During a recent interview with Talk is Jericho respected belt designer Dave Millican revealed that the current AEW World title is the best belt he’s ever made. Millican has designed belts for AEW, WWE, WCW, NJPW and UFC over many decades. He said:
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“My favorite — in terms of making a statement, of making an impact — is the AEW title. I legitimately believe that the AEW title is the best-looking belt on television … To me, that one stands out, and it’s not just the convenient answer, or the politically correct answer because I would tell you the truth. I’ve made a lot of belts I don’t care for because that’s just what somebody paid me to do. But I think that one stands out.”
According to Millican, the AEW World Championship takes much of its inspiration from the old Mid-South North American Championship belt from the 1980s, which is evident when you compare the two designs. The talented craftsman also shared that AEW’s top prize is likely the most expensive title out there, reaching up to five figures when you account for everything that went into making it.
Along with that costly championship, the belt maker credits some of his IWGP designs for NJPW as standing the test of time among his favorites. For now, though he isn’t creating championships for WWE, Millican is content with his AEW partnership and making belts for companies and individuals outside the wrestling industry, such as pop star Madonna and heavy-duty manufacturer Mack Truck.
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