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The WWE Intercontinental Championship is a professional wrestling championship created and promoted by the American professional wrestling promotion WWE on the Raw brand.

The championship was established by the then-World Wrestling Federation (WWF) on September 1, 1979, after inaugural champion Pat Patterson unified (kayfabe) the WWF North American Heavyweight and South American Heavyweight championships. It is the third oldest championship currently active in WWE, behind the WWE Championship (1963) and United States Championship (1975). Although generally contested in the midcard at WWE shows, it was defended in the main events of presentations such as WrestleMania VI, SummerSlam in 1992, the third and eighth In Your House shows, and Backlash in 2001. It has been called a "stepping stone" to the WWE Championship.

In November 2001, the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship was unified into the Intercontinental Championship. In 2002 after the first brand extension, it became exclusive to Raw and the WWF was renamed to WWE. Later that year, the European and Hardcore championships were unified into the Intercontinental Championship, which itself was unified into the World Heavyweight Championship. The following year, however, it was reactivated for Raw, followed by the United States Championship's reactivation as a counterpart title on SmackDown. As a result of the 2017 WWE Superstar Shake-Up, the Intercontinental Championship became exclusive to the Raw brand.


Following the title's introduction in 1979, Pat Patterson became the inaugural champion on September 1, 1979. The title's creation came as a result of Patterson defeating Ted DiBiase to win the WWF North American Heavyweight Championship and defending the title in a tournament to be unified with a South American Heavyweight Championship in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. The title later became known as the WWF Intercontinental Championship.

On October 17, 1999, Chyna became the first and only woman to hold the Intercontinental championship by defeating Jeff Jarrett at No Mercy. In March 2001, the title was unified with the United States Championship at Survivor Series 2001, causing the United States Championship to become inactive. The United States Champion, Edge, defeated the Intercontinental Champion, Test.

Following the WWF/WWE name change in 2002, the championship was further 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 respectively. As a result, Rob Van Dam was named the last European and Hardcore Champion. Then at No Mercy 2002, 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. However, in May 2003, the title was reactivated by Raw Co-General Manager, Stone Cold Steve Austin, and was recommissioned to be a secondary championship to the Raw brand. Shortly after, the WWF United States Championship was reactivated as the WWE United States Championship by the SmackDown brand, making the title its counterpart. During the 2009 WWE Draft on April 13, 2009, reigning champion Rey Mysterio was drafted to SmackDown, making the Intercontinental Championship exclusive to that brand. On October 2, 2011, Cody Rhodes introduced a modified version of the classic belt design with the white strap (incorporating the modern WWE "scratch" logo and further embellishments) at the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view event. Since August 29, 2011, when all WWE programming became "Supershows" featuring wrestlers from both brands, the title has been defended on both Raw and SmackDown.

On August 18, 2014, the Intercontinental Championship belt design (along with all of the other championships in WWE) was updated with the new logo in place of the long-standing scratch logo. On May 31, 2015, the championship was contested for in an Elimination Chamber match for the first time.

In July 2016, WWE reintroduced the brand extension and a draft took place on the premiere episode of SmackDown Live on July 19, 2016. Intercontinental Champion The Miz was drafted to SmackDown, but was scheduled to defend the title against Raw draftee Darren Young just days later at Battleground. The Miz retained his championship by double disqualification, keeping the championship at SmackDown.


