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WWE Intercontinental Championship

WWE Intercontinental Championship
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WWE Intercontinental Championship

The WWE Intercontinental Championship was introduced into WWE in 1979, which was known as the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) at the time. Pat Patterson, the holder of the WWF North American Heavyweight Championship, had unified the title with an apocryphal South American Heavyweight Championship won in a tournament in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The WWE considers the Intercontinental Championship to be the second most important championship in the company, after the WWE Championship.

Overall, there have been 79 different Intercontinental Champions. Chris Jericho holds the record for the most reigns with nine, while The Honky Tonk Man holds the longest reign at 454 days.

Source: Wikipedia

History

No. Wrestler Reign Date Days held Location Event Notes Ref.
165 Dolph Ziggler 6 June 18, 2018 10+ Grand Rapids, MI Raw [187]
164 Seth Rollins 1 April 8, 2018 71 New Orleans, LA WrestleMania 34 This was a triple threat match also involving Finn Bálor. [186]
163 The Miz 8 January 22, 2018 76 Brooklyn, NY Raw 25 Years [185]
162 Roman Reigns 1 November 20, 2017 63 Houston, TX Raw [184]
161 The Miz 7 June 4, 2017 169 Baltimore, MD Extreme Rules If Ambrose was disqualified, he would have lost the title.
WWE recognizes Miz’s reign as lasting 170 days.
[183]
160 Dean Ambrose 2 January 3, 2017 152 Jacksonville, FL SmackDown Live The title became exclusive to the Rawbrand following the 2017 WWE Superstar Shake-up. [182]
159 The Miz 6 November 15, 2016 49 Wilkes-Barre, PA SmackDown Live [181]
158 Dolph Ziggler 5 October 9, 2016 37 Sacramento, CA No Mercy This was a title vs. career match. [180]
157 The Miz 5 April 4, 2016 188 Dallas, TX Raw The brand extension returned and the title became exclusive to the SmackDown brand following the 2016 WWE draft. [179]
156 Zack Ryder 1 April 3, 2016 1 Arlington, TX WrestleMania 32 This was a seven-way ladder match, also involving Dolph Ziggler, Sami Zayn, Stardust, Sin Cara, and The Miz.
WWE recognizes Ryder’s reign as lasting 2 days.
[178]
155 Kevin Owens 2 February 15, 2016 48 Anaheim, CA Raw This was a fatal five-way match, also involving Tyler Breeze, Stardust, and Dolph Ziggler. [177]
154 Dean Ambrose 1 December 13, 2015 64 Boston, MA TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs [176]
153 Kevin Owens 1 September 20, 2015 84 Houston, TX Night of Champions WWE recognizes Owens’s reign as lasting 85 days. [175]
152 Ryback 1 May 31, 2015 112 Corpus Christi, TX Elimination Chamber This was an Elimination Chamber matchfor the vacant title, also involving Sheamus, Dolph Ziggler, Mark Henry, R-Truth, and King Barrett. [174]
Vacated May 11, 2015 Cincinnati, OH Raw Title vacated due to injury. [173]
151 Daniel Bryan 1 March 29, 2015 43 Santa Clara, CA WrestleMania 31 This was a seven-way ladder match, also involving Dean Ambrose, Dolph Ziggler, Luke Harper, R-Truth, and Stardust.
WWE recognizes Bryan’s reign as lasting 44 days.
[172]
150 Bad News Barrett 5 January 5, 2015 83 Corpus Christi, TX Raw Dolph Ziggler originally retained his title against Barrett, but Director of Operations Kane made the match a two-out-of-three falls match, which Barrett won. [171]
149 Dolph Ziggler 4 December 14, 2014 22 Cleveland, OH TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs This was a ladder match.
WWE recognizes Ziggler’s reign as lasting 23 days.
[170]
148 Luke Harper 1 November 17, 2014 27 Roanoke, VA Raw [169]
147 Dolph Ziggler 3 September 22, 2014 56 Memphis, TN Raw WWE recognizes Ziggler’s reign as lasting 57 days. [168]
146 The Miz 4 September 21, 2014 1 Nashville, TN Night of Champions [167]
145 Dolph Ziggler 2 August 17, 2014 35 Los Angeles, CA SummerSlam WWE recognizes Ziggler’s reign as lasting 36 days. [166]
144 The Miz 3 July 20, 2014 28 Tampa, FL Battleground This was a 19-man battle royal. Miz last eliminated Dolph Ziggler to win the vacant title. [165]
Vacated June 30, 2014 Hartford, CT Raw Title vacated due to a shoulder injury. [164]
143 Bad News Barrett 4 May 4, 2014 57 East Rutherford, NJ Extreme Rules Bad News Barrett was formerly known as Wade Barrett.
