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The end of 2014 is more rapidly approaching as the trees have pretty much been cleared of leaves and the temperatures fall. On the other hand out Top 10 countdown continues to climb to almost the very top with numbers four, three and two. In case you missed the previous part two you may read it here.
Number Four: WCW/WWE "Big Gold" World Heavyweight Championship
This championship belt had quite a history during the nearly three decades it was used in WCW and WWE. Originally the belt dubbed "big gold" was the symbol of the NWA World Heavyweight Champion beginning in 1986 as WCW looked to replace the 10 pounds of gold title belt in use since 1972. When WCW left the NWA they kept the use of the big gold championship originally renaming it the International World Heavyweight Championship but eventually merging it with the first WCW Championship. When WWE bought out WCW in 2001 they brought over the belt as the WCW Championship then retired it, made it the World Heavyweight Championship, unified it with the WWE title as the "Undisputed" Championship then brought it back again for over a decade as the World Heavyweight Championship as part of the brand split. Last year at WWE 'TLC' it was again unified with the WWE Championship and after 'SummerSlam' 2014 it went away for good. This writer always admired it's uniqueness of size with a very large main plate, and lots of scroll work all over all three plates. It was also simply stated with the words "World Heavyweight Wrestling Champion" across the main plate, a nameplate at the bottom and no logo on it until WWE added theirs. The best version over the years was the dual plated "Crumrine" named after the silversmith who originally designed it.
TNA had a decent Impact this past Wednesday, while WWE set up more of the main event and matches for 'Survivor Series.'
TNA had a very impactful broadcast this past Wednesday as James Storm and his "Revolution" added a new recruit and some gold. Storm tried again to recruit either Eddie Edwards or Davey Richards of the TNA World Tag-Team Champions The Wolves, but they would both again spurn Storm. When he, Manik, and the Great Sanada attacked, they quickly injured Richards' leg again. James Storm went and retrieved a long forgotten "Feast or Fired" briefcase from last December that gave him and a partner a tag-team title shot. Since both of The Wolves were already down, he cashed it in with a newly acquired partner…the Monster Abyss. Now "The Revolution" holds the TNA World Tag-Team Championship! As we mentioned last week, a title was vacated as the injured Samoa Joe, who would not disclose his injury, forfeited the TNA X-Division Championship. Of course, his impassioned speech declared that whoever held the title when he returned would be within his sights. There is also a budding feud between Taryn Terrell and Madison Rayne over Rayne's recent actions. She took out Terrell during a tag-team match with the "Beautiful People" and a triple threat number one contender's match. Rayne won and didn't back down from how she did it, since, as she claimed, she was just doing what was needed to gain a title shot. Terrell got some measure of revenge by beating Rayne on Impact, but since Taryn is supposed to win the TNA Women's Knockout Championship from Havok, that would make Madison her top title contender thereafter.
As the month of November moves forward so must our Top 10 countdown for this month as we look further into the best looking championship belts in the history of the sport. We showcase numbers seven, six and five, but in case you missed part one for the previous three you may read it here.
Number Seven: NWA "Classic" Television Championship
this championship was created due to television's influence over pro wrestling starting in the late 1970's. It was meant to be a title defended only on tv so that fans so see title changes more regularly than special events once a month or even less frequently. The belt is a silver main and side plates with red enamel around the lettering on the main plate. Each of the four side plates featured a television network, ABC, CBS and NBC as well as a satellite dish representing the burgeoning cable industry. The design was used for many of the other NWA titles of the early 80's as well such as the National Heavyweight Championship. The WWF even utilize it's same design for their World title belt, the one used briefly after the "green" belt that Hulk Hogan first won, was retired. The AWA utilized the design for their World Tag-Team Championship during the 1980's.
This past week in the world pro wrestling/sports entertainment saw WWE and TNA pretty much stay the course. A prestigious title changed hands in WWE, though, while another is about to become vacant in TNA due to injury.
TNA wrestling continued along presenting their pre-recorded content on Wednesday night's Impact broadcast. The finals of the number one contender's tag-team tournament occurred with The Hardys being victorious over Low Ki and Samoa Joe. In the end, Joe was injured and left the arena on a stretcher. This will lead to Samoa Joe relinquishing the X-Division Championship and a new champion being crowned. The World Heavyweight title picture got slightly more muddled as MVP took on the new champion, Bobby Roode. Roode got the win and took a vicious spear by Lashley post-match, but it also saw Lashley walk away from his teammate MVP. The creepiness that is the duo of Samuel Shaw and Brittany got a little moreso on Impact, as the shunned Gunner got attacked by them as well. Finally, TNA's signing of their first Indian wrestler, Mahabali Shera, was the source of a recruitment campaign by Manik for James Storm's Revolution. There will be more on that to come.
As we enter the final two months of 2014, we have two final countdowns to bring to our audience. For November, we are showcasing a somewhat more personal Top 10 countdown of the best championship belts in the history of pro wrestling.
The current set of tag-team title belts in both the Ring of Honor (ROH) and Total Non-Stop Action (TNA) are not only very similar to each other, but solid in design without too much showiness. The words "Tag-Team Champion" appear on each of the four side plates and on the main plate with World and Wrestling. TNA's design has one half of the globe on each side plate with the TNA logo above them, but also feature a full globe bisected by the TNA logo on the main plate. Despite both sets of belts having been in service for about five to seven years, they have a "classic" style that makes them befitting of the men who hold them.