Best Wrestling Belt Designs

From a logical standpoint, the sport of professional wrestling revolves around winning a championship belt. It is the goal of any professional wrestler, whether they be in WWE, AEW, NJPW, TNA, or any other promotion. A competitor’s win/loss record is important, but only because that’s how championship opportunities are typically earned. The more wins a wrestler has, the greater the argument for him or her deserving a shot at a championship.



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10 Wrestling Championship Belt Designs That You’ve Never Seen Before

A number of wrestling championship designs have found their way onto programming, while others were put on the shelf before we could see them.

Given their importance, it makes total sense to make a championship belt as desirable as possible. They haven’t all been winners though. Some championship belt designs have been pretty bad and left much to be desired. Conversely, some championship belt designs have been so elegant and alluring that fans still yearn for them until this day.

UPDATE: 2024/05/02 20:00 EST BY BENJAMIN VIEIRA


If there is one thing that everyone in professional wrestling can agree on, it’s that championships are awesome. Simply put, that is the whole reason that people get into the business in the first place. They want to be at the top of the mountain of professional wrestling and call themselves the best of the best. Whether that be a world title or lower card title, it engraves a wrestler’s name into history.

Some of those titles are truly beautiful. WWE, AEW, TNA, NJPW, and more have all had some of the best looking titles in professional wrestling history. They are titles anyone would be lucky to have held or to hold in the future. Let’s take a look at some of wrestling’s all-time best titles.


22 IWGP United States Championship Was Truly Unique

Years Active: 2017-2023

IWGP United States Championship


Belt Introduction

May 12, 2017

Belt Retirement

December 11, 2023

Notables Name To Hold It

Kenny Omega, Will Osprey, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Cody Rhodes, Jay White

This one may certainly be down to the taste, but the IWGP United States Championship was one of the most unique yet gorgeous looking titles in wrestling. It has intricate designs on the center plate, a deep red strap, and it encapsulates the US better than most American promotions have managed to do with their own US Title, particularly WWE. It looked different to all other NJPW belts, making it stand out.

21 The Current TNA Knockouts Title Pays Homage To The First One

Years Active: 2024-Present

jordynne-grace-royal-rumble-entrance


Belt Introduction

January 11, 2024

Belt Retirement

N/A

Notables Name To Hold It

Trinity, Jordynne Grace

This is the first of a few TNA title designs to be featured on this list. When it comes to paying homage to a classic title, it better be done right and better than the first. In the case of the current TNA Knockouts World Title, it does that in spades. It adopts the white strap that was a staple of the original incarnation of the championship, but blends it with a sleek design. This version of the title also brought into WWE as Jordynne Grace entered the women’s Royal Rumble match with it on. It was a great way to further usher in this new era of TNA, as well as pay respect to the Knockouts who came before in the company.


20 The NXT UK Tag Team Championships Had An Underrated Design

Years Active: 2018-2022

NXT UK Tag Team Championships

Belt Introduction

June 18, 2018

Belt Retirement

September 4, 2022

Notables Name To Hold It

Grizzled Young Veterans, Gallus, Moustache Mountain, Pretty Deadly

While the NXT UK Tag Team Championships are among the least important titles of all time in WWE due to the NXT UK brand getting ignored so often, the design of the straps are one of the most beautiful of all time.

They’re intricately designed, have rich colors, and most importantly they look prestigious, classic, and slick, making them feel like prizes that would be sought after by wrestlers.

19 The AEW International Championship Has Developed A Lot Of Prestige

Years Active: 2022-Present


Belt Introduction

June 8, 2022

Belt Retirement

N/A

Notables Name To Hold It

PAC, Orange Cassidy, Jon Moxley, Rey Fenix

The AEW International Championship is one of the newest title belts introduced to a major promotion, but it is already among the nicest title designs of all time in professional wrestling.

Sure, Orange Cassidy’s incredible reign has increased its prestige, but it looks absolutely gorgeous anyway. The style and shape of the plates and the splash of color in the middle all comes together for one hell of a design.

18 The NXT UK Championship Was A Better Version Of The Main WWE Title

Years Active: 2016-2022


Belt Introduction

December 15. 2016

Belt Retirement

September 4, 2022

Notables Name To Hold It

Gunther, Pete Dunne, Tyler Bate, Ilja Dragunov

In an era where championship designs are rather simplistic in WWE, the NXT UK Title was introduced with an eye to the classics, with an intricate golden design with glimmers of red jewels, encapsulating the traditions and integrity of British wrestling, and didn’t fall into the trap of WWE’s other designs from around the company.

