Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The Classic Look: Terry Funk

NWA World Heavyweight Champion Terry Funk

This photo was taken not long before Terry Funk lost the title to Harley Race in Toronto. (Video of that match here.) You can tell by the almost complete absence of paint in the side panels beside the globe which were almost completely gold (no paint) before the belt was refurbished. Funk lost the title right after the belt was repaired. When the belt is presented to Harley Race in Toronto, check out the brand new onyx panels and the new globe. The belt is really sparkling that night.

You can also see the badly dented globe in this photo. The globe would soon be replaced, but it soon would be dented as well, but in different places. 

All the little nitty gritty details about the evolution of the physical belt and all of its four "stages" can be discovered in the book "Ten Pounds of Gold." Get your copy today!