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Title history Edit

Wrestler Reign Date Days held Location Event Notes
Pat Patterson 1 September 1, 1979 233 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil House show Defeated Johnny Rodz in a tournament final.
Ken Patera 1 April 21, 1980 231 New York City, New York House show
Pedro Morales 1 December 8, 1980 194 New York City, New York House show
Don Muraco 1 June 20, 1981 156 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania House show
Pedro Morales 2 November 23, 1981 425 New York City, New York House show
Don Muraco 2 January 22, 1983 385 New York City, New York House show
Tito Santana 1 February 11, 1984 226 Boston, Massachusetts House show
Greg Valentine 1 September 24, 1984 285 London, Ontario Championship Wrestling
Tito Santana 2 July 6, 1985 217 Baltimore, Maryland House show This was a steel cage match.
Randy Savage 1 February 8, 1986 414 Boston, Massachusetts House show
Ricky Steamboat 1 March 29, 1987 242 Pontiac, Michigan WrestleMania III
The Honky Tonk Man 1 November 26, 1987 277 Richfield Township, Ohio Survivor Series
The Ultimate Warrior 1 August 29, 1988 216 New York City, New York Summerslam
Rick Rude 1 April 2, 1989 148 Atlantic City, New Jersey WrestleMania V
The Ultimate Warrior 2 August 28, 1989 216 East Rutherford, New Jersey Summerslam
Vacated April 1, 1990 Toronto, Ontario WrestleMania VI The title was vacated when The Ultimate Warrior defeated Hulk Hogan for the WWF Championship.
Mr. Perfect 1 April 23, 1990 126 Austin, Texas Superstars Defeated Tito Santana in a tournament final for the vacant title.
Bret Hart 1 August 27, 1990 364 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania SummerSlam
Mr. Perfect 2 August 26, 1991 146 New York City, New York SummerSlam
Roddy Piper 1 January 19, 1992 77 Albany, New York Royal Rumble
Bret Hart 2 April 5, 1992 146 Indianapolis, Indiana WrestleMania VIII
The British Bulldog 1 August 29, 1992 77 London, England SummerSlam
Shawn Michaels 1 November 14, 1992 317 Terre Haute, Indiana Saturday Night's Main Event
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.
Razor Ramon 1 September 27, 1993 198 New Haven, Connecticut Raw Last eliminated Rick Martel in a battle royal to win the vacant title. However, Michaels returned in November 1993, claiming to be the legitimate champion as nobody defeated him for the title. Ramon went on to defeat Michaels in a ladder match on March 20, 1994 at WrestleMania X to become the undisputed champion.
Diesel 1 April 13, 1994 138 Rochester, New York Superstars
Razor Ramon 2 August 29, 1994 146 Chicago, Illinois SummerSlam
Yokozuna 1 January 22, 1995 182 Tampa, Florida Royal Rumble
Shawn Michaels 2 July 23, 1995 91 Nashville, Tennessee In Your House 2
Jeff Jarrett 1 October 22, 1995 91 Winnipeg, Manitoba In Your House 4
Razor Ramon 3 January 21, 1996 71 Fresno, California Royal Rumble
Goldust 1 April 1, 1996 203 San Bernardino, California Raw
Triple H 1 October 21, 1996 115 Fort Wayne, Indiana Raw
Owen Hart 1 February 13, 1997 171 Lowell, Massachusetts Raw
Stone Cold Steve Austin 1 August 3, 1997 127 East Rutherford, New Jersey SummerSlam
The Rock 2 December 8, 1997 265 Portland, Maine Raw Austin handed the championship belt to The Rock.
Triple H 2 August 30, 1998 44 New York City, New York Summerslam This was a ladder match.
Ken Shamrock 1 October 12, 1998 125 Uniondale, New York Raw
Billy Gunn 1 February 14, 1999 98 Memphis, Tennessee St. Valentine's Day Massacre
Jeff Jarrett 2 May 23, 1999 126 Kansas City, Missouri Over the Edge
Chris Jericho 1 September 26, 1999 56 Charlotte, North Carolina Unforgiven
Kurt Angle 1 December 12, 1999 105 Sunrise, Florida Armageddon
Chris Benoit 1 March 26, 2000 86 Anaheim, California WrestleMania 2000 This was a triple threat match, also involving Chris Jericho
Eddie Guerrero 1 June 20, 2000 96 Memphis, Tennessee SmackDown!
Chris Benoit 2 September 24, 2000 119 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Unforgiven
Chris Jericho 2 January 21, 2001 92 New Orleans, Louisiana Royal Rumble This was a ladder match.
William Regal 1 April 22, 2001 155 Rosemont, Illinois Backlash This was a no disqualification match
Lance Storm 1 September 23, 2001 120 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Invasion
Rob Van Dam 1 January 20, 2002 92 Atlanta, Georgia Souled Out On March 25, the brand extension began, 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.
