The WWE Intercontinental Championship is a professional wrestling championship created and promoted by the American promotion WWE, currently defended on their SmackDown brand division. The rest of the center plate is filled with ornamentation. It was said he had unified his title with the South American Heavyweight Championship, in a tournament in Rio de Janeiro, although both the tournament and South American Championship were entirely fictional. Sami Zayn has been stripped of the Intercontinental Championship and a new champion will be crowned via a tournament that will begin this Friday on SmackDown. There was already a bit of confusion for WWE fans after Sami Zayn had the Intercontinental Championship taken from him. As advertised, after Sami Zayn vacated the title, an eight-man tournament was set up to decide who will become the new WWE Intercontinental Champion. The redesigned Intercontinental Championship returned to being on a black strap with an entirely new center plate with an irregular shape. It was said he had unified his title with the South American Heavyweight Championship, in a tournament in Rio de Janeiro, although both the tournament and South American Championship were entirely fictional.On April 1, 1990 at WrestleMania VI, Intercontinental Champion The Ultimate Warrior defeated WWF Champion Hulk Hogan to win the world title, albeit the Intercontinental … Catch WWE action on WWE Network, FOX, USA Network, Sony India and more. Intercontinental Championship Tournament: SmackDown, May 15, 2020 - … Later that year, the NXT brand, formerly WWE's developmental territory, became WWE's third major brand when it was moved to the USA Network in September, thus making the NXT North American Championship a third secondary title for the WWE. , In the early 2010s, WWE was criticized for their booking of the Intercontinental Champions. Tommy Dreamer successfully retained his title in that match, but lost to Van Dam in a hardcore match the next week. The Intercontinental Championship has switched between brands over the years, usually as a result of the WWE Draft; the 2019 Superstar Shake-up moved the title to SmackDown. The term "intercontinental" in the title originally referred to North and South America. WWE SmackDown is set to take place on May 15, 2020 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT live on FOX with no audience in attendance. The winner of the tournament will be crowned the new Intercontinental Champion. 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Following the brand split on March 25, 2002, all titles in WWE became exclusive to either the Raw brand or SmackDown brand. Pedro Morales held the championship for a record total of 619 days and The Honky Tonk Man had the longest uninterrupted reign at 454 days, from June 2, 1987 until August 29, 1988. On April 7, 1989, the championship was first defended outside of North America, by Rick Rude against The Ultimate Warrior in Turin, Italy. It starts on Friday Night SmackDown this week, where we got our first look at the bracket: Who will become the new champ. The WWE Intercontinental Championship Tournament was a tournament to crown a new Intercontinental Champion. Zayn has reportedly been staying home because of the coronavirus and last appeared at …  In 1985, the championship belt design changed, the centerplate now centered on the Atlantic Ocean, in a map including western Africa and Europe. In more recent years, the championship has attained more prestige and a level of importance. With Sami Zayn unable to compete, there are a number of Superstars WWE can put the Intercontinental Championship on. Metalik kicks Cesaro back. After a chaotic start to SmackDown removed Elias and Jeff Hardy from the competition, AJ Styles receieved a bye, and Daniel Bryan defeated Sheamus to set the final matchup. On May 31, 2015, the championship was contested for in an Elimination Chamber match for the first time. Campionul actual este Sami Zayn. El campeón actual, Sami Zayn. Just days later, he successfully defended the title against Raw draftee Darren Young at Battleground, making the title exclusive to SmackDown. Over Bischoff's objections, Raw Co-General Manager Stone Cold Steve Austin reactivated the Intercontinental Championship on the May 5, 2003, episode of Raw and declared any former champion on the Raw roster eligible to enter a battle royal at Judgment Day for the title. The announcement of AJ Styles in the Intercontinental Championship Tournament shook up the bracket, and Shinsuke Nakamura will have to deal with the fallout.. The winner will face Daniel Bryan in the Intercontinental Championship tournament. WWE has reportedly taped the finals of the Intercontinental Championship Tournament. With Sami Zayn unable to compete, the title will be held in abeyance until the end of the tournament.  