My Championship Belt Collection February 15, 2007Posted by skribbel24 in Collection.
When I was a youngster, I always dreamed of holding a real championship belt. In 1994, I was at the ringside seat of a WWF event when Bret Hart, title belt in hand, walked in front of me. I remember the first time I touched the steel–man, what a rush! When I started working and started earning money for myself I vowed to own one of those bad boys.
The very first belt I bought was the World heavyweight championship, then held by Triple H as the champion of Raw. It was a great belt, but I ended up selling it.
The champ I grew up watching as a kid (oh, those magical years of thinking wrestling was real) was Hulk Hogan, and what belt better to symbolize Hogan’s reign than the Winged Eagle belt. During those years, one of my all-time favorite icons Ultimate Warrior was the Intercontinental champion. Needless to say, WrestleMania VI was a huge event for me, so I used the proceeds of my World heavyweight belt sale to buy these two belts:
Soon after, I met Mick Foley. Seeing that I didn’t have any other belt at the time that Foley officially wore, I thought that the Winged Eagle would work since after all, it IS the Hardcore belt before it was smashed into a million pieces. So my Winged Eagle to this day has Foley’s autograph on the strap:
Later on, John Cena came out on TV with a spinning US belt. Everyone hated it, but I thought it was a nice and unique belt to own. Good thing I didn’t have money back then, which delayed my purchase until Cena won the WWE title at WrestleMania started wearing the spinner version of the belt. My spinner has been customized with a gold tip, and the orange jewels have been replaced with clear faux diamonds.
So I thought, wow, this should probably be my last belt. These things aren’t cheap! Until I came across a belt I could not refuse to buy. It was the Attitude version of the WWF title, with the sixth Property of the WWF plate. This version doesn’t come by everyday, and the “WWF” belt fetches a good price everytime on eBay. Needless to say, I went ahead and bought it. This is one of my favorite belts. It is just, simply, BEAUTIFUL. Pictures do not do this belt justice.
Recently, I was able to get a deal for the Undisputed belt. It is big and heavy, and in my opinion better than the World heavyweight title. It’s the biggest belt out of the ones I own. Wonder when this will return on TV? With this belt on the cover of the History of the WWE Championship DVD, one would assume that this is still THE prestigious WWE title. I guess we’ll have to stick with the spinner for now.
Just to note one thing, I also have a mini Undisputed belt, that is fixed on the waist of its legendary titleholder, the late, great Latino Heat, Eddie Guerrero:
Here is a group shot of all my belts displayed in my showcase. They all look impressive displayed together, and I’m glad I’m out of space–that should be the end of the belt shopping!