WWE recognizes Barrett’s reign as lasting 58 days.
[163]
142 Big E Langston 1 November 18, 2013 167 Nashville, TN Raw On February 12, 2014, Big E Langston’s ring name was shortened to Big E. [162]
141 Curtis Axel 1 June 16, 2013 155 Rosemont, IL Payback This was a triple threat match, also involving The Miz.
WWE recognizes Axel’s reign as lasting 156 days.
[161]
140 Wade Barrett 3 April 8, 2013 69 East Rutherford, NJ Raw [160]
139 The Miz 2 April 7, 2013 1 East Rutherford, NJ WrestleMania 29 Match aired live on YouTube and WWE.com as part of the WrestleMania 29 pre-show.
WWE recognizes The Miz’s reign as lasting 2 days.
[159]
138 Wade Barrett 2 December 29, 2012 99 Washington, D.C. Raw Aired on tape delay on December 31, 2012. [158]
137 Kofi Kingston 4 October 16, 2012 74 Memphis, TN Main Event Aired on tape delay on October 17, 2012.
WWE recognizes Kingston’s reign as lasting 75 days.
[157]
136 The Miz 1 July 23, 2012 85 St. Louis, MO Raw 1000 [156]
135 Christian 4 May 20, 2012 64 Raleigh, NC Over the Limit [155]
134 Cody Rhodes 2 April 29, 2012 21 Rosemont, IL Extreme Rules This was a tables match.
WWE recognizes Rhodes’s reign as lasting 22 days.
[154]
133 Big Show 1 April 1, 2012 28 Miami Gardens, FL WrestleMania XXVIII [153]
132 Cody Rhodes 1 August 9, 2011 236 Sacramento, CA SmackDown WWE recognizes Rhodes’s reign as lasting 234 days, beginning on August 12, 2011, when the episode aired on tape delay.
On August 29, 2011, the brand extension ended, allowing the Intercontinental Champion to appear on both Raw and SmackDown.
[152]
131 Ezekiel Jackson 1 June 19, 2011 51 Washington, D.C. Capitol Punishment WWE recognizes Jackson’s reign as lasting 54 days, ending on August 12, 2011, when the following episode aired on tape delay. [151]
130 Wade Barrett 1 March 22, 2011 89 Columbus, OH SmackDown WWE recognizes Barrett’s reign as lasting 86 days, beginning on March 25, 2011, when the episode aired on tape delay. [150]
129 Kofi Kingston 3 January 4, 2011 77 Tucson, AZ SmackDown WWE recognizes Kingston’s reign as beginning on January 7, 2011 and ending on March 25, 2011, both episodes of which aired on tape delay. [149]
128 Dolph Ziggler 1 July 28, 2010 160 Laredo, TX SmackDown WWE recognizes Ziggler’s reign as lasting 154 days, beginning on August 6, 2010, and ending on January 7, 2011, both episodes of which aired on tape delay. [148]
127 Kofi Kingston 2 May 23, 2010 66 Detroit, MI Over the Limit WWE recognizes Kingston’s reign as lasting 75 days, ending on August 6, 2010, when the following episode aired on tape delay. [147]
126 Drew McIntyre 1 December 13, 2009 161 San Antonio, TX TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs On May 7, 2010, SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long suspended McIntyre and vacated the title. The following week on SmackDown, Kofi Kingston won a tournament to declare a new champion, but Vince McMahonreverted Long’s decision, nullifying Kingston’s win and continuing McIntyre’s. [146]
125 John Morrison 3 September 1, 2009 103 Cleveland, OH SmackDown WWE recognizes Morrison’s reign as lasting 100 days, beginning on September 4, 2009, when the episode aired on tape delay.
John Morrison was formerly known as Johnny Nitro.
[145]
124 Rey Mysterio 2 June 28, 2009 65 Sacramento, CA The Bash This was a mask vs. title match.
WWE recognizes Mysterio’s reign as lasting 68 days, ending on September 4, 2009, when the following episode aired on tape delay.