  • Pat Patterson became the first champion on September 1, 1979.
  • Ken Patera won the title on April 21, 1980.
  • Pedro Morales claimed the belt on December 8, 1980.
  • Don Muraco won the title on June 20, 1981.
  • Pedro Morales regained the belt on November 23, 1981.
  • Don Muraco took back the strap on January 22, 1983.
  • Tito Santana won the title on February 11, 1984.
  • Greg Valentine won it on Septemeber 24, 1984.
  • Tito Santana won the belt on July 6, 1985.
  • Randy Savage won the strap on February 8, 1986.
  • Ricky Steamboat won the title on March 29, 1987 at WrestleMania III.
  • Honky Tonk Man won the title on June 2, 1987.
  • The Ultimate Warrior won the strap on August 29, 1988.
  • Rick Rude claimed the gold on April 2, 1989 at WrestleMania V.
  • The Ultimate Warrior regained the title on August 28, 1989 at SummerSlam. It was vacated on April 1, 1990 at WrestleMania VI, due to The Warrior defeating Hulk Hogan for the WWF Championship.
  • Mr. Perfect won the belt on April 23, 1990.
  • "The Texas Tornado" Kerry Von Erich won the title on August 27, 1990 at SummerSlam.
  • Mr. Perfect regained the championship on November 19, 1990.
  • Bret Hart won the gold on August 26, 1991 at SummerSlam.
  • The Mountie won the belt on January 17, 1992.
  • "Rowdy" Roddy Piper won the strap on January 19, 1992 at the Royal Rumble.
  • Bret Hart regained the title at WrestleMania VIII on April 5, 1992.
  • The British Bulldog became champion on August 29, 1992 at SummerSlam in London, England.
  • Shawn Michaels became champion on October 27, 1992.
  • Marty Jannetty won the gold on May 17, 1993.
  • Shawn Michaels regained the title on June 6, 1993. He was later stripped of the title for not defending it in over 30 days.
  • Razor Ramon won the belt on September 27, 1993.
  • Diesel won the strap on April 13, 1994.
  • Razor Ramon defeated Diesel to claim the title on August 29, 1994 at SummerSlam.
  • Jeff Jarrett won the belt on January 22, 1995 at the Royal Rumble. It was vacated after a controversial ending to his and Bob Holly's match.
  • Jeff Jarrett beat Bob Holly in a rematch to reclaim his title.
  • Razor Ramon won the belt on May 19, 1995.
  • Jeff Jarrett regained the title on May 21, 1995.
  • Shawn Michaels won the belt on July 23, 1995 at In Your House 2: The Lumberjacks.
  • Dean Douglas won the title on October 22, 1995 at In Your House 4: The Great White North.
  • Razor Ramon won the title on the same night.
  • Goldust took the gold on January 21, 1996 at the Royal Rumble. He had to vacate it due to a no contest between him and Savio Vega.
  • Goldust regained the title on April 1, 1996.
  • Ahmed Johnson won the belt on June 23, 1996 at the King of the Ring. He had to vacate the title on August 12 due to being attacked by the debuting Faarooq.
  • Marc Mero won the strap on Septembe 23, 1996 by defeating Faarooq in a tournament final.
  • Hunter Hearst Helmsley won the belt on October 21, 1996.
  • Rocky Maivia claimed the gold on February 13, 1997.
  • Owen Hart won the title on April 28, 1997.
  • Steve Austin defeated him for the belt on August 3, 1997 at SummerSlam. He later had to vacate it due to injuries suffered during the match.
  • Owen Hart rewon the belt on October 5, 1997 at Badd Blood: In Your House.
  • Steve Austin regained the title at Survivor Series on November 9, 1997.
  • The Rock was given the title by Austin on December 8, 1997.
  • Triple H won the belt at SummerSlam on August 30, 1998. He had to vacate it on October 9, 1998 due to injury.
  • Ken Shamrock captured the gold on October 12, 1998.
  • Val Venis won the strap on February 14, 1999 at St. Valentine's Day Massacre.
  • Road Dogg took the championship on March 15, 1999.
  • Goldust won the belt on March 29, 1999.
  • The Godfather won the title on April 12, 1999.
  • Jeff Jarrett won the title from Godfather on May 25, 1999.
  • Edge took the title on July 24, 1999.
  • Jeff Jarrett reclaimed the belt on July 25, 1999 at Fully Loaded.
  • D-Lo Brown won the belt on July 27, 1999.
  • Jeff Jarrett took back the belt on August 22, 1999 at SummerSlam.
  • Chyna won the strap on October 17, 1999 at No Mercy, becoming the first woman to become the Intercontinental Champion.
  • Chris Jericho won the belt on December 12, 1999. It was vacated after a double pinfall between him and Chyna.
  • Chris Jericho retook the belt on January 23, 2000 at the Royal Rumble.
  • Kurt Angle won it on February 27, 2000 at No Way Out.
  • Chris Benoit took the strap on April  2, 2000 at WrestleMania 2000.
  • Chris Jericho won the gold on May 2, 2000.
  • Chris Benoit took the title back on May 8, 2000.
  • Rikishi won the belt on June 20, 2000.
  • Val Venis claimed the belt on July 4, 2000.
  • Chyna regained the belt on August 27, 2000 at SummerSlam.
  • Eddie Guerrero won the belt on September 4, 2000.
  • Billy Gunn took the gold on November 21, 2000.
  • Chris Benoit regained the championship on December 10, 2000 at Armageddon.
  • Chris Jericho took the belt on January 21, 2001 at the Royal Rumble.
  • Triple H grabbed the title on April 3, 2001.
  • Jeff Hardy took the belt on April 10, 2001.
  • Triple H regained the title on April 16, 2001.