What has helped the belt is an array of long, memorable championship reigns from the likes of Gunther and Pete Dunne, making it one of the more special belts of its day, despite the misgivings of the NXT UK brand itself. It is by far one of the better designs of a championship in modern-day WWE.


17 The New TNA World Title Is An Excellent, Modern Design

Years Active: 2023-Present

Belt Introduction

January 10, 2024

Belt Retirement

N/A

Notables Name To Hold It

Alex Shelley, Moose

TNA has seen numerous world titles introduced over the years. Some of them have been very good, while others have kind of flopped. However, the 2024 version of the title looks great. It helped to usher in the new era of TNA greatly. It looks prestigious, modern, and grand, something that the old title had been lacking. The title is currently held by Moose. However, there will certainly be a plethora of talent that will get to hold it as well, especially with all the new talent that has been introduced recently.


16 The TNA World Heavyweight Championship (Third Design) Is The Company’s Best To Date

Years Active: 2011-2017, 2020-2021

Belt Introduction

March 14. 2011(First Time), April 28, 2020 (Moose introduces title which is later recognized officially on February 23, 2021)

Belt Retirement

August 17, 2017 (First Retirement), March 13, 2021 (Second Retirement)

Notables Name To Hold It

Sting, Jeff Hardy, Bully Ray, Kurt Angle, Bobby Lashley, Bobby Roode, Moose

It took some time for TNA to get it right with their world title. The design before this, which was similar, just with silver text, looked a mess. Changing it up with the black writing helped fit with the overall theme of the belt, and just that simple change in colour managed to make an average title look like something prestigious, whether it be with a black or white strap. Moose also utilized his own version of the title from 2020-2021. It was not initially recognized, but later was for a brief period.


It feels grand, and whoever held it was made to feel important. It briefly resurfaced in recent times, to the pleasure of many who prefer it over the current TNA Championship design. However, the current design does represent the best era of TNA for quite a while.

15 The AEW Women’s World Title Is The Best Women’s Title In Any Company

Years Active: 2022-Present

Belt Introduction

March 6, 2022

Belt Retirement

N/A

Notables Name To Hold It

Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D., Toni Storm, Thunder Rosa, Saraya, Jamie Hayter, Hikaru Shida


AEW has had a record of introducing some truly great looking championship designs. And when it comes to the AEW Women’s World Title, there is no exception there. The title looks amazing and is easily the best looking women’s championship in professional wrestling today. The design was based off the old Mid-South North American Championship, however, this version does that look much, much better. Some top names have held the title and, in time, there will certainly be even more phenomenal competitors who will get to hold it. In fact, Toni Storm has held this version of the title the most, with three reigns to her name.

14 The Million Dollar Championship Was A Personal Title

Years Active: 1989-2021

Million Dollar Championship

Belt Introduction

February 15, 1989

Belt Retirement

August 23, 2021

Notables Name To Hold It

Ted DiBiase, The Ringmaster, LA Knight, Cameron Grimes


The unique nature of the Million Dollar Title allows it to forever stand out among wrestling championships. Commissioned as a personal belt for Ted DiBiase, frustrated at not being able to win the world title himself, made for the perfect gimmicked championship. It suited him perfectly, and though it wasn’t defended often, with very few champions, it still carved a place within WWE history for itself.

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The way the strap bends, the diamond encrusted plates, the dollar signs, all come together to create a memorable piece of art which lives fondly in the memories of wrestling fans, and with a recent re-emergence in NXT, it reminded audiences once again of how striking it is.

13 The Ruthless Aggression World Tag Team Titles Were Great

Years Active: 2002-2010


Belt Introduction

2002

Belt Retirement

August 2010

Notables Name To Hold It

The Hardy Boyz, The Dudley Boyz, Evolution, Rated RKO, John Cena and Shawn Michaels, Kane and Rob Van Dam

These titles carried on the lineage of WWE’s original World Tag Team Championships, not to be confused with the newly introduced WWE World Tag Team Titles on RAW. This design was introduced during the early days of the Ruthless Aggression era and was competed for by some of WWE’s top teams at the time. The World Tag Team Titles design fit perfectly into that new era of WWE. They were active for around eight years and during that time they became one of the most iconic designs for any tag team title in WWE. The new belts introduced by WWE pay homage to them in a number of ways, such as the grand designs of the background and the hints of red on it.