[144]
123 Chris Jericho 9 June 7, 2009 21 New Orleans, LA Extreme Rules This was a No Holds Barred match. [143]
122 Rey Mysterio 1 April 5, 2009 63 Houston, TX WrestleMania XXV The title became exclusive to SmackDown following the 2009 WWE draft. [142]
121 John “Bradshaw” Layfield 1 March 9, 2009 27 Jacksonville, FL Raw [141]
120 CM Punk 1 January 19, 2009 49 Rosemont, IL Raw This was a no disqualification match. [140]
119 William Regal 2 November 10, 2008 70 Manchester, England Raw [139]
118 Santino Marella 2 August 17, 2008 85 Indianapolis, IN SummerSlam Won the title in an intergender tag team match in which both the Intercontinental and Women’s Championship were on the line. The title was won when partner Beth Phoenix pinned Mickie James. [138]
117 Kofi Kingston 1 June 29, 2008 49 Dallas, TX Night of Champions [137]
116 Chris Jericho 8 March 10, 2008 111 Milwaukee, WI Raw [136]
115 Jeff Hardy 4 September 1, 2007 191 Columbus, OH Raw WWE recognizes Hardy’s reign as lasting 190 days, beginning on September 3, 2007, when the episode aired on tape delay. [134][135]
114 Umaga 2 July 2, 2007 61 Dallas, TX Raw WWE recognizes Umaga’s reign as lasting 63 days, ending on September 3, 2007, when the following episode aired on tape delay. [133]
113 Santino Marella 1 April 16, 2007 77 Milan, Italy Raw This was a No Holds Barred match. Santino was “picked out of the audience” by Vince McMahon. [132]
112 Umaga 1 February 19, 2007 56 Bakersfield, CA Raw [131]
111 Jeff Hardy 3 November 13, 2006 98 Manchester, England Raw [130]
110 Johnny Nitro 2 November 6, 2006 7 Columbus, OH Raw This was a no disqualification match. [129]
109 Jeff Hardy 2 October 2, 2006 35 Topeka, KS Raw [128]
108 Johnny Nitro 1 June 25, 2006 99 Charlotte, NC Vengeance This was a triple threat match, also involving Carlito. [127]
107 Shelton Benjamin 3 May 15, 2006 41 Lubbock, TX Raw This was a 3-on-2 handicap Texas tornado match, featuring Benjamin, Chris Masters, and Triple H against WWE Champion John Cena and Rob Van Dam, in which anyone who beat Cena or Van Dam would win their respective title; Benjamin pinned Van Dam. [126]
106 Rob Van Dam 6 April 30, 2006 15 Lexington, KY Backlash This was a title for contract match, where Van Dam also defended his Money in the Bank contract. [125]
105 Shelton Benjamin 2 February 20, 2006 69 Trenton, NJ Raw [124]
104 Ric Flair 1 September 18, 2005 155 Oklahoma City, OK Unforgiven WWE incorrectly list Flair’s reign as beginning on September 19, 2005, and lasting 154 days. [123]
103 Carlito 1 June 20, 2005 90 Phoenix, AZ Raw WWE incorrectly list Carlito’s reign as ending on September 19, 2005, and lasting 91 days. [122]
102 Shelton Benjamin 1 October 19, 2004 244 Milwaukee, WI Taboo Tuesday Due to the stipulation of the event, fans could vote for who would face Chris Jericho for the title; Benjamin had the most votes.
WWE recognizes Benjamin’s reign as lasting 245 days.
