10 Best-Looking Title Designs in Wrestling History

Vaughn JohnsonCorrespondent IIFebruary 29, 2012

10 Best-Looking Title Designs in Wrestling History

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    Before the 1970-80s, wrestling titles looked like mere paperweights.

    They were small and weren't necessarily representative of a champion.

    That changed in the 1970s, when wrestling promotions shelled out more money for cooler looking and bigger belts for their talents to really look like champions.

    Here are the top 10 in wrestling history.

No. 10: ROH World Championship

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    This is the most recent incarnation of Ring of Honor's World Championship title.

    It is relatively new, but it was a huge step up from its old world title, which looked like just another belt.

    This one, however, is title befitting a world champion.

    It is very reminiscent of the old version of the WWE Championship with the eagles at the top of the main plate. But it still maintains its own personality.

    The placement of the flags on the side plates is always a good touch to show that it is indeed a world title.

    Current titleholder Davey Richards is carrying around a nice piece of gold.

(Tie) No. 9: Old ECW World Championship

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    Just could not decide which one was better for the No. 9 spot because both were memorable in wrestling history.

    Let's start with the old ECW Championship. The one that was held by Taz, Raven, Terry Funk and a slew of other legends in the business.

    The belt design itself isn't necessarily pretty, but that's ironically the beauty of the title.

    A promotion like ECW was about blood, guts and gore, so it should have a world tittle that represents that creed.

    This belt did just that. An extreme promotion needed an extreme-looking title.

(Tie) No. 9: WWE Hardcore Championship

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    Much like the ECW Championship, the WWE Hardcore Championship wasn't pretty, but it was perfect for the hardcore division of the WWE at the time.

    In fact, this belt is a lot uglier than the ECW Championship. It wasn't even gold for goodness' sakes, it was mostly leather. But it still looked cool for what it represented.

    People still remember this title until this day because it was unique. No other title looked like it.

    That's why it made the list. Not for aesthetics, but for what it represented, how memorable it was and still is, and for its uniqueness.

No. 8: Old TNA World Championship

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    There's a new TNA World Championship and it doesn't look bad, but this is just better.

    This was originally won by Kurt Angle when TNA and NWA had a falling out and TNA stopped using the NWA World Championship.

    This is a cool-looking title with cool and original design to it. I don't know why TNA changed after only a few years. Titles mean more when they stick around for a little while.

    Nonetheless, it was still a cool-looking belt. It had nice size to it, the main plate has good design and the side plates are nice as well.

No. 7: Classic NWA United States Heavyweight Championship

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    A lot of people may not remember this title, but this was in effect during the 1970s.

    This was held by legends like Ric Flair (pictured) and Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat.

    The coolest thing about this title was that it was an outline of the United States.

    That's just cool unto itself. Surprisingly it was about as big as the NWA World Championship.

    This was when the US title was known as the United States Heavyweight Championship. Emphasis on heavyweight. That meant this title used to mean something.

    It was held not just by a mid-card wrestler. It was held by the No. 2 guy in the business. This title represented that. It had more meaning than John Cena's spinner US title belt did.

No. 6: WWE Undisputed Championship

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    This is a belt I think went away much too soon.

    Between 2002-05, this belt was representative of the WWE Undisputed Champion and then just the WWE Champion.

    But this is a belt that should have never went away. Thanks a lot, John Cena.

    Nonetheless, this belt was about 14 pounds of solid gold and simply looked like it meant something.

    And it did. At first, it was the undisputed title. It doesn't get much bigger than that.

No. 5: Attitude Era WWE Championship

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    This was the title belt when the WWE made its surge past WCW to win the famed Monday Night Wars.

    This title was first given to Stone Cold Steve Austin back in 1998 and lasted until 2002. To think that John Cena's spinner belt has lasted seven years and classics like this and the undisputed title lasted no more than five boggles my mind.

    This title was held by legends such as The Rock, Triple H, Mankind/Mick Foley, Kane, Big Show and Chris Jericho.

    One of the few titles where the main plate was almost completely round, which made it stand out a bit.

    The color of the globe in the middle made it pop as well. Definitely a title to remember.

No. 4: WCW Championship (Big Gold Belt)

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    This belt was exactly what the title says, a big gold belt.

    This was ahead of its time when this debut in the late 1980s.

    This was about 15 pounds of solid gold and definitely made you look like a champion.

    Not much to the design, it doesn't need it. It's big and it's gold and that's all that matters.

    Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, Sting, The Rock, Chris Jericho are just a few of the long line of wrestlers who held the title.

    It has been shrunken down a bit and has had a WWE logo slapped at the top of it and called the World Heavyweight Championship, but it's not the same.

    This title was bigger and it meant more.

No. 3: Classic Intercontinental Championship

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    When Cody Rhodes brought this incarnation of the Intercontinental Championship back at Hell in a Cell last year, he did something I was calling for years.

    This belt is one of the best-looking ever. Period.

    When a wrestler carried this belt, he automatically looked important.

    The one that Rhodes got rid of was a huge step down from this one. It was more of an oval shape, which didn't look good and made the belt smaller, almost making it less significant.

    When this belt was active during the 1980s-90s, it was known as the "workhorse title". Only the best in-ring performers held this title and it was used to move someone up to the WWE title.

    There's no wonder why Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart, Mr. Perfect, "Macho Man" Randy Savage, "Ravishing" Rick Rude, Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat, Rowdy Roddy Piper, Razor Ramon and a slew of other great workers held this title.

No. 2: NWA World Championship

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    What can be said that hasn't already been said about the NWA World Championship?

    From an aesthetics standpoint, it is a very good-looking title. The big globe in the middle emphasized that is was world title and I'm always a sucker for flags around showing off the different countries it's been defended in.

    During the 1970s-80s, this was the definition of a world title.

    From a meaning standpoint, it makes the title look that much better.

    This title was only given to the absolute best in the business at the time. It was just at the discretion of one guy, it was the discretion of a nine-man board of directors who voted on who was going to be the world champion.

    The responsibility of that champion was immense. The champion had to go from territory to territory all around the world and make that territory's top guy look good. Not an easy task to say the least.

    That's why so much respect is given to Ric Flair, Dusty Rhodes, Harley Race, Terry Funk, Dory Funk just to name a few.

No. 1: Classic WWE Championship

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    For those WWE fans of the 1980s, you fondly remember this version of the WWE Championship.

    Hulk Hogan and Macho Man Randy Savage held this title during that time, making it one of the most significant titles in wrestling.

    The design is awesome. The eagle's wings sticking up from the belt, the shape and size of it, the distinct side plates, it had it all.

    It looked very good around the waist of Hogan, Savage, Ric Flair, Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, The Undertaker, and even Stone Cold Steve Austin for a short time.

    This was one of the longest running world titles of its time last from the mid 1980s until the late 1990s.

    It doesn't get any better than this.