WWE Intercontinental Championship - Title History
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On this page, you find the full Title History for the WWE Intercontinental Championship, with all Championship Info, Statistics, the Belt Design changes through the years, and the full list of Title Reigns, along with dates, events, and reign durations.

The WWE Intercontinental Championship is a secondary title contested in World Wrestling Entertainment on the Raw brand, by men wrestlers.

The championship was first established on September 1, 1979, and the inaugural champion was Pat Patterson.

This is a newer version of the WWF North American Heavyweight Championship, with its own distinct lineage.

Since its inception in September 1979, the Intercontinental Championship has been held by WWE's greatest Superstars, including WWE Hall of Famer Pat Patterson, The Rock, Ultimate Warrior, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, Bret "Hit Man" Hart, Shawn Michaels and Triple H.

The WWF European Championship and WWF Hardcore Championship were previously unified into this championship.

The current champion is Sami Zayn, who won the title at WWE WrestleMania XL on April 6, 2024, and has been reigning for 75 days.

WWE Intercontinental Championship: Title History

  • Promotions / Brands
    Promotionfromto
    Promotion World Wrestling EntertainmentWWEBrand Raw May 8, 2023 Present
    Promotion World Wrestling EntertainmentWWEBrand SmackDown April 16, 2019 May 7, 2023
    Promotion World Wrestling EntertainmentWWEBrand Raw April 10, 2017 April 15, 2019
    Promotion World Wrestling EntertainmentWWEBrand SmackDown July 19, 2016 April 9, 2017
    Promotion World Wrestling EntertainmentWWE August 29, 2011 July 18, 2016
    Promotion World Wrestling EntertainmentWWEBrand SmackDown April 13, 2009 August 28, 2011
    Promotion World Wrestling EntertainmentWWEBrand Raw May 5, 2003 April 12, 2009
    Promotion World Wrestling EntertainmentWWEBrand Raw August 25, 2002 October 20, 2002
    Promotion World Wrestling EntertainmentWWEBrand SmackDown July 30, 2002 August 24, 2002
    Promotion World Wrestling EntertainmentWWEBrand Raw March 25, 2002 July 29, 2002
    Promotion World Wrestling EntertainmentWWF September 1, 1979 March 24, 2002
  • Championship Names & Belt Designs
    • WWE Intercontinental Championship November 22, 2019
    • WWE Intercontinental Championship August 15, 2014 November 21, 2019
    • WWE Intercontinental Championship October 2, 2011 August 14, 2014
    • WWE Intercontinental Championship May 6, 2002 October 1, 2011
    • WWF Intercontinental Championship October 18, 1999 May 5, 2002
    • WWF Intercontinental Championship December 16, 1997 October 17, 1999
    • WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship May 19, 1990 December 15, 1997
    • WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship February 23, 1990 May 18, 1990
    • WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship February 5, 1988 February 22, 1990
    • WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship July 6, 1985 February 4, 1988
    • WWF Intercontinental Championship February 11, 1984 July 5, 1985
    • WWF Intercontinental Championship September 1, 1979 February 10, 1984

WWE Intercontinental Championship: Title Reigns

For the Title History of the previous version of this championship, see the page for the WWF North American Heavyweight Championship.

WWE Intercontinental Championship: Statistics

Most Number of Reigns

RankWrestlerReigns
9
8
6
6
6

Most Combined Days

RankWrestlerDays
666
619
598
541
454

Longest Reigns

RankWrestlerReignDays
666
454
425
414
385
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