10 strange (but true) WrestleMania facts

Intercontinental technicalities

Though the spotlight may shine brightest on the WWE World Heavyweight Champion at WrestleMania, the Intercontinental Title bearer hardly gets relegated to afterthought status. From Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat’s epic battle with “Macho Man” Randy Savage at WrestleMania III to Big Show’s big win in 2012, many memorable moments have occurred when the Intercontinental Championship was up for grabs.

Yet there’s a strange phenomenon that has occurred over the history of Intercontinental Championship matches at WWE’s marquee event. Five different titleholders — Shawn Michaels, Greg “The Hammer” Valentine, The Honky Tonk Man, Mr. Perfect and Jeff Jarrett — retained their championship gold at WrestleMania despite losing the match. That’s due to the rule stating that a title cannot change hands due to a disqualification or count-out win by the challenger. So the next challenger to the Intercontinental Title should take care in considering the merits of a No Disqualification or No Count-out match stipulation before stepping in the ring with the reigning champion.

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