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Top 20 WWE Intercontinental Champions That Flopped

In WWE, the Intercontinental Championship is one of the cornerstones of the company. Established in 1979 with Hall of Famer Pat Patterson being the first wrestler to win the title, WWE decided there needed to be a secondary championship to accompany the WWE World Championship. The Intercontinental title became a hit as it would become perceived as the belt that would be the first step in one’s ascension to the main event picture. It also opened up a new space for the best in-ring competitors and workhorses of the company to have superb matches and tell stories in fight for the title.

Many stars heralded today in the Hall of Fame started their rise when winning the Intercontinental Championship. Steve Austin, The Rock, Triple H, Ultimate Warrior, Randy Savage, Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels are just a small percentage of the legends to make their early names in WWE holding the Intercontinental title before excelling into the world title picture and becoming the stars we fondly remember them as. The goal especially during the 90s used to be to win the Intercontinental Championship because it would mean great things were nearly guaranteed to come for them.

However, the percentages of Intercontinental title holders to go on to super-stardom and world title reigns would begin to diminish between the hotshotting of belts in the Attitude Era and more recently, the value of the title faltering over the last ten years. Through the last couple of years, the Intercontinental Championship has become somewhat of a curse where pushes end rather than begin a journey. With the title existing for this long and going through many positive and negative changes of the WWE landscape, we’re looking at the 20 wrestlers who flopped as Intercontinental Champion, whether having a poor reign or just failing to progress after holding the title.

20 Luke Harper

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19 Jeff Jarrett

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18 Billy Gunn

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17 The Godfather

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16 Albert

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15 Road Dogg

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14 Rikishi

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13 Carlito

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12 Ezekiel Jackson

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11 Davey Boy Smith

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10 Wade Barrett

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9 Marc Mero

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8 Texas Tornado

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7 Big E

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6 Santino

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5 Shelton Benjamin

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4 Curtis Axel

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3 Drew McIntyre

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2 Chyna

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1 Ahmed Johnson

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One wrestler that Vince McMahon was absolutely supportive of being a main event act was Ahmed Johnson. Being aligned with then top face Shawn Michaels and treated like a star on television, Johnson was designed to become a world champion. Johnson’s biggest win came over Goldust to capture the Intercontinental Championship at the King of the Ring 1996. Between his lack of progression in the ring, his limited skills on the microphone and an injury forcing him to relinquish the title, that was the final high point for Ahmed. When healthy again, Johnson was given a couple of more chances but his poor IC title reign exposed him and he never viewed the same by the WWE or its fans.

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