5 WWE Championship Belts

Wrestling is a grand spectacle of testosterone and showmanship. A combination between its traditional competitive roots and the dramatic performances of highly trained stuntmen.

The risk of injury isn’t negligible either. Especially when we’re talking heavyweight wrestling and you have big muscled behemoths lunging at each other and throwing each other and various objects all over the place.

World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) is the former World Wrestling Federation Entertainment (WWFE). Which in turn was the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). Which initially was Titan Sports, founded in 1979. So, a long history in wrestling.

And it is currently the biggest professional wrestling promotion company in the world. By far. Because after its acquisition of WCW and ECW, no competitors could possibly face the combined might (and economic returns) of the viewers of these three companies.

So. How do you honor the champions of the biggest show-fighting entity in the world?

Why by giving them big showy belts fit for their status, of course. And WWE belts really are fit for the job.

They’re so iconic that every kid that watches wrestling dreams of owning one as he lands on the bed in mortal struggle with his imagined adversary, or possibly real-life friend who is just as enthusiastic about wrestling.

WWE championship belts are so iconic that you can even find WWE replica belts, of which numerous offers have sprung up to accommodate the passions of die-hard fans.

In this article you’ll see 5 such iconic WWE Championship belts. Let the show(ing) begin.

1. WWF Hardcore Championship Belt

WWE Championship belts - The Hardcore Championship Belt

 

Made mostly of leather, this belt looked just as the (at the time WWF) Championship it represented: hardcore and rough. In case it wasn’t clear how hardcore this belt and the champion of the series itself was, it had HARDCORE written bigg all over it, but skewed so you knew you were dealing with someone who’s anger/calm ratio wasn’t exactly “balanced”. Get it?

2. Old WWE Intercontinental Championship Belt

One of the most iconic WWE Championship belts is the Old WWE Intercontinental Championship Belt pictured here.

Among WWE championship belts, this one stands out for its story and meaning. Because in the 1980-1990 period, whichever wrestler got it was automatically classified as a hard working one, bound for achieving further greatness. In fact it was even nicknamed the “workhorse title”.

3. Attitude Era WWE Championship Belt

The list of famous WWE Championship belts includes the WWE Attitude Era Championship Belt.

The Attitude Era was WWF’s transition to the violent, shocking, provocative entertainment that peaked the interest of many more people to watch wrestling than eve before, and peaked the company’s ratings as well, in the neck to neck rating war (Monday Night Wars) it was having with then rival WCW.

As such, the championship belt had to represent this desire for dominance as well. Which it does, by combining leather, gold and a suggestive eagle encompassing the world with its wings. Oh, and don’t forget the WWF Attitude logo smacked right on top of it.

Of all the WWE championship belts, it is probably the most balanced and thought of.

4. Old WWE Championship Belt

WWE Championship belts - The Old WWE Championship Belt.

This one stands out because of the nostalgia it invariably brings to older wrestling fans. Because it is associated with the golden days of classic wrestling fun represented by big names, now legends, like Hulk Hogan, The Undertaker, Bret Hart, etc.

It acknowledged the champion of one of the longest running WWE series (mid 1980s – late 1990s) and is probably the champion of WWE championship belts in the hearts of fans.

Its symmetric, clean design is iconic too, with the upwards pointing wings of the eagle as a dominant line tempered by the circle in the middle and the horizontal line of the leather belt and the side plates.

5. WWE Undisputed Championship Belt

Possibly the most important of the WWE Championship belts, the Undisputed Champion belt is portrayed here.

As the Old WWE championship belt is the champion in the hearts of older fans, this WWE championship belt should be the champion of all WWE championship belts. Period.

Just like what it stood for between 2002 – 2005: the undisputed champion of all wrestlers.

Solid gold on black leather, with size slowly growing from the side plates to the center-piece, it sure is a thing to look at.