[121]
101 Chris Jericho 7 September 12, 2004 37 Portland, OR Unforgiven Defeated Christian in a ladder match for the vacant title. [120]
Vacated September 6, 2004 Wichita Falls, TX Raw Vacated due to injury. [119]
100 Edge 5 July 11, 2004 57 Hartford, CT Vengeance [119]
99 Randy Orton 1 December 14, 2003 210 Orlando, FL Armageddon Mick Foley was the guest referee. [118]
97 Chris Jericho 6 October 27, 2003 <1 Fayetteville, NC Raw [116]
98 Rob Van Dam 5 October 27, 2003 48 Fayetteville, NC Raw This was a steel cage match. [117]
96 Rob Van Dam 4 September 29, 2003 28 Rosemont, IL Raw This was a ladder match. [115]
95 Christian 3 August 10, 2003 50 Des Moines, IA House show [114]
94 Booker T 1 July 7, 2003 34 Montreal, QC Raw That same month, the United States Championship was reactivated for the SmackDown brand as the Intercontinental title’s counterpart. [113]
93 Christian 2 May 18, 2003 50 Charlotte, NC Judgment Day Raw Co-General Manager Stone Cold Steve Austin reactivated the title. Christian won the revived title in a battle royal. [112]
Unified October 20, 2002 North Little Rock, AR No Mercy Unified with Triple H’s World Heavyweight Championship; the Intercontinental Championship was deactivated. [111]
92 Triple H 5 October 20, 2002 <1 North Little Rock, AR No Mercy This was a title unification match to unify the Intercontinental Championship with Triple H’s World Heavyweight Championship. [111]
91 Kane 2 September 30, 2002 20 Houston, TX Raw [110]
90 Chris Jericho 5 September 16, 2002 14 Denver, CO Raw [109]
89 Rob Van Dam 3 August 25, 2002 22 Uniondale, NY SummerSlam The title was returned to Raw due to Van Dam’s status as a Raw wrestler.
WWE incorrectly list Van Dam’s reign as beginning on August 6, 2002, and lasting 41 days.
[107][108]
88 Chris Benoit 4 July 29, 2002 27 Greensboro, NC Raw The title became exclusive to SmackDown when Benoit defected to SmackDown on July 30, 2002.
Aired on tape delay on August 1, 2002.
WWE incorrectly list Benoit’s reign as ending on August 26, 2002, and lasting 28 days.
[106][107]
87 Rob Van Dam 2 May 27, 2002 63 Edmonton, AB Raw This was a ladder match. [105]
86 Eddie Guerrero 2 April 21, 2002 36 Kansas City, MO Backlash On May 6, 2002, after the World Wrestling Federation was renamed “World Wrestling Entertainment” due to a lawsuit by the World Wide Fund for Nature, the title was subsequently renamed to WWE Intercontinental Championship. [103][104]
85 Rob Van Dam 1 March 17, 2002 35 Toronto, ON WrestleMania X8 On March 25, the brand extensionbegan, in which wrestlers and championships became exclusive to either the Raw or SmackDown brands, represented by the show of the same name. The title became exclusive to Raw when Van Dam was drafted to the Raw brand. [102]
84 William Regal 1 January 20, 2002 56 Atlanta, GA Royal Rumble [101]
83 Edge 4 November 18, 2001 63 Greensboro, NC Survivor Series This was a title unification match, where Edge also defended the WCW United States Championship. The United States Championship was deactivated in favor of continuing the Intercontinental Championship. [100]
82 Test 1 November 5, 2001 13 Uniondale, NY Raw [99]
81 Edge 3 October 21, 2001 15 St. Louis, MO No Mercy This was a ladder match. [98]
80 Christian 1 September 23, 2001 28 Pittsburgh, PA Unforgiven [97]
79 Edge 2 August 19, 2001 35 San Jose, CA SummerSlam [96]
78 Lance Storm 1 July 23, 2001 27 Buffalo, NY Raw [95]
77 Albert 1 June 26, 2001 27 New York, NY SmackDown! This was a no disqualification match.
WWE recognizes Albert’s reign as lasting 25 days, beginning on June 28, 2001, when the episode aired on tape delay.
[94]
76 Kane 1 May 20, 2001 37 Sacramento, CA Judgment Day This was a chain match.
WWE recognizes Kane’s reign as lasting 39 days, ending on June 28, 2001, when the following episode aired on tape delay.
[92][93]
75 Triple H 4 April 16, 2001 34 Knoxville, TN Raw [91]
74 Jeff Hardy 1 April 10, 2001 6 Philadelphia, PA SmackDown! WWE recognizes Hardy’s reign as lasting 4 days, beginning on April 12, 2001, when the episode aired on tape delay. [90]
73 Triple H 3 April 3, 2001 7 Oklahoma City, OK SmackDown! WWE recognizes Triple H’s reign as beginning on April 5, 2001 and ending on April 12, 2001, both episodes of which aired on tape delay. [89]
72 Chris Jericho 4 January 21, 2001 72 New Orleans, LA Royal Rumble This was a ladder match.
WWE recognizes Jericho’s reign as lasting 74 days, ending on April 5, 2001, when the following episode aired on tape delay.
