Monday, August 27, 2012

Slam!: Original WWWF title found in attic

Once again, thanks to the guys on WCMB I found the following article on SLAM! Wrestling written by Greg Oliver.

A major piece of wrestling history was recently discovered: The title belt that Buddy Rogers dropped to Bruno Sammartino to start off the World Wide Wrestling Federation in May 1963.
It was in Johnny Barend's attic.
The article alludes to this, but it does make you wonder how many other fascinating relics are stashed away in places like this.

Here's a shot of the belt in question from the article.


So, what does the future hold for this piece of wrestling history? In the long run, it is unclear but here are Millican's plans for now.
For the immediate future, Millican is going to put the belts in his safe, and plans to "dig up what I can find in way of old film or old photos."

"This was from an era when even Buddy probably didn't think the belt was worth very much," said Millican.

Fortunately, it is now in the hands of someone who thinks otherwise.
Like I said, this is a really cool find.

Photo Credit: SLAM! Wrestling