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WWE - The History of the Intercontinental Championship
WWE - The History of the Intercontinental Championship
Genres: Sports
2008     9hr 0min

It's a WWE Championship with a rich and storied history and the biggest names in sports entertainment have worn its gold on the road to immortality. The Intercontinental Championship traced its history back to the 1970's, ...  more »

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Genres: Sports
Sub-Genres: Wrestling
Studio: World Wrestling
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen
DVD Release Date: 11/25/2008
Original Release Date: 01/01/2008
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 9hr 0min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 3
SwapaDVD Credits: 3
Total Copies: 3
Members Wishing: 0
Edition: Box set
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Does The Title Justice
D.P. | California | 12/04/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Eventhough the title has definately has it's history of ups & downs over the years, nobody can deny that the Intercontinental Championship has provided some of the most memorable matches & memories throughout it's history & here is a collection of some of those matches & memories as voted by the fans on WWE's website. Now this format is different than how WWE did their "History Of WWE Championship" in that they don't give a timelime of champions throughout the presentation due to the obivious Benoit issue but Todd Grisham host the DVD & give the same role as he did in the Ladder Match DVD where he gives a brief overview of the wrestler or event spotlighted.

Matches Include:
Pat Patterson vs. Ted DiBiase - This match was close to a decade before we would know Dibiase as the "Million $ Man." Short match that good for what it was.
("MSG" Oct. '79)

Ken Patera vs. Pedro Morales - A good match for the brawling style of wrestling that was back then that mostly showed how much Pedro Morales was over with the crowd like no other.
("MSG" Oct. '80)

Pedro Morales vs. The Magnificent Muraco - This match saw Muraco take it hard to Pedro to the point where he started getting real aggressive & even teased using a chair at one point.
("MSG" Dec. '82)

Steel Cage Match: The Magnificent Muraco vs. Jimmy Snuka - The match itself wasn't much with some blood & brawling. However, it was the aftermath with Snuka diving off the top of the cage that's remembered more than anything the point where it inspired people like Mick Foley.
("MSG" Oct. '83)

Lumberjack Match: Greg Valentine vs. Tito Santana - Just what you would expect from a lumberjack match in that you saw the spots where the heels at times helped out and even one comedic spot where Valentine desperately tried to escape & almost got out into the crowd & away before the lumberjacks threw him back in. Great match in the ring as expected from two future Hall Of Famers.
("MSG" Mar. '85)

Tito Santana vs. Randy Savage - The beginning push to the top for the "Macho Man" as as you saw how good of a workers both Savage & Tito were at this time.
("Boston Garden" Feb. '86)

Randy Savage vs. Ricky Steamboat - Let's be honest here, I can try to summerize this match but words wouldn't do it justice & what hasn't been said about this match that hasn't been said for over 20 years. This was the match that stole the show at WrestleMania III, this was the match that was an inspiration to so many wrestlers today like Chris Jericho, and is still known as one of the greatest matches of all time.
(WrestleMania III)
[Also available on "WrestleMania III: Championship Edition"]

Ricky Steamboat vs. Honky Tonk Man - Lets face it, after that classic with Savage...nobody expected what happened here as the title reign of the "Greatest Intercontinental Champion Of All Time" began in this quick fast paced match.
("SuperStars" June '87)

Honky Tonk Man vs. Ultimate Warrior - All I can say on this one is don't blink because you'll miss the longest Intercontinental Title reign end in seconds.
(SummerSlam '88)
[Also available on "Self Destruction Of Ultimate Warrior"]

Ravishing Rick Rude vs. Ultimate Warrior - Well, this match was typical Warrior in that it was a crazy encounter full of Warrior using straight power to toss Rude around with Rude actually wrestling well against Warrior's style. This match also had some comedic moments including Roddy Piper appearing to show us a side of him that I never thought I'd see at that time...and never want to see again.
(SummerSlam '89)

Mr. Perfect vs. Bret Hart - This is a pure wrestling fans dream here and tons of credit here goes to Mr. Perfect for putting on this type of performance with a back injury that would keep him out of the ring for over a year. This would be the match that put Bret Hart on the map as a solo star & was also the debut of the Sharpshooter.
(SummerSlam '91)
[Also available on "Bret Hart: Best There Is, Best There Was, Best There Ever Will Be" & "The Life & Times Of Mr. Perfect"]

