New belt was made by American Chopper:
WWE.com revealed in an article today that the new WWE Championship belt design was partly produced by American Chopper…
It was the guys from “American Chopper” who really made it happen. Without Paul Teutul Sr. and his team over at Orange County Choppers, there’s a chance the WWE creative department’s concept for the new WWE Title would never have worked.
The project began some 18 months ago and there was initally talk of a red leather strap and even a title affixed with door hinges on both sides. In the end they settled on the concept of making the “W” logo the most prominent feature and cutting it entirely out of metal instead of etching it in.
Belt making legend Dave Millican created some early prototypes, but it took Orange County Choppers to get the weighting right.
“We gave them our designs and they were able to feed it into their machines and produce these plates for us that are much stronger than the brass plates that we would have gotten from a title builder.”
More than $50,000 was spent on the belt and ended up being a collaborative effort by Chopper and Millican who added the detail.
Jim Ross discussed the belt on his blog…
“The Rock unveiled the newly designed WWE Title of which has been a topical, Twitter subject @JRsBBQ. I’ve stated many times in the past, I’m not a title belt aficionado and have never invested much of my time on the design of any championship. I think classy, simple is better but, again, I won’t lose any sleep over how a championship belt looks. Personalized Championship tittles are simply what they are. I always thought the old WCW Title belt was WAY too big as was the UWF Title back in the day while I still think that the Lou Thesz version of the NWA Title along with the Race, Funk, Brisco NWA title belt was classy and cool. But again, I’m not your best source for an opinion on the Spinner Title or Rock’s Brahma Bull Title. I’d say the same thing re: the Smoking Skull title as well in case you’re wondering.”
JR addresses Zeb Colter controversy:
Speaking of Jim Ross he addressed the controversy surrounding Zeb Colter’s anti-immigration promos in his latest JRSBARBQ.com blog…
“Getting lots of Tweets regarding Zeb Colter’s politically based comments and many feel that the comments are untimely. Isn’t that what wrestling villains do, make inflammatory, controversial comments that strike a nerve with the audience? Same type of comments are made daily on a variety of news outlets so I’d suggest to the most vocal of critics to simply, ‘Lighten Up Francis.’ Zeb’s TV persona is that of a political zealot who has controversial opinions. Zeb…if that is his real name.”
Speaking of Zeb Colter, Lilian Garcia played up the storyline on Twitter, writing…
“As a Latina, I am insulted by the comments made by Zeb Colter & Jack Swagger. America is a melting pot of amazing ppl!! @WWE #Raw”
[Editor's note: For those that are legitimately offended, remember the whole purpose is to point out how controversial Zeb is and to get over Mexican Hero Alberto Del Rio; the company are not endorsing Zeb's ideology, they're tackling it. Those who perhaps should be most offended are the patriot movement themselves for being stereotyped].
The Zeb Colter gimmick itself is believed to be a rip-off of Lucha Libre USA star RJ Brewer, who has recieved mainstream media coverage for legitmately being anti-immigration. McMahon was said to be annoyed at his political stance but also the fact that the media were talking about a non-WWE wrestler. Brewer recently made the following statement…
This will be the only time I respond to the questions I have received regarding WWE “stealing my stuff.” I have been wrestling for Lucha Libre USA for almost 3 years and have been using that platform to speak against illegal immigration from the start.
I have been featured on CNN, Fox News, The Geraldo Rivera Morning Show, front page of the LA Times, front page of the BBC, and most recently, ABC… Nightline.
I knew it was only a matter of time before someone else took advantage of my press and success. For me to complain would say I am against capitalism, and that is not true in the least. The reason I have done what I have done is because this is not some silly wrestling storyline, this is real.
My feelings are magnified for the camera and the live audience, but what I say comes from the bottom of my heart. This is why I was invited to the Sheriff Joe Arpaio walk, and asked to be a guest speaker at Rusell Pearce’s (author of SB 1070) fundraiser.
They say the most sincere form of flattery is imitation. I say imitation is suicide, because to try to be what someone else really is, is only killing who you are. Our audience is Latino, our wrestlers are Latino and that is why RJ Brewer is so effective. I don’t need a mouthpiece. I don’t need a machine behind me. I don’t need human growth hormone and/or to be protected by a phony drug test only to be thrown out like yesterday’s garbage when I am finished.
RJ Brewer will always be 100% real, no matter how hard someone tries to diminish that. All I need are my views and a platform to spread them, and so far, that has worked just fine. Lucha Libre USA goes on tour this spring, stay tuned for dates and stay tuned for a documentary to be filmed about “Latin America’s Favorite Enemy.” Last year, an average of 3000 fans came out each night to watch us, and this year should be even better. Thank you.
Cena didn’t think he’d be in Wrestlemania:
As strange as it sounds John Cena told the The Times-Picayune that he didn’t even think he’d be involved in this year’s Wrestlemania…
“Had you asked me three months ago would I even be involved in WrestleMania, the answer was probably no,” said Cena. “So I literally just had to, uh, stop being a boo-boo face, you know? [I had to] get off my horse of pouting and get back in the mix, and that’s just what I did… There is nobody more excited than me because very rarely do you get that first chance, you almost never get that second chance. So, I’m very happy to be there.”