The Intercontinental Championship. The stepping stone to greatness in WWE, the championship that’s been held by over a dozen Hall of Famers, the title that the future greats all win of their way to greatness, the gateway belt to a legendary career. Basically, WWE are quite fond of this belt and would quite like you to forget that it was once held by Ezekiel Jackson. For many, the rambling mess that I just spouted is 100% true. The IC title has been held by the likes of The Rock, Triple H, Steve Austin, Randy Orton, Randy Savage and many more legends before they became world champion, so the claims that it is the stepping stone belt for the next generation of top stars does has some validity to it.

However, like Hulk Hogan talking about his achievements, this isn’t always true and some wrestlers manage to win the midcard belt, but are never quite elevated to that next level. This doesn’t make them bad wrestlers though and today, we’re celebrating these “almost-but-not-quite” wrestlers with a look at some of the greatest Intercontinental Champions to never hold WWE’s top prize.

Note that this is list based on their overall wrestling ability, not just how good they were as IC champ or how much they should have been WWE champion. Also, one of these wrestlers was a World Heavyweight Champion, but not a WWE Champion. They’re different. Get over it. Right, we got that? Excellent. And away we go.

15. Roddy Piper

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How? How was he never the WWE Champion? This should be a crime.

“Rowdy” Roddy Piper is, unquestionably, one of the greatest wrestlers ever. Debuting for the WWE all the way back in 1983 and was a huge star thanks to his overflowing energy and despicable actions as a heel. Piper cemented himself as a top-level star when he entered a feud with then-WWE Champion, Hulk Hogan. WWE had recently surged in popularity due to an affiliation with pop star, Cyndi Lauper. Wrestling entering the mainstream was big business for the company and this was seen as a great way to create some heat for Piper’s character. He continually spoke out against the so-called “Rock and Wrestling Connection”, even attacking Lauper’s personal friend, Captain Lou Albano. This led to the main event of the first ever WrestleMania, pitting Piper and his partner, Paul Orndorff, against Hulk Hogan and The A-Team star, Mr. T. Piper’s involvement in this match raised the profile of professional wrestling to new heights and paved the way for the massive success WWE would have in the future, as well as establishing WrestleMania as pro wrestling’s biggest event. Wow. I’ve talked about Piper for ages and not even mentioned the Intercontinental Championship once. Says a lot, really.

Piper would hold the IC title once (his one solo championship reign in WWE), defeating The Mountie at the Royal Rumble Pay-Per-View in 1992. He would hold the title for just 77 days, dropping the belt to Bret Hart at WrestleMania VIII in a match that helped cement Hart as WWE’s next top singles star. Piper’s time as Intercontinental Champion was short, but that kinda proves how good he was. Piper was so good, so charismatic, so memorable a character that he managed to make a name for himself without holding dozens of titles. Proof that a great wrestler doesn’t have to be a decorated one, Roddy will go down as one of the finest the business has ever produced and the fact that he graced the Intercontinental Championship with his presence does the belt good. Almost makes up for the fact that he was in Hell Comes To Frogtown. Never heard of it? Good. Let’s keep it that way.

14. Drew McIntyre

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This one is kind of a personal choice.

I love Drew McIntyre. The Sinister Scotsman had a great look, was great in the ring and played his character of “The Chosen One” really rather well. At least, to me he did, anyway. McIntyre debuted in WWE in 2009 with the gimmick that Mr. McMahon had personally signed him as a “future world champion”. He was pushed hard within storyline, picking up several key victories, including two eliminations in his Survivor Series debut. He later faced John Morrison (who missed out this list by just a tiny bit, sorry Johnny) for the IC title at TLC and, albeit with a small smattering of cheating, defeating him to win the title for the first time. McIntyre would hold the belt for 161 days before losing it to Kofi Kingston 161 days later at Over The Limit. Ah yes, the granddaddy of all Pay-Per-Views.

McIntyre had all the skills to become a WWE Champion, but the pieces never quite fell into place. He was put into the Money In The Bank ladder match in 2010 and this match could have been perfect for McIntyre to become world champion, but, alas, that pesky Miz stole the victory from under Drew’s nose. If he wasn’t so awesome, I’d hate him. McIntyre was released from WWE in 2014 and his work on the independent circuit has proved him to be more than capable of being a main event talent; something that WWE are probably kicking themselves over not. It’s probably for the best that Drew didn’t stick around. He definitely would have ended up in the League of Nations, wouldn’t he?