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5 Top Brutal Effective Martial Arts

Most people nowadays are kind of oblivious by the term martial in “martial arts” and it can be safely said based on simple observation that a great deal of martial arts, the majority have become the second part of their descriptors, namely arts. Of the body, movement and coordination.

And as arts, they do require a high level of discipline, determination, study and physical development in order to be performed.

But “martial” meant, quite simply that it was meant for war. The name itself comes from the Latin god of war, Mars. So, back in the day, martial arts were arts developed for application in war, by warriors or those experienced in warfare, with their primary objective to kill opponents.

As opposed to more modern versions of martial arts, or the modern form that older martial arts have taken, which are clearly not meant for war, are not even applied in full contact sporting bouts and a great number of them do not even feature sparring as part of their curriculum! These latter being, in the opinion of combat sports champions and trainers, more akin to a cross between fitness regimens and ballet than a martial art.

However, there are recent examples of martial arts that get close to the old definition or are even spot on, as scary as that may be considering the injuries possible or even the possibility of death.

Let’s take a look at 5 top brutal effective martial arts.

1. Jeet Kune Do

5 top brutal effective martial arts - Jeet Kun Do, invented by Bruce Lee, portrayed here.

As a prime example of the philosophical approach to martial arts described above (effectiveness, not form or just sport), Bruce Lee considered the martial arts of his day, in the 60s, to be to be too rigid and unrealistic, calling them “dry land swimming”, in his own words.

He put together the system in 1967 by taking the best, most pragmatic principles and techniques from some systems like Kung Fu and supplementing him with his own, which emphasize direct, simplistic movements that guarantee maximum efficiency, power, velocity and accuracy with minimum effort and expense of energy.

Other interesting concepts are attacking attacks sent against you and attacking while simultaneously parrying an attack, as well as the prime directive that you should not be blocked in patterns and forms or consider Jeet Kune Do to be a selection of rigid techniques. You are supposed to keep an open mind and react and adapt to the situation, employing whatever means necessary for that particular situation and never saying that a certain approach or technique is not part of Jeet Kune Do, so it shouldn’t be used or incorporated.

He promoted a flexible, evolving martial art, best described by his own metaphor, like the behavior of water that can take the shape of whatever recipient you put it in and can both flow or crash, depending on the situation.

2. Pit fighting

One of 5 top brutal effective martial arts, pit fighting.

In this case, we’re probably as far as we can go from the art part in the whole “martial art” theme, because pit fighting was and is an illegal activity apparently originating in California where some infamous biker gangs, who also liked a bit of exercise in good old violence every now and then, decided to start organizing no rules, no holds barred matches between interested individuals for their entertainment and the public’s. Along with some ever-flowing cash, of course.

But before we dismiss it as simple brawling, it’s best to point out that all historical martial arts started just like pit-fighting, with one guy facing a serious struggle that might very probably leave him maimed or dead, so he did his best not to. And if he lived, he took note of what techniques worked to save his ass, added to them and passed them forward, hence giving birth to a martial art.

With the only difference, possibly, being the fact that older martial arts implied the guy in question was in actual war, on a battlefield not in a cage or ring where he came by his own free will, as was usually the case with pit-fighting.

Still, pit-fighting proved it’s potential when it started giving Mixed Martial Arts competitors of good caliber.

3. Systema

The list of 5 top brutal effective martial arts includes Systema, exemplified here.

Is a … system, as the name hints (it literally means “The System”), invented by prominent figures from the Russian Special Forces. It’s a very varied “curriculum”, from unarmed combat, through knife and other blade work, to firearms.

A very interesting part of in this approach to combat situations is the psychological component. Systema teachers emphasize the absolute importance of calm and relaxation, with the total exclusion of any tension in the body and none of the emotions that people naturally experience in fights like anger, fear, pride, irritation or sadness and pity for themselves etc., despite the fact that other martial arts systems cultivate some of these feelings (like pride, anger or fear, the latter as a means to “keep you focused and paying attention”).

