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New WWE World Heavyweight Championship Belt Presented to Brock Lesnar

Paul Heyman, left, celebrates with Brock Lesnar after his win over the Undertaker  during Wrestlemania XXX at the Mercedes-Benz Super Dome in New Orleans on Sunday, April 6, 2014. (Jonathan Bachman/AP Images for WWE)
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Joseph ZuckerFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 13, 2017

A new champion begets a new belt. WWE officially unveiled its new World Heavyweight Championship on the Aug. 18 edition of Raw.

Triple H posted a photo of himself holding the new title.

WWE announcer Justin Roberts snapped a photo of Brock Lesnar holding his prize during the official ceremony unveiling the belt.

With Spandex's Brandon Stroud thinks the belt would be great for the Miami Marlins in the event they win the World Series:

The belt itself isn't revolutionary. It's essentially the old WWE title design with the new WWE logo. The side panels and strap remain the same, or, at the very least, extremely similar to how they were before.

In February 2013, The Rock ditched the old spinner belt for a more streamlined title design. Since that iteration of the WWE title is a little more than a year old, expecting any sort of major change for Lesnar's WWE World Heavyweight Championship was a bit unrealistic.

The biggest difference is that WWE dropped the World Heavyweight Championship title altogether. Instead of carrying two titles, the champion now has just the one. PWInsider.com's Mike Johnson reported earlier in the day that was always a part of the plan.

This adds even more symbolism to John Cena handing the WHC to Ric Flair—the man most associated with that belt—last month on Raw.

When the company unified the WWE and World Heavyweight titles at Tables, Ladder & Chairs, having one belt always made the most sense. Why have a guy continue to carry two belts when it was effectively one championship?

Considering how few WWE title designs the company has had in the past, don't expect any more changes for quite a while.

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