12 The AEW World Championship Is The Best Looking Active World Title In North America

Years Active: 2019-Present

Belt Introduction

May 25, 2019

Belt Retirement

N/A

Notables Name To Hold It

Chris Jericho, Kenny Omega, Jon Moxley, “Hangman” Adam Page, MJF, CM Punk, Samoa Joe

No expense was spared when AEW introduced their World Championship. The amount of gold, gems, diamonds, the obnoxiously huge plates, all serve one purpose – making the title look like a million bucks. In modern wrestling, it stands out in a class of its own in terms of size and prestige. Having it be introduced by the one and only Bret Hart added to its prestige.


The belt is always glistening, whether it be from spotlights, cameras, or the entrance stage, and carries an air of grandeur around it. It feels especially significant to hold due to the youth of the company, and the fact that wins and losses matter so much into who gets a chance at holding the belt, with just six names so far – Chris Jericho, Jon Moxley, Kenny Omega, Adam Page, CM Punk, & MJF – being given the honor of holding the belt.

11 The Big Eagle WWE Championship Was Iconic During The Attitude Era

Years Active: 1998-2002

Belt Introduction

March 30, 1998

Belt Retirement

April 1, 2002

Notables Name To Hold It

“Stone Cold” Steve Austin, The Rock, The Undertaker, Triple H, The Big Show, Kurt Angle


This belt was a signature of the Attitude Era, and likely the favorite among many wrestling fans above any other title simply due to fond memories and a great period in wrestling. It brings the signature eagle from older designs, and the globe in the centre represents the company’s expanse across the entire world.

It was big, grand, and anyone who held it looked like an instant star, with a truly special feeling surrounding the championship, with the likes of Steve Austin and The Rock elevating it to obscene heights, forever etching it in history.

10 The AWA World Heavyweight Championship Was A Grand Design

Years Active: 1960-1990

AWA World Heavyweight Championship


Belt Introduction

May 18, 1960

Belt Retirement

December 12, 1990

Notables Name To Hold It

Larry Zbyszko, Hulk Hogan, Curt Hennig, Verne Gagne

During the late ’70s and especially in the early ’80s, the AWA was essentially a breeding ground for future WWE megastars. The likes of Hulk Hogan, Jesse “The Body” Ventura, “Mean” Gene Okerlund, and many more top name talents all migrated from the AWA to WWE. Unfortunately, the AWA eventually succumbed to the lack of stars and the promotion closed in 1990, leaving behind an impressive legacy.

One very important piece of that legacy was their World Championship belt. It had a beautiful, big centerpiece with two plates on the side. It had the AWA initials on the front with the words “World Heavyweight Wrestling Champion” also etched there. Definitely a desirable championship belt.


Years Active: 2019-Present

NWA World Television Championship

Belt Introduction

December 14, 2019

Final Time Used

N/A

Notables Name To Hold It

Ricky Starks, Da Pope, Thom Latimer

The NWA has had some absolutely beautiful championship belts during its existence. Their World Television Championship has to be one of their best designs ever. There are a few different versions of this championship, but they’re all essentially the same design with only minor changes. The centerpiece is a bit more elongated with a red banner surrounding the gold lettering.


The side plates stand out nicely with two out of the four displaying CBS and ABC logos respectively. The championship has sat on both red and black straps in the past and is still currently used by the NWA as an active title.

8 Classic WWE World Tag Team Championships Were Held By Some Of The Best

Years Active: 1985-2002

Belt Introduction

1985

Belt Retirement

May 2002

Notables Name To Hold It

The Hardy Boyz, The Hart Foundation, The Legion of Doom, The Dudley Boyz, Edge & Christian, Demolition, Owen Hart & Yokozuna

During the Golden Era, WWE had arguably the deepest tag team division in pro wrestling history. The likes of The British Bulldogs, The Hart Foundation, and Demolition all battled for supremacy during the era. Their motivation was capturing the coveted WWE World Tag Team Championship belts.


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The center plate was a more rectangular shape with an elongated globe in the center. An eagle sat atop the globe with a beautiful design etched all across the main plate. The side plates were updated several times throughout the years, but that never took away from the beauty of the belt. WWE’s current big coin tag titles don’t live up to the history of many other designs from the company’s past.

7 The WCW United States Championship Was One Of The Most Desired Titles In WCW

Years Active: 1991-2001

WCW United States Championship

Belt Introduction

August 25, 1991

Belt Retirement

November 18, 2001

Notables Name To Hold It

Booker T, Ric Flair, Lex Luger, “Stunning” Steve Austin, Sting, Rick Rude, Ricky Steamboat, Eddie Guerrero


Much like the Intercontinental Championship in WWE, the United States Championship was the second most coveted prize in WCW. Legends like Sting, “Ravishing” Rick Rude, and Diamond Dallas Page have won and worn it proudly. The NWA’s original United States Championship was also very impressive, but the updated WCW version was certainly an improvement.

