At SummerSlam, Seth Rollins and Finn Bálor will battle to crown the first-ever WWE Universal Champion. Though the creation of the title was announced on the 25 July episode of Raw, the new belt has not yet been unveiled to the public.
Despite the fact that nobody has seen the Universal Title, rumors are spreading about its design - and they're quite underwhelming. According to numerous sources, the belt will be an exact replica of the WWE World Championship, but with red backgrounds, much like the Women's Championship. Meanwhile, the WWE World Championship will be given a makeover, adding blue backgrounds to represent the Smackdown brand.
It's hard not to think of the design as a missed opportunity. The WWE World Championship is a good-looking title belt, but the Universal Championship could be unique. A round center plate with jewels representing stars or planets would tie in nicely with the name.
Still, even if the Universal Championship ends up looking too much like the World Championship, it won't be too bad - it'll have a long way to go before it can vie for the title of ugliest championship belt in wrestling history.
Just a note: I won't be counting unused belt designs. If someone had the good sense to pull the plug before an ugly title made TV, that's worth something. I'll also only be including belts from larger promotions, as small independents with limited budgets may be hampered in terms of what they can commission.
Scott Fried is a Slammy Award-winning* writer living and working in New York City. He has been following/writing about professional wrestling for many years and is a graduate of Lance Storm's Storm Wrestling Academy. Follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/scottfried.
*Best Crowd of the Year, 2013