Bret Hart vs. British Bulldog - This was a historic match on many levels as this was the only time that only the Intercontinental Championship main evented a PPV & this the second largest WWE crowd to date. Eventhough there were some botches (that Bret acknowledged in his DVD set), these were two of the best WRESTLERS WWE had that that time giving quite the classic performance with the "Diana Hart" factor adding to the drama of the match.
(SummerSlam '92)
[Also available on "Bret Hart: Best There Is, Best There Was, Best There Ever Will Be" & "Best Of Confidental Vol. 1"]

Ladder Match: Razor Ramon vs. Shawn Michaels - Another match that quite frankly I can't say anything that hasn't already been said about it. This was the beginning of the "showstopper", stole the show at WrestleMania X, and set the standards for the future Ladder/TLC matches.
(WrestleMania X)
[Also available On Shawn Michaels "From The Vault" DVD]

Razor Ramon vs. Jeff Jarrett - These were some of the best workers WWE had at this time and delievered one of the best matches of the 1995 with great "selling" by Razor throughout the match.
(Royal Rumble '95)

Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Rocky Maivia - This was a glorified handicap match were as it was the Rocky & the Nation Of Domination vs. Stone Cold & his pickup truck. This match was so out of control to the point where even the referee got knocked out at one point & Austin wasn't able to take his vest off until the match was over.
(D-Generation X '97)

2 Out Of 3 Falls: The Rock vs. Triple H - This match is actually better than some of their more well known matches for the WWE Championship as they put on a 30 min. performance here with various cameo appearences from The Nation & DX adding to this match I concider a "lost classic."
(Fully Loaded '98)

Good Housekeeping Match: Jeff Jarrett vs. Chyna - This was a glorified hardcore match with the weapons being everything you would find in a normal home...including the kitchen sink. A very fun match to watch that saw Chyna make history while Jarrett left the WWE, never to return. For those perverts out there, Chyna & Ms. Kitty's outfits alone made for a few ASStounding moments throughout the match.
(No Mercy '99)

Chris Jericho vs. Kurt Angle - Just like Rock/Austin & Rock/HHH, they would go on to have better matches throughout their career but this was a great wrestling match between the two in their early WWE careers as Kurt heavily worked on Jericho's arm before going on to become the first Inter-Euro Champion....since D'Lo Brown (sorry Kurt).
(No Way Out '00)

Eddie Guerrero vs. Chris Jericho vs. X-Pac - Short fast paced match that's nothing noteworthy but full of action & good for what it was.
("SmackDown!" Oct. '00)

Triple H vs. Jeff Hardy - The match went non-stop as Hardy was just using his quick "daredevil" offense in the opening minutes while Triple H was real intense throughout the match as well with the suprize being that Jeff Hardy winning the Intercontinental Title.
("SmackDown" Apr. '01)
[Also available on "Hardy Boyz: Twist Of Fate" & "WWF Action"]

Unification/Ladder Match Match: Rob Van Dam vs. Jeff Hardy - This was disappointing, a few nice spots here & there (including Jeff taking a sick looking fall) but they've had better encounters.
("RAW" July '02)

Randy Orton vs. Edge - Years before the thought of "Rated RKO," Edge was on a mission to take out Randy Orton & end the longest I.C. title reign in over 7 years. This match had some dull moments (2-3 min. headlocks by Orton) but went back & forth between both guys with an interesting note here being how the fans were divided as half were cheering for Edge while half were getting behind Randy Orton despite being a heel in Evolution.
(Vengeance '04)
[Also available on "Edge: Decade Of Decadence"]

Steel Cage Match: Ric Flair vs. Triple H - Both guys bleed hard (Flair gets busted open in the opening minutes) with Triple H being just vicious while on Flair just never gave up & kept fighting back. Great match with the bonus of Joey Styles doing his old fashioned style of commentary which added to the storytelling of the match...even to the point where Joey pointed out at the beginning just how important the Intercontinental Championship meant in this match...which in retrospect probably wasn't a good comment for an Intercontinental Championship DVD but it fit the feud at that time.
(Taboo Tuesday '05)
[Also available on "Ric Flair: The Definitive Collection"]

Rob Van Dam vs. Shelton Benjamin - It was RVD's "Money In The Bank" briefcase vs. Shelton's title & this match was exactly what you would expect from both men knowing their backgrounds...a very athletic contest where you saw some unique reversals for each other's moves.
(Backlash '06)