[88]
71 Chris Benoit 3 December 10, 2000 42 Birmingham, AL Armageddon [87]
70 Billy Gunn 1 November 21, 2000 19 Sunrise, FL SmackDown! WWE recognizes Gunn’s reign as lasting 17 days, beginning on November 23, 2000, when the episode aired on tape delay. [86]
69 Eddie Guerrero 1 September 4, 2000 78 Lexington, KY Raw is War This was a triple threat match, also involving Kurt Angle.
WWE recognizes Guerrero’s reign as lasting 80 days, ending on November 23, 2000, when the following episode aired on tape delay.
[85]
68 Chyna 2 August 27, 2000 8 Raleigh, NC SummerSlam Won the title in a mixed tag team match that pitted Chyna and Eddie Guerreroagainst Val Venis and Trish Stratus; Chyna pinned Trish to win Venis’ title. [84]
67 Val Venis 2 July 4, 2000 54 Fort Lauderdale, FL SmackDown! WWE recognizes Venis’s reign as lasting 52 days, beginning on July 6, 2000, when the episode aired on tape delay. [83]
66 Rikishi 1 June 20, 2000 14 Memphis, TN SmackDown! WWE recognizes Rikishi’s reign as beginning on June 22, 2000 and ending on July 6, 2000, both episodes of which aired on tape delay. [82]
65 Chris Benoit 2 May 8, 2000 43 Uniondale, NY Raw is War [81]
64 Chris Jericho 3 May 2, 2000 6 Richmond, VA SmackDown! WWE recognizes Jericho’s reign as lasting 5 days, beginning on May 4, 2000, when the episode aired on tape delay. [80]
63 Chris Benoit 1 April 2, 2000 30 Anaheim, CA WrestleMania 2000 This was a two-fall triple threat match, also involving Chris Jericho, in which Kurt Angle defended both championships. The person to get the first fall won the Intercontinental Championship and the person to score the second fall won the European Championship; Benoit scored the first fall to win the Intercontinental Championship.
WWE recognizes Benoit’s reign as lasting 32 days, ending on May 4, 2000, when the following episode aired on tape delay. They incorrectly list his reign as ending on May 22, 2000, and lasting 50 days.
[79]
62 Kurt Angle 1 February 27, 2000 35 Hartford, CT No Way Out Earlier that month, Angle had also won the European Championship. This win made Angle the third and final Eurocontinental Champion. [78]
61 Chris Jericho 2 January 23, 2000 35 New York, NY Royal Rumble Jericho defeated Chyna and Hardcore Holly in a triple threat match to become undisputed champion. [77]
Chris Jerichoand Chyna 1 January 3, 2000 20 Miami, FL Raw is War On December 28, 1999 (aired December 30, 1999) on SmackDown, a title match between Chyna and Jericho ended in a double pinfall; as a result they were recognized as co-champions. WWE doesn’t recognize this period as an official reign but as a vacancy. [7][77]
60 Chris Jericho 1 December 12, 1999 22 Sunrise, FL Armageddon [76]
59 Chyna 1 October 17, 1999 56 Cleveland, OH No Mercy This was a Good Housekeeping match. [74][75]
58 Jeff Jarrett 6 August 22, 1999 56 Minneapolis, MN SummerSlam Jarrett also won the European Championship in the match to become the second Eurocontinental Champion. [73]
57 D’Lo Brown 1 July 27, 1999 26 Columbus, OH Raw is War This was a title for title match, where Brown also defended the European Championship. Brown became the first Eurocontinental Champion.
Aired on tape delay on August 2, 1999.
WWE recognizes Brown’s reign as lasting 27 days, beginning on July 26, 1999.
