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The Intercontinental championship used to be considered one of the most important belts in WWE history with the likes of Brett Hart, Shawn Michaels, and Chris Jericho being holders of the title just to name a few.
So can somebody explain to me where the Intercontinental title is as of 2022? The last defense was on September 24, 2021, in which Apollo Crews lost to Shinsuke Nakamura on their rematch but since then it hasn’t been defended on weekly television or PPV.
The Intercontinental championship has essentially become a joke despite being held by one of the most talented performers in WWE being Nakamura. The lack of booking has damaged the importance that the Intercontinental championship deserves and it basically makes it seem as if it did not exist at all.
The rest of the WWE belts are and have been booked better with talent such as Damian Priest successfully continues to defend his United States belt while the Universal championship has been the focal point of Roman Reigns’ “Tribal Chief” storyline.
Shinsuke Nakamura has everything that a champion needs yet despite that the company continues to utilize him in random storylines when in reality he should be elevating the Intercontinental belt as a possible main eventer.
Having Shinsuke Nakamura as holder of the belt should be the cause to elevate it to a better position in which it can be the focal point of many feuds, Smackdown has a couple of talent that would be able to go through great programs with Nakamura (and please not another feud against Baron Corbin).
It might be tiresome to hear this statement but WWE keeps going backward with their product instead of making great stuff with what they have, there is no excuse on why the IC title is not defended monthly and this just makes the overall product a complete joke.
Since we already entered a new year I am hoping that WWE starts to take things seriously in terms of vision and where they want to be in ten-plus years. As of now, there is very little progress being done when it comes to making titles relevant as well as elevating talent to the status they deserve to be.
Maybe WWE has big plans for the Intercontinental championship as well as its holder but that doesn’t negate the fact that they wasted time to get the ball rolling during a time where they just make things out of the blue. Time will tell whether the belt becomes important again, we can only wait and wish for the best to occur.