The center plate was triple-stacked with an eagle in the center. Above the eagle sat an outline of the United States in U.S. flag colors. The side plates were beautifully etched with the WCW logo and a U.S. flag on each side. An absolutely stunning design. WWE has recently altered its United States Championship design, and it certainly harkens back to previous designs such as this to try and make it stand out.

6 IWGP Heavyweight Championship Version 4 Was The Best Of It’s Designs

Years Active: 2008-2021


Belt Introduction

March 2008

Belt Retirement

March 4, 2021

Notables Name To Hold It

Tetsuya Naito, Kazuchika Okada, Shinsuke Nakamura, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kenny Omega, Jay White, Kota Ibushi

Japanese wrestling has a very rich history. New Japan Pro Wrestling’s current IWGP World Heavyweight Championship belt pays homage to that history while simultaneously serving as the top prize in the promotion, though it hasn’t been very warmly received since its inception. The championship had been represented by three belts prior.

The belt stands out with a big dual plated centerpiece, deep etching, and jewels throughout. The side plates are perhaps the biggest attention-grabber. Each individual plate bears the names of former IWGP World Heavyweight Champions, very similar to the Stanley Cup in the NHL.


5 NWA World Title Has Been Referred To As “The 10 Pounds Of Gold”

Years Active: 1973-1986, 1994-Present

NWA World Heavyweight Championship

Belt Introduction

1973(First Time), 1994(Second Time)

Belt Retirement

N/A

Notables Name To Hold It

Kerry Von Erich, Dusty Rhodes, Ric Flair, Harley Race, Terry Funk, Jeff Jarrett, Sting, Adam Pearce, Cody Rhodes, Nick Aldia, Matt Cardona

Up until 1985, the symbol of excellence in the NWA was a domed globe championship belt affectionately referred to as the “10 lbs of Gold.” In its heyday, the championship was worn proudly by the likes of Dory Funk Jr., Harley Race, and “Nature Boy” Ric Flair. It had a rectangular center plate with a domed globe in the middle.


The side plates displayed the name and the flag of different countries to indicate the championship’s international significance. It would be retired in 1985 by Ric Flair but has been brought back several times by multiple promotions. Currently, the championship belt is once again the top prize in the NWA, being held by the likes of Nick Aldis, Cody Rhodes, and Matt Cardona in recent years.

4 WWE Undisputed Championship Was A Merger Of Two Titles

Years Active: 2002-2005

WWE Undisputed Championship

Belt Introduction

April 1, 2002

Belt Retirement

April 14, 2005

Notables Name To Hold It

Triple H, The Rock, Eddie Guerrero, Kurt Angle, JBL, John Cena


When WCW closed its doors in 2001, the pro wrestling world was thrown into a state of flux. When WCW’s roster was merged with WWE’s, there were suddenly two men with a rightful claim to being World Champion. Both titles coexisted until being merged by Chris Jericho in December of 2001. Jericho carried both belts until being defeated by Triple H, who was then awarded a new championship belt.

The Undisputed Championship had more of a rectangular center plate with a black and gold globe and eagle in the center. It had five side plates with different designs etched in. The Undisputed Championship had a short shelf life but remains one of the more stunning belt designs ever, with memorable champions such as Brock Lesnar, JBL, and The Undertaker holding the title.

3 The 1980s WWE Intercontinental Championship Is Still The Best Design Of The Title

Years Active 1985-1997


Belt Introduction

1985

Belt Retirment

1997

Notables Name To Hold It

“Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Shawn Michaels, Razor Ramon, Bret “The Hitman” Hart

For many years, the Intercontinental Championship was considered the “workhorse” championship in WWE. The man who held the belt was typically viewed as one of the best workers in the promotion at the time. As a result, the championship became one of the most coveted in the business, despite not being a world title.

The belt most performers envisioned holding one day had a rectangular center triple-stacked center plate with four side plates. The side plates were all the same size and included an etched WWE logo along with grappling designs. The center plate had a globe in the center with blue filled in. The WWE logo was both gold and red at different points in time. The title belt remains one of the more iconic designs ever. Though the belt has seen it’s fair share of up and down booking over recent times, it still sits fondly in the hearts of fans.


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