6 Intercontinental Title Matches that made SummerSlam

The Ultimate Warrior defeated Intercontinental Champion Rick Rude (1989)

If The Ultimate Warrior’s trouncing of The Honky Tonk Man at SummerSlam 1988 was a bit lopsided, his showdown against “Ravishing” Rick Rude at the following year’s summer spectacular was anything but. Facing the double-tough Rude, the WWE Universe saw a different side of the galaxy-surfing Warrior. His signature moves — the press slam, the splash — were all there, but so, too, were rarely seen arrows in his quiver, such as a German suplex he used to plant “The Ravishing One.”

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Rude, who dethroned The Ultimate Warrior for the Intercontinental Title months earlier at WrestleMania V, brought his A-game as well, at one point dropping Warrior with a hybrid powerbomb/piledriver. In the end, though, The Ultimate Warrior simply would not be denied victory; by the closing bell, all you had to do was glance at the remnants of neon face paint on Warrior’s countenance to know he had survived a serious battle. With then-WWE Champion Hulk Hogan slated for tag team action that night, the unofficial main event billing belonged to Warrior vs. Rude.