Eddie Guerrero 2 April 21, 2002 86 Kansas City, Missouri 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
Rob Van Dam 2 July 15, 2002 50 Greensboro, North Carolina Raw
Chris Jericho 3 September 16, 2002 41 Denver, Colorado Raw
Kane 1 October 26, 2002 205 Manchester, England Rebellion
Diamond Dallas Page 1 May 18, 2003 85 Charlotte, North Carolina Judgment Day This was a fatal four-way match, also involving Chrisitian and Rob Van Dam
Christian 1 August 11, 2003 49 Moline, Illinois Raw
Rob Van Dam 3 September 29, 2003 77 Rosemont, Illinois Raw This was a steel cage match.
Randy Orton 1 December 14, 2003 210 Orlando, Florida Armageddon
Chris Jericho 4 July 11, 2004 100 Hartford, Connecticut Vengeance
Shelton Benjamin 1 October 19, 2004 125 London, England Rebellion
Carlito 1 February 21, 2005 209 State College, Pennsylvania Raw
Ric Flair 1 September 18, 2005 155 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Unforgiven
Shelton Benjamin 2 February 20, 2006 125 Trenton, New Jersey Raw
Johnny Nitro 1 June 25, 2006 99 Charlotte, North Carolina Vengeance This was a triple threat match, also involving Carlito.
Jeff Hardy 1 October 2, 2006 140 Topeka, Kansas Raw
Umaga 1 February 19, 2007 188 Bakersfield, California Raw
Jeff Hardy 2 August 26, 2007 42 East Rutherford, New Jersey Summerslam This was a steel cage match.
Mr. Kennedy 1 October 7, 2007 155 Rosemont, Illinois No Mercy
Chris Jericho 5 March 10, 2008 111 Milwaukee, Wisconsin Raw
Kofi Kingston 1 June 29, 2008 134 Dallas, Texas Night of Champions
William Regal 2 November 10, 2008 70 Manchester, England Raw
CM Punk 1 January 19, 2009 69 Rosemont, Illinois Raw This was a no disqualification match.
Chris Jericho 6 March 29, 2009 49 Houston, Texas WrestleMania 25
Rey Mysterio 1 May 17, 2009 119 Rosemont, Illinois Judgment Day The title became exclusive to SmackDown following the 2009 WWE draft.
John Morrison 2 September 13, 2009 91 Montreal, Quebec Unforgiven John Morrison was formerly known as Johnny Nitro.
Drew McIntyre 1 December 13, 2009 San Antonio, Texas Armageddon 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 McMahon reverted Long's decision, nullifying Kingston's win and continuing McIntyre's.
Kofi Kingston 1 May 23, 2010 119 Detroit, Michigan Judgment Day
CM Punk 2 September 19, 2010 63 Rosemont, Illinois Unforgiven
Luke Gallows 1 November 21, 2010 147 Miami, Florida Survivor Series
Wade Barrett 1 April 17, 2011 119 Tampa, Florida Backlash
Cody Rhodes 1 August 14, 2011 231 San Antonio, Texas Summerslam
Christian 1 April 1, 2012 113 Miami Garden, Florida WrestleMania XXVIII
The Miz 1 July 23, 2012 88 St. Louis, Missouri Raw 1000
Zack Ryder 1 October 19, 2012 71 Memphis, Tennessee SmackDown
Wade Barrett 2 December 28, 2012 99 Rochester, New York SmackDown
The Miz 1 April 7, 2013 133 East Rutherford, New Jersey WrestleMania 29
Antonio Cesaro 1 August 18, 2013 124 Miami, Florida Summerslam
Wade Barrett 3 December 20, 2013 San Antonio, Texas SmackDown This was a triple threat match, also involving Big E Langston
Vacated June 27, 2014 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania SmackDown Title vacated due to a shoulder injury.
The Miz 2 July 20, 2014 63 Tampa, Florida Vengeance This was a 19-man battle royal. Miz last eliminated Dolph Ziggler to win the vacant title.
Dolph Ziggler 1 September 21, 2014 110 Nashville, Tennessee Unforgiven
Dean Ambrose 1 January 9, 2015 128 Laredo, Texas SmackDown
Daniel Bryan 1 May 17, 2015 126 Baltimore, Maryland Judgement Day
Kevin Owens 1 September 20, 2015 102 Houston, Texas Unforgiven
Neville 1 December 31, 2015 94 Washington, D.C. SmackDown
Rusev 1 April 3, 2016 140 Arlington, Texas WrestleMania 32
Sami Zayn 1 August 21, 2016 179 Brooklyn, New York Summerslam The brand extension returned and the title became exclusive to the SmackDown brand following the 2016 WWE draft.
Chris Jericho 7 February 16, 2017 53+ Anaheim, California SmackDown

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