On This Date in WWE History (May 18): The Intercontinental Championship & Christian

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On this date in 2003, at Judgment Day, a battle royal was held to crown a new champion and in the nine years since, it's slowly regained the prominence it held during its heyday of Rick Rude, Mr. Perfect, Ultimate Warrior and Shawn Michaels.

Back in October 2002, Kane was the Intercontinental Champion and apparently boning down with dead chicks. He would go on to lose the title to Triple H, then World Heavyweight Champion, and the belts were unified.

Six months later, WWE realized, "Hey, we need something for guys not named Triple H and Brock Lesnar to feud over!"

So they brought the IC strap back.

On this date in 2003, at Judgment Day, a battle royal was held to crown a new champion and in the ten years since, it's slowly regained the prominence it held during its heyday of Rick Rude, Mr. Perfect, Ultimate Warrior and Shawn Michaels.

Oh, who am I kidding?

Sometimes, I wonder if the WWE writing staff forgets the belt even exists.

"What's that thing Cody Rhodes, The Miz, Wade Barrett always wear around?" "Beats me. Let's have him lose this week again."

Check out the match up next...


Judgment Day 2003 Battle Royal by legendkiller619

This article was originally written and posted by Sergio Hernandez for Cageside Seats on May 15, 2012. We thank him for his contributions.

Additionally, we had the following tidbits occur today as well in history...

1928 - The true King of Memphis, "The Southern Legend" Jackie Fargo is born Henry Faggart in Concord, NC.

Jackie Fargo vs Jimmy Hart (Lumberjack Match, 11-8-82) CWA Memphis Wrestling (via ChannelExtreme)

Titles held by Fargo included:

  • NWA Mid-America Heavyweight Champion
  • NWA Southern Junior Heavyweight ChampionNWA World (Chicago & Mid-America)
  • Southern (Mid-America &
  • Gulf Coast) & Mid-America Tag Team Champion
  • NWA World (Mid-America) Six Man Tag Team ChampionAWA Southern Tag Team Champion

1932 - NWA & AWA legend Billy Red Lyons (d. 6.22.09) is born William Snip in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Lyons was the brother-in-law of AWA & NWA legend "The Destroyer" Dick Beyer.

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Titles held by Lyons include:

  • AWA British Empire Heavyweight Champion
  • JWA All-Asia Tag Team Champion
  • NWA American & Texas Heavyweight Champion
  • NWA World (Detroit), United States (Tri-State), International (Toronto), Canadian Open, American & Texas Tag Team Champion

1941- Canadian & WWWF legend Gino Brito/Louis Cerdan is born Louis Gino Acocella in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

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Titles held by Brito-Cerdan include:

  • ESA (Nova Scotia) IW North American Heavyweight Champion
  • Lutte Internationale (Montreal) Canadian International Tag Team Champion
  • WWWF International Heavyweight Champion
  • WWWF World Tag Team Champion
  • Grand Prix Tag Team Champion (Montreal)

1943 - NWA & WWF legend and WWE Hall of Famer, "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka is born James William Reiher in Fiji. Snuka is the father of former WWE Superstar Deuce/Sim Snuka (James William
Reiher, Jr.) and WWE Diva Tamina (Sarona Reiher).

Paul Orndorff & Jimmy Snuka vs Ric Flair & Greg Valentine (rematch) (via maskedsuperstarfan)

Titles held by Snuka include:

  • CWA (Memphis) International Tag Team Champion
  • NWA United States (Mid-Atlantic), Pacific Northwest, Texas & ECW Heavyweight Champion
  • NWA ECW Television Champion
  • NWA World (Mid-Atlantic), National, Pacific Northwest, Canadian (Vancouver) & Texas Tag Team Champion
  • WWWA (Ohio) Heavyweight Champion
  • WWWA (Ohio) Tag Team Champion

And now, from the desk of our CSS Senior Editor; for your viewing pleasure we have freshly dusted off our old archived posts from the CSS Archives -- ENJOY!

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