There happened to be a few times already this year when I was about to add this very page here because I expected Dean Ambrose to win this Intercontinental Championship belt at some time earlier this year. And then a bit later. Then he stole it and because of that it wasn’t a real title run, of course. At some point I wasn’t just annoyed about what WWE was doing with Dean Ambrose; I wasn’t interested at all. So, his actual win on 13 December 2015 at TLC (Boston, Massachusetts) when Dean Ambrose defeated WWE Intercontinental champion Kevin Owens within 9:53 minutes doesn’t really bring me back to watching WWE. I will write about his title win and I’ll add all his defenses on this page. I don’t expect a long run but who knows – no-one knows with WWE. So let’s see how long Dean Ambrose is allowed to carry this belt around and if he’s allowed to make this belt important again.

(Dean Ambrose’s IC title defenses that were actually shown on TV, I’ve marked in red.)

Dean Ambrose
Intercontinental Championship

1st run | 64 days | 13 Dec 2015 – 15 Feb 2016

  1. December 19, 2015WWE Live Holiday Tour (Inglewood, California, USA): Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose defeated Kevin Owens to retain the IC title.– 6
  2. December 20, 2015WWE Live Holiday Tour (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada): Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose defeated Kevin Owens to retain the IC title.– 7
  3. December 22, 2015WWE Super SmackDown (Des Moines, Iowa, USA): Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose defeated Kevin Owens and Dolph Ziggler in a Triple Threat match to retain the IC title (13:30).– 9
  4. December 26, 2015WWE Live Holiday Tour (New York City, New York, USA): Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose defeated Kevin Owens to retain the IC title.– 13
  5. December 27, 2015WWE Live Holiday Tour (Hartford, Connecticut, USA): Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose defeated Kevin Owens to retain the IC title.– 14
  6. December 30, 2015WWE Live Holiday Tour (Toronto, Ontario, Canada): Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose defeated Kevin Owens to retain the IC title.– 17
  7. January 03, 2016WWE Live (Corpus Christi, Texas, USA): Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose defeated Kevin Owens to retain the IC title.– 21
  8. January 05, 2016 (aired on January 07, 2016)WWE SmackDown (San Antonio, Texas, USA): Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose and challenger Kevin Owens both were counted out for Dean Ambrose to retain the IC title (17:20).– 23
  9. January 08, 2016WWE Live (Houston, Texas, USA): Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose defeated Kevin Owens in a Street Fight match to retain the IC title.– 26
  10. January 09, 2016WWE Live (Bossier City, Louisiana, USA): Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose defeated Kevin Owens to retain the IC title.– 27
  11. January 10, 2016WWE Live (Monroe, Louisiana, USA): Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose defeated Kevin Owens to retain the IC title.– 28
  12. January 16, 2016WWE Live (Charleston, West Virginia, USA): Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose defeated Kevin Owens to retain the IC title.– 34
  13. January 17, 2016WWE Live (Canton, Ohio, USA): Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose defeated Kevin Owens to retain the IC title.– 35
  14. January 23, 2016WWE Live SuperShow (Fort Myers, Florida, USA): Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose defeated Kevin Owens to retain the IC title.– 41
  15. January 24, 2016WWE Royal Rumble (Orlando, Florida, USA): Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose defeated Kevin Owens in a Last Man Standing match to retain the IC title (20:22).– 42
  16. January 30, 2016WWE Live Road To WrestleMania (Macon, Georgia, USA): Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose defeated Kevin Owens to retain the IC title.– 48
  17. January 31, 2016WWE Live Road To WrestleMania (Columbus, Georgia, USA): Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose defeated Kevin Owens to retain the IC title.– 49
  18. February 05, 2016WWE Live Road To WrestleMania (Calgary, Alberta, Canada): Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose defeated Bray Wyatt to retain the IC title.– 54
  19. February 06, 2016WWE Live Road To WrestleMania (Penticton, British Columbia, Canada): Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose defeated Bray Wyatt to retain the IC title.– 55
  20. February 10, 2016WWE Live Road To WrestleMania (Bremen, Germany): Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose defeated Kevin Owens to retain the IC title.– 59
  21. February 11, 2016WWE Live Road To WrestleMania (Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany): Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose defeated Rusev to retain the IC title.– 60
  22. February 12, 2016WWE Live Road To WrestleMania (Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany): Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose defeated Rusev to retain the IC title.– 61
  23. February 13, 2016WWE Live Road To WrestleMania (Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany): Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose defeated Rusev to retain the IC title.– 62
  24. February 15, 2016WWE RAW (Anaheim, California, USA): Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose lost the IC title in a Fatal 5-Way match to Kevin Owens who pinned Dolph Ziggler (other opponents: Stardust, Tyler Breeze) (12:34).– 64

Dean Ambrose’s first run as Intercontinental Champion indeed didn’t last very long – just 64 days. But this only happened because WWE isn’t able to make their mind up about if – in their eyes – Dean Ambrose has to be wasted in mid-card or if he is a main eventer. So, it wasn’t much believable that Dean Ambrose – who already carried around the IC title belt – was so much after the WWE World Heavyweight Championship belt that he basically begged Brock Lesnar to punish him at every single occasion. This booking actually made the IC title belt invisible because Dean Ambrose being in this storyline wasn’t able to defend this belt (just in live events where the current storyline isn’t important). So it made sense for him to lose the IC belt to someone who was actually able to defend it, in this case Kevin Owens.

