Some of the greatest Intercontinental Champions have never won a world championship in WWE. However, the WWE Intercontinental Title has traditionally been seen as a stepping stone to the WWE Championship. It is known as a workhorse title that is defended more frequently on television compared to a world championship. The likes of Shawn Michaels and The Rock were sensational IC Champs and were rewarded with multiple world championship reigns.
Plenty of great Intercontinental Champions flirted with the main event scene but did not quite make it to the next level. Nevertheless, many of them can be proud of making the Intercontinental Championship meaningful!
10. Cody Rhodes
Cody Rhodes seemed destined for greatness in WWE, but his push did not materialize past the mid-card. Cody is the son of WWE Hall of Famer, "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes. He is a two-time Intercontinental Champion, revitalizing the championship in 2011 by bringing back the old version of the title. Cody's first reign lasted over seven months, which was a remarkable achievement.
Sadly, WWE never viewed Cody as a main eventer, and he fell down the pecking order by becoming Stardust. Credit has to be given to Cody, who decided to leave WWE in 2016 and he is now bearing the fruits of his labor in AEW.