As most of you probably know, the WWE are planning on bringing out a newly designed WWE Championship belt sometime later this year.
Now although early pictures depict a heavy clunky belt that apparently weighs 20lbs more than the current one, I can’t help think that this is a positive move on behalf of the WWE, one that will help propel the championship back into the main-event scene.
I’ve longed-for the titles’ format to be altered since John Cena first dropped the title to Edge back in 2006. The ‘spinner’ WWE Championship belt was a great design and really complimented Cena’s gimmick when he first held it throughout 2005 (much like the United States title did a year before). The change in style generated a lot of positive attention and was regarded as a great idea by most fans. But what the WWE mistook as favorable reviews for the belts new ‘bling’ exterior was actually excitement and approval for the Cena gimmick. This has unfortunately lead to the ‘spinner’ design becoming a mainstay through several different reigns instead of making it exclusive to Cena.
For those who remember, Cena wasn’t the first champion to add his own flair to the belt. Back in 1998, Steve Austin debuted the ‘Smoking Skull Belt’, which was not only monumental in the history of the championship but also in the development of the Stone Cold character.
Austin was the ultimate rebel, standing tall and refusing to wear the belt that the ‘bosses’ wanted him to wear. The Smoking Skull Belt represented individuality and proved that to be a success you didn’t necessarily have to fit the mold.
Though many would hate to admit it, Cena in his early days as a thriving superstar, had much in common with the Texas Rattlesnake in that he had to fight from the bottom up.
Wrestling has always been a Rock N’ Roll scene, so who would have imagined someone like Cena, with his street-wise gangsta-rap attitude (one not unlike Austin’s abrasive redneck persona), would one day become a champion let alone the face of the business?
When Cena finally made it to the top, he wasn’t just cementing his name in the wrestling world as a champion; he was doing so as an individual who defied the odds.
What the WWE needs to realize (or rather needed too 6 years ago) is that by having every subsequent champion wear the ‘spinner’ belt, Cena’s accomplishment is completely devalued and the very reasoning to change its look in the first place becomes null and void.
More so, by keeping the gimmicky belt, WWE has tarnished the reigns of other wrestlers who could not help but be viewed as ‘stand-in champions’ holding onto Cena’s property.
In conclusion, I whole-heartedly welcome the new design, as I believe it will bring back a sense of prestige and grandeur to the WWE Championship and ultimately create a more dynamic atmosphere within the main event scene.