Not since the first time at WrestleMania X has the Intercontinental championship been decided in a ladder match at the Showcase of the Immortals. Seven men will vie for the coveted secondary title in an attempt to create their WrestleMania moment. Out of those seven WWE Superstars, only one can unhook the championship and be declared the winner.
Wade Barrett is currently an uncrowned champion, much like he was for the past couple of weeks as the other six competitors played hot potato with the championship, the title has been forfeited so that it can be suspended high above the rafters for this Sunday’s match. Can Wade successfully retain his championship even though the odds are stacked against him?
R-Truth has been stealing the championship while stating a case for himself, and coming up with a nifty hashtag #GiveTruthAChance. Prior to the Road to WrestleMania, R-Truth has been virtually non existent for the better part of three years. Though his acrophobia might get in the way of climbing the ladder for the industry’s second top prize, can he stomach it and make himself relevant once again?
Luke Harper is the only member from the Wyatt Family to actually have some championship success on the main roster. And after being set free, Harper’s 6-foot-5 frame will certainly play a factor in this ladder match.
Stardust shouldn’t even be in this match because he still has some unresolved issues with his brother Goldust. And his outburst following their match at WWE Fastlane indicated that Stardust has taken over Cody Rhodes. By separating the brothers at WrestleMania, WWE has consented for the darkness of the cosmos to continue poisoning Cody’s mind, and by placing a championship in front of Stardust’s face, that poison is morphing into something Golem-like.
Dean Ambrose has stated that he wants his picture to be on the wall at WWE HQ with the Intercontinental championship, so that he may be immortalized in the record books, but what he should be concerned with is surpassing the other members of The Shield on their race to the top. Roman Reigns is in the World title picture, while Seth Rollins holds the Money in the Bank briefcase that ensures a World championship match at any point in time, but what about Dean? Can an Intercontinental championship run place him on the right path towards the World title?
Dolph Ziggler has been on a roll as of late with two clean pinfall victories over the seventh entrant, Daniel Bryan. Originally conceived as a possible match at WrestleMania, Ziggler and Bryan have made the most of their opportunities in the main events of SmackDown and RAW. Some have labeled Ziggler as the next Shawn Michaels, but he hasn’t been able to catapult to that next level. Could this WrestleMania moment be what DZ needs?
Daniel Bryan, after coming back from what seemingly was an early retirement, vowed to win the Royal Rumble and headline WrestleMania. When that didn’t work, he vowed that he would beat Roman Reigns at WWE Fastlane to earn the right to face Brock Lesnar for the World title. But when that didn’t work, he succumbed to the harsh reality that he would not main event WrestleMania.
When it comes to this Intercontinental championship ladder match, three possibilities come to mind: Ambrose, Ziggler and Bryan. These three men would make excellent champions. Ambrose is a former United States champion, a title that John Cena will be vying for at WrestleMania; Ziggler is a former two-time World champion and four-time IC champion; and Bryan has won every championship title in the WWE except for the Intercontinental.
This title has been held by the greats: Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, HBK, Razor Ramon. These are the guys that Daniel Bryan thinks of when it comes to having better matches on the card than those in the World title picture. And seeing as how this year’s World Title bout features Brock Lesnar vs Roman Reigns, these seven competitors can undoubtedly steal the show at WrestleMania.
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