Shelton Benjamin vs. Carlito vs. Johnny Nitro - These three pulled off a great match. Shelton was underrated (based on how he's used from time to time), Carlito was finally coming into his own as a wrestler & not a comedy act, while Nitro is out to prove he can make it as a singles star. Again, it's not a wrestling mat classic but it's an awesome match to watch full of non-stop action including one move during the match between all three that J.R. didn't know how to call because he never saw it before.
(Vengeance '06)

Umaga vs. Jeff Hardy - This match was good & watchable as they followed the basic formula of the Umaga beating down Hardy only for him to get his comeback and go back & forth until Umaga overcame & got the victory.
(Great American Bash '07)

Jeff Hardy vs. Chris Jericho - This match started off as an aggressive brawl but transended into both men going back & forth with counters & kickouts and Hardy's daredevil wrestling backfiring at times (look out for him walking the railing on the outside). Y2J makes history (again) by becoming an 8 time Intercontinental Champion.
("RAW" Mar. '08)

The only DVD extra is a hidden one on disc one which is an old Confidental piece on the Intercontinental Championship back in Oct. '02 (before they retired the belt for half a year). In the end, I'm very satified with the match selection as we didn't get a bunch of DVD repeats unlike the "WWE Championship" collection & had as some lost gems & classics made their way to DVD. Aside from the "no Chris Benoit matches" issue that we can't do anything about, the only real matches I regret not being on here is the finals of the Intercontinental Championship tourmanment between Mr. Perfect & Tito Santana along with the Texas Tornado's title victory over Mr. Perfect. In the end, I recommend & try to get the first print copies as the attached booklet accidently has a picture of Freebird Buddy Roberts (who wasn't an I.C. champion) instead of Pat Patterson."
Great Collection
Jonathan Toon | Louisville, KY United States | 11/26/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Having been a wrestling fan since the mid-80's, I was greatly looking forward to this collection of Intercontinental matches. having collected many of the wrestling DVD collections, the Intercontinental title doesn't always get many appearances. Granted, this also depends on the DVD. The Ladder Match DVD had many great matches. Yet I am surprised there is so much bickering about matches that appeared. Whether people want to believe the voting may have been rigged in some way, we will never know. Nevertheless, there are many great matches here that deserve to be included in this collection.

For me, standout matches included the Steamboat/Savage classic from Wrestlemania 3, Hart/Perfect from Summerslam 1991, Hart/Bulldog one year later at the same event, Ramon/Michaels from Wrestlamania X, Triple H/Rock from Fully Loaded, Edge/Orton from Vengeance 2004, and Flair/Triple H from Taboo Tuesday. Were all the great matches for this prestigious title included? Of course not! You can't please everybody. But for me, a lifelong wrestling fan that has been watching since I was four, it is a great collection. I know people will disagree with me, but that is my attention. As one other reviewer mentioned, I hope they continue this Championship series by covering the history of the Tag Team Championship. Of all the titles in WWE history, it will be the last that traces its history far back and up to today.

By the way, for the people that are complaining about there not being enough Randy Savage matches, I think his two best matches for this DVD were included. I saw many of his others, and they just weren't worthy of being on this collection. Do I wish a Savage DVD comes about one day? Of course! Time will tell, and we will have to see if Vince can one day give Savage what he deserves, regardless of past circumstances. Look at Bret Hart. He left on bad terms, but eventually reconciled. Perhaps Savage and the WWE will one day too. Kudos to this Intercontinental Championship collection. Good job WWE."
A Review
LeeAnn Hawkins | 11/22/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The Intercontinental title to me at one time was the whole reason to watch the WWE. It always seemed to me that they were the ones putting on the best matches and stealing the show night after night kind of like the crusierweights were doing in WCW in the late 90's. A lot of great history crammed into 3 discs. Here's what you'll get:

Pat Patterson vs. Ted DiBiase (10/22/79)--What IC title collection would be complete without the first IC champion Pat Patterson, however this match falls flat to me. I really think this match should have been left off the collection. Very slow and boring. I give this match one star!

Ken Patera vs. Pedro Morales (10/20/80)--Another boring match but better than the first one that we see. I give this match one star!

Pedro Morales vs. Don Muraco (12/28/82)--Good match. Kind of slow but worth seeing. I give this match two stars!

Don Muraco vs. Jimmy Snuka (10/17/83)--This is the infamous cage match that Mick Foley went to see. This match is really just a filler match because it only goes maybe 6:00. It is mostly known for the big splash off the cage at the end. I give this match two stars!

Greg Valentine vs. Tito Santana (3/17/85)--Good match. Very well done and very well contested. I give this match two stars!

