Seven Superstars who won the Intercontinental Title five times or more
A lot of people were upset when The Miz knocked off Zack Ryder to win the Intercontinental Championship just 24 hours after The Ultimate Broski’s WrestleMania victory. Miz, understandably, was not one of them, and not just for the reason you might think. By besting Ryder, The Awesome One launched his already-rarified resume into even more impressive company by joining an elite group, all of whom have held the prestigious title five times or more.
It’s often said the Intercontinental Championship is the title of the next man up. So, in some ways, Triple H’s ascent to the throne was preordained from the moment he beat Marc Mero in 1996 to win his first Intercontinental honor. The Game would go on to win the championship four more times (once in ’98, twice in ’01 and a final time in ’02), toppling Superstars like The Rock and Kane in the process. Did he ever fulfill that “next-man-up” promise? Well, he just main-evented WrestleMania. Again. So you tell us.
For a man who once fancied himself as the bearer of bad news, King Barrett has received nothing but good tidings from the Intercontinental Championship. The British tough guy claimed the Intercontinental Title on five different occasions within four years, beating Big E, Kofi Kingston (twice), The Miz and, most recently, Dolph Ziggler to do it. All hail, indeed.
Our resident Hollywood A-lister is the most recent Superstar to join this list, but what’s even more impressive than the number of Intercontinental Titles he’s won is the speed at which he’s accrued them. After beating Christian at Raw 1,000 to win his first Intercontinental Title, The Awesome One dethroned Barrett at WrestleMania 29, played tug-of-war with Dolph Ziggler for the title in 2014 and stole Zack Ryder’s glory in 2016 to notch his current reign with the title. All of which makes the prize a nice addition to his mantelpiece … or it would have, if he hadn’t “lost” the championship in a game of Street Fighter.
“Done it all, won it all” was the mantra when Edge announced his injury-forced retirement in 2011, and The Rated-R Superstar wasn’t kidding. Among his countless accolades were five stints with the Intercontinental Title, including a trifecta in 2001 (one of which was at the expense of lifelong friend Christian) and a final win over a then-ascending Randy Orton in 2004. “Reeking of awesomeness” might sound like a weird thing to say about yourself to you youngsters in the WWE Universe, but rest assured, Edge most certainly did.
Rob Van Dam
He might be one of a kind, but RVD was a champion six ways from Sunday when it came to the Intercontinental Title. After first winning the title from that rapscallion William Regal in 2002, The Whole Dam Show performed the encore five more times in such contests as a Ladder Match classic against Eddie Guerrero and an impromptu steel cage clash with Chris Jericho. RVD’s last dance with the title came in 2006 after he put his Money in the Bank contract up against Shelton Benjamin’s title and walked away with all the marbles. Still, he tends to come back every now and then, so reign No. 7 could Dam well happen anytime he chooses.
When it came to the Intercontinental Title, one of the most dogged Superstars to pursue it was ol’ J-E-Ha-Ha-Double-F J-A-Double-R-E-Double-T. In fact, Double J wasn’t just dogged, he was like a dog with a bone when it came to the Intercontinental Championship. His six reigns were divided into three apiece in 1995 and 1999,with each win in both trifectas recorded within a few months of each other. No wonder he was strutting around all the time.
The reigning granddaddy of the Intercontinental Championship is none other than “The Best in the World at What He Does.” With nine (nine!) runs as Intercontinental Champion, Chris Jericho remains the first and last word when it comes to the championship, thanks in no small part to the fact that he never hesitated to make a play for it even after he started winning World Titles. Jericho’s most recent title victory came in 2009, when he took Rey Mysterio’s championship and his mask in one fell swoop. And if you don’t think that entitles him to his current attitude, well, you’d have to be an idiot indeed.