10 Longest combined reigns of WWE Intercontinental Champions
The Miz surpassed Honky Tonk Man's combined reigns this week, but how close is he to the record?
The Intercontinental Championship has always been one of the most popular belts amongst long-time wrestling fans, perhaps even above the World Championship at times.
It is usually seen as the championship for the more technically gifted or hard-working talents on the roster, while World Title was for the showmen in WWE, such as Hulk Hogan or John Cena, the Intercontinental Championship featured slicker in-ring performers.
Not only that, but it was also often seen as a milestone on a superstar’s ascension to the main event scene, at least it used to be. It has to be said that the Championship has lost a lot of its prestige over the last decade or so.
It has seen a slight resurgence during The Miz’s current reign, but it is nowhere the level it was back in the late 80s or early 90s.
Speaking of The Miz, he has recently surpassed The Honky Tonk Man in terms of combined days as Intercontinental Champion, but where does he stand overall?
Here are the 10 longest combined reigns in the history of the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
#=9 - Mr Perfect (406 days)
As mentioned earlier, the Intercontinental Championship often showcased the more technically skilled superstars in WWE, and when it came to technical wrestling, there were not many better than ‘Mr. Perfect’ Curt Hennig.
He is widely regarded as one of the greatest Intercontinental Champions in history after not just one, but two significant runs with the belt.
Hennig’s first reign began in May 1990 after he won a tournament for the then-vacant Championship. Shortly after winning the title, he quickly aligned himself with legendary wrestling manager Bobby Heenan.
Arguably the most memorable moment of Mr Perfect’s Intercontinental title reigns came when he dropped the belt to Bret Hart in a classic match at SummerSlam 1991. Despite Hennig nursing a number of significant injuries at the time, he and Hart produced a fantastic bout which is considered one of the best Intercontinental title matches ever.