One of the most popular designs in the WWF, the WWF Championship Big Eagle belt was given a deluxe replica by the Figures Toy Company in the early 2000s.
The WWF Championship belt using this design was often referred to as the big eagle. It was first debuted in March of 1998 for Stone Cold Steve Austin, but the early design had the WWF block logo and was on a blue strap. This WWF attitude logo and black strap big eagle wasn’t seen until the August 22, 1999 episode of Raw when Mankind debuted the belt. The belt was then used until the April 1, 2002 episode of Raw when a new belt was given to WWF Undisputed Champion Triple H. The title of WWF Undisputed Champion was used since December of 2001 when Chris Jericho unified the WWF and WCW Championships.
This WWF Championship big eagle deluxe replica was manufactured by the Figures Toy Company in 2001. The deluxe replica is the same as the regular replica except the strap is real leather instead of polyurethane. Additionally, a certificate of authenticity with a number is printed for each deluxe replica.
The adult sized deluxe replica measures approximately 52 inches long and 11 inches tall at the middle. The strap has black stitching all around the edges, and there is WWF attitude logo tooling stamped at the top and bottom of the strap to the snap boxes. The left snap box houses 8×2 male snaps, and the right snap box houses 6×2 female snaps.
The back of the strap has a patch stitched on with all the licensing information.
All six plates have a light gold coloring and mirror finish. Just like the regular replica, the deluxe replica has 2mm thick plates, meaning the etching is shallow and tough to read on some parts. The main plate measures approximately 10in x 11in. The first two side plates measure approximately 4.6in x 3.8in. The second two side plates measure approximately 3.9in x 3.3in. The property plate measures approximately 2.8in x 2in.
The main plate features four large faux diamonds and four small faux diamonds: two large stones are to the left and right of the eagle’s head, two large stones are to the left and right of the word “CHAMPION,” and two small stones are above and below the smaller globes on the sides of the main plate.
The WWF logo is etched in gold at the top with a red painted underline within a black painted pentagon background. A total of 26 points extend outward beyond the edge of the plate, giving it a spiky outline.
Below the logo is an eagle extending its wings from the middle of the plate towards the edges. On the eagle’s chest is half of a large globe with North America at the center. This globe has golden continents, golden longitude and latitude lines, and a light blue painted ocean.
To the left of the eagle’s wings is a small globe with North America, South America, and Greenland. To the right of the eagle’s wings is a small globe with Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, Antarctica, and some of the north pole. Once again, the continents are in gold and the ocean is painted light blue. These globes do not have any longitude or latitude lines.
Below the main globe on the center of the main plate are the words “WORLD WRESTLING FEDERATION” painted in black. Below this are 29 short, downward points etched in gold. Some points look like triangles and some look like pentagons.
At the bottom of the main plate is the word “CHAMPION” etched in gold on a black background. To the left of the word “CHAMPION” is the Latin word “SAECULUM” engraved in gold, which more or less means a generation or an age. To the right of the word “CHAMPION” is the Latin word “CAMPIO” engraved in gold, which means champion. And at the very bottom of the main plate are 17 points extending out the edge, creating a spiky main plate at the top and bottom.
The first side plates have different designs from one another. The left side plate has an etched lion holding a shield with WWF logo. The logo is painted white with a red underline. The right side plate has the white WWF logo at the top of the plate. In the center is an etched lion holding a shield with a painted white McMahon family crest. Below the crest is a red banner with white words that read “Sic nos sic sacra tuemur.” This translates to “Thus we guard our sacred rights.” Six points extend to the top and bottom of the side plate, etched behind the lions.
The second two side plates feature a painted white WWF scratch logo with a red painted underline, within a golden etched shield. Behind the shield are six points extending above and below the shield. One faux diamond is placed above the logo, and one faux diamond is placed below the logo.
The sixth plate, or third side plate, can be found on some regular replicas, and all deluxe replicas. This side plate reads “PROPERTY OF THE” on top, followed by “WORLD WRESTLING” above a large WWF attitude logo, and the word “FEDERATION” below the logo. All these words are gold on a black background, but the WWF logo is painted white with a red underline.
While the WWF Big Eagle replica has a lot of detail, it is still quite a bit different from the real thing. The side plates are supposed to have a nugget texturing on the shields, but the replica is completely smooth. The black-painted pieces on the left and right side of the main plate are supposed to be cut out, leaving the curved gold pieces almost free standing, but the replica just used paint and a nearly circular plate. The plates on the real belt are just under 4mm thick as well, but the Figures Toy Company didn’t release ultra deluxe replicas for these belts. Meaning this is the best you can get, as all WWF attitude era championship belts have 2mm thick plates. Luckily, there are these deluxe replicas with real leather straps that give the belt a good feel, and newer replicas are being released by the WWE Shop that have far more detail. The only downside is all new replicas will use the WWE logo instead of the WWF logo, and all designs that say “World Wrestling Federation” will instead say “World Wrestling Entertainment.