In Systema, the practitioner should be utterly in control, but not detached, obviously. Just calm. As if combat is not the dangerous out of the ordinary situation that it is, but just something that needs to be done as effectively and fast as possible.

And Systema features both drills, to make practitioners used to a certain technique, but also sparring, with no set forms (like the Kata of many eastern martial arts).

4. Krav Maga

5 top brutal effective martial arts - Krav Maga, demonstrated in this photo.

An eclectic martial art, this one is, according to a wide number of martial arts experts, aficionados, commentators and fans alike, probably the most efficient and brutal striking martial art, meaning hits while standing, as opposed to grappling and battling on the ground.

And it’s no wonder, because it features the deadliest combination so far, as it borrows from both Western and Eastern renowned disciplines (like boxing and wrestling and Aikido and Judo, respectively), but its foundation is based on the street-fighting skills of its founder, the Hungarian-Israeli Imi Lichtenfeld.

And you know a martial art is effective when you see that the background of the founder involves him fighting off anti-Jewish fascists in Bratislava, Slovakia where he grew up.

Being aggressive in both your defense and attack is a crucial component to Krav Maga, often leading to broken limbs or the opponent’s death. It is also widely used for training Israeli civilians, police and military, who are in one of the hottest conflict zones on Earth and tend to deal with threats quite frequently.

5. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

One of 5 top brutal effective martial arts, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, developed by the Gracie family, a member of whom is photographed here competing.

What Krav Maga is considered to be for striking disciplines (the most brutal and effective), Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is for grappling and fighting on the ground.

Not only it’s practitioners, but many of the opponents that have faced them, especially in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) bouts generally attest that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is to be feared.

Because it focuses on getting your opponent to the ground and twisting his limbs to produce ruptures (and before that unbearable pain), or, if necessary, to make them lose consciousness by using one of the many effective holds that can block blood flow to the brain.

This latter application is so effective that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu trainers warn their students to hold a person in such a choke-hold for a maximum number of about 8 seconds and during this time always have a way of feeling their pulse (by placing one of their hands so they can detect it).

Because there have been cases when the person being held thus died with their eyes open and the one holding it under submission didn’t even realize it.

Also, an universal truth to remember, confirmed by anyone who has street fighting experience or has been in the ring in a full contact competition: fights can very easily end up on the ground, and usually tend to do so. Which is the basic philosophy behind Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and why it doesn’t even bother with strikes, instead focusing on getting the opponent to the ground and ending the fight there.

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The 6 Most Bizarre Winter Olympic Sports In History

In 2014, the Winter Olympics were held in Sochi, Russia. The location of the event was a cause of major dispute, from the housing condition of the athletes to the location itself. Still, the 2014 Winter Olympics were a success and the whole world enjoyed the winter Olympic sports that took place from 7 to 23 February.

In 2018, the Winter Olympics are going to take place in South Korea, in the city of Pyeongchang, between 9 and 25 February. These are the first Winter Olympics to be held in South Korea and Pyeongchang is the first city outside the country of Japan to host the Winter Olympic Games.

That being said, the Winter Olympics have always had a special charm to them, when compared to the Summer Olympics. Maybe it’s the snow and the cold that give the event a certain je ne sais quoi. Or maybe it’s the silly and bizarre sports that seem like they’re taken from another world or another time.

Forget the popular Olympics sports such as gymnastics, basketball or swimming, or even the more mundane non Olympic ones such as wrestling; today, we’re going to take a look at a list of the 6 most bizarre winter Olympic sports in history.

5. CurlingWinter Olympic Sports curling

Many say curling is a silly sport, because you simply sit on ice, scream at inanimate objects and rub the ice with brooms. Sure, that is the overly simplified explanation of this game, but even though it looks undoubtedly silly, curling is a sport with many years of tradition behind it and a massive fan base. Did you know there are 1,500,000 registered players around the world? What are your thoughts on curling? Is curling stupid and should it be discontinued or is it too entertaining for that to happen to it?