13. Dolph Ziggler

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As I said earlier, World Heavyweight Championship, not WWE Championship. Stop getting upset.

Dolph Ziggler has had one hell of a varied career in the WWE. Beginning as the caddy for Kerwin White (Chavo Guerrero’s totally non-racist “white guy” gimmick from 2004), Ziggler found fame in WWE as one fifth of The Spirit Squad, Mr. McMahon’s team of cheerleaders/thugs who would do his dirty work against D-Generation X. Wrestling is so weird, isn’t it? Ziggler would appear on the main roster as the man with the silliest name ever in late 2008 and would begin the career that most wrestling fans know today. He won his first Intercontinental Championship in July 2010 from Kofi Kingston and would hold the belt a total of five times (as of writing), most recently winning the title from The Miz in an emotional “title vs career” match at No Mercy 2016. In between those two matches, Ziggler won the World Heavyweight Championship twice; well, he won it once and was given it once. Seriously, he was just awarded it one night because he was dating Vickie Guerrero. What a great way to win your first world title, eh?

Ziggler is a fantastic wrestler who just never seems to be able to get it together. A bona fide mega stat when he cashed in Money In The Bank in 2013, Ziggler is a premium example of WWE using the Intercontinental Championship to elevate one of its younger stars. The IC title has once again been used to improve Dolph’s stock on Smackdown Live, but sure it’s too late for The Showoff to win the big one, even with his newfound momentum. However, on a show where James Ellsworth can beat AJ Styles, I guess anything can happen. Fingers crossed for you, Dolph.

12. Goldust

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I like Goldust, but even I’m struggling to forgive him for The Golden Truth.

Dustin Runnels, son of WWE Hall of Famer Dusty Rhodes, starting playing the perverted, voyeuristic Goldust character in WWE in 1995 and it’s a character he has relished playing ever since. The character has shifted massively over the years, mainly due to WWE’s move away from adult content in recent years, but his outlandish actions in the Attitude Era helped define the WWE during one of its most pivotal times and, for that, Goldust will go down in history as a true legend of the business. Even if he did have a bit of a thing for ball gags. Goldust won the Intercontinental Championship three times between 1996 and 1999 and had numerous high levels feuds with the likes of The Undertaker and Ahmed Johnson. Never thought I’d mention those two in the same sentence.

Whilst Goldust’s character was never going to be a main event one, it was still one of the most interesting and important characters in wrestling history and his time with the IC belt helped legitimize Goldust as a highly capable wrestler underneath a highly-developed character. Runnels has put in a lifetime’s work to make the Goldust character a true gem of the wrestling world and, despite never getting his hands on the world title, he still deserves a whole load of recognition. Probably for the best, to be honest. Lord knows what he’d get up to with the belt. It’d probably never feel clean again.

11. William Regal

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Maybe it’s because I’m British, maybe it’s because I have a brass knuckle fetish, but I’m a massive Regal fan.

Beginning his career in WCW as Lord Steven Regal, Bill from Blackpool first joined the WWE in 1998, but his first proper run came in 2000, quickly becoming the on-screen commissioner of WWE, a role which won him huge praise from the WWE fans. His partnerships with Tajiri and Eugene set Regal out as a comedic genius and his backstage skits are some of the funniest in WWE history. Except that time he had a wardrobe malfunction at No Mercy, there’s nothing funny about that. Regal won the intercontinental Championship for the first time in 2002 and then again six years later, spending a total of just 126 days as the champ. Fun fact, Regal won the belt from Edge the first time and Santino Marella the second, meaning an Englishman won the title from a Canadian and an Italian. William Regal – putting the “Intercontinental” in “Intercontinental Championship”.

Regal’s time in WWE has been truly brilliant. One of the most entertaining presences on-screen for the best part of two decades, Regal’s time as both serious heel and comedic face (an vice versa) marks him as one of the most versatile wrestlers ever and his extensive array of submission holds makes him no slouch in the ring. A dominant force backstage to this day in NXT, Regal continues to provide WWE with some of its most memorable moments and will truly be remembered as a legend. Bet Chris Jericho feels bad for peeing in his teapot not. Actually, he probably doesn’t. Stupid idiot.

10. Chyna

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You can bet that, if this list was written for WWE.com, this entry would be nowhere near it.

