The Intercontinental Championship has been around for 40 years and is arguably wrestling's most consistent championship prize; with the exception of a brief hiatus in the early 2000s when it was temporarily removed from the company, the I-C title has been regularly defended at most of WWF/E's biggest shows.
Known as WWE's "workhorse" title, the Intercontinental Championship has been a steppingstone to some 25 WWE Hall of Famers (and many future Hall of Famers as well) and has been a focal point of many of the company's biggest shows, such as WrestleMania III and SummerSlam '92.
In compiling a list of the Top 50 Intercontinental Champions, we looked at the following criteria:
Did the person hold the Intercontinental Championship multiple times?
Did the person have a lengthy Intercontinental Champion run or runs?
What was the stage where they won the championship?
What kind of competition did they defend the belt against?
How closely is their career associated with the Intercontinental Championship?
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49) Dean Ambrose
Dean Ambrose captured the championship twice between 2015 and 2017, holding the gold for more than 200 days combined and bringing the title from SmackDown Live to Raw.
1) The Honky Tonk Man
How can we make a list of the Top 50 Intercontinental Champions without listing The Greatest Intercontinental Champion Of All Time? WWE Hall of Famer The Honky Tonk Man captured the I-C Title in 1987, which many saw as an upset. After surviving feuds with everyone from Randy Savage to Jake Roberts, The Honky Tonk Man's single reign was a record 454 days.
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