All Elite Wrestling has definitely come a long way since its creation in 2019. The Jacksonville-based promotion presents itself as an alternative to WWE. It has one of the most stacked rosters in the world of pro wrestling today. AEW has eight championships in total, with the world title being the most coveted.
The AEW World Championship was unveiled by WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart at the company’s inaugural pay-per-view event, Double or Nothing, on May 25, 2019. Tony Khan spent quite a sum of money on the gold strap. Now, the exact amount has finally been revealed.
Dave Millican recently appeared as a guest on Talk is Jericho. The veteran belt maker talked about the art and craft that went into creating the richest prize is AEW, noting that the AEW World Championship cost Tony Khan five figures. Check out his comments below:
“I don’t remember the exact number but you’re five figures into it. You’re $10,000-plus into it because of all the layers and all the stones that were set and the custom artwork and the rust job and the whole bit. It’s a five-figure championship belt.
“I made a deal with AEW to where they own the designs to what we did for them. Again, this is not a bad relationship, this is not something where I’m not — I’m in touch with them literally today on a business deal. So, people look at it and say, ‘Oh, they don’t wanna use them anymore.’ It’s just internet crap. It’s business, and so we do business, you know (laughs)? And sometimes things make sense and sometimes they don’t and when they don’t, you shrug it off and you shake hands and you go back and you wait for the next deal to come along and that’s just what it is.”
“So, you know, it’s the licensing thing… Correct (I own the trademark for the imaging), and you can go buy a bootleg of most of them on eBay for, I don’t know, 200 bucks, 300 bucks, whatever but, you can also go down, you can go to Cancun and probably get a fake Rolex real quick (laughs). You can do that but what you can’t do is replace our history and I say ‘ours’, not just mine. It’s not just my history. I’m only part of it.”
Current World Champion MJF debuted a new championship belt on the November 30, 2022, edition of Wednesday Night Dynamite. You can read more on that by clicking on the link here.
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