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Gunther Defeats Drew McIntyre, Retains Intercontinental Title at WWE SummerSlam 2023

Mike Chiari@@mikechiariTwitter LogoFeatured Columnist IVAugust 6, 2023Alejandro Salazar/PX Images/Icon Sportswire via Getty ImagesGunther beat Drew McIntyre at SummerSlam on Saturday to retain the Intercontinental Championship and move closer to the longest IC title reign in WWE history.This was a hard-hitting, physical match with both men getting their shots in.WWE @WWEWith the #ICTitle on the line

Gunther Defeats Drew McIntyre, Retains Intercontinental Title at WWE SummerSlam 2023

Mike Chiari@@mikechiariTwitter LogoFeatured Columnist IVAugust 6, 2023

PHOENIX, ARIZONA - MARCH 27: Gunther in the ring for WWE WrestleMania RAW at the Footprint Center on March 27, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona, United States. (Photo by Alejandro Salazar/PX Images/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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Gunther beat Drew McIntyre at SummerSlam on Saturday to retain the Intercontinental Championship and transfer nearer to the longest IC title reign in WWE historical past.

This was a hard-hitting, bodily match with each males getting their pictures in.


With the #ICTitle on the road at #SummerSlam, @DMcIntyreWWE & @Gunther_AUT look to batter one another!


A relentless @DMcIntyreWWE is decided to recapture the #ICTitle from @Gunther_AUT at #SummerSlam!


THIS IS AWE-SOME!!! 👏👏 👏👏👏@DMcIntyreWWE & @Gunther_AUT are destroying one another in Detroit at #SummerSlam with the #ICTitle on the road!

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McIntyre seemed for the win after hitting the Claymore, however the champ kicked out. Gunther later used a splash, lariat and a powerbomb in succession to get the pin.

The Ring Basic entered SummerSlam having held the intercontinental title for over 400 days after profitable it in June 2022, and he largely dominated everybody who stepped in his path.

Previous to Saturday, the most important problem of Gunther’s reign might have come at WrestleMania 39 when he confronted each McIntyre and Sheamus in a Triple Menace match that proved to be the hardest-hitting bout on the cardboard.

Gunther retained by pinning McIntyre, which led to The Scottish Warrior disappearing from WWE programming for the following three months.

The Scot’s hiatus got here to an finish final month at Cash within the Financial institution in London when he confronted Gunther following a profitable title protection towards Matt Riddle.

Within the weeks that adopted, McIntyre joined forces with Riddle to fight Gunther and his Imperium stablemates, Ludwig Kaiser and Giovanni Vinci. That included McIntyre and Riddle beating Kaiser and Vinci in a tag workforce match on Uncooked.

The next week, McIntyre was away to movie for a film, leaving Riddle to face Gunther in a singles match, which the latter gained.

Following his victory, Gunther minimize a promo about his superiority and expressed his perception that he’s the best intercontinental champion of all time. He additionally took the chance to name out McIntyre.

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Upon his return the following week, the Scot stepped as much as The Ring Basic, and their Intercontinental Championship conflict was made official for SummerSlam.

Whereas he was pushed to the restrict, Gunther escaped together with his title reign intact, and he’s now a one month away from surpassing The Honky Tonk Man’s longstanding document of 453 consecutive days as IC champion.

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