Joan Laurer wrestled as Chyna for the WWE between 1997 and 2001 and made one hell of an impression. Chyna redefined the way in which women were presented in wrestling; her physique was on par, if not more impressive, than most of the male competitors on the WWE roster and her role as a bodyguard was a first for women, who had usually been nothing more than valets or girlfriends at ringside. This, combined with Chyna’s real life friendship (*cough cough*) with Shawn Michaels and Triple H allowed her to slot right into the main event picture as a founding member of D-Generation X, which only increased her star power. This led to Chyna being given some incredible opportunities, including becoming the first woman to enter the Royal Rumble match and King of the Ring tournament. However, Chyna’s crowning moment came at No Mercy 1999, when she defeated Jeff Jarrett for the Intercontinental Championship in a truly empowering moment for women everywhere. It may have been in a “Good Housekeeping Match”, but, you know… sigh. WWE just can’t let us win, can they?

Chyna would go onto hold the belt another time with Chris Jericho (it was a weird joint reign thing, don’t ask) before her WWE career went into an unfortunate downward. Backstage issues with former boyfriend Triple H (who, allegedly, began his relationship with Stephanie McMahon whilst still dating Chyna) plagued her career and it’s the reason she was barely mentioned on WWE TV before her tragic passing in 2016. Chyna truly changed the way in which women were presented in wrestling and was one of the biggest stars of the WWE’s Attitude Era, regardless of gender. Despite her rocky relationship with WWE, Chyna is still a legend and, will, hopefully, be honoured in the Hall of Fame one day. But, for now, she’ll just have to settle for appearing on this list, which, you could say, is much, much better. It’s really not.

9. Don Muraco

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If ya samelllll!!! What The Rock… is cooking!! I should probably explain that Don Muraco used to be nicknamed “The Rock”. You see, that’s funny, because, you know… Dwayne Johnson. Oh, forget it.

Don Muraco was a mainstay of WWE’s earliest golden period, wrestling for the company between 1981 and 1988. He rose to fame as a heel character, feuding with the likes of Pedro Morales, Ricky Steamboat and Jimmy Snuka and was involved in some pretty memorable moments in WWE history; he fought Snuka at Madison Square Garden in 1983 in the match where Snuka hit a Superfly Splash from the top of a steel cage (the moment that, supposedly, inspired Mick Foley to become a wrestler), he was the first ever King of the Ring in 1985 and his sketches with Mr. Fuji were some of the earliest comedy skits in WWE history. So, I guess we have them to thank for those terrible Darren Young/Bob Backlund sketches last year. Take him out of the Hall of Fame. Now.

Muraco won the Intercontinental Championship twice and held it for a total of 541 days, the second most of anyone in history. A great performer in one of wrestling’s peak periods, Muraco was perfectly cast in his role as a terrifying heel and his partnership with Mr. Fuji will live on in history as one of the best and most entertaining in wrestling history. A fantastic wrestler that doesn’t get nearly enough recognition these days, Muraco has more than earned this place on the list. Also, he is, by far and away, my favourite wrestler called Don. True fact.

8. The Texas Tornado

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You’re loving my obscure picks, aren’t you?

Despite sounding like a really Conservative Saturday morning cartoon character, The Texas Tornado was actually a member of one of the most legendary wrestling families of all time. Real name Kerry Von Erich, The Tornado, alongside his five brothers, wrestled in World Class Championship Wrestling, which was owned and operated by WWE Hall of Famer, Fritz Von Erich, the patriarch of the Von Erich family. Kerry and his brothers are most notable for their feud with The Fabulous Freebirds, one of the greatest feuds in Texas wrestling history and one that made stars out of everyone involved, so much so that, in 1990, Von Erich began appearing as The Tornado on WWE TV. He won the IC title against Mr. Perfect at SummerSlam that year after substituting in for an injured Brutus Beefcake (who, presumably, was suffering a case of over-gimmicking) and would hold the title for 84 days, before losing the title back to Perfect. He would then go onto face Dino Bravo at WrestleMania VII, making him the first and only Von Erich to wrestle at WrestleMania. It may have lasted 3 minutes 11 seconds, but hey, that’s longer than I’ve ever wrestled at Mania, so I guess I can’t judge.

Von Erich was an immensely talented wrestler who won numerous world titles outside of WWE. He was never really pushed as a main event talent in the company and, rather than linger in the lower tiers, went back to Texas and made a name for himself there, which is something you really have to admire. Although, I guess it was easier back in the day when the next best option wasn’t TNA. Sadly, Kerry committed suicide aged just 33, so maybe we never got to see how good he could be. However, in his short life he made one hell of an impact on the wrestling world and, despite not being a well-known Intercontinental Champion, he was certainly one of the best. No jokes here, just take a moment to remember the fine talent that was Kery Von Erich. Rest In peace.

7. Mr. Perfect

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The Texas Tornado and now Mr. Perfect. Wrestling was a very strange beast in the 1990s, wasn’t it?

Curt Hennig began wrestling as “Mr. Perfect” in the WWE in 1988. The character was a brash josh type, basically the kid who beat you up in high school, kissed your girl and then won your school the championship game. You wanted to hate him, but he was too damn good. While the narcissist gimmick has been done to death in wrestling, Hennig made it work by being amazing in the ring and being booked to look like an absolute machine. He went undefeated for over a year, destroying midcard talent before moving into a programme with Hulk Hogan that was only derailed when the Hulkster pulled the creative control card. Dammit. I hate that card. Ruined our family game of Go Fish. Anyhow, Perfect won the Intercontinental Championship following The Ultimate Warrior’s victory over the aforementioned Hulkster at WrestleMania Vi, forcing Warrior’s title to be vacated. As you heard earlier, he lost it to The Tornado, before regaining it, holding it for the better part of a year and then dropping it to Bret Hart at SummerSlam 1991 in an absolute classic. He then went onto manage Ric Flair, one of my favourite wrestler-manager combos ever. Fun fact for my stalkers out there.

Perfect more than lived up to his name; great in the ring, great on the mic and, by all accounts, a great guy. Universally recognised as one of wrestling’s true greats by everyone from Shawn Michaels to Bret Hart to Randy Savage on his rap album (look up “My Perfect Friend” by Randy Savage, then listen to the rest of the album, it’s great), Hennig should have, by all accounts, been world champion, but, as I mentioned earlier, a certain red and yellow Real American didn’t let that happen. If he’d been wrestling today, he wouldn’t be on this list, that’s for sure, however, the fates just didn’t align for Curt. However, we’ll always have those hilarious sports videos from the 90s and Mr. Perfect will always have mine, and thousands of other’s, respect. Also, he gave us Curtis Axel, which I’m also a big fan of. #Axeman4lyf

6. The Honky Tonk Man

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He’s got long sideburns, he’s got his hair slicked back, he’s coming to our list in his pink Cadillac, he’s just a Honky Tonk Man! Great theme.

Roy Farris began wrestling as The Honky Tonk Man in 1986 and made a big impression with his arrogant rock and roll star/psycho Elvis impersonator gimmick. Originally intended as a heel, Honky soon became a heel, insulting the fans and drawing major heat from the crowds. Guess these guys just didn’t like Elvis. Honky holds the current record for the longest single Intercontinental Championship reign ever, beginning when he defeated Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat for the title in July of 1987. Honky would reign for a whopping 454 days before dropping the title to The Ultimate Warrior in just 30 seconds at the very first SummerSlam. Wow. And people were unhappy with Goldberg vs Lesnar.

Like Goldust, Honky was never going to be world champion, but his time with the IC title set him as one of WWE’s top heels and made it even more satisfying when he was eventually defeated by the insanely popular Warrior. One of the true characters of wrestling’s golden age, Honky deserves recognition for his fine work in the WWE and why he’s not in the Hall of Fame yet is beyond me. In today’s era of fast title changes, 454 days is a long, long time, so don’t expect this record to be beaten any time soon. Unless Honky tries to sue WWE for his concussions or something.

5. Rick Rude

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I will stop writing about dead people soon, I promise.

Rick Rude is one of my all-time favourite wrestlers. His physique, his swarmy, entitled persona, his ability to draw mega heat almost instantly, that moustache! I mean, what’s not to love? Rude debuted for the WWE under his “Ravishing” gimmick in 1987 and, despite being more sexist than an elderly man watching the Miss World pageant, it was glorious. He would pose for the ladies before every match, drop his robe in a sexy manner, kiss random women in the audience (who I really, really hope were plants) and even had the image of wife of Jake “The Snake” Roberts stencilled onto his tights before one of their matches. That’s just textbook heeling, right there. Rude won the Intercontinental Championship at WrestleMania V against The Ultimate Warrior, after help from Bobby Heenan. Well, I say help, he pulled Warrior’s legs out when he was suplexing Rude, which did allow Rick to make the pin, but did drop him straight on his head. Seriously, Heenan could have killed him. For someone they called “The Brain”, that was a pretty stupid thing to do.

