Details On The Long-Term Future Of The WWE World Heavyweight Championship Belt

The talk coming out of this week's episode of Monday Night Raw was that WWE retired the World Heavyweight Championship belt when John Cena handed it to Ric Flair on his way out for the main event. You can watch at the 3:20 mark at this link or embedded below:

While I can't confirm this was indeed the belt's retirement, the plan going forward is for the new WWE title belt The Rock introduced in 2013 to be the long-term title belt for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. In fact, WWE has only listed that belt to represent the WWE World Heavyweight Champion on the Superstars page since the unification.

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The new WWE title belt is used for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship history here on dot com as seen in the image below:

Another telling sign is WWE listing Randy Orton as the final World Heavyweight Champion after winning the unification bout at WWE TLC 2013 on December 15, 2013.

So to recap, while the World Heavyweight Championship belt could still be used, the long-term plan is for the WWE title belt The Rock introduced in early 2013 to be the belt for the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. That belt cost more than $50,000 to make and was in production for a year and a half. For those that missed our stats on the belt when it was first introduced, you can read about it at this link.

  • lou

    Very poor choice if this is true all of these new belts cannot even compare to the old big gold WCW world heavyweight wrestling champion belt. There is only one that can compare and that is the old winged eagle belt that Hogan held during the 80’s. Just another nail in the coffin for WWE. Everyone thing has really gone down the toilet with the WWE from their creativeness to the use of talent even something as simple as a championship belt. In closing WWE really sucks and is nothing compared to what it used to be. They are very lucky there is now longer any real competition like WCW was otherwise they would have been out of business.

    • Nick k

      Lol that was funny…that was a joke right?

    • Bob’s Diner

      I disagree about the belt being the wrong choice. The big gold belt is so synonymous with WCW that it makes sense to use the belt with a big WWE logo on it. This is WWE. Not WCW.

      • Venom

        Either way all these titles are going to be outdated by the end of next month. I read in August they’re officially using the wwe network logo as the official logo for everything. It’s even on the new wwe plane. Its also the logo used for WM31. I don’t watch NXT but I read the WWE network logo is on their belts.

        This what we call poor planning. Rock beats Punk fkr the spinner title, debuts that ugly $50,000 belt and by the end of the year they unify them. Would have made more sense to wait (if they were planning ahead) to unify big gold and spinner to that ugly wwe title. But wait! They’re changing their logo so none of this paragraph matters.

        • Snap

          Well, I think it makes more sense to have the network logo on the NXT belts as WWE has that as a network show. In my own opinion, the current WWE championship belt is far, far, FAR superior to the spinner (which doesn’t take much, admittedly, and it is still far from my favourite design) and I really wouldn’t be surprised to see an updated version created so soon, especially considering the short lifespan the Undisputed belt had (from just after WrestleMania 18 to just after WrestleMania 21 and even the Undisputed belt was revised within a month of its debut after WWF changed their name to WWE.

          • Venom

            But WWE updated the NXT titles to the network logo. About the other titles, I don’t think they cost $50,000. Remember, Edge even had a rated r title after Cena lost his first championship and lost it 2 weeks later. I think Zack Ryder’s Internet Championship cost under $5,000. This particular WWE title cost more and took a year and a half to create because of its unique style. Not that is so creatively designed but it had to be created in a certain way as to not break as apparently what happened in the initial phase.

  • Bob’s Diner

    I hope this is the case; the titles were unified 7 months ago now – seeing people walk around holding both seemed just odd.

    • opie

      Plus it would silence all this goofy talk about splitting the belts again.

      • Bob’s Diner

        One can only hope…

    • Splat

      I could not agree more. I had people over for WM that rarely watch wrestling and when DB won they asked what is the other belt for? I had to explain it to them.

  • David F

    WWE World Heavyweight Champ is too long of name anyway. Just call it WWE title

    • Bob’s Diner

      I like the name. Sounds like a proper title

    • BlackLotus

      I agree. with the world heavyweight title “retired”, to keep calling it the “World Heavyweight Championship” is entirely pointless. For all intents and purposes it really is the WWE Championship title.

    • Scott Davies

      WWE Title. World Title. Really it’s the same thing anyway.

    • Snap

      You think “WWE World Heavyweight Champion” is too long? Back in the day, the way it USED to be announced was “World Wrestling Federation World Heavyweight Champion” so, whether or not the belt which represented the individual “World Heavyweight Championship” is no longer in the picture, the name of the top championship is finally (… FINALLY?) back to what it should be.

      That is, of course, just my opinion and that’s all I have to say about that.

