Pounding 7’s

Whats up Wrestling fans! I’m back to bring you the top 7 things regarding the world of professional wrestling. Thanks to David for filling in for me while I was in transition with a new job. Im all settled in, and ready to get back to business. I have been watching a lot of the WWE Network recently and have come across some great Intercontinental Championship Matches throughout the years, more so in the late 80’s and early 90’s. So today, I am going to count down the greatest Intercontinental Championship matches of all time! So sit back, grab your breakfast burrito and lets start the countdown!

Let’s start with a couple of honorable mentions shall we?

Bret Hart vs Rowdy Roddy Piper- Wrestlemania VIII

Bret Hart lost the Intercontinental title to the Mountie just before the Royal Rumble 1992 as it was stated he was sick as a dog with a 103 degree fever. Never the less, he lost the title, and Piper won it at the Royal Rumble for his first singles title. Fast forward four months later, this gave us a classic match between Piper and Bret at Wrestlemania. Piper showed signs of his heelish figure as he sucker punched Bret busting him open, and was about to use the ring bell. He decided against it put Bret in a sleeper hold, Bret counted bouncing off the turn buckle and pinning Piper regaining the belt. It was just one of a handful of times in Piper’s career that he was pinned cleanly.

Shawn Michaels vs Razor Ramon- Summerslam 95

Shawn vs Razor with a ladder part 2. And it did not disappoint. Some say that it was better than the first match, but it just gets an honorable mention as sequals are never as good as the first one, right? Anyway, this was another back and forth match up between two faces this time, as both were fan favorites. Round 2 went to Shawn Michaels, and the two would embrace in the middle of the ring. It would be the last time these two ever met in the ring as Razor jumped ship to WCW a few months later.

Kurt Angle vs Chris Jericho vs Chris Benoit- Wrestlemania XVI

Kurt Angle came into this match as both the Intercontinental and European Champion. The match was two separate matches, the first being for the Intercontinental title, and the second for the European title. It was a classic triple threat match, or matches to say the least. Angle lost both titles without even taking a fall, as Jericho captured the European title defeating Benoit, and Benoit won the Intercontinental title defeating Jericho.

Randy Orton vs Edge- Vengeance 2004

The crowd was split throughout this match as Orton’s character was really catching on at this point. The end of the match was fantastic as there were many near finishes with Edge ultimately winning after throwing Randy Orton into the exposed turnbuckle and hitting him with the spear.

And here is the countdown

7. Shawn Michaels vs Razor Ramon- Wrestlemania X

Some call it the match of the decade. Ric Flair stated that Shawn Michaels had the match of his life against a ladder. Take nothing away from Razor Ramon, he along side HBK put on a show for the first ever ladder match in Wrestlemania history. Both had claimed to be the Intercontinental Champion, so both title belts were hoisted high above the ring. As Shawn got caught up in the ropes, Razor was able to capitalize and capture both belts to secure his status as the undisputed Intercontinental.

6. Mr Perfect vs Bret Hart- Summerslam 91

Another one of my favorite matches of all time. Bret Hart captured his first singles championship against Mr.Perfect. In a match where Perfect had some serious back issues, which would ultimately sideline him for the next year, he held his own until Bret countered into the sharpshooter, forcing the Perfect one to submit, and gain singles championship gold.

5. Chris Benoit vs Chris Jericho- Royal Rumble 2001

The best match in the history of the Royal Rumble, period. Chris Jericho and Chris Benoit wasted absolutely no time getting things going as both men gave each other shots in the middle of the ring. The match just kept going and going and everyone could not figure out how both men could handle any more punishment.  Then it was time to decide a winner. Benoit climbed the ladder but Jericho caught him and took shots to his spine with a chair. Benoit kicked Jericho off the ladder and he bounced off the side ropes and he knocked Benoit off the ladder to the outside of the ring. Jericho took advantage of this opportunity and climbed the ladder and grabbed the title to become the new Intercontinental Champion.

4. The Ultimate Warrior vs Hulk Hogan- Wrestlemania VI

Many can and will forget that the Ultimate Challenge match between the Ultimate Warrior and Hulk Hogan at Wrestlemania VI was title for title. Warrior won the WWF Championship on this night, also retaining his Intercontinental title at the same time. It marked the first and only time that Hulk Hogan challenged for the Intercontinental title, and the first and only time to date that the Intercontinental title was defended in the Main event at Wrestlemania.

3. The Rock vs Triple H- Summerslam 98

Great match back and forth, Triple H was seeking to regain the Intercontinental Championship against The Rock. It would be an instant classic won by Triple H. It would be bittersweet for the Rock as he went on to win the WWF Championship just a couple of months later at Survivor Series.

2. Bret Hart vs The British Bulldog- Summerslam 92

So I’ll admit, I have watched this match over and over again, and every time I watch it, I find something different that I take away from the match. The match was brother in law vs brother in law, tensions were high in this match as Diana, Bret’s sister and Bulldog’s wife was at ringside for this match. It was in the Bulldog’s hometown, and won by the Bulldog with a sunset flip counter. A+ match and worthy of the main event at Summerslam.

1. Randy Savage vs Ricky Steamboat- Wrestlemania III

Anyone that knows me saw this coming right? By far my favorite match of all time, not just as an Intercontinental title match. This match went back and forth, with near fall after near fall. Finally Steamboat wins the championship after a huge build up to the match itself, with a simple small package cradle.

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