Rude lost the title back to The Warrior at SummerSlam 1989, after infamously being the special guest referee in the match between Mean Gene and the SummerSlam sign. Still waiting for the rematch – book it, Vince! Rude would go onto the become one of the founding members of DX, but would defect to WCW following the Montreal Screwjob (Rude was good friends with Bret Hart). This allowed him to create some wrestling history however; since Raw was taped and Nitro was live, Rude was able to appear on both shows on the same night, appearing live on WCW whilst a pre-taped segment involving him on Raw aired on a different channel. See, the man’s a legend. Rude was one of the best performers of his generation and truly wonderful man. He refused to take of his wedding ring whilst wrestling, even though it contradicted his kayfabe persona, instead covering it with tape to hide it from the fans. This, combined with his devotion to friend, Bret Hart, singles Rude out as one of the nicest men in wrestling history and, when you factor in his impressive in-ring ability and character work, you just can’t help but want him to be world champion. Sadly, this never came to be, but Rude will never be forgotten amongst wrestling fans and his legacy is greater than any world title could have been. Also, that moustache deserved a championship of its own. Best moustache ever.

4. Ricky Steamboat

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Hooray, someone that isn’t dead! That’s a refreshing change of pace.

If you judge Ricky “The Dragon Steamboat” on his WWE career alone, you might be forgiven for thinking he was overhyped. Then you look at his work outside of the E, and you realise just how good he was. His bouts with Ric Flair for the NWA were the stuff of legend; two incredible performers, in and out of the ring, putting on classic matches throughout the 1980s. Steamboat won the United States and TV titles a handful of times before heading to the WWE in 1985, where he was given the “Dragon” nickname by none other than Howard Finkel. He won the second ever match in WrestleMania history and competed regularly in the late 80s, but it would be in 1987 when Steamboat would etch his name into WWE history. WrestleMania III is, rather fittingly, remembered for three things: Hulk Hogan vs Andre The Giant, a slightly dubious attendance figure and the Intercontinental Championship match between Randy Savage and Ricky Steamboat. Immaculately choreographed, technically sound and story-telling at its finest, Savage and Steamboat put on a classic that is widely regarded as the greatest Intercontinental title match ever to this day. Steamboat defeated Savage to win his first and only Intercontinental Championship that day and it is a moment that wrestling fans will never forget. Especially now we’re not allowed to talk about that show’s main event.

Steamboat’s WWE career looked to be on the up following this win, but he made one crucial mistake; having a child. When Steamboat requested time off in ’87 to be with his pregnant wife, WWE officials flipped their lid; they’d been setting up Steamboat for a long run with the belt and this had just ruined their plans. How dare Steamboat want to be with his heavily pregnant wife. That douchebag! Steamboat dropped the title to The Honky Tonk Man just 65 days after winning it and would never amount to the same heights he did at Mania III. After a brief return in 1991, Steamboat left WWE shortly after his burial and would not be seen again until his 2009 Hall of Fame induction. It’s safe to say that, had he not made the crucial mistake of loving his wife, Steamboat stood a decent chance of becoming WWE Champion. Talented, popular and experienced in the main event scene way before he arrived in WWE, Steamboat had all the makings of a great champion. Sadly, like most things in life, a kid had to come along and ruin it all. Even if that kid turned out to be Ritchie Steamboat, one of the most talented wrestlers of his generation – that’s beside the point! I am, of course, kidding. Please don’t get me fired.

3. British Bulldog

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Aaaaaaaaand back to dead people. This list, man, it’s getting depressing.

Davey Boy Smith first wrestled for the WWE in 1985 alongside his tag team partner, Dynamite Kid, making headlines by main eventing the Rosemont portion of WrestleMania II, defeating The Dream Team to become World Tag Team Champions. They also had Ozzy Osbourne in their corner, which is pretty damn cool. No bats were harmed in the making of this match. After leaving the company and returning in 1990, Davey Boy made his name as a singles star, becoming WWE’s main attraction in Europe, particularly his native United Kingdom. This led to The Bulldog being selected to main event SummerSlam 1992; the only major WWE Pay-Per-View held in the UK. His opponent was his brother-in-law, the Intercontinental Champion, Bret “The Hitman” Hart. The match was an absolute classic; a technical masterpiece with two of the all-time greatest in-ring performers leaving nothing out and it all came to an end when Bulldog reversed a Sunset Flip into a pin to win his first and only IC title to a massive pop from the 80,355-strong crowd. You see. Things are just better in Britain. Unless we’re talking about dental care.

