Brand designation history

Championship moved to the Raw brand.
Championship moved to the SmackDown brand.
Date of transition Notes
March 25, 2002 Rob Van Dam was drafted to Raw following the brand extension, making the title exclusive to Raw.
July 30, 2002 Chris Benoit defects to SmackDown as Intercontinental Champion.
August 25, 2002 Rob Van Dam regains the championship, returning it back to Raw.
April 13, 2009 Following the 2009 draft, Intercontinental Champion Rey Mysterio was drafted to SmackDown.
The championship remained exclusive to SmackDown until the end of the first brand extension.
August 29, 2011 End of first brand extension.
The Intercontinental Champion could appear on both Raw and SmackDown.
July 19, 2016 AJ Styles was drafted to SmackDown making the title exclusive to SmackDown.
August 22, 2016 Neville won the title from AJ Styles transferring the title to Raw.


Main article: List of WWE Intercontinental Champions