[72]
56 Jeff Jarrett 5 July 25, 1999 2 Buffalo, NY Fully Loaded WWE recognizes Jarrett’s reign as lasting 1 day, ending on July 26, 1999. [71]
55 Edge 1 July 24, 1999 1 Toronto, ON House show [70]
54 Jeff Jarrett 4 May 25, 1999 60 Moline, IL Raw is War WWE recognizes Jarrett’s reign as lasting 54 days, beginning on May 31, 1999, when the episode aired on tape delay. [69]
53 The Godfather 1 April 12, 1999 43 Detroit, MI Raw is War [68]
52 Goldust 3 March 29, 1999 14 East Rutherford, NJ Raw is War [67]
51 Road Dogg 1 March 15, 1999 14 San Jose, CA Raw is War [66]
50 Val Venis 1 February 14, 1999 29 Memphis, TN In Your House: St. Valentine’s Day Massacre Billy Gunn was the guest referee. [64][65]
49 Ken Shamrock 1 October 12, 1998 125 Uniondale, NY Raw is War Defeated X-Pac in a tournament final for the vacant title. [62][63]
Vacated October 9, 1998 Vacated due to injury. [61]
48 Triple H 2 August 30, 1998 40 New York, NY SummerSlam This was a ladder match.
Triple H was formerly known as Hunter Hearst Helmsley.
WWE mistakenly lists Triple H’s reign as lasting 44 days, ending on October 12, 1998.
[61]
47 The Rock 2 December 8, 1997 265 Portland, ME Raw is War Austin handed the championship belt to The Rock, who was formerly known as Rocky Maivia. [60]
46 Stone Cold Steve Austin 2 November 9, 1997 29 Montreal, QC Survivor Series [59]
45 Owen Hart 2 October 5, 1997 35 St. Louis, MO Badd Blood: In Your House Defeated Faarooq in a tournament final for the vacant title. [57][58]
Vacated September 8, 1997 Vacated due to a neck injury that Stone Cold Steve Austin suffered in winning the title. [55][56]
44 Stone Cold Steve Austin 1 August 3, 1997 36 East Rutherford, NJ SummerSlam WWE mistakenly lists Austin’s reign as lasting 64 days, ending on October 5, 1997. [55]
43 Owen Hart 1 April 28, 1997 97 Omaha, NE Raw is War [54]
42 Rocky Maivia 1 February 13, 1997 74 Lowell, MA Raw [53]
41 Hunter Hearst Helmsley 1 October 21, 1996 115 Fort Wayne, IN Raw [52]
40 Marc Mero 1 September 23, 1996 28 Hershey, PA Raw Defeated Faarooq in a tournament final for the vacant title. [48][51]
Vacated August 12, 1996 Seattle, WA Raw Ahmed Johnson forfeited the title after being attacked by the debuting Faarooqafter winning an 11-man battle royal. [50]
39 Ahmed Johnson 1 June 23, 1996 50 Milwaukee, WI King of the Ring WWE recognizes Johnson’s reign as lasting 58 days, ending on August 19, 1996. [50]
Vacated April 1, 1996[47] San Bernardino, CA Raw Held up when a title defense against Savio Vega ended in a no contest.
Aired on tape delay on April 15, 1996.
[48][49]
38 Goldust 2 April 1, 1996 83 San Bernardino, CA Raw Defeated Savio Vega in a rematch for the vacant title.
Aired on tape delay on April 22, 1996.
[48][49]
37 Goldust 1 January 21, 1996 71 Fresno, CA Royal Rumble WWE recognizes Goldust’s reign as lasting 64 days, ending on March 25, 1996. [47]
35 Dean Douglas 1 October 22, 1995 <1 Winnipeg, MB In Your House 4: Great White North Won the title by forfeit due to Shawn Michaels being attacked outside a nightclub in Syracuse, NY on October 14, 1995. [45]
36 Razor Ramon 4 October 22, 1995 91 Winnipeg, MB In Your House 4: Great White North [46]
34 Shawn Michaels 3 July 23, 1995 91 Nashville, TN In Your House 2: The Lumberjacks [44]
33 Jeff Jarrett 3 May 21, 1995 63 Trois-Rivières, QC House show WWE recognizes Jarrett’s reign as lasting 62 days, beginning on May 22, 1995. [43]
32 Razor Ramon 3 May 19, 1995 2 Montreal, QC House show This was a ladder match.
WWE recognizes Ramon’s reign as lasting 3 days, ending on May 22, 1995.
[42]
Vacated April 26, 1995 Moline, IL Action Zone Held up when match between Jeff Jarrett and Bob “Spark Plug” Hollyended in controversy. [41]
31 Jeff Jarrett 2 April 26, 1995 23 Moline, IL Action Zone Defeated Bob Holly in a rematch for the vacant title.
Aired on tape delay on April 30, 1995.
