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Beltruptcy

October 12th, 2009 2 comments
We''''''''re gonna need a bigger belt: The loan sharks are circling Flair, auctioning the Domed Globe strap to the highest bidder.

We're gonna need a bigger belt: The loan sharks are circling Flair, auctioning the Domed Globe strap to the highest bidder.

Highspots.com has opened the bidding for the classic NWA World title belt worn by Harley Race, Jack Brisco, Terry Funk, Giant Baba, Dusty Rhodes, Tommy Rich, Ric Flair and Kerry Von Erich. Flair reportedly used the historic Domed Globe strap as collateral against a sizeable loan given to him by Highspots, the online retailer of wrestling and MMA-related DVDs and other products, including their current number-one seller [coughs]: the Memphis Wrestling Roundtable table discussion hosted by yours truly. Apparently, the company did not make enough money off the Flair shoot DVD, which mostly consisted of the Nature Boy spitting tobacco into a dip cup.

Flair and his team of lawyers contend that the alimony-payin’, loan-takin’, shoot-makin’, deal-welchin’ sonuvagun paid his debt by making appearances for Highspots.

Nevertheless, the auction has opened at $75,000. While I know of a certain belt-maker in Millington who is probably taking a second mortgage to secure this Holy Grail of belts for his collection, I can’t help but feel a little disappointed. This isn’t like Ricky Morton pawning his NWA tag-belt bracelet (which he and Robert each bought to commemorate their 5-time World title run) or his selling his mullet on eBay. This is akin to Terry Bradshaw selling his four Super Bowl rings. Yeah, yeah, it’s a fake title in a worked sport, but if you were a wrestling fan in the ’80s, you want that iconic belt in the hands of Flair or Race. Or Lacey Von Erich (kidding). It would also look incredible above my fireplace.

Damn shame.