WrestleMania 31 Preview: Intercontinental Championship Ladder Match

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All eyes will be on the Intercontinental Championship hanging high in the air at WrestleMania 31 as seven superstars conclude a highly entertaining chase for the right to be called the official champion.

At the start of the WWE Fastlane pay-per-view, not many fans would have guessed that Dean Ambrose would steal the championship from Bad News Barrett and even fewer would have predicted that the Intercontinental Championship would have switched hands so many times.


One thing was for certain, Barrett was always going to defend the Intercontinental Championship at WrestleMania and at one stage it looked as if we were heading towards a rematch for the gold between Bad News Barrett and The Lunatic Fringe, Dean Ambrose.

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The continual theft of the gold on a weekly basis saw the likes of R-Truth added to the match and also provided great entertainment. Luke Harper was then added to the match alongside Dean Ambrose before the surprise inclusions of Dolph Ziggler, Stardust and Daniel Bryan.

It was thought that Stardust and Goldust would have a Fastlane rematch at WrestleMania which would finally see the brothers face off against one another - but WWE decided against that decision considering the fans had already seen it and the interest wasn’t really there.

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Fans also expected to see Dolph Ziggler and Daniel Bryan have a one-on-one match at WrestleMania considering the two teased it numerous times on social media.

But no such match has been made and rumours suggest the two could start a feud after WrestleMania. Still, WWE has managed to put on a great seven-man ladder match which already makes the Intercontinental Championship a sought after belt and that is what the championship needs right now.


WWE have made a great decision to have a ladder match as the stipulation, the previous few WrestleMania events haven’t had a ladder match with value to it, the Money in the Bank ladder matches have been scrapped to form their own special pay-per-view - so perhaps this year the Intercontinental Championship could fill that void.

The superstars involved seem like a good mix who will make the ladder match exciting. We have already seen Dolph Ziggler and Luke Harper in a fantastic ladder match for the championship a few months ago and to throw in the experience of R-Truth and Daniel Bryan as well as the entertaining styles Ambrose and Barrett bring, can only result in this match being one to keep an eye on.

There have also been rumours that an eighth member will join, Sheamus has been tipped to join the match if he doesn’t make his return in the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal so that creates new paths for the WWE to go down if they needed to.


I don’t think there’s a clear favourite right now as WWE have a number of options to choose from and for all we know, the decision could be made at the last minute.

Fans will call for the likes of Dolph Ziggler and Daniel Bryan to walk out with the gold as it would help elevate the status of the Intercontinental Championship once more and for it to mean something once again.

R-Truth can probably be ruled out as he probably won’t add a lot of value to the championship regardless of his talent and experience and the entertainment he has provided in this multi-superstar feud.

We now have to wait for next Sunday to see whether Bad News Barrett will be able to keep hold of his Intercontinental Championship, or whether one of the remaining six superstars will do enough to snatch the championship for good.

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