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I was always partial to the 90s Television Title. 

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11 minutes ago, Web Conn said:

one of the worst championshipos by far

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Is that from the 91 Bash?  I was there...what a shitshow. 

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As far as WWF titles go, I was always partial to the Big Blue Belt they gave Austin after he won the championship at WM 14

 

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1 hour ago, The Green Meanie said:

This is known as the Hogan '86, before that you had the Hogan '85 and '84, and the Big Green. Yeah...I'm a bit of a belt nerd.

I don't see a lot of love for Big Green, but I adored that version of the title. Perhaps that comes from my affinity for the WBC titles. I always thought they kind of had a similar vibe. I would love to know if the story about it being dumped in the trash outside a venue is actually true. If it is, what a shame.

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5 minutes ago, Technico Support said:

Is that from the 91 Bash?  I was there...what a shitshow. 

Thats the one after Flair left with the Gold Belt and they just slapped a plate on a old regional belt they had laying around

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In my time with DOA Pro Wrestling, I had two belts made for the company.  (Technically, four, counting the DOA tag team championship, but those were recolored copies of the existing DOA heavyweight title.)

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This is the Elite championship, designed and crafted by Top Rope Belts.  It is an original design, as I wanted something "different" and I definitely got it.  The title was held by Ethan HD, Quiz and Derek Drexl before being retired with the death of the Elite.  It currently sits in a prominent position on my desk at home, a reminder of a fantastic run.

The belt is very thin and light, and we didn't think those sideplates through, as it's a miracle nobody was ever impaled on those points.

A prototype was made of the belt on a red strap, which I eventually purchased off eBay (long story) and pushed into use as the ECCW Championship in British Columbia, which is still used to this day. 

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The DOA Pure Wrestling championship was crafted by Dave Millican as a modified version of the original NWA Pacific Northwest heavyweight championship.  It was originally supposed to be the Pacific Northwest Heritage championship, but wrestling politic bullshit forced the name change (something I'm STILL hot about almost five years later).

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1 hour ago, Michael Sweetser said:

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The DOA Pure Wrestling championship was crafted by Dave Millican as a modified version of the original NWA Pacific Northwest heavyweight championship.  It was originally supposed to be the Pacific Northwest Heritage championship, but wrestling politic bullshit forced the name change (something I'm STILL hot about almost five years later).

This is one awesome looking belt. 

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Big Green has a great 'prize fighter' feel to it. I love it but can see why it's divisive. 

Jeez imagine how many former champion plates it would have to have on it these days. It'd weigh a ton

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I have never liked the Big Gold Belt. I'll admit that certain versions look good in certain photos, like this one:

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But under the lights, all that detail and filigree tends to get washed out, to the point that it looks like a big plate of gaudy golden puke:

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As kid in the late '90s, I thought WCW's world title looked like it was trying way too hard to seem prestigious. The WWF's belt, with that nice blue and gold contrast, looked dignified in comparison. It solidified my sense of the WWF champion as the real world champion, and the WCW belt as a consolation prize for leathery has-beens like Hogan.

As for belts I do like, if you'll permit me to stretch the definition of "wrestling" for a moment, I love the King of Pancrase design:

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2 hours ago, Web Conn said:

one of the worst championshipos by far

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To think this was not the lowest point in WCW.

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4 hours ago, MonteCarl said:

As far as WWF titles go, I was always partial to the Big Blue Belt they gave Austin after he won the championship at WM 14

 

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That's known as the Block Big Eagle (as opposed to the regular Big Eagle that had the scratch logo.) The Block Big Eagle was also the one given to Arnold on Smackdown.

4 hours ago, Web Conn said:

Thats the one after Flair left with the Gold Belt and they just slapped a plate on a old regional belt they had laying around

Yup, that was the Western States Heritage Title. Plates were slapped over the words Western and renditions of the Western United States.

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Re: The Big Gold

There's a least 5 versions of that belt throughout it's use as NWA/WCW/World Heavyweight Championship. You have the original, known as the "Crumrine", a recast, the WWF "Vegas" Big Gold, then two WWE World Heavyweight Championship versions.

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I'm surprised no one mentioned the "crown" IWGP belt. Always loved that look.

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40 minutes ago, The Green Meanie said:

That's known as the Block Big Eagle (as opposed to the regular Big Eagle that had the scratch logo.) The Block Big Eagle was also the one given to Arnold on Smackdown.

Yup, that was the Western States Heritage Title. Plates were slapped over the words Western and renditions of the Western United States.

I thought it was a Tag Team Belt.

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Wasn't Big Goldie also used as the WCW International Championship when it was being traded between Sting, Chino and Rude?

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17 minutes ago, Wyld Samurai said:

I thought it was a Tag Team Belt.

The Tag Team belt comes into the story where, after Flair showed up on WWF TV with the Big Gold NWA Championship, WCW sent them a cease and desist on their copyrighted belt design. So they started having Flair come out with one of the Tag belts and blurring it out on telly.

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5 hours ago, Michael Sweetser said:

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That belt is fucking stunning. Super excellent work with the colorway, it looks absolutely amazing. Isn't the NWA PNW title back now with the new Portland group?

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23 minutes ago, AxB said:

The Tag Team belt comes into the story where, after Flair showed up on WWF TV with the Big Gold NWA Championship, WCW sent them a cease and desist on their copyrighted belt design. So they started having Flair come out with one of the Tag belts and blurring it out on telly.

They also, for some bizarre reason, used the Tag belt when Mr. Perfect beat Tito in the IC tournament finals: 

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Sorry for the quality, it was the best looking clip I could find. 

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5 hours ago, Michael Sweetser said:

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The DOA Pure Wrestling championship was crafted by Dave Millican as a modified version of the original NWA Pacific Northwest heavyweight championship.  It was originally supposed to be the Pacific Northwest Heritage championship, but wrestling politic bullshit forced the name change (something I'm STILL hot about almost five years later).

Great look. I don't get why wrestlers these days don't like the "Heritage" name on titles. I was originally toying with that name for the Big West Title (Okanagan Heritage), and everyone ridiculed it.

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42 minutes ago, grilledcheese said:

That belt is fucking stunning. Super excellent work with the colorway, it looks absolutely amazing. Isn't the NWA PNW title back now with the new Portland group?

Looks like Buddy Highway's BCW is recognizing it, but holy shit, if that's not a damnation of how far the NWA has fallen, I don't know what is.

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16 minutes ago, Marty Sugar said:

Great look. I don't get why wrestlers these days don't like the "Heritage" name on titles. I was originally toying with that name for the Big West Title (Okanagan Heritage), and everyone ridiculed it.

It WAS a great name and like I said, I'm still pissed about the name change.  C'est la vie.

(I actually spent fifteen minutes typing out the whole story, then deleted it as it's not really something meant for public knowledge.  It did feel good to get it all down for a brief time, though.)

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I have always loved the NWA TV Title in particular the alternate one with the red leather strap. 

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NWA Sliver Anniversary Tag Belts

 

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