A wrestling championship is the pinnacle for a wrestler and it is important that this is represented in the belt they carry. It feels that nowadays every time we are introduced to a new title belt, it is met with hysteria and disgust. From the new United States Championship, to Cody’s TNT Championship, new belts seem to be written off the second they arrive.
But fans should be grateful for these modern title belts because we have truly seen some horrendous belts throughout the history of wrestling.
TNA X Division Championship (2013-2015)
The X Division made TNA must watch television, with the likes of AJ Styles, Chris Sabin and Jay Lethal delivering some of the best wrestling in the world. The original title was a solid look for the belt and remained from it’s inception in 2002 all the way till Chris Sabin cashed the title in for a TNA World Heavyweight title shot.
We were then introduced to this disaster, looking like the attitude era Intercontinental Championship with a big blue X slapped on it. Manik, now known as TJP, was the unfortunate first recipient of this belt, which was replaced in 2015, when it was changed to green which is equally as bad.
Original WWWF Championship
They say if at first you don’t succeed try and try again.
The WWWF, now known as the WWE, certainly didn’t succeed with their first world title belt attempt. The strap looks incredibly cheap, the wrestlers on the side plate look like their kissing and if you bend over wearing it you are going to get a flesh wound. WWWF clearly thought that this title wasn’t befitting of Bruno Sammartino, changing it later in the same year they brought it in for a much nicer blue and silver title.
When Mick Foley stood in the middle of the ring holding this horrendous belt and the fans began to boo, you couldn’t help but feel sorry for him.
The 24/7 title had been hyped up the night before, with many fans speculating the return of the beloved Hardcore Championship. But fans were not expecting to see a golden dinner belt presented before them, with an awful green strap holding it in place. The lack of effort for this belt can be seen in the side plates which have been left blank. The fact that this belt is a comedy championship makes it’s lack of taste more acceptable, but surely it should look like something you would actually want to win.
Tommy Dreamer’s Hardcore Championship
Speaking of the Hardcore Championship, by 2002 the Hardcore Championship had become so damaged that the WWF had to find a replacement. Sticking a New York licence plate over the European Championship, with a Kendo Stick wielding Statue of Liberty wasn’t the way to go. The title would only stick around for two months after it’s redesign, Rob Van Dam unifying it with the Intercontinental Championship.