For three decades the Intercontinental Championship has been one of the most prestigious titles in wrestling. This 3-disc DVD set contains 27 battles for the title which were voted for by the fans on wwe.com.
The Review and Recommendation
As unbelievable as this might seem to newer fans, there was a time when this title was defended in the main event slot in arenas across the country. If I were to put together a list of the must-see matches in WWE history, four matches on this DVD would probably crack my top 10 list (Snuka-Muraco, Steamboat-Savage, Hart-Bulldog, and Michaels-Ramon).
Overall Recommendation: This is a must-buy. If you don't have any WWE DVDs, this would be a good place to start your collection. The only problem with this set is that eight of the matches on this set are part of other DVD sets. Even with that problem, it is nice to have these matches in one collection and the matches that haven't been released before are worth the price of the DVD.
What's on this DVD Set - Each match is introduced by Todd Grisham who gives an account of what has been going on with the title between matches. As far as the matches go, if a match is available on another non-PPV DVD, I will list the DVD in parenthesis and italics.
Disc 1 - The 1980s
MSG 10/79: Pat Patterson vs. Ted DiBiase - This match takes place before DiBiase became a millionaire.
MSG 10/80: Ken Patera vs. Pedro Morales - Pedro has held the title longer than anyone else.
MSG 12/82: Pedro Morales vs. Don Muraco – Both men lost and regained the title from one another.
MSG 10/83: Don Muraco vs. Jimmy Snuka in a Steel Cage Match (Bloodbath: Wrestling’s Most Incredible Steel Cage Matches) - The ending of this match is one of the most replayed moments in WWE history.
MSG 3/85: Greg Valentine vs. Tito Santana in a Lumberjack Match (Greatest Wrestling Stars of the ‘80s) - Nothing against MSG but it would be nice to see more matches from this era from different arenas.
Boston Garden 2/86: Tito Santana vs. Randy Savage - It took Tito 13 months to get his revenge on the referee in this match.
WrestleMania III: Randy Savage vs. Ricky Steamboat - One of the greatest matches ever.
Superstars 6/87: Ricky Steamboat vs. Honky Tonk Man – For those wondering, Bruno Sammartino’s commentary wasn’t edited off of the DVD, he just didn’t say anything during the match.
SummerSlam ’88: Honky Tonk Man vs. Ultimate Warrior (The Self Destruction of The Ultimate Warrior) - The most famous squash match.
SummerSlam ’89: Rick Rude vs. Ultimate Warrior - Sadly, we don’t get to see Rude’s interview prior to this match where Mean Gene unleashed an F-Bomb. That interview was edited off of the SummerSlam Anthology set.
Disc 2 - The 1990s
SummerSlam ’91: Curt Henning vs. Bret Hart (The Bret Hart Story: The Best There Is, Was, and Ever Will Be; The Life and Times of Mr. Perfect) - It’s amazing that Curt was able to put in this performance despite a sever back injury.
SummerSlam ’92: Bret Hart vs. British Bulldog (The Bret Hart Story: The Best There Is, Was, and Ever Will Be; Best of Confidential Vol. 1) - Bret Hart considers this his greatest match ever and I’m not going to disagree with him.
WrestleMania X: Razor Ramon vs. Shawn Michaels in a Ladder Match (Shawn Michaels: From the Vault) - This match is responsible for creating the popularity of the Ladder Match.
Royal Rumble ’95: Razor Ramon vs. Jeff Jarrett - I’m surprised that Ramon never went on to win a World title in ether the WWE or WCW.
D-Generation X ‘97: Steve Austin vs. The Rock - This is the match that led to Austin throwing the belt off a bridge a few weeks later.
Fully Loaded ‘98: Triple H vs. The Rock in a 2 out of 3 Falls Match – This match took place a few weeks after the infamous sketch where D-Generation X impersonated the Nation of Domination.
No Mercy ’99: Jeff Jarrett vs. Chyna in a Good Housekeeping Match - While the historic moment people talk about is this being the first time a Woman won the title, the lasting impact (pun intended) of this match is that it indirectly led to the creation of Total Nonstop Action.
Disc 3 - The 2000sNo Way Out ’00: Chris Jericho vs. Kurt Angle - Kurt’s European Championship was not on the line.
SmackDown ’00: Eddie Guerrero vs. Chris Jericho vs. X-Pac - Even after watching a 9-hour DVD set about Eddie last week, I still never tire of seeing him in action.
SmackDown ’01: Triple H vs. Jeff Hardy (Action!; Twist of Fate: The Matt & Jeff Hardy Story) - Seven years later and Jeff is still considered an underdog when facing Triple H.
RAW ’02: Rob Van Dam vs. Jeff Hardy in a Ladder Match - This match unified the Intercontinental & European Championships.
Vengeance ’04: Edge vs. Randy Orton - This will be on the Edge DVD coming out in December.
Taboo Tuesday ’05: Ric Flair vs. Triple H in a Steel Cage Match (Nature Boy Ric Flair: The Definitive Collection) - It just seemed strange to see Triple H an Flair battle over the Intercontinental title at this point in their careers.
Backlash ’06: Rob Van Dam vs. Shelton Benjamin - The Money in the Bank Title Shot was also on the line in this match.
Vengeance ’06: Carlito vs. Johnny Nitro vs. Shelton Benjamin - I wonder if any of these men will make the leap from the Intercontinental to a World Championship.
Great American Bash ’07: Jeff Hardy vs. Umaga - Umaga should be returning to the ring soon from his leg injury.
RAW ’08: Jeff Hardy vs. Chris Jericho - This is what happens when to a champion when they fail a Wellness test.