4. Speed SkiingWinter Olympic Sports speed skiing

Speed skiing is exciting and it’s probably the least boring sport from all the Winter Olympics sports out there. But have you seen how those athletes stop? They’re actually not stopping, they’re crashing into fences made especially for that. Their speeds are so high, that there is no way they could stop, so a little controlled accident happens every time they reach the finish line. It says a lot about a sport when a successful stop is a crash with no broken bones.

3. BiathlonWinter Olympic Sports biathlon

Biathlon is a winter sport that combines cross-country skiing with rifle shooting. It’s highly demanding and honestly, we are very curious to know who came with the idea of skiing and shooting almost at the same time. With origins in an exercise performed as an alternative training for the Norwegian military, biathlon is one of the most bizarre and most beloved winter Olympic Games.

2. Cross Country Skiing

Winter Olympic Sports cross country skiing

Winter Olympic Sports cross country skiing

Most people agree that Cross Country Skiing is one of the most demanding sports in the world. All you’re doing is ski across the country course. Do you know what kind of heart you need to be able to do that? A heart whose resting rate is around 25 beats per minute. That’s right, it means that when those athletes are not skiing, they’re pretty much hibernating.

1. SkijoringWinter Olympic Sports skijoring

We strongly suggest you spend a couple of minutes online, Googling pictures of this magnificent sport. It’s basically wearing skis and being dragged by dogs or horses. Yes, horses. This wonderful sport has never been an official sport of the Winter Olympics, but it was featured during some demonstrations in the early 20th century. This is a sport many would like to see come back with a vengeance!

For more news about the 2018 Winter Olympics and the winter Olympic sports, special events or the schedule we suggest you follow the news (NBC, BBC) or simply go online and access the official website of the event.

Do you know any new winter Olympic sports you would like to share with us?

 

How to find and read horse racing results

Gone are the days when you had to go to an actual track or buy tomorrow’s paper to find out the results of a horse race. Like pretty much everything these days, the Internet is there to instantly bring you the horse racing results you desire. But where to start looking for them and which are the best websites to use today for your horse racing interest?

1.     Daily Racing Form

www.drf.com

horse racing results

Recently celebrating its 120th anniversary, the veteran Chicago-based publication is perhaps one of the most straightforward sources for you to get the results you need if you’re interested to bet on horses. It has a simple and intuitive design that makes it easy to read and which you navigate fast. Moreover, despite continuing to publish 30 daily editions of its hardcopy version, the Daily Racing Form has come a long way since its 1894 debut, recently having introduced its services through a smartphone app that makes it even easier to access the required information. DFR’s prestige in the field is strengthened by the annual Eclipse Awards which is awards since 1971, alongside National Thoroughbred Racing Association and the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters Association.

2.     Horse Racing Nation

http://www.horseracingnation.com/

horse racing results for today

Branding itself “the fan-powered horse racing community”, Horse Racing Nation is such a complete in its offering of information regarding horse races that it can be overwhelming.  With news straight off the track, as well as from behind the scenes of the sport, Horse Racing Nation prides itself with strong information on both the horses and the people that make the track go around, as well as a series of informative blogs. When it comes to race results, it has a well-organized stream of information that covers pretty much every track you would be interested in, as well as focus categories on the more important competitions from around the year. Don’t miss checking out more info about great tracks such as Saratoga Race Course, Golden Gate Fields, Betfair Hollywood Park, Tampa Bay Downs, or Arlington Park in the USA, but also info about tracks and events in places such as UK, Australia, and Dubai.

3.     ESPN

http://espn.go.com/horse-racing/

horse racing results for today

As with anything else than even comes close to being a sport, the USA based institution that is ESPN is also an important presence in horse racing, bring the certain flavour that American television giants have, with user polls regarding events, commentary from sport pundits and high-quality photo and video galleries. As is expected, they also keep a ticker box updated with the most recent results, which is, however, “powered by Equibase”, showing that while all it can pull a decent level of coverage and commentary for the sport, it still resorts to the services of established and specialized players in the field.

