Hey guys -- seeing how it appears Kane will be the last IC Champion, I just wanted to say how terrible and pointless it is to see this belt go. What is there for the mid-carders to shoot for? Now people like Goldust will be mired in feuds with people like Reverend D-Von for all eternity, with no hope of significant gold =(....Anyway, I've taken this sad announcement as a chance to reflect on what was (for some weird reason) my favorite title in the World Wrestling Federation - The Intercontinental Championship.
Personally, since he was my favorite at the time, when British Bulldog defeated Bret Hart at SummerSlam 1992, I went nuts. My sister's favorite was Bret Hart, and it made for a crazy time in our house in the weeks leading up to the title match. Not to mention how technically amazing the match was. I'll never forget that one....
And I was there at WrestleMania X when Razor Ramon beat Shawn Michaels in that amazing ladder match....
And who can forget the only WrestleMania which featured the Intercontintal Championship in the main event - Hulk Hogan vs Ultimate Warrior, where the IC champ came out on top?
Amongst many fans' opinions, the Savage/Steamboat WMIII match basically outshined the historic main event, and all other matches before it (And after it).
Recent champions like Chris Jericho, Kurt Angle, and Chris Benoit, have all added legacy to this great title.
Anybody with some other IC Title memories, leave a post. This belt shall be missed....
Man, I am really bummed about them dropping the tilte too. I know exactly what you mean by saying it was your favorite belt. For some reason it was mine too.
My favorite IC title match of all time is the match that made me into a Bret Hart fan. Bret Hart vs. Mr. Perfect at Summerslam '91. Before the match I didn't care much for the Hitman, but by the end of this match I was a BIG fan.
Hopefully the almighty Intercontinental Championship will make its return one day. We shall see.
(edited by Eradicator on 1.10.02 1428) Yes, indeed I can dig it, Sucker.
I don't know what to think of the IC title being unified with the world title. My fave champs were (hold your breath), Goldust (1996), HHH (1996), Benoit (2000), Owen Hart (anytime he held it), um, Razor Ramon, lol, especially during the Goldust thing, and a few I can't think of right now because I'm working. Still, that's a great history that title has, and personally, I don't see what the purpose is either.
I remember a couple of years back Jericho was going on about the rich history of the IC belt in a promo on someone(can't remember who), and he brought up "Ricky Steamboat, Randy Savage, and The Mountie."
His emphasis on the Mountie(who held it for two days, I think) totally cracked me up.
Think of the effects of us Wieners if the IC belt is gone! Once we reach, 300 posts, what will our new rank be?! "IC Contender" won't make any sense! Damn you, Uncle Eric! DAMN YOU AND YOUR GRECIAN FORMULA!
The Steamboat/Savage match from WM 3 still sticks out in my mind as the best match for the IC belt. I don't see any reason they need to get rid of it, unless the Cruiserweight title is also going away.
"Don't feel bad. I've been wrestling wolves since you were on your mother's teet!" -- Groundskeeper Willie
Still the match I remember most in my fifteen years of being a wrestling fan, was the May 1993 Raw title match between Shawn Michaels and the returning Marty Jannetty. A quality technical match even by today's standards, with unbelievable heat, perfect booking, and lending credence to the theory that losing your title in a hard-fought match does NOT equivocate to losing all your heat.
Shawn hits the Sweet Chin Music and goes to the second turnbuckle to brag and jaw at Mr. Perfect. As Jannetty slowly recovers, Hennig fires his stinky sweat towel at Shawn's face, causing him to lose his balance and fall into a Jannetty rollup for the 1-2-3. And the chant of "Marty! Marty!" reverberates through the Manhattan Center as Raw goes off the air.
Also a candidate for best Raw of all time, since it was in the same episode that "The Kid" upset Razor Ramon for the first time.
My personal favorite I-C Champions were Chris Benoit, Kurt Angle, Chris Jericho and Lance Storm. (Of course.) You can't imagine how much I marked out when Lance beat Albert for the Intercontinental Title. It was a mark-out moment for two reasons-- one, because Lance is so good, and two, because Albert SUCKS.
Whenever I think of the Intercontinental Title, I will always think of the outstanding Benoit/Jericho feud in 2000-01. That's still, to me, one of the greatest feuds of the last ten years or so.
I personally think the idea of getting rid of the Intercontinental Title is one of the stupidest ideas WWE has come up with recently. And believe me, there have been plenty of stupid ideas. Then again, who knows-- maybe this is leading to Bischoff re-introducing the WCW United States and World Television Titles as he continues to re-make RAW into the image of WCW.
That's a nice thought, made even better when I visualize the look on the faces of every lifetime WWF/E fan who's reading this post. LOL...
“Now put that thing back where it came from or so help me-- Oh, hey! We're rehearsing a scene from the upcoming company play called Put That Thing Back Where It Came From Or So Help Me.” --Mike Wazowski, Monsters, Inc.
Two-Time, Two-Time Randomly Selected Weiner of the Day, 5/27/02 and 7/3/02
That cheap-looking toy isn't the IC title. The REAL IC title was the one used originally. How dare you insult the title with a picture of the piece of plastic that replaced the glorius original?? Especially with the title on its deathbed???
The bestest I.C. champ ever was Honkey Tonk Man. He didn't have the best matches for the title ever, but did a crowd ever want the heel to lose more than when he was in the ring?
Every damn match that guy had with the belt the guy across the ring was the most over man in the company next to Hogan. And it was like that forever.
(The best match for the title for my money was HBK/Ramon WM X)
Since everyone else is doing it (ok, not EVERYONE, but...)
Vikings (0-4) - Whoops, that kinda...Uh...Sucked. Hey but at least we looked better in the second half! Badgers (5-0) - *Sigh.* Bye weeks sure are boring. Twins (94-67) - Next up: Oakland. I just want to win that series. Then I'll be happy. Buffy 7.1 earns a 8.3 Out of 10 for being solid, yet subtly underwhelming.
Originally posted by Mack SalmonWhat exactly happens to the old belts, anyway? I know that they gave an old WWF Title to Ah-nuld for him to display upside down... "This is an honahh!" Ah, good times.
I'm sure there are multiple copies of each belt laying around the Titan Towers. It's not a situation where there is just one belt, and when a new one is designed they do something special with the old one.
Plus, I believe that each man that wins the title gets a duplicate of it for his or her trophy room (or at least a convincing replica). This is evidenced by interviews with wrestlers in their homes where they tons of belts surronding them. I remember Chyna being on Cribs and showing off her IC belt adorning one of her walls. Ah-nuld's belt was just a replica of the current (at that time) WWF title. I don't even think it had the regular strap color- I seem to remember it being blue or something.
edit: How ironic it is that this was my 300th post- making me, yup you guessed it, an "IC Contender"
(edited by Eradicator on 1.10.02 2056) Yes, indeed I can dig it, Sucker.
$30 for front row, 15 for general admission. And for those who follow these things, London and Styles was a fantastic match with a lame finish (German suplex double pin). Corino wasn't there, so Michael Shane subbed.