But Dean Ambrose losing the Intercontinental Championship doesn’t automatically mean that he’s got a chance to win the Triple Threat match at Fastlane against Roman Lames and Brock Lesnar and main event WrestleMania against Tripe H for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Reigns will still win the Triple Threat. Then Dean Ambrose will lose his re-match against Kevin Owens for the IC title and maybe have his one-on-one match against Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania. Hopefully Dean Ambrose will be finally separated from Reigns at Fastlane. The problem is that he’ll probably feud with Reigns when the guy wins the title at WrestleMania. Where Reigns is, Dean Ambrose isn’t far away. And this is something that takes away a huge amount of the joy that I have when I watch Dean Ambrose.

Dean Ambrose
Intercontinental Championship

2nd run | — days | 03 Jan 2016 – ????

I don’t like the use of Dean Ambrose at the moment at all, being stuck in this ridiculous Total Divas storyline that is. But because I like statistics, I do continue this list, since Dean Ambrose won the Intercontinental Championship for the second time, this time from The Miz on the SmackDown Live episode from 03 January 2016 in Jacksonville, Florida within 14:17 minutes. Like for his first run, I don’t expect a long second run. So, let’s see how long the following list will grow.

  1. January 07, 2017WWE Live (Bossier City, Louisiana, USA): Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose defeated Dolph Ziggler to retain the IC title.– 4
  2. January 09, 2017WWE Live (Lake Charles, Louisiana, USA): Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose defeated Dolph Ziggler to retain the IC title.– 6
  3. January 10, 2017WWE SmackDown Live [dark match] (Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA): Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose defeated The Miz to retain the IC title.– 7
  4. January 14, 2017WWE Live (Birmingham, Alabama, USA): Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose defeated The Miz to retain the IC title.– 11
  5. January 15, 2017WWE Live (Jackson, Mississippi, USA): Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose defeated The Miz in a Steel Cage match to retain the IC title.– 12
  6. January 16, 2017WWE Live (Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA): Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose defeated The Miz to retain the IC title.– 13
  7. January 21, 2017WWE Live (Dayton, Ohio, USA): Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose defeated AJ Styles to retain the IC title.– 18
  8. January 22, 2017WWE Live (Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA): Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose defeated AJ Styles to retain the IC title.– 19
  9. January 23, 2017WWE Live (Saginaw, Michigan, USA): Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose defeated AJ Styles to retain the IC title.– 20
  10. January 24, 2017WWE SmackDown Live (Toledo, Ohio, USA): Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose defeated The Miz in a Lumberjack match to retain the IC title (12:08).– 21
  11. January 28, 2017WWE Live (San Angelo, Texas, USA): Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose defeated The Miz to retain the IC title.– 25
  12. January 30, 2017WWE Live (Hidalgo, Texas, USA): Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose defeated The Miz to retain the IC title.– 27
  13. February 04, 2017WWE Live (Grand Forks, North Dakota, USA): Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose defeated AJ Styles and The Miz in a Triple Threat match to retain the IC title.– 32
  14. February 05, 2017WWE Live (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada): Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose defeated AJ Styles and The Miz in a Triple Threat match to retain the IC title.– 33
  15. February 07, 2017WWE 205 Live [dark match] (Seattle, Washington, USA): Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose defeated The Miz (special referee: Daniel Bryan) to retain the IC title.– 35
  16. February 11, 2017WWE Live (Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA): Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose defeated AJ Styles and Baron Corbin in a Triple Threat match to retain the IC title.– 39
  17. February 13, 2017WWE Live (Oakland, California, USA): Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose defeated AJ Styles, Baron Corbin and The Miz in a Fatal 4-Way match to retain the IC title.– 41
  18. February 14, 2017WWE SmackDown Live [dark match] (Anaheim, California, USA): Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose defeated The Miz to retain the IC title (8:39).– 42
  19. February 18, 2017WWE Live Road To WrestleMania Tour (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada): Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose defeated AJ Styles and The Miz in a Triple Threat match to retain the IC title.– 46
  20. February 19, 2017WWE Live Road To WrestleMania Tour (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada): Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose defeated AJ Styles and The Miz in a Triple Threat match to retain the IC title.– 47
  21. February 25, 2017WWE Live Road To WrestleMania Tour (Moline, Illinois, USA): Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose defeated The Miz to retain the IC title.– 53
  22. February 26, 2017WWE Live Road To WrestleMania Tour (Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA): Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose defeated The Miz to retain the IC title.– 54
  23. February 27, 2017WWE Live Road To WrestleMania Tour (Dubuque, Iowa, USA): Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose defeated The Miz to retain the IC title.– 55
  24. March 04, 2017WWE Live Road To WrestleMania Tour (La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA): Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose defeated Baron Corbin to retain the IC title.– 60
  25. March 05, 2017WWE Live Road To WrestleMania Tour (Rockford, Illinois, USA): Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose defeated Baron Corbin to retain the IC title.– 61
  26. March 11, 2017WWE Live Road To WrestleMania Tour (Fairfax, Virginia, USA): Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose defeated Baron Corbin by DQ to retain the IC title.– 67
  27. March 12, 2017WWE Live Road To WrestleMania Tour (New York City, New York, USA): Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose defeated The Miz, Baron Corbin and Luke Harper in a Fatal 4-Way match to retain the IC title.– 68
  28. March 14, 2017WWE 205 Live [dark match] (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA): Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose defeated Baron Corbin to retain the IC title.– 70
  29. March 18, 2017WWE Live Road To WrestleMania Tour (Albany, New York, USA): Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose defeated The Miz and Baron Corbin in a Triple Threat match to retain the IC title.– 74
  30. March 19, 2017WWE Live Road To WrestleMania Tour (Amherst, Massachusetts, USA): Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose defeated The Miz and Baron Corbin in a Triple Threat match to retain the IC title.– 75
  31. March 20, 2017WWE Live Road To WrestleMania Tour (Worcester, Massachusetts, USA): Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose defeated Baron Corbin to retain the IC title.– 76

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