History has been made! Titles are one of the easiest ideas in all of wrestling as anyone can get the idea: take two people, put a big shiny belt in between them and whoever wins is champion. You can go all kinds of ways with an idea like that and the idea has worked forever in wrestling. It still works in modern time too and now we have a new champion crowned.

This week on SmackDown, King Nakamura defeated Apollo Crews to become the new Intercontinental Champion. The match came after Nakamura defeated Crews via disqualification when Commander Azeez interfered. Azeez was ejected during the rematch, leaving Nakamura to defeat Crews with the Kinshasa. The win makes Nakamura a two time Intercontinental Champion.

Nakamura has been here before. Check out his time as champion:

FULL MATCH - Shinsuke Nakamura vs. The Miz – Intercontinental Title Match: Clash of Champions 2019

Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Braun Strowman – Intercontinental Title Match: SmackDown, Jan. 31, 2020

Undisputed ERA crash Shinsuke Nakamura’s unveil of new-look title: SmackDown, Nov. 22, 2019

Opinion: It’s a good idea to give Nakamura the title. He has been doing well with the Boogs stuff and the crown makes it a bonus. They could probably shift away from the crown now that he has the title, which would free things up for a new King of the Ring. Crews was fine as champion in the short term, but this is the better choice of the two options.

What do you think of the title change? How long will Nakamura be champion? Let us know in the comments below.

Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 60,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 6,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books.

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