It first came to Africa on April 6, 1997, when champion Rocky Maivia pinned Savio Vega in Durban, South Africa. Eventually, WWE did the same thing for SmackDown and created a separate set of titles for that brand; for its secondary title, SmackDown reactivated the United States Championship that had been unified with the Intercontinental Championship in 2001, placing the WWE name on it while claiming the lineage of the old WCW title of the same name (much as they did with the Cruiserweight Championship when that became WWE exclusive). The championship was established by the then-World Wrestling Federation (WWF) on September 1, 1979, after inaugural champion Pat Patterson unified (kayfabe) the WWF North American Heavyweight and South American Heavyweight championships. The next year, it was reactivated for Raw, followed by the United States Championship's reactivation as a counterpart on SmackDown. , On October 17, 1999, Chyna became the only woman to hold the Intercontinental Championship by defeating Jeff Jarrett at No Mercy. It has been called a "stepping stone" to a WWE world championship.. However, a car accident outside the WWE Performance Center involving several WWE superstars caused the bracket to make some modifications. Catch the final roundÂ next Friday on SmackDown at 8/7 C on FOX. The top half of the oval says "Intercontinental" and the bottom half says "Champion"; the word "Heavyweight" sits in a banner on the inner side of the oval above the word "Champion". The center portion of the center plate features an oval-shape. Later that year, the European and Hardcore championships were unified into the Intercontinental Championship, which itself was unified into the World Heavyweight Championship.  Shelton Benjamin made the first Australian defense on April 7, 2006, pinning Gene Snitsky in Brisbane. In 2002 after the introduction of the first brand split, it became exclusive to Raw and the WWF was renamed WWE.  On March 30, 1991, Mr. A tournament began on May 15, 2020 on Friday night on SmackDown to crown a new champion. Earlier this week, WWE declared that Sami Zayn would be stripped of the Intercontinental Championship. The bell rings, and a big brawl breaks out. With the idea originating in the '80s, the contest evolved and then saw a month-long tournament result in the quarter-finals occurring at the PPV where the winner would be crowned in a sport-bracket styled event. The current champion is Big E, who is in his second reign. — WWE (@WWE) May 23, 2020. The semi-final round of the Intercontinental Championship tournament was set to take place with Daniel Bryan and Jeff Hardy set for one match and Elias and AJ Styles in the other. Dean Douglas had the shortest reign at just 13 minutes 52 seconds. After Daniel Bryan's victory over Sheamus on Friday's SmackDown, the final of the Intercontinental Championship tournament between Bryan and …  The albatross metaphor was also used to describe the title in 2014 by James Caldwell of Pro Wrestling Torch, while Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer said that year that "the [Intercontinental] title isn't booked to mean much". The original Intercontinental Championship Tournament field was comprised of Daniel Bryan, Drew Gulak, Jeff Hardy, Sheamus, Elias, King Corbin, AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura.With Sami Zayn unable to compete, the title will be held in abeyance until the end of the tournament.. Elias was the first to advance after delivering payback to Corbin, and Bryan joined him later that night by … Single Elimination. A tournament to decide the new champion will begin this Friday on … , On November 22, 2019, episode of SmackDown, Sami Zayn presented a new belt design to champion Shinsuke Nakamura. The Intercontinental championship tournament took a wide left turn into a road sign on its way to the finals, Dominick Mysterio was dead set on getting his revenge for … Le titre a été intronisé pour la première fois dans la WWE en 1979, à l'époque connue sous le nom de World Wrestling Federation (WWF).  Following the World Wrestling Federation's (WWF) purchase of World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in March 2001, the title was unified with the WCW United States Championship at Survivor Series, causing the United States Championship to become inactive.  On September 30, 2002, Bischoff scheduled a match to unify the Intercontinental Championship with the recently created Raw-exclusive World Heavyweight Championship. WWE Intercontinental Championship Tournament 32 Players. Chyna is the only woman in WWE history to win the title. Moreover, the company announced that a tournament will begin this Friday on SmackDown, with the winner becoming the new champion, even if Zayn believes he is still the rightful champ.. The inaugural champion was Pat Patterson who, as the WWF North American Heavyweight Champion in September 1979 was also declared "South American Heavyweight Champion" after allegedly winning a tournament in Rio de Janeiro. , In 2002, after the first brand split had begun and the WWF was renamed WWE, Raw General Manager Eric Bischoff began unifying his brand's singles championships. In 2019, NXT was promoted as WWE's third major brand, adding their North American Championship as a third secondary title for WWE. Like the majority of WWE's other championships, the belt features two side plates with a removable center section that can be customized with the champion's logos; the default side plates consist of the WWE logo over a globe..  Various commentators in 2014 and 2015, including from The Baltimore Sun, Rolling Stone, PWInsider and Pro Wrestling Dot Net have pointed out that the Intercontinental Champion often loses non-title matches, while Mike Tedesco of Wrestleview questioned how Intercontinental Champions "losing too much" is "supposed to bring prestige to the Intercontinental Championship". The winner of that match will face AJ Styles in the finals of the tournament. It is one of three secondary championships in WWE, along with the United States Championship on Raw and the North American Championship on NXT. The following week on SmackDown, AJ Styles made a triumphant return to the blue brand with a win over Shinsuke Nakamura, and Jeff Hardy earned a gritty win over Sheamus to round out the first round of competition. The unification match took place at No Mercy the following month and saw then-World Heavyweight Champion Triple H defeat then-Intercontinental Champion Kane, making him the Raw brand's sole male singles champion.. By Andrew Ravens.  