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After 'Night of Champions', who will be WWE Champion?
On the eve of Thanksgiving we conclude this month's Top 10 Countdown of the best designs of wrestling championship belts in history. Here we showcase number one with some honorable mentions that just missed the top10. In case you missed the prior edition you may go back to read it here.
Number One: Classic WWF/WWE Intercontinental Championship
This belt was first introduced around 1985 as a replacement to the original belt in use since the championship's inception in 1979. We believe the first wrestler to carry it was "Macho Man" Randy Savage after defeating Tito Santana for the number two prize in the WWF. The thing that made it stand out head and shoulders above all else is the simplicity of design. It had those scalloped edges on the main plate that get smaller the further from the center, pattern of stars on each side of the main plate with the big globe in the middle of said plate plus the simple lettering for all of the wording. On the four side plates were wrestlers grappling just below the WWF logo which sat at the very top of the main plate as well. The original version had those letters enameled in red. When WWE re-introduced this belt with Cody Rhodes a few years back this writer was so happy to see it's design back in use. It really never should have been replaced by the design used from around 1997 through 2012. The original was on the traditional black leather strap and the re-introduced version on white leather, which had been used prior when Shawn Michaels first won the title. We do remember a gold version of the strap when Goldust had the championship in his possession but that was just way too much gold for any title belt. This title belt was "copied" in design by the WCW United States Championship and ECW used a similar design for it's tag-team titles in their early years.
It is again that time of the month to capture a snapshot of all of major wrestling champions in WWE, TNA, the NWA, ROH and more. The entirety of the titles in TNA have changed hands in the past month. As usual new champions are in BOLD.
WWE title holders:
WWE World Heavyweight Champion: Brock Lesnar, Intercontinental Champion: Luke Harper, WWE Tag-Team Champions: The Miz and Damien Sandow, United States Champion: Rusev and Divas Champion: Nikki Bella
NXT title holders:
NXT HW Champion: Adrian Neville, NXT Tag-Team Champions: Kalisto and Sin Cara (Lucha Dragons) and NXT Women's Champion: Charlotte
TNA title holders:
World Heavyweight Champion: Bobby Roode,X-Division Champion: Low Ki, World Tag-Team Champions:Abyss and James Storm (The Revolution), Women's Knockout Champion: Taryn Terrell
World Heavyweight Champion: Rob Conway,Junior Heavyweight Champion: Jushin "Thunder" Liger, World Tag-Team Champions: Lance Archer and Davey Boy Smith, Jr. (Killer Elite Squad), Women's Champion: Barbi Hayden, North American Champion: Tim "Perfect" Storm, National Champion: Lou Marconi, United States Tag-Team Champions: Gavin Daring and Skylar Kruze (Air America)
This past week, we got the news that SpikeTV would exit the wrestling business and has immediate plans to axe TNA's Impact beyond the end of the month. They would get a reprieve, however, while WWE went on with it's plans to finalize the short card for 'Survivor Series.'
TNA's Impact broadcast had its final pre-recorded contests shown on Wednesday night as two titles had new champions crowned. SpikeTV announced that its deal with TNA was ending effective with the Wednesday night Impact event, even though some "best of" broadcasts were supposed to air in December. Fortunately for the TNA, they were able to find a new home for Impact; in January of 2015, it moves to the network known as "Destination America." They are part of the networks related to the Discovery Channel, but it has not been made known which night(s) Impact will be broadcasted on.
As for the title changes, Taryn Terrell was able to pin Gail Kim in a three-way contest for the TNA Women's Knockout Championship to win the first such title in her career. That match opened the Impact show, but the match that closed it was for the vacant TNA X-Division Championship. One of the original X-Division competitors, Low Ki, emerged victorious. Now, all of the TNA titles have changed hands in the past month.
On Friday, we previewed the undercard matches for WWE 'Survivor Series' on Sunday night, and now we look at the two big main event contests. We also spitball an idea on a possible additional "bonus" match, since this card only has five of them. In case you missed part one, you may read it here.
Traditional Five-on-Five Tag-Team Elimination Match (if The Authority loses, they are out of power)
Team Cena: John Cena, Dolph Ziggler, Big Show, Erick Rowan and Ryback
Team Authority: Seth Rollins, Kane, Mark Henry, I/C Champion Luke Harper and U.S. Champion Rusev
Despite the proclamation by Mr. McMahon that The Authority will be out of power if they lose this match, we don't see it happening just yet. Of course, some have said that John Cena could synch the win for them by turning heel, but that just isn't in the cards. Seth Rollins being the lone survivor is highly possible.
Well, it's that time of the month again for WWE, especially with Thanksgiving around the corner. 'Survivor Series' is upon us once again on Sunday. In this part one of our normal two-part preview, we feature the three under card matches on a card that only has five announced bouts.. Thank you, WWE, for that "free" month of the WWE Network.
WWE Tag-Team Championship Fatale Four-Way
Goldust and Stardust (C) versus Los Matadores w/ El Torito versus Jimmy and Jey (The Usos) versus The Miz and Damien Miz-dow
This could really have been made into a four-on-four traditional 'Survivor Series' tag-team match, and if one member of the team were to be eliminated, then both would be gone. It comes down to whoever wants it the most, but I am betting on the cosmic "dust" brothers retaining their titles.
Mark Eddinger (MotorSports101):
The Miz and his stunt double Damien Miz-dow's act started off as goofy, but Sandow has sold the role really well. I expect The Miz and Miz-dow to win the Tag-Team titles here.