Tito Santana vs. Randy Savage (2/8/86)--Great match with Savage winning his only IC title in the WWE. I thought this match was good from a hold for hold basis. I give this match three stars!

Randy Savage vs. Ricky Steamboat (3/29/87)--This is the infamous Wrestlemania 3 match that stole the show from Hogan and Andre. A lot of fans call it the greatest match of all time and some say it is the greatest Wrestlemania match of all time. I think it's up there and is a great addition to this DVD set. I give this match 4 stars!

Ricky Steamboat vs. Honky Tonk Man (6/2/87)--The start of Honky's record breaking title reign. The match is ok, nothing special. I give this match two stars!

Honky Tonk Man vs. Ultimate Warrior (8/89/88)--This is really a squash match that lasts a little under 40 seconds. Not much to comment on. I give this match one star!

Rick Rude vs. Ultimate Warrior (8/28/89)--This was a really good match, maybe the best match of the Summerslam card that year. Rude deserves a lot of credit for being able to work really well with the Warrior. He really made him look good. I give this match three stars!

Mr Perfect vs. Bret Hart (8/26/91)--This was around the time when the IC title started to steal the shows and this one was no exception. This was a classic wrestling match between 2 of the companies best. I give this match four stars!

Bret Hart vs. British Bulldog (8/29/92)--To me this is the greatest IC title match of all time!! This is just two guys going out there and putting it all on the line. It really showed a lot as well because this was the main event of Summerslam 92 and it was really good. I give this match four stars!

Razor Ramone vs. Shawn Michaels (3/30/94)--A great ladder match that set the standards for all others to follow. Really I don't remember a whole lot that Razor did in the match but Shawn owned this match and made it a classic. I give this match four stars!

Razor Ramone vs. Jeff Jarrett (1/22/95)--Good match. I've always like Jarrett and he really delivered in this match. I give this match three stars!

Rock vs. Steve Austin (12/7/97)--Great match! I think the moment that everybody remembers is poor D-Lo Brown being slammed onto the hood and windshield of a truck! I give this match four stars!

Triple H vs. Rock (7/26/98)--Great half hour 2 out of 3 fall match. This really showcased 2 of the companies up and coming stars and would eventually rise to the world title. I give this match four stars!

Jeff Jarrett vs. Chyna (10/17/99)--Normally a woman as a man's champion would not be very believable but in the case of Chyna it makes sense. The only thing I hated about this match was the Good Housekeeping rules. I wish the match would have just been a standard match with no silly rules. I give this match three stars!

Chris Jericho vs. Kurt Angle (2/27/2000)--Good match not great. Really this match was a jump off point for Angle's rise in the company. I give this match two stars!

Eddie Guerrero vs. Chris Jericho vs. X-Pac (10/12/2000)--This is an ok match. Nothing really special. I give this match one and a half stars!

Triple H vs. Jeff Hardy (4/12/01)--I remember this was one of the most shocking title changes in wrestling history. This match was almost like Tommy Rich beating Harley Race for the NWA title it was that shocking. Good contest. I give this match two stars!

Rob Van Dam vs. Jeff Hardy (7/22/02)--This match was a ladder match on Raw to unify the IC and European titles and was awful. The match didn't even go 8:00. I just thought a regular match would have been better than a ladder match. I give this match one star!

Edge vs. Randy Orton (7/11/04)--Awesome match that stole the show at that year's Vengeance. This was the battle of two up and comer's and it did not disappoint. I give this match four stars!

Ric Flair vs. Triple H (11/1/05)--Great match. This match had it all from blood to being a great cage match. I really like this match. To me this was one of Flair's last great matches. Just a complete bloodbath. I give this match four stars!

Rob Van Dam vs. Shelton Benjamin (4/30/06)--Another great match. This was kind of a dream match between two of the best in arial warfare and it did not disappoint. I thought this match was worth the price of the set alone. I give this match four stars!

Carlito vs. Johnny Nitro vs. Shelton Benjamin (6/25/06)--Pretty good match with some good spots. I give this match two stars!

Jeff Hardy vs. Umaga (7/22/07)--Pretty good match. I was actually a huge fan of Umaga and thought he would have done really well in the WWE. I give this match two stars!

Jeff Hardy vs. Chris Jericho (3/10/08)--Good match. Jericho may be the best IC champion in that title's history. I give this match two stars!

All in all this is a good set. I actually think that this set is better than the previously releases History of the WWE Championship. I think they did a better job with all the champions and the different era's of the title. A great DVD worth being bought."