The WWE Championship title belt has gone through multiple variations since its inception in 1963, specifically the overwhelming different designs over the years. The “Winged Eagle” design from 1988 is among the all-time favorite title designs. Because of its recognition, some might wonder about the history surrounding such an appealing design.
The WWE Championship is considered the most prestigious title belt in WWE, and some might even say in all of professional wrestling. It is a championship that’s been held by some of the greatest WWE superstars of all time, from the first champion Buddy Rodgers, to more recent titleholders like John Cena, Triple H, and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. With its current titleholder, Roman Reigns, the WWE Championship is still a prestigious prize after many decades.
Because of the importance of the title, the WWE Championship belt has had multiple memorable designs through the different generations in WWE. The belt designs that fans remember include the Undisputed Championship belt during the early years of the Ruthless Aggression Era and the much more recent “Spinner” belt that lasted until early 2013.
Another beloved design was the “Winged Eagle” belt from 1988 to 1998, as the very best in the business have held that version of the WWE Championship. That says a lot, considering the belt progressed from the 1980s Wrestling Boom period to the Monday Night Wars, where the talent pool was arguably the most legendary. Even though many years have passed since, and the belt has gone through various changes, the “Winged Eagle” belt is at the top of the list regarding classic wrestling nostalgia.