Slightly off topic but does anyone else hate the look of those "small" belts? Like in the picture of Harley Race wearing it. It just looks silly on such a big guy.
Actually, the first NWA belt wasn't small, it was almost the size of the 2nd belt, but a different shape. The photo is taken at a downward angle making it look smaller on Race. And, to be frank, Harley Race
was a fat fuck and not in any kind of shape like Rogers
, or Thesz
. No belt looks good on a fat, out of shape wrestler. Check out the photos in my first post on this thread and you will see how it looked on O'Connor, Rogers, Thesz, Kiniski, and Funk, Jr. Or, just have a look at my signature at the bottom of this post (Buddy wearing the first NWA belt).
IMHO, the first NWA belt
was a perfect size
. I agree that back in my day the earlier belts for various titles were small and not very impressive. However, it seemed that starting with Bruno getting his new belt from the WWWF everyone started making belts bigger, and bigger, and BIGGER! It went from the sublime to the ridiculous!
1ST NWA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BELT
Rogers was a 240 pounder and the belt doesn't look small on him.
O'Connor was around the same weight as Rogers, but a bit taller. The belt looks fine on him.
Here's Bruno starting the "BIG BELT" fad. To me, this one looks ridiculous!