John Cena has influenced and changed a lot of things during his WWE run. In 2005, he even inspired the design for a brand new WWE Championship.
There are currently more championships in WWE than ever before. From the ones being fought for on the main roster to NXT, NXT UK, and 205 Live. Suffice to say, some of them look a lot nicer than others. The titles currently being held in NXT UK right now are some of the nicest we have ever seen. Some of WWE's more sought after championships, however, maybe not so much.
Take the Universal Title, for example. When that championship was unveiled, it was immediately apparent that the fans did not like it one bit. More than two years later and we have sort of gotten used to it. Sometimes WWE really hits the nail on the head with its championship designs and others times, well, we wonder what on Earth they were thinking when they drew them up.
That thought crossed our minds, and likely the minds of many of you, when John Cena unveiled his own take on the WWE Title back in 2005. Believe it or not, there was a time when the now 16 time World Champion had only been the top dog just once. The below clip is from that historic first title reign. Cena came to the ring on SmackDown to announce that he would be unveiling a brand new WWE Championship.
JBL, the man who Cena won his first WWE Title from, then emerged wearing what was, at the time, the current WWE Championship. A nicer, more apropos belt that we much preferred, but maybe that's just us. JBL thought he had hijacked the new, spinning title but alas, he had merely taken a box full of guts that was intended for him anyway.
After dumping the guts on JBL's head, Cena went ahead and revealed the new WWE Championship to the world. Well, it was slowly lowered down behind him from the hoop WWE uses to hang titles from during ladder matches. Weird, but okay. Not a title we liked, but maybe some of you reading this did. Someone must have liked it because it remained the company's top prize for eight years. Edge changed it slightly for a while and at some point, the WWE logo stopped spinning, but a complete overhaul wasn't undertaken until 2013.