All 17 WWE Intercontinental Champions of the 2010’s So Far, Ranked

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13. Luke Harper

Former member of the Wyatt Family, Luke Harper looked like he had the potential to be a breakout star once he was “set free” by Bray Wyatt.

He emphatically began his run as a singles competitor by joining Team Authority for Survivor Series and viciously beating down Dolph Ziggler. Because of this, he was awarded an Intercontinental Championship match against Ziggler on RAW in which he came out victorious with his first singles title.

Since Team Authority lost at Survivor Series, Harper had to defend his title against Dean Ambrose and managed to retain via DQ. However, he lost the title to Dolph Ziggler at the following PPV.

Harper’s run did not even reach 30 days and only consisted of a couple of matches, but it felt like a big deal at the time. This was because the title was instantly placed into one of the biggest programs in the WWE at the time once Harper became champion.

He also appeared to be a fresh breath of air for the title as a new face in the title hunt as opposed to the regular midcarders. It truly seemed like the Intercontinental Championship was going to be a launching pad for Harper’s run as a singles competitor.

These two factors helped to edge the Intercontinental Championship towards the spotlight a bit more. However, Harper’s run as champion was cut short, and Harper was never given a chance to get his feet off the ground.

Harper had and still has a lot of potential, and sadly, the Intercontinental Championship run did not help Harper to realize that potential. It wasn’t the worst championship reign, but it most definitely wasn’t the best or anywhere near how good it could have been.