Mr. The final match of the WWE Intercontinental Championship Tournament is … The first two semifinalists in the WWE Intercontinental Championship Tournament have been determined following this week's edition of WWE Friday Night SmackDown. Daniel Bryan battles The Celtic Warrior with a spot in the Intercontinental Championship Tournament Finals on the line. Establishing a sense of prestige for the Intercontinental Championship, Patera himself would then have a 231-day reign, Pedro Morales would run … At the center of the oval is a diamond shape, representing a wrestling ring viewed from above, with the WWE logo over a globe. Christian won the battle royal to win the championship and restore a secondary singles title for Raw wrestlers to compete for. Since then, there have been 86 different champions. The WWE Intercontinental Championship tournament kicked off on Friday night during SmackDown. The following is a list of dates indicating the transitions of the Intercontinental Championship between the Raw and SmackDown brands. On May 12, 2020 WWE announced that due to Sami Zayn being unable to defend the Intercontinental Championship, it was revealed on WWE Backstage on FS1 that the title has been declared vacant. Tonight, the finals will be determined as former WWE Champions Jeff Hardy and Daniel … WWE Vacates Intercontinental Championship & Announces Tournament To Determine New Champion May 13, 2020 Sovereign S.A.M The Imperial Chronicles 0 WWE announced today during Backstage that since Sami Zayn is unable to compete at the moment that the Intercontinental Championship has been vacated. On July 22, 2002, the Intercontinental Championship was unified with the European Championship in a ladder match, in which then-Intercontinental Champion Rob Van Dam defeated then-European Champion Jeff Hardy. , On April 1, 1990, at WrestleMania VI, Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion The Ultimate Warrior defeated WWF World Heavyweight Champion Hulk Hogan to win the world title, albeit the Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship was vacated (for the first time in the title history) soon after. Sami Zayn was stripped of the Intercontinental championship, presumably because he chose to stay home from work during a pandemic, and WWE decided to book a tournament to crown a new champion. There have been 10 vacancies throughout the title's history. The original Intercontinental Championship Tournament field was comprised of Daniel Bryan, Drew Gulak, Jeff Hardy, Sheamus, Elias, King Corbin, AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura. Two years later during the 2019 WWE Superstar Shake-up, Intercontinental Champion Finn BÃ¡lor moved to SmackDown, making the title exclusive back to SmackDown. It is the third oldest championship currently active in WWE, behind the WWE Championship (1963) and United States Championship (1975), but the second oldest tenured championship, as the WWE has only owned the U.S. title since 2001. The news came on Tuesday night's episode of WWE Backstage on FS1 where it was also announced that this week's Friday Night SmackDown will begin a tournament to crown a new Intercontinental … The left side features the continents of North and South America as well as Africa and Europe, while the globe on the left shows Asia and Australia; both globes show a portion of Antarctica. There hasn’t been any official announcement regarding the competitors in the tournament, … During the following year's Superstar Shake-up, Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose was moved to the Raw brand, making the title exclusive to Raw. WWE's King of the Ring tournament was considered one of the company's highest-profile pay-per-views, becoming a spectacle from 1993 to 2002. The Intercontinental Championship Tournament continues. On August 19, 2002, Bischoff made a six-minute gauntlet match for the Hardcore Championship, with the winner facing Van Dam in a second unification match the next week on Raw. Who will outlast a loaded field and cash in on the golden title opportunity? In 2013, Darren Gutteridge of Pro Wrestling Dot Net wrote that the "title has proven an albatross for the past decade, with almost all title holders doomed to tread water, usually only beating people decisively when the title is on the line". Chris Jericho are ce le mai multe campionate intercontinentale (9) Data creării acestui titlu a fost în septembrie 1979. WWE has announced the full bracket for the Intercontinental Title tournament. He defeated Sami Zayn in a Lumberjack match during the December 22, 2020 tapings of SmackDown in St. Petersburg, Florida (aired on tape delay on December 25, the date WWE recognizes for the reign). The brand split was discontinued on August 29, 2011, but revived on July 19, 2016. Patterson unified the two championships into the Intercontinental Championship. El Campeonato Intercontinental de la WWE es un campeonato secundario creado por la entonces World Wrestling Federation (WWF) en 1979. May 15, 2020. The Phenomenal One will face the former Intercontinental Champion in the First Round