4.     Equibase

http://www.equibase.com/

horse racing results for today

Born out of a partnership between the Thoroughbred Racing Associations and The Jockey Club, Equibase is one of the most important bodies in the equestrian sport, being considered somewhat of a statistical bible, due to its free database relating to past performances of horses throughout the United States history of the sport. Being such a trusted institution among those whose interest lies on the track, the Equibase website is quite no-nonsense, with little else other than raw results and statistical data cluttering the screen at any given time.

5.     Television Games Network

www.tvg.com

horse racing results for today

A large digital cable and satellite television network dedicated entirely to horse racing, TVG is the preferred go-to for many equestrians interested in finding out the latest horse racing results, due to its size and breadth, currently reaching more than 30 million households, making it the largest interactive horse racing network not only in America, but also in the world. On top of immediate access to any and every result, TVG users also benefit from a plethora of horse racing related programs, including  live races as well as race analysis, interviews, handicapping tips, feature stories on the horses and legends of racing, and programs such as “The Works,” featuring daily training and workouts of horses from the raceway leading up to the Breeders’ Cup.

Modern Day Vampires and the Bites That Don’t Turn

By now you’ve certainly all heard about the biting incident that had fans watching the FIFA World Cup at the edge of their seats. It was at the second round match during which Uruguay had to play against Colombia without Suarez’s talent that we all started missing the striker’s presence as the team lost the match to a 2-0 defeat. But was the situation correctly assessed and did Suarez receive proper punishment for his indiscretion or may he have been too severely disciplined?

Luis Suarez and Giorgio Chiellini

An Honest Opinion- Uruguay President expresses disapproval

There has been serious debate concerning the disciplinary measures that have been taken against Liverpool’s own Luis Suarez and even the president of Uruguay intervened in the matter, expressing his clear disapproval. While he accepted that punishment was in order, he criticized the length of the four month long ban from all football-related activities (not just training together with the Liverpool or Uruguay teams, but also accessing any football stadium throughout the period of his ban). If this weren’t enough, the Uruguay president described this suspension as a “fascist ban” that was issued by the “old sons of bitches” at FIFA. During the reception held in honor of the Uruguay team as they returned home after being defeated by Colombia, Jose Mujica was asked about his impression after the World Cup and while at first, he seemed horrified by his exaggeratedly honest answers, he refused to rectify any of his comments and encouraged journalists to publish his words.

Which Are Your Chances of Getting Bitten?

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As ridiculous as it may seem, there are people who have calculated the statistical probability of you getting bitten by Liverpool’s striker. And as luck would have it, there is a smaller chance of you being bitten by a great white shark or being struck by lightning. The New Statesman have shown that Suarez will have encountered no more than 6,160 opponents by the end of his career and as he has already bitten three of them, there is a one in around 2,000 chance that any of his future opponents might receive the same treatment. While it’s clear that you or I will not be playing against him in the foreseeable future, nothing is for certain. And since your chance of getting bitten by a shark is about one in 3.7 million, that of getting struck by lightning one in 10,000 and of being killed by a wasp or bee is one in 76,000, I would certainly not willingly choose to face him any time soon.

Current Options

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Even though he may not play or enter in any football related activities in the future four months, there may still be hope for Luis Suarez to not spend this time without training as the striker has already received a 1,200 pound/month offer to play alongside a team from Kosovo. Hijvalia has offered Suarez an opportunity to play during his ban (this is because Kosovo has not yet become a full member of FIFA and as such, the striker would be unaffected by the ban he has just received if he would decide to play for the team). Xhavit Pacolli declared that the current offer (of 25,000 pounds and a monthly salary of 1,200 pounds) is the maximum that the team can offer, but that it still gives Suarez the opportunity of playing until November when his ban comes to an end.