Hey there wrestling fans and welcome to the most controversial countdown in the internet. This is pounding 7s. The Intercontinental Championship is a prestigious title in the WWE, and for many like The Rock, Steve Austin, and Shawn Michaels, it is a stepping stone to greater things, the WWE Championship. However there were some great champions that never made it to the next level, and I’m going to countdown the top 7 Intercontinental Champions to never win the WWE World Title. Let’s get to the countdown.
Calvin from Bozeman Montana is “clowning” around this week.
I was wondering about Doink the Clown. He debuted as a heel facing off against Crush, but was a face less than a year later. I don’t recall how he turned face. Can you help remind me?
Instead of going on and on. Here is the video of the face turn. After Doink was recruited by Jerry Lawler to take on Bret Hart at Summerslam. When it failed, Lawler wanted to confront Doink. Here is the video.
In 1994, Hulk Hogan came to the WCW, and immediately won the WCW World Championship from Ric Flair. Over the next few months, a mysterious masked man took out the knees with a pipe during an episdoe of Clash of the Champions. During this time his manager Jimmy Hart, and best friend Brother Bruti (Brutus Beefcake) tried to protect Hogan to find out who this masked man was. It all came to a head at Halloween Havoc 1994 during a match between Hogan vs Flair inside a cage. After the match, Hogan was victorious, when out of nowhere the masked man again tries to take out Hogan. Hogan was able to catch him in the act, and unmask him. It turned out to be none other than Brutus Beefcake himself. He joined forces with the likes of Kevin Sullivan and the Dungeon of Doom. The two would square off for the title at Starrcade 94, which was won by Hogan.
Here are the top 7 Intercontinental Champions who never won the WWE Championship.
The British Bulldog- When The Bulldog won the Intercontinental Championship from Bret Hart at Summerslam, many thought he was destined for bigger things. After a short title reign, Davey Boy Smith was involved in many WWE title matches as well as WCW, but he was never quite able to win the big one.
Owen Hart- Owen Hart is a 2 time former Intercontinental Champion, and some felt that it was just a matter of time before he would cash in and become the WWE Champion. While he came oh so close on numerous occasions. Owen was never able to capture the world title. He tragically passed away during a Pay Per View Over the Edge.
Ravishing Rick Rude- Rude won the Intercontinental title from the Ultimate Warrior in April of 1989, and had a nice summer long run with the title. He only had one shot at the WWE title against the Warrior at Summerslam 1990, but was not able to win the match. While he did win a World title (sort of) in WCW, he was never a World Heavyweight Champion.
7. The Honky Tonk Man- Perhaps the greatest Intercontinental Champion of all time. Honky held the Intercontinental title for well over a year. His run was impressive, but Honky never really seriously competed for the World Championship, with the rare occasion of a house show against Hogan and the Warrior. He was never a serious threat to win the title.
6. Jeff Jarrett- Jarrett held the Intercontinental Championship on many occasions, first winning from Razor Ramon, then losing his final run to Chyna. Jarrett was never a serious threat to the WWE Championship, but he did find World title gold in WCW and TNA, but those dont count in this countdown.
5. Ricky Steamboat- I was convinced with Ricky Steamboat won the IC title from Randy Savage at Wrestlemania III, that he was going to go on to bigger things and one day be the WWF World Champion. His run was cut short due to wanting to take time off to spend with his new born son. While I can’t blame him as a father myself. I often wonder what could have been. Could his run in the NWA as the World Champion have been in WWF?
4. Greg Valentine- Valentine is one of, if not the most underrated Intercontinental Champion in history. He has a nice run, and even entered the first ever Wrestlemania as the IC Champion, and left as the IC champion. Valentine never got a major push to the main event level, but I think he absolutely deserved a shot at the top.
3. William Regal- My goodness, easily the most underrated wrestler, not to mention champion that the WWE has ever seen. Regal has paid his dues in the ring, and should have had at least one or two runs as the World Champion. When he won the Intercontinental title, I thought WWE World title gold was right around the corner. I mean you gave a chance to The Great Khali for gods sake.
2. Razor Ramon- Razor is one of the greatest wrestlers to never win a World Championship. His four runs as the Intercontinental Championship, and how over he was with fans, and the brass for that matter. He had the look and the charisma to be on the top of the industry, and I am convinced that he would have gotten there had he not jumped ship to WCW to join the NWO. Razor took the money and ran, but could have cost him a World title run.
1. Mr. Perfect Curt Hennig- Hennig was a great Intercontinental Champion, and at a time where the IC title was literally a stepping stone to the WWE Championship. Rumor has it that Hennig was set to win the Royal Rumble in 1990, but was scrapped by none other than Hulk Hogan, who won and went on to the main event at Mania. It was supposed to be Hennig vs Hogan at Wrestlemania VI, and could have been his chance to be at the top of the business. Even after winning the Intercontinental title, many thought he was on his way, but it never came true to form.
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