[41]
30 Jeff Jarrett 1 January 22, 1995 94 Tampa, FL Royal Rumble [40]
29 Razor Ramon 2 August 29, 1994 146 Chicago, IL SummerSlam [39]
28 Diesel 1 April 13, 1994 138 Rochester, NY Superstars Aired on tape delay on April 30, 1994. [38]
Vacated September 27, 1993 Shawn Michaels was stripped of the title for failing to defend it within 30 days. In reality, Michaels was suspended for testing positive for steroids.[35] [36]
27 Razor Ramon 1 September 27, 1993 198 New Haven, CT Raw Ramon and Rick Martel were the final two participants in a battle royal. Ramon then defeated Martel for the vacant title; The match aired on tape delay on October 11, 1993. However, Michaels returned in November 1993, claiming to be the legitimate champion as nobody defeated him. Ramon went on to defeat Michaels in a ladder match on March 20, 1994 at WrestleMania X. [36][37]
26 Shawn Michaels 2 June 6, 1993 113 Albany, NY House show [34]
25 Marty Jannetty 1 May 17, 1993 20 New York, NY Raw [33]
24 Shawn Michaels 1 October 27, 1992 202 Terre Haute, IN Saturday Night’s Main Event Aired on tape delay on November 14, 1992. [31][32]
23 The British Bulldog 1 August 29, 1992 59 London, England SummerSlam [30]
22 Bret Hart 2 April 5, 1992 146 Indianapolis, IN WrestleMania VIII [29]
21 Roddy Piper 1 January 19, 1992 77 Albany, NY Royal Rumble [28]
20 The Mountie 1 January 17, 1992 2 Springfield, MA House show [27]
19 Bret Hart 1 August 26, 1991 144 New York, NY SummerSlam [26]
18 Mr. Perfect 2 November 19, 1990 280 Rochester, NY Superstars of Wrestling Aired on tape delay on December 15, 1990. [22][25]
17 The Texas Tornado 1 August 27, 1990 84 Philadelphia, PA SummerSlam [24]
16 Mr. Perfect 1 April 23, 1990 126 Austin, TX Superstars of Wrestling Defeated Tito Santana in a tournament final for the vacant title.
Aired on tape delay on May 19, 1990.
[22][23]
Vacated April 1, 1990 Toronto, ON WrestleMania VI The title was vacated when The Ultimate Warrior defeated Hulk Hogan for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship. [21]
15 The Ultimate Warrior 2 August 28, 1989 216 East Rutherford, NJ SummerSlam [21]
14 Rick Rude 1 April 2, 1989 148 Atlantic City, NJ WrestleMania V [20]
13 The Ultimate Warrior 1 August 29, 1988 216 New York, NY SummerSlam [19]
12 The Honky Tonk Man 1 June 2, 1987 454 Buffalo, NY Superstars of Wrestling Aired on tape delay on June 13, 1987.[18]
11 Ricky Steamboat 1 March 29, 1987 65 Pontiac, MI WrestleMania III [17]
10 Randy Savage 1 February 8, 1986 414 Boston, MA House show [16]
9 Tito Santana 2 July 6, 1985 217 Baltimore, MD House show This was a steel cage match. [15]
8 Greg Valentine 1 September 24, 1984 285 London, ON Maple Leaf Wrestling Aired on tape delay on October 13, 1984. [14]
7 Tito Santana 1 February 11, 1984 226 Boston, MA House show [13]
6 Don Muraco 2 January 22, 1983 385 New York, NY House show [12]
5 Pedro Morales 2 November 23, 1981 425 New York, NY House show [11]
4 Don Muraco 1 June 20, 1981 156 Philadelphia, PA House show [10]
3 Pedro Morales 1 December 8, 1980 194 New York, NY House show [9]
2 Ken Patera 1 April 21, 1980 231 New York, NY House show [8]
1 Pat Patterson 1 September 1, 1979 233 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Patterson became the first champion as a result of defeating Ted DiBiase to win the WWF North American Heavyweight Championship on June 19, 1979 in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and defeating Johnny Rodz in a fictional tournament final in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to unify the North American Heavyweight Championship with the fictional South American Heavyweight Championship to create the WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship.

Longest reign: The Honky Tonk Man (454 days)
Shortest reign: Dean Douglas (14 minutes)

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