10 Strange Things WWE Champions Did With The Belt

Or when the richest prize in the industry became the maddest prop...


In late 1997, Shawn Michaels had gone so batsh*t nuts that, during a portion of Monday Night Raw that he couldn't have possibly know was airing or not, he deemed it acceptable to take his newly-won European Title and appear to manipulate it to issue in front of the live crowd.

There's the footage for you just above. This is not something off the legendary angelfire smut list, but Michaels had been equally as distasteful about the company's top prize right around the time too anyway. Pushing the envelope so far that their antics steered away from quite important pro wrestling conventions, early D-Generation X skits and segments saw 'HBK' inciting a race war, slapping his own c*ck and b*lls during a game of strip poker and - most criminal of all - referring to Bret Hart's WWE Championship as a "stupid piece of tin" that he only really wanted to take because he knew it would p*ss him off. It'd been quite the year since he'd achieved his boyhood dream.

The 'richest prize in the game' has had its share of adventures since then, and hadn't exactly had the easiest time before then either. Particular as it and Vince McMahon's vision of pro wrestling at large made strides into the global mainstream...

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