Tuesday, 23 December 2014

WWF Intercontinental Championship matches - Hasbro Figure style

Though the Intercontinental Championship is undergoing something of a resurgence in prestige as of late, there's no denying that its stock has fallen dramatically over the last decade or so, a far cry from the days when winning the second-tier strap really meant something. 

In this week's episode of grown-man-playing-with-wrestling-figures, I used the toys I had to put together some memorable -if not necessarily classic- moments in the belt's history.

Ultimate Warrior vs. Honky Tonk Man
Summerslam 1988

WWF Hasbro Figures - Ultimate Warrior vs. The Honky Tonk Man - Summerslam 1988

The self-proclaimed 'Greatest Intercontinental Champion of all Time' used every trick in the book to keep his hands on the title for a record-setting 64 weeks. Yet the longest reign in history was all over in less than 30 seconds when the World Wrestling Federation's latest megastar, the Ultimate Warrior destroyed Honky Tonk Man at the first ever Summerslam pay per view.

Continuing his rise to prominence, Warrior would hold on to the belt all the way to his legendary champion vs. champion clash against Hulk Hogan at Wrestlemania 6.

The Mountie vs. Rowdy Roddy Piper
Royal Rumble 1992

WWF Hasbro Figures - The Mountie vs. Rowdy Roddy Piper - Royal Rumble 1992
Though Rowdy Roddy Piper's victory over defending champion The Mountie at the 1992 Royal Rumble may not have been a classic in the traditional sense, it was notable for kickstarting the only single's title run for one of the WWF's biggest stars.
It's just a shame it was so short lived. A few months later, at Wrestlemania 8, Piper dropped the belt back to former champion Bret 'The Hitman' Hart, the man the Mountie had defeated for the belt in the first place.

Macho Man Randy Savage vs. Ricky 'The Dragon' Steamboat
Wrestlemania 3

WWF Hasbro Figures - Macho Man Randy Savage vs. Ricky 'The Dragon' Steamboat - Wrestlemania 3
We've already covered this one in Randy Savage's greatest feuds and matches, but hey, his match with Steamboat at Wrestlemania 3 was so good its worth repeating again. 

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