair from HHH and hit Mero in the head with it.
Marc Mero9/23/1996Hershey, PAWWF RAW• An 8-man tournament was decided to determine the new champion, which Marc Mero won in the finals by defeating Farooq.
VACTED8/19/1996----• Johnson was stripped of the title due to an injury at the hands of Farooq.
Ahmed Johnson6/23/1996Milwaukee, WIKing of the Ring--
Goldust (2)4/22/1996San Bernadino, CAWWF RAW• Goldust won a rematch after Steve Austin hit Savio in the head with the Million Dollar Belt.
VACATED4/15/1996San Bernadino, CAWWF RAW• A match between Goldust and Savio Vega had Marlena winning the title for just moments after he used the title to hit Goldust in the head and get the win.
• WWF President Gorilla Monsoon decided to vacate the title and ordered the two to compete in a rematch the following week on RAW.
Goldust (1)1/21/1996Fresno, CARoyal Rumble• Goldust won the title after 1-2-3 Kid interfered in the match by coming off the top rope and hitting a spin kick to Ramon's head.
Razar Ramon (4)10/22/1995Winnipeg, Mantitoba, CanadaIn Your House--
Dean Douglas10/22/1995----• WWF President Gorilla Monsoon stripped Michaels of the title and gave the title to Dean Douglas because he claimed that Michaels was attacked outside of a nightclub in Syracuse, NY earlier that week.
Shawn Michaels (3)7/23/1995Nashville, TNIn Your House--
Jeff Jarrett (3)5/21/1995Trois Riveres, Quebec, Canada----
Razar Ramon (3)5/19/1995Montreal, Quebec, CanadaThe Forum• This match was contested in a Ladder Match
Jeff Jarrett (2)5/7/1995Moline, ILAction Zone• A rematch between the two took place one-week later.
VACATED4/26/1995Moline, ILAction Zone• In a match between Bob Holly and Jarrett, the title was vacated due to Jarrett's foot being on the bottom rope during the pinfall.
Jeff Jarrett (1)1/22/1995Tampa, FLRoyal Rumble--
Razar Ramon (2)8/29/1994Chicago, ILSummerSlam--
Diesel4/13/1994Rochester, NYWWF Superstars--
Razar Ramon (1)10/11/1993New Haven, CTWWF RAW• The vacated title was held in a 20-man battle royal on 10/4/1993 with the last two participants standing facing for the vacant title.
• The final two participants were Razar Ramon & Rick Martel. The two faced off on Monday Night RAW on 10/11/1993.
VACATED9/27/1993----• Shawn Michaels was stripped of the title by WWF President Jack Tunney in storyline terms for not defending the title for 30 days.
• In reality, Michaels was being suspended for a month for failing a drug test.
Shawn Michaels (2)6/6/1993Albany, NYKnickerbocker Arena• This match featured the debut of Diesel.
• Jannetty lost the title after he was distracted by Diesel at ringside.
Marty Jannetty5/17/1993New York City, NYWWF RAW• Mr. Perfect gave the win to Marty Jannetty after returning after a four-month absence. During the win, Mr. Perfect threw his towel in Michaels' face.
Shawn Michaels (1)10/27/1992Terre Haute, INWWF Saturday Night's Main Event--
Davey Boy Smith8/29/1992London, EnglandSummerSlam• The match was the match of the year as decided by PWI.
Bret Hart (2)4/5/1992Indianapolis, INWrestleMania VIII--
Roddy Piper1/19/1992Albany, NYRoyal Rumble--
The Mountie1/17/1992Springfield, MACivic Center--
Bret Hart (1)8/26/1991New York City, NYSummerSlam--
Mr. Perfect (2)12/15/1990Rochester, NYWWF Superstars• Mr. Pefect regained the title after Ted DiBiase hit Von Erich with the championship belt.
Kerry Von Erich8/27/1990Philadelphia, PASummerSlam--
Mr. Perfect (1)5/19/1990Austin, TXWWF Superstars• Mr. Perfect won the title in an 8-man tournament by defeated Tito Santana in the finals.
VACATED4/1/1990----• After The Ultimate Warrior defeated Hulk Hogan for the World Championship, the title was dropped from Warrior after it was decided that Warrior wasn't allowed to defend both titles.
The Ultimate Warrior (2)8/28/1989East Rutherford, NJSummerSlam--
Rick Rude4/2/1989Atlantic City, NJWrestleMania V--
The Ultimate Warrior (1)8/29/1988New York City, NYSummerSlam--
The Honkytonk Man6/2/1987Buffalo, NYWWF Superstars--
Ricky Steamboat3/29/1987Pontiac, MIWrestleMania III• The match was the match of the year as decided by both the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI)
Randy Savage2/8/1986Boston, MABoston Garden--
Tito Santana (2)7/6/1985Baltimore, MDCivic Center• The match was contested in a Steel Cage Match.
Greg Valentine9/24/1984London, Ontario, CanadaMaple Leaf Wrestling taping--
Tito Santana (1)2/11/1984Boston, MABoston Garden--
Don Muraco (2)1/22/1983New York City, NYMadison Square Garden• This match was Morales' first pinfall lost at Madison Square Garden in 18 years.
Pedro Morales (2)11/23/1981New York City, NYMadison Square Garden• The match was contested in a Texas Death Match.
Don Muraco (1)6/20/1981Philadelphia, PAThe Spectrum--
Pedro Morales (1)12/8/1980New York City, NYMadison Square Garden• Pat Patterson worked the match as the special guest referee.
Ken Patera8/21/1980New York City, NYMadison Square Garden--
Pat Patterson8/1979New York City, NYMadison Square Garden• Patterson won the first Intercontinental Championship in a fictitious tournament in Rio de Janiero, Brazil