WWF/WWE Intercontinental Heavyweight Title Holders
Champions
Date
Circumstances
Pat Patterson
September 1979
Patterson won a ficticious tournament to become the first WWWF Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion.
Ken Patera
April 21st, 1980
 
Pedro Morales
December 8th, 1980
 
Don Muraco
July 20th, 1981
 
Pedro Morales(2nd)
November 23rd, 1981
 
Don Muraco(2nd)
January 22nd, 1983
 
Tito Santana
February 11th, 1984
 
Greg "The Hammer" Valentine
September 24th, 1984
 
Tito Santana(2nd)
July 6th, 1985
 
"Macho Man" Randy Savage
February 8th, 1986
 
Ricky Steamboat
March 29th, 1987
 
The Honky Tonk Man
June 2nd, 1987
 
The Ultimate Warrior
August 29th, 1988
 
"Ravishing" Rick Rude
April 2nd, 1989
 
The Ultimate Warrior(2nd)
August 28th, 1989
Warrior won the WWF World Heavyweight Title on 4/01/1990, and subsequently vacated the IC Title.
Mr. Perfect
April 23rd, 1990
Mr. Perfect defeated Tito Santana in the tournament finals to win the vacated belt.
The Texas Tornado
August 27th, 1990
 
Mr. Perfect(2nd)
November 19th, 1990
 
Bret Hart
August 26th, 1991
 
The Mountie
January 17th, 1992
The Mountie won the title from Bret Hart at a house show, with Hart said to be sick with the flu.
"Rowdy" Roddy Piper
January 19th, 1992
 
Bret "Hitman" Hart(2nd)
April 5th, 1992
 
"The British Bulldog" Davey Boy Smith
August 29th, 1992
 
Shawn Michaels
October 27th, 1992
 
Marty Jannetty
May 17th, 1993
 
Shawn Michaels(2nd)
June 6th, 1993
Michaels was stripped of the title 9/27/1993, for failing to defend it within the 30-day period.
Razor Ramon
September 27th, 1993
Razor Ramon and Rick Martel were the final two survivors of a battle royal. Ramon beat Martel to win the vacated title. Michaels later returned and said he was still the champion, wearing his own belt. Ramon beat Michaels at Wrestlemania X in a "Ladder" Match to stay the undisputed champion.
Diesel
April 13th, 1994
 
Razor Ramon(2nd)
August 29th, 1994
 
Jeff Jarrett
January 22nd, 1995
 
Bob Holly
April 26th, 1995
Holly defeated Jeff Jarrett in a controversial fashion at a live house show event.
Jeff Jarrett(2nd)
April 26th, 1995
Jarrett won the championship back from Bob Holly in an immediate rematch at the house show.
Razor Ramon(3rd)
May 19th, 1995
 
Jeff Jarrett(3rd)
May 21st, 1995
 
Shawn Michaels(3rd)
July 23rd, 1995
 
Dean Douglas
October 22nd, 1995
Douglas won the championship via forfeit, when Michaels, having been attacked outside a nightclub, was unable to compete.
Razor Ramon(4th)
October 22nd, 1995
 
Goldust(Dustin Rhodes)
January 21st, 1996
The title was held up 4/01/1996, after a match between Goldust and Savio Vega ended in a no-contest. The match was taped and aired on TV 4/15/1996)
Goldust(2nd)
April 1st, 1996
Goldust won his rematch with Savio Vega. The match was taped and aired on TV 4/22/1996.
Ahmed Johnson
June 23rd, 1996
Johnson was forced to vacate the title 8/12/1996, after being attacked by Faarooq.
"Marvelous" Marc Mero
September 23rd, 1996
Mero won the vacated championship by defeating Faarooq in the tournament finals.
Hunter Hearst Helmsley
October 21st, 1996
 
Rocky Maivia
February 13th, 1997
 
Owen Hart
April 28th, 1997
 
Steve Austin
August 3rd, 1997
Austin injured his neck while winning the championship. The title was vacated 9/1997.
Owen Hart(2nd)
October 5th, 1997
Hart regained the vacated championship by defeating Faarooq in the tournament finals.
Steve Austin(2nd)
November 9th, 1997
 
The Rock(2nd)
(Formerly Rocky Maivia)
December 8th, 1997
Austin forfeited the title, opting to hand the championship over to the Rock.
Triple H(2nd)
(Formerly Hunter Hearst Helmsley)
August 30th, 1998
Triple H injured his knee and was forced to vacate the championship on 10/09/1998.
Ken Shamrock
October 12th, 1998
Shamrock won the vacated championship by defeating X-Pac in the tournament finals.
Val Venis
February 14th, 1999
 
"The Roaddogg" Jesse James
March 15th, 1999
 
Goldust(3rd)
March 29th, 1999
 
The Godfather
April 12th, 1999
 
Jeff Jarrett(4th)
May 25th, 1999
 
Edge
July 24th, 1999
 
Jeff Jarrett(5th)
July 25th, 1999
 
D-Lo Brown
July 27th, 1999
 
Jeff Jarrett(6th)
August 22nd, 1999
 
Chyna
October 17th, 1999
 
Chris Jericho
December 12th, 1999
 
Chris Jericho(2nd)/Chyna(2nd)
January 3rd, 2000
A match between Jericho and Chyna ended in a double pinfall on 12/28/1999. Jericho & Chyna were later declared co-champions. The WWE does not recognize this reign.
"Lionheart" Chris Jericho(2nd)
January 23rd, 2000
Jericho gained sole possession of the championship by defeating Chyna & Hardcore Holly in a "Triple Threat" Match.
Kurt Angle
February 27th, 2000
 