  • Kane won the gold on May 20, 2001 at Judgment Day.
  • Albert won the title on June 26, 2001.
  • Lance Storm won the strap on July 23, 2001.
  • Edge grabbed the gold on August 19, 2001 at SummerSlam.
  • Christian defeated his former tag-team partner for the belt at Unforgiven on September 23, 2001.
  • Edge regained the title on October 21, 2001 at No Mercy.
  • Test grabbed the title on November 5, 2001.
  • Edge regained the belt on November 18, 2001 at Survivor Series.
  • William Regal took the championship on January 20, 2002 at the Royal Rumble.
  • Rob Van Dam won the belt on March 17, 2002 at WrestleMania X8.
  • Eddie Guerrero captured the title on April 21, 2002 at Backlash.
  • Rob Van Dam regained the title on May 27, 2002.
  • Chris Benoit took the belt on July 29, 2002.
  • Rob Van Dam won it back on August 25, 2002 at SummerSlam.
  • Chris Jericho took the belt on September 16, 2002.
  • Kane took it from him on September 30, 2002.
  • Triple H took the strap on October 20, 2002 at No Mercy to unify it with the World Heavyweight title and deactivate it.
  • Christian won a battle royal to claim it on May 18, 2003 at Judgment Day.
  • Booker T won the belt on July 7, 2003.
  • Christian reclaimed the title on August 10, 2003.
  • Rob Van Dam won the title on September 29, 2003.
  • Chris Jericho took the belt on October 27, 2003.
  • RVD grabbed it that same night in a steel cage match.
  • Randy Orton grabbed it on December 14, 2003 at Armageddon.
  • Edge won it on July 11, 2004 at Vengeance. He had to vacate it due to injury on September 6, 2004.
  • Chris Jericho regained it on September 12, 2004 at Unforgiven.
  • Shelton Benjamin won the title on October 19, 2004 at Taboo Tuesday.
  • Carlito claimed it on June 20, 2005.
  • Ric Flair took the gold on September 18, 2005 at Unforgiven.
  • Shelton Benjamin captured the belt again on February 20, 2006.
  • Rob Van Dam regained the title on April 30, 2006 at Backlash.
  • Shelton Benjamin reclaimed the belt on May 15, 2006.
  • Johnny Nitro won the belt on June 25, 2006 at Vengeance.
  • Jeff Hardy beat Nitro to become the new champion on October 2, 2006.
  • Johnny Nitro rewon the belt on November 6, 2006.
  • Jeff Hardy regained the title on November 13, 2006.
  • Umaga won the belt on February 19, 2007.
  • Santino Marella won the strap on April 16, 2007.
  • Umaga regained the title on July 2, 2007.
  • Jeff Hardy grabbed the title again on September 2, 2007.
  • Chris Jericho took the gold on March 10, 2008.
  • Kofi Kingston won the belt on June 29, 2008 at Night of Champions.
  • Santino Marella won the championship on August 17, 2008 at SummerSlam.
  • William Regal won the belt on November 10, 2008.
  • CM Punk won the title on January 19, 2009.
  • John "Bradshaw" Layfield took the strap on March 9, 2009.
  • Rey Mysterio won the gold on April 5, 2009 at WrestleMania XXV, causing JBL to retire from active competition.
  • Chris Jericho took the belt on June 7, 2009 at Extreme Rules.
  • Rey Mysterio took it back on June 28, 2009 at The Bash.
  • John Morrison won the belt on September 1, 2009.
  • Drew McIntyre won the belt on December 13, 2009 at TLC.
  • Kofi Kingston won the strap on May 23, 2010 at Over The Limit.
  • Dolph Ziggler captured the belt on July 28, 2010.
  • Kofi Kingston recaptured the belt on January 4, 2011.
  • Wade Barrett won the gold on March 22, 2011.
  • Ezekiel Jackson won the strap on June 19, 2011 at Capitol Punishment.
  • Cody Rhodes won the belt on August 9, 2011.
  • Big Show won the title on April 1, 2012 at WrestleMania XXVIII.
  • Cody Rhodes regained the title on April 29, 2012 at Extreme Rules.
  • Christian won the belt on May 20, 2012 at Over The Limit.
  • The Miz won the belt on July 23, 2012 at Raw 1000.
  • Kofi Kingston regained the belt on October 16, 2012 on Main Event.
  • Wade Barrett regained the title on December 29, 2012.
  • The Miz regained the strap on April 7, 2013 at WrestleMania 29.
  • Wade Barrett won it back the next day.
  • Curtis Axel claimed the title at Payback on June 16, 2013.
  • Big E Langston took the gold on November 18, 2013 on Raw Country.
  • Bad News Barrett regained the title on May 4, 2014 at Extreme Rules. It was vacated on June 30, 2014 after BNB's injury.
  • The Miz won the title on July 20, 2014 at Battleground in a battle royal.
  • Dolph Ziggler won the title on August 17, 2014 at SummerSlam.
  • The Miz regained the belt on September 21, 2014 at Night of Champions.
  • Dolph Ziggler regained the title on September 22, 2014.
  • Luke Harper won the belt on November 17, 2014.
  • Dolph Ziggler regained the title on December 14, 2014 at TLC.
  • Bad News Barrett regained the championship on January 5, 2015.
  • Daniel Bryan won the title on March 29, 2015 at WrestleMania 31. It was vacated on May 11, 2015 due to Bryan's injury.
  • Ryback won the title on May 31, 2015 at Elimination Chamber.
  • Kevin Owens won the title on September 20, 2015 at Night of Champions.
  • Dean Ambrose won the title on December 13, 2015 at TLC.
  • Kevin Owens regained the title on February 15, 2016.
  • Zack Ryder won the title on April 3, 2016 at WrestleMania 32.
  • The Miz won the title on April 4, 2016.