of the Intercontinental Championship Tournament. The WWE Intercontinental Championship is a professional wrestling championship created and promoted by the American promotion WWE, currently defended on their SmackDown brand division.It is one of three secondary championships in WWE, along with the United States Championship on Raw and the North American Championship on NXT.The current champion is Big E, who is in his second … , In July 2016, WWE reintroduced the brand split; during the 2016 draft, then-Intercontinental Champion The Miz was drafted to SmackDown. On the sides of the center, plate is two halves of the globe. WWE Intercontinental Championship: 10 de mayo de 2002 - 20 de octubre de 2002; 18 de mayo de 2003 - presente Campeones. BREAKING NEWS:@SamiZayn is unable to compete and defend the Intercontinental Championship, therefore @WWE has declared the title vacant. WWE Intercontinental Championship Tournament Brackets Confirmed. There will be 8 competitors in the tournament. Corbin gets Uso over the top rope, but he hangs on. After having the title taken due to not defending it, a tournament with eight superstars became the new reality. In November 2001, the then-WCW United States Championship was unified into the Intercontinental Championship. Perfect made the first Asian defense against The Texas Tornado at a WWF co-promotion with Super World of Sports in Tokyo, Japan. On October 2, 2011, at Hell in a Cell, Cody Rhodes introduced a modified version of the classic championship belt design with the white strap, with the modern WWE "scratch logo" and other embellishments. , Big E is the current champion in his second reign. The youngest champion was Jeff Hardy, who won the championship at 23 years old, while the oldest champion was Ric Flair, who won the championship at Unforgiven in 2005 at the age of 56. Then-United States Champion Edge defeated then-Intercontinental Champion Test. Raw results, Dec. 21, 2020: McIntyre, Sheamus & Lee's Street Fight win brings short-lived holiday cheer, SmackDown results, Dec. 25, 2020: Big E captures the Intercontinental Championship, WWE NXT results, Dec. 23, 2020: Adam Cole drops the boom on Velveteen Dream, WrestleMania 36 results: Drew McIntyre conquers The Beast to claim the WWE Title, WWE Superstar Gaming Series debuts Dec. 29 on WWE Network and social platforms, Watch First Look: WWE Icons to preview WWE Network's upcoming docuseries, Big E takes part in an Intercontinental Title photo shoot: WWE Network Exclusive, Dec. 25, 2020. Although generally contested in the midcard at WWE shows, the Intercontinental Championship has been defended in the main events of pay-per-views including WrestleMania VI, SummerSlam in 1992, the third and eighth In Your House shows, Backlash in 2001, and at Extreme Rules in 2018. NXT wrestlers are at ringside rooting it on. On May 7, 2010, after failed attempts of getting Intercontinental Champion Drew McIntyre to stop attacking Matt Hardy, Smackdown General Manager Theodore Long fired McIntyre and vacated the title. WWE Intercontinental Championship este un titlu care apartine diviziei Raw. Fostul campion Intercontinental Braun Strowman. Chris Jericho has the most reigns with nine.  As a result of the victories over Hardy and Dreamer, Van Dam is regarded as the last European and Hardcore champion in WWE history; these were his first and fourth reigns with those respective titles. Perfect then went on to win a tournament to crown a new Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion. John Morrison, "Ryback def.  Following the end of the first brand split on August 29, 2011, the title could be defended on both Raw and SmackDown. , WWF North American Heavyweight Champion Pat Patterson became the inaugural champion on September 1, 1979. Hardy punched his ticket to the semifinals with a win over Sheamus on May 22 while Bryan defeated Drew Gulak in the first round on May 15, which ended up being Gulak's last match with WWE. , Championship created and promoted by the American professional wrestling promotion WWE, The Intercontinental Championship belt with default side plates, "Intercontinental title DVD a decent collection", 1989 WWF events, from TheHistoryOfWWE.com, "Wrestlingdata.com - The World's Largest Wrestling Database", 1997 WWF events, from TheHistoryOfWWE.com, 2005 WWF events, from TheHistoryOfWWE.com, Intercontinental title history, from TheHistoryofWWE.com, "WWE Entertainment, Inc. Acquires WCW from Turner Broadcasting", "WWE "Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes def. WWF North American Heavyweight Champion Pat Patterson became the inaugural champion on September 1, 1979. First Round WWE Intercontinental Championship Tournament 5/22/2020 Pro Wrestling News Bite. On August 18, 2014, the Intercontinental Championship belt, along with all other pre-existing championship belts in WWE at the time, received a minor update, replacing the long-standing scratch logo with WWE's current logo that was originally used for the WWE Network. The tournament for the vacant WWE Intercontinental Title continued during tonight’s SmackDown on FOX episode. Le WWE Intercontinental Championship est un championnat de catch appartenant à la fédération de catch américaine, la World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). Elias was the first to advance after delivering payback to Corbin, and Bryan joined him later that night by besting his training partner and friend Gulak. 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