Chris Benoit
April 2nd, 2000
 
Chris Jericho(3rd)
May 2nd, 2000
 
Chris Benoit(2nd)
May 8th, 2000
 
Rikishi Phatu
June 20th, 2000
 
Val Venis(2nd)
July 4th, 2000
 
Chyna(3rd)
August 27th, 2000
 
Eddie Guerrero
September 4th, 2000
 
Billy Gunn
November 21st, 2000
 
Chris Benoit(3rd)
December 10th, 2000
 
Chris Jericho(4th)
January 21st, 2001
 
Triple H(3rd)
April 3rd, 2001
 
Jeff Hardy
April 10th, 2001
 
Triple H(4th)
April 16th, 2001
 
Kane
May 20th, 2001
 
Prince Albert
June 26th, 2001
 
Lance Storm
July 23rd, 2001
 
Edge(2nd)
August 19th, 2001
 
Christian
September 23rd, 2001
 
Edge(3rd)
October 21st, 2001
 
Test
November 5th, 2001
 
Edge(4th)
November 18th, 2001
Edge defeated Test to unify the WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight Title and the WCW United States Heavyweight Title.
William Regal
January 20th, 2002
 
Rob Van Dam
March 17th, 2002
 
Eddie Guerrero(2nd)
April 21st, 2002
Title changed from WWF Intercontinental Title to WWE Intercontinental Title, due to change to World Wrestling Entertainment.
Rob Van Dam(2nd)
May 27th, 2002
Van Dam unified the WWE Intercontinental Heavyweight Title with the WWE European Heavyweight Title on 7/22/2002.
Chris Benoit(4th)
July 29th, 2002
Benoit went exclusively to Smackdown on 6/30/2002, taking the championship with him.
Rob Van Dam(3rd)
August 25th, 2002
Van Dam unified the WWE Intercontinental Title with the WWE Hardcore Title on 8/26/2002.
Chris Jericho(5th)
September 16th, 2002
 
Kane(2nd)
September 30th, 2002
 
Triple H(5th)
October 20th, 2002
Triple H defeated Kane to unify the WWE Intercontinental Title and the World Title. IC Title temporarily retired.
Christian(2nd)
May 18th, 2003
The WWE Intercontinental Title was restored by Raw co-owner Steve Austin. Christian won a battle royal at Judgment Day '03 to become the new champion.
Booker T
July 7th, 2003
 
Christian(3rd)
August 10th, 2003
Christian defeated Booker T at a live house show event to win the championship.
Rob Van Dam(4th)
September 29th, 2003
 
Chris Jericho(6th)
October 27th, 2003
 
Rob Van Dam(5th)
October 27th, 2003
 
Randy Orton
December 14th, 2003
 
Edge(5th)
July 11th, 2004
 
Chris Jericho(7th)
September 12th, 2004
 
Shelton Benjamin
October 19th, 2004
 
Carlito Carribean Cool
June 20th, 2005
 
Ric Flair
September 18th, 2005
 
Shelton Benjamin(2nd)
February 20th, 2006
 
Rob Van Dam(6th)
April 30th, 2006
 
Shelton Benjamin(3rd)
May 15th, 2006
Benjamin got the pin on Van Dam in a "Handicap Texas Tornado Two Titles" Match between Benjamin, Chris Masters, & Triple H taking on Van Dam & the WWE Champion, John Cena.
Johnny Nitro
June 25th, 2006
Nitro became champion by winning a "Triple Threat" Match over Shelton Benjamin and Carlito.
Jeff Hardy(2nd)
October 2nd, 2006
 
Johnny Nitro(2nd)
November 6th, 2006
 
Jeff Hardy(3rd)
November 13th, 2006
 
Umaga
February 19th, 2007
 
Santino Marella
April 16th, 2007
 
Umaga(2nd)
July 2nd, 2007
 
Jeff Hardy(4th)
September 2nd, 2007
 
Chris Jericho(8th)
March 10th, 2008
 
Kofi Kingston
June 29th, 2008
 
Santino Marella(2nd)
August 17th, 2008
Marella & Beth Phoenix won a "Winner Takes All" Match over Kingston & Mickie James.
William Regal(2nd)
November 10th, 2008
 
CM Punk
January 19th, 2009
 
John Bradshaw Layfield
March 9th, 2009
 
Rey Mysterio
April 5th, 2009
The championship exclusively went to Smackdown when Mysterio was drafted there 4/13/2009.
Chris Jericho(9th)
June 7th, 2009
 
Rey Mysterio(2nd)
June 28th, 2009
 
John Morrison(3rd)
September 1st, 2009
 
Drew McIntyre
December 13th, 2009
McIntyre was stripped by Teddy Long on 5/04/2010 for attacking Matt Hardy. Kofi Kingston beat Christian in the tournament final for the championship on 5/11/2010, but Vince McMahon then reinstated McIntyre as the champion instead.
Kofi Kingston(2nd)
May 23rd, 2010
 
Dolph Ziggler
July 28th, 2010
 
Kofi Kingston(3rd)
January 4th, 2011
 
Wade Barrett
March 22nd, 2011
 
Ezekiel Jackson
June 19th, 2011
 
Cody Rhodes
August 9th, 2011
 
The Big Show
April 1st, 2012
 
Cody Rhodes(2nd)
April 29th, 2012
 
Christian(4th)
May 21st, 2012
 
The Miz
July 23rd, 2012
 
Kofi Kingston(4th)
October 16th, 2012
 
Wade Barrett(2nd)
December 29th, 2012
 
The Miz(2nd)
April 7th, 2013
 
Wade Barrett(3rd)
April 8th, 2013
 


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