Davey Boy is an absolute legend in the world of pro wrestling and his amazing victory at SummerSlam 1992 cemented that. His power, his technicality, his instant likeability, all this made The Bulldog one of the WWE’s biggest draws in the 1990s and, although he never became the WWE Champion, he fought for it on numerous occasions and won nearly every other title there was to win. Smith had more than enough to become world champion, but he was good enough to carve a legendary career for himself without one. Also, he flew the flag for my home country, so I kinda have to like him. I’ll be deported otherwise.

2. Owen Hart

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Back to back Hart Foundation members now. I like me some continuity.

Owen Hart began wrestling in WWE in 1988 uunder the name “The Blue Blazer”, a goofy superhero type gimmick that is every bit as rubbish as it sounds. You thought Shane Helms had it rough. Hart returned to the WWE in late 1991 after a few years’ absence, this time under his real name and he would begin his most legendary feud with his brother, Bret. The two put on amazing matches at WrestleMania X and SummerSlam 1994, with Owen even being originally booked to head into the latter match as WWE Champion, but plans were nixed at the last minute. Despite not winning the big one, Hart was an extremely successful Intercontinental Champion; he first won the title from Rocky Maivia (who would later be known as Dwayne Johnson) and would also feud with none other than “Stone Cold” Steve Austin for the title in late 1997, including the infamous match at SummerSlam where Hart broke Austin’s neck off a botched piledriver. Lord knows how much that broken neck would cost WWE in the long run. Probably more than I’ll make in a lifetime.

As you should know by now, Hart’s career was cut tragically short when he fell to his death at the Over The Edge Pay-Per-View in 1999 following an entrance gone wrong. At the age of just 34, Hart’s death came way too soon and who knows just how much more he could have given us had that horrific accident not taken place. Would he have become world champion in that time? Probably not. However, he stood every chance of holding the title in the early 90s and the rumours that he could have been world champion against Bret at SummerSlam ’94 clearly show that WWE officials thought the exact same way. A legend of the business whose story is all too familiar for all the wrong reasons, Owen Hart will go down as one of the greatest men wrestling has ever known and, for that, he more deserves his place here. Rest In Peace, Owen.

1. Razor Ramon

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Hey, chico! It’s the bad guy! And I’m not talking about his character, I just mean that Scott Hall has done some pretty questionable stuff.

Scott Hall first began appearing as WWE’s resident Scarface impersonator in 1992, quickly entering feuds with “Macho Man” Randy Savage, Bret Hart and Bob Backlund. That last one was more impressive sounding at the time, honest. Ramon won the first of his four Intercontinental Championships after the title was vacated by Shawn Michaels for failing to defend it in 30 days. You see, this was back in the day where rules were actually enforced in the WWE. Michaels would then return, claiming to be the real champion, setting up the first high-profile ladder match in WWE history, pitting champ against champ, allowing Ramon to win the match and become the undisputed champion. Ramon would hold the title for a total of 437 days across his career, the fifth longest ever, truly marking him out as one of the greatest IC Champs in history. There was every possibility that Ramon could have been a world champion one day, however, something went down that prevented this. Something that, you might say, made him an “Outsider”.

Hall, alongside best bud, Kevin Nash, would famously defect to WCW in 1996 and formed the New World Order alongside Hulk Hogan shorter that year. This fundamentally changed wrestling forever; the nWo’s popularity led to WCW becoming the dominant force in American wrestling, almost putting WWE out of business and forcing Vince McMahon to make drastic changes to the company. Ramon was basically responsible for the Attitude Era. One of the most important wrestlers in history, Hall was already an established legend before ever donning the black and white shirt. It’s amazing to think that Hall was never a world champion in either WWE or WCW considering his popularity both in the ring and backstage. Although, I don’t know how easy it would have been when your closest friends were Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Kevin Nash and Hulk Hogan. That’s like the backstage douchebag Hall of Fame, right there.

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