  • Ken

    Regardless of which belt is retired, reducing the WWE WHC to one belt is a wise move in the long. Having both at any time would’ve be cumbersome. Look at when Chris Jericho held the two belt in 2001-2002. Plus, it made sense to return the Big Gold Belt to Ric Flair. Other way, one belt is enough.

  • BrooksOglesby

    I understand why WWE would be a fan of just keeping the new WWE title, on top of the “we just paid a ton of money for this.” Check out the excellent product placement WWE gets when sports stars get replica belts:

    The Big Gold Belt looks amazing (so much so that I remember teams passing over the spinner belt for the classic look of the Big Gold) and it’s sad to see it go, but the other belt screams WWE, which I imagine plays a role in why it was kept.

    • Venom

      But I remember a rapper or some celebrity got tattooed of the wing eagled belt. I don’t think we’ll see anyone do that wit the new belts.

  • Dave Barton

    Forgive me ahead of time. I’ve had a pretty crappy day and I’d like to vent by spewing some venom towards this topic. It’s how I genuinely feel, just turned way up.

    Whatever WWE employee approved over $50k and 18 months for this incredibly unimaginative belt should be fired…if not drawn and quartered. I don’t wanna hear “Oh, but you used to complain about the Spinner belt, and now that it’s changed you’re still complaining.” That’s right I’m complaining, because I think the new belt looks just as unimpressive as the Spinner. They both suck, in my opinion. The Spinner was nothing but a piece of “bling” and the new belt is little more than the WWE logo. I could’ve designed something better in 18 minutes for $5, as could any WWE fan over the age of 12 (I’m 42, btw, not 12 as might be inferred by that comment). That thing looks like it was cut-and-pasted by a child.

    And who gives a crap if they had chosen to use Big Gold instead? Because it was “originally” a WCW belt? Let me refresh everyone’s memory. When the Undisputed Title was split less than a year after Jericho unified them (another example of WWE’s shining ability to “plan ahead”), which title was on WWE’s flagship program? Triple H immediately laid claim to the “former” WCW belt and dominated it live on Monday nights (most likely because he felt he was too good to be the featured star on a show that was taped on Tuesdays for airing on Thursdays). He wanted Big Gold to be the featured title on the live flagship show, and apparently so did the rest of the WWE brass because they gave it to him and kept it (primarily) on him and on Raw for the next 3 1/2 years.

    Like I said, I’m just filled with venom today & this seemed like an opportunity to summon my inner Cornette and go on a rant to let it all out…which makes me wonder. Is Cornette full of piss and vinegar 24/7, or does he just save it all for when someone asks him a question about wrestling?

    • Venom

      It’s not so much that the spinner belt was ugly (even though it was) it was John Cenas custom belt. Stone Cold had a smoking skull belt and he wore it when he was champion. When someone beat him they used the regular wee belt. To me anytime a wrestler won wwe championship and carrying the spinner belt I was waiting for them to lose it to Cena.

      For the record, and I know it’s just a merchandise thing, I’m against custom belts for a wrestler. I feel like it devalues the meaning behind winning a major title for the promotion. Yes I know it’s scripted. But to me it’s like saying any wrestler can just make their own belt like Million Dollar Man.

      • Dave Barton

        And here I thought you replied because I referenced your name in my rant…kinda like how Fred & Barney would summon The Great Gazoo.

        • Venom

          It’s funny cause at first glance I thought u were calling me out.

          • Dave Barton

            Nope, just coincidence…although maybe, subconsciously, seeing your name here so often?

    • Scott Davies

      It’s not a belt you know. It’s a Championship Title.

      • Dave Barton

        It’s not a skirt. It’s a kilt.

      • Mysterion

        Wow. The WWE propaganda machine worked on you didn’t it? You know , it IS a belt. Belts , by definition, go around the waste. It’s also a strap for any old school fans out there.

        • Dave Barton

          I thought he was poking fun at the WWE mandate a couple years ago that they were no longer to be called “belts” and that they are to be called “championship titles.”

  • John

    If that is the case then couldn’t they have done a proper presentation type thing where they officially hand it over to Ric Flair as a mark of respect to his legacy with that belt? It came across like Flair didn’t even know anything about it on RAW.

    • Dave Barton

      Agreed. Give it to him as a “Lifetime Achievement for Contributions to Professional Wrestling” award.

      • David F

        WWE could do it for next week’s Raw since Flair is under contract now

  • K!NG

    As i said last night. Thank you Cena for giving that belt back to its rightful owner

  • tonyhost

    What a great initiative here. I’ll look
    around the site and see if I can offer any additional ideas. Thanks.