Dec. 10, 2000 - Jan. 21, 2001
The Rabid Wolverine strung together several impressive wins in late 2000, earning him a shot at Billy Gunn's Intercontinental Championship. The two Superstars finally faced off at the Armageddon pay-per-view. Benoit controlled this one almost from start to finish. After missing the flying headbutt, Gunn mounted his only offenseive attack, but Benoit was able to counter a cradle into the Crippler Crossface for the submission and his third Intercontinental Championship.