The Rock Unveils New WWE Championship Belt Design on Monday Night Raw

Mike HoagCorrespondent IIFebruary 18, 2013

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 16: Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson attends a press conference to announce that MetLife Stadium will host WWE Wrestlemania 29 in 2013 at MetLife Stadium on February 16, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael N. Todaro/Getty Images)
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The Rock unveiled a brand new WWE championship belt design in the latest edition of Monday Night Raw.

Take a look at a picture of the new belt, in case you missed it live (h/t HITS Radio host Randy Cruz):

The Rock cited an homage to the greats of the sport that have come before him as a reason for making the change.

The belt features a more traditional look and is a significant change from the "bling-bling" design of the “Spinner” belt John Cena brought into commission in 2005. But it isn’t absent of The Rock’s personality and flair, as it also features an emblazoned gold Brahma Bull on the right corner strap.

The Rock’s belt might be considered a breath of fresh air for those who wanted to see a change for the promotion’s biggest prize.

Following the announcement, The Rock switched gears and talked about his upcoming title defense at WrestleMania 29. He was about to announce who he would prefer to face at the year's biggest pay-per-view, but was interrupted before getting the chance.

Top challenger John Cena, who won the No. 1 contender rights after conquering the Royal Rumble battle royale in January, decided to take the opportunity to state his case.

Cena came out but was knocked out from behind by a Spinner belt-wielding CM Punk. Punk, donned in a black hoodie, stared down and pointed at The Rock before walking away, leaving Cena motionless on the mat.