11WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship
After withdrawing from the NWA, the WWE had a few leftover relics from their days as part of the Alliance. One of those was the NWA Women’s World Tag Team Championship, at the time held by Velvet McIntyre and Princess Victoria. Despite keeping a low key presence throughout the six years of its existence, the (renamed) WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion was defended at the first Royal Rumble pay-per-view in an underrated two-out-of-three falls match that saw the Jumping Bomb Angels dethrone the Glamour Girls, ending their 906-day reign. Today, women’s wrestling is not only more popular than ever, but also better than ever. We’ve come a long way from the Attitude Era when watching ladies trying to tear each other’s clothes off in a pool was the norm. In recent years we’ve gotten the first women’s Hell in a Cell and Money in the Bank matches. This year, we’re getting the first ever all-women Royal Rumble. With a stacked roster with the likes of Charlotte Flair, Natalya, Naomi, Sasha Banks, and Alexa Bliss I think we might be due for the return of these belts.
10DDT Ironman Heavymetalweight Championship
WWE’s Hardcore Championship is notable for having a ridiculous amount of title reigns, somewhere around 240. This is due to the fact the title was defended 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, as long as there is a referee present. In 2000, Japan’s DDT Pro-Wrestling replicated this championship and quickly lost their damn minds. Over the 17-plus years the title has been around, there have been 1,288 reigns. That’s over five times the amount of reigns as WWE’s, thanks in part to the one night where the belt was exchanged 62 times. Throughout the championship’s lifespan, not only have human beings won the title, but inanimate objects like a baseball bat, a pint of beer, and a steel chair and animals like a cat, a dog, and a monkey have also achieved greatness. You see that picture? That right there, that is the face of a champion. You’re looking at Yatchan, the primate grappler who ended Shoichi Ichimiya’s 15th championship reign and held the belt for a staggering 62 days.
9ICW-ICWA Texarkana Television Championship
If you followed independent wrestling in the mid-2000s, you probably know the name “Sweet ’n’ Sour” Larry Sweeney. He was a standout in promotions like Chikara, NWA Upstate, and the early days of Ring of Honor. His incredible mic work was a throwback to the southern wrestling territories of the 1970s and 1980s. One thing that definitely helped get the Golden Palomino over as a heel was when he began showing up to wrestling shows claiming to be the ICW-ICWA Texarkana Television Championship. The (fictional) legend goes that the title dated back to 1981 when the two promotions from the Louisiana, Mississippi, and Arkansas area merged. Past “title holders” were Bobby Eaton, “Nature Boy” Buddy Landel, and Sweeney’s mentor “Playboy” Buddy Rose. Despite the title’s made-up origin, it was eventually defended like a regular belt. Sweeney would go on to become the greatest man to ever hold the strap and went on to be a 27-time champion.
There is no cooler look for a wrestler than when they are holding multiple championships at once. It shows that they can be dominant over multiple divisions or even promotions. Folks like The Miz in WWE, Lance Storm in WCW, and Kurt Angle in TNA all looked like bonafide superstars when they walked around wearing multiple belts. Even when you include Kurt’s IWGP Heavyweight Championship, he maxed out at five belts. Folks who won the J-Crown? They got to hold eight titles at once. The Great Sasuke won the eight-man tournament that unified the British Commonwealth Junior Heavyweight Championship, IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship, NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship, NWA World Welterweight Championship, UWA World Junior Light Heavyweight Championship, WAR International Junior Heavyweight Championship, WWA World Junior Light Heavyweight Championship, and the oft-forgotten original WWE Light Heavyweight Championship. Although it was only defended for a little over a year, the crown was held by other legends like Ultimo Dragon and Jushin Thunder Liger.
7New South Pro Wrestling Championship
This entry is specifically on the list for cosmetic reasons. Look at the bad boy! Let’s just take a minute to marvel at this beautiful piece of leather and metal. If WCW had the Big Gold Belt, this has to be the Bigger Golder Belt(er). That is certainly more than the ten pounds of gold wrestling promotions of yesteryear used to brag about. It’s almost too much, but the relative simplicity of the title keeps it from going over the top. The belt in question is the New South Pro Wrestling Championship, a relatively new promotion based in Alabama that claims to be the “Real deal in Southern Style Pro Wrestling.” Granted, I had never heard of NSPW until these pictures of Indy wrestler Sugar Dunkerton began circulating all over the web. If they put half the love they put into their shows that they’ve given to their title, they may very well be on the way to becoming a prominent institution in the ever-growing independent scene.