6 Intercontinental Title Matches that made SummerSlam

The Ultimate Warrior defeated Intercontinental Champion The Honky Tonk Man (1988)

CM Punk’s 434-day reign as WWE Champion was mighty impressive, but even that feat falls short of The Honky Tonk Man’s 454-day tenure with the Intercontinental Title in 1987 and 1988. Just when it seemed like the WWE Universe was doomed to an eternity of shaking, rattling and rolling, destiny — thy is The Ultimate Warrior — asserted itself at SummerSlam 1988, and the self-proclaimed “Greatest Intercontinental Champion of All Time’s” world came crashing down.

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Not only did The Ultimate Warrior end the historic reign, but he did so in spectacular form, needing only a half-minute to run through the guitar-playing grappler. Even though it will never be mistaken for a technical ring masterpiece, this match remains one of the most memorable stories to come out of the first SummerSlam.