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The Pondering 10 - All-Time Favorite Championship Belts

With the WWE finally moving on from the ridiculousness that was the appearance of the WWE championship (Really, they kept a spinning title for eight years), and of course the unveiling the look of the title, it got the wheels turning on the best looks for championship belts. From pro wrestling, boxing (although, don't expect to see any on this list as they are usually ugly), and mixed martial arts, there are plenty of different models, types, and appearances that come with them. The following Pondering 10 list is my favorite all-time championship belts.




10. TNA X-Division Title - The current version of TNA's X-Division title is an innovative look, and one that pulls of the "X" in the nameplate in a cool manner. Great title that represents the ever evolving division.



9. Bellator MMA Championship Titles - The number two company in the MMA industry also provides it's champions with some pretty nice hardware to wear. 



8. IWGP Heavyweight Championship - The older version of the IWGP title has always been a favorite of mine. Usually Japanese title belts are infused with a bit of Asian influence that sometimes doesn't really move me, but the IWGP strap has always been a good version of it.



7. WCW/WWE World Heavyweight Championship - The original WCW title which was remade once the company was bought by WWE is a lot nicer that the original "big gold belt" once was. It is a bit smaller and a bit more fit for human wear than the original WCW title.



6. WCW United States Championship - Much better than the remade WWE one, unlike the company's remake of the World Title. The title embodies it's purpose in perfect design. 



5. TNA World Heavyweight Championship - The second version of the title, this belt, modeled after the awesome UFC titles is a great look.



4. UFC Championship Titles - A huge fan of these title belts, and quite frankly, is probably my favorite today.



3. WWF "Eagle" Championship Belt - A great belt that represented the WWE (then WWF) championship for many, many, years. The eagle is a design that worked well, and was used again in another design. More on that in a bit...



2. WWF/WWE Intercontinental Title - This design was awesome, and it really was a shame when the WWE went away from it. Kudos to them for bringing the design back, albeit with a white leather strap, which isn't quite the best look.



1. WWF Championship (Attitude Era) - This WWF/E championship design took the eagle design to another level. The design was larger, bu as the same time well designed. The face plate also worked with different colored leather straps (especially blue) which we have seen in the past. A very good looking title, and a design that is timeless. 

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Unpacking Thoughts on Charlottesville

This weekend has been exhausting. Despite the constant systemic injustice that is the United States of America, it's a moment like this weekend that is delivered and must be unpacked and discussed carefully in the pursuit of social justice - justice that is long deserved. 
There is plenty wrapped up in everything that is Charlottesville, Virigina. This is deep, spans back to the beginning of this nation, and is a result of current times as well. 
I'm still decompressing it all. Here are a few quick thoughts as I too wrap my mind, my emotions, and my intellect and rationale around it:

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 8/13/17

3 Up
1. Los Angeles Dodgers - In a rough week where the real world just crushes us, the dominance of the Dodgers is one that leaves us in awe, and can take us out into something great for a few minutes. 
2. Derek Jeter The Owner - Is there anything that Derek Jeter loses at? The Captain is now part owner of the Miami Marlins, and get this - will be the first owner and CEO of color within MLB. That's HUGE. 
3. Married at 98 - These two are getting married at 98 (He's 94). How about they both workout at the gym twice-a-week, and met there. So cool in so many ways. Good for them! 
3 Down
1. Charlottesville - So many layers to this story. Hate. History. The ridiculous response from our President. And the apparent shock some in this country have that people are out there who still have this ideology. Point blank, this was terrorism. 
2. Trump and North Korea - Just before Charlottesville, Trump talked tough for absolutely no reason in a back-and-forth that unfortunately effects hund…

Pondering Picture #81

An establishment cannot uphold systemic injustice, and attempt to condemn it, simultaneously.

My prayers (and of course my thoughts...so many thoughts) are with Charlottesville, Virgina, and the many people of color who have endured through these scenes and images over the course of history.

Dope Sports Threads - MLB Player's Weekend Gear

I love everything about MLB Player's Weekend. From the moment it was rumored way back over the winter, I have been anticipating the announcements of what I feel is baseball finally - FINALLY - looking to modernize itself. Well, at least just a bit. Baby steps.

While I love MLB Uniforms and the tradition that comes with them, I do get annoyed with the over-abundance and wacky uniforms we see from the NBA. With that said, I like the idea of keeping this to one weekend. Where it becomes sort of a spectacle. And it is thus far.

Ultimately, I like that players are getting more say so in changing the antequated mentality that baseball currently has here in the States. Regardless, I'm sure most have seen the names, the uniforms and the gear. Here are my thoughts on the ones that caught my eye: