5 Interesting facts that might surprise you heading into WrestleMania 35
With only just over two weeks to go, the Road to WrestleMania has well and truly begun. With several dream matches already confirmed at the MetLife Stadium, this year’s edition of the pay-per-view looks to be another one to remember with matches like AJ Styles against Randy Orton, Seth Rollins' bid to slay the beast, and the triple threat match for the Raw Women’s Championship potentially becoming the first ever all-women's main event at WrestleMania.
One of the main reasons that WrestleMania is the must see pay-per-view of the year is that it tends to give shocking moments that the WWE Universe never thought they’d see. From Shawn Michaels retiring to Seth Rollins unforgettable Money in the Bank cash in, to Undertaker abd Asuka losing their streaks, WrestleMania simply pulls out all the stops with the message that anything can happen on the night.
With this being said, there are certain facts and statistics that seem to have a regular consistency at WrestleMania that many WWE fans may not have noticed. Here are five interesting facts heading into WrestleMania 35.
#5 The Intercontinental Championship has only been successfully defended once in the past 17 WrestleMania pay-per-views
It goes without saying that the Intercontinental Championship is one of the most sought after Championships in WWE considering its illustrious history, so it should be no surprise that this title has proved to be the hardest one to keep in the last two decades at WrestleMania.
The Intercontinental Championship has not always been a pivotal part of WrestleMania in the past 17 years, with a lot of the champions not defending the title and usually being placed somewhere else on the card. Many former Intercontinental Champions by WrestleMania during this time have usually been competing in the Money in the Bank match. However, since the match got their very own pay-per-view in 2010, the title has been more prominently featured again.
The Intercontinental Championship has only been defended a total of eight times in the past seventeen WrestleMania pay-per-views. It is also worth noting that in that time frame, the title has only been successfully defended once. Talented wrestlers such as Cody Rhodes and Kevin Owens as well as former WWE Champions JBL and The Miz have failed to walk away from WrestleMania with the championship still around their waist.
The only wrestler that has managed to successfully defend this Championship since Chris Jericho at WrestleMania X-7 is none other than Dean Ambrose, who fought off Baron Corbin at the preshow of WrestleMania 33.
While it’s not confirmed what the WWE has planned at WrestleMania 35 for the current Intercontinental Champion, Bobby Lashley, it is safe to say that history is definitely not on the champion’s side.