The 5 Other Superstars Who Won World And US Titles BEFORE The IC Title

Roman Reigns has achieved so much since he arrived on the main roster, and most of that has come since The Shield broke up during the summer of 2014. Whether you believe Vince McMahon has pushed it on him and forced him down our throats or not, his accomplishments still make for an extremely impressive read. Three WrestleMania main events, one Royal Rumble win, the most eliminations ever in a single Rumble, three World Title Reigns, a United States Championship, and also a run as a Tag Team Champion alongside Seth Rollins. As of Monday night you can add Intercontinental Champion to that already long list. It's a little strange that Reigns was a World and United States Champion before winning the IC Title, but there are five other Superstars who have done exactly that and The Big Dog is in good company.

5. Ric Flair

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Ric Flair has one hell of a legacy in the pro wrestling business. Despite everything he has done that legacy revolves around him winning an incredible 16 World Championships. Being an NWA guy Flair naturally spent a fair bit of time as the United States Heavyweight Champion also, his first reigns dating all the way back to the 1970s. Having only been a WWE guy in his prime when he was a very top guy he never won the Intercontinental Championship as back then it was used as a stepping stone for up and coming guys who WWE saw as future World Champions. That was until 2005. The Nature Boy defeated Carlito and held the title for five months before losing it to Shelton Benjamin.


4. Big Show

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Big Show has a very unique accolade to his name. When he debuted as The Giant for WCW all the way back in 1995, the World's Largest Athlete won the promotion's World Championship in his very first match, defeating Hulk Hogan in dubious circumstances. Show would win more World Titles in the years to come and then seven years later became a United States Champion. He famously lost it to John Cena at WrestleMania XX in what was Big Match John's true arrival in the big time. It would take a further eight years following that reign for Show to add the Intercontinental Title to his list of accolades. The veteran defeated Cody Rhodes for the white and gold belt at WrestleMania XXVIII.


3. John Bradshaw Layfield

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While this list focuses on Superstars whose championship wins have happened in a strange order, there is no timeline more unconventional and unique than JBL's. Layfield is perhaps remembered most fondly for his time in WWE as one half of the APA. Then later on he underwent a complete makeover and as a less popular character managed to become WWE Champion. He held that title for an awfully long time - most would probably say too long - and following his loss went on to become United States Champion. It wasn't until a while after that when JBL won the Intercontinental title. In fact after his one month reign he was defeated for it by Rey Mysterio at WrestleMania XXV in just 21 seconds and retired the night after.


2. The Miz

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When The Miz lost on Raw this past Monday night it brought the curtain down on his seventh reign as Intercontinental Champion. An impressive feat and only one man has held that title more times, Chris Jericho with nine. It's crazy to think that before any of those seven reigns The Miz was both a WWE Champion and a United States Champion. First up was the US Title and after trying and failing a number of times, he eventually defeated Kofi Kingston for it in 2009. Then came his one and only WWE Title reign to date which he won from Randy Orton after a successful Money In The Bank cash-in and also successfully defended it against John Cena at WrestleMania XXVII. His first time with the IC Title didn't come until the summer of 2012 and he has gone on to win it six more times since.


1. Daniel Bryan

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Much like JBL, winning the Intercontinental Championship was one of the last things of note that Daniel Bryan will ever do inside a wrestling ring. Well, for the time being at least. At WrestleMania 31 The Leader of the Yes Movement won a brutal ladder match to become IC Champion for the first time in his career, only to have to relinquish it due to injury a little while later. Now we all know about Bryan's crowning moment that came a year before that at WrestleMania XXX when he won the World Heavyweight Championship, and in actual fact he was a multiple time World Champion before that anyway. The United States Title was actually the first time he won gold in WWE. Bryan defeated The Miz all the way back in 2010, three-and-a-half years before the miracle on Bourbon Street and four-and-a-half years before becoming Intercontinental Champion.


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