The Story Behind King Mabel's King Of The Ring Championship Title Belt

King Mabel was pretty well decorated in WWE. He won the Hardcore Championship, the Tag Team Championship, and the King of the Ring -- but the title belt you've seen to commemorate the latter wasn't made by WWE.

Several photos have surfaced over the years of Mabel's King of the Ring Championship belt. It was the only real one produced, and as Dan of Leather by Dan told us on a recent Fightful Wrestling Podcast, it was a marketing tool following his first exit from the company in 1996.

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"That was a belt that Mabel had made on his own after he left the company. He reached out to Reggie Parks. Dave Milican had that belt made. If you look at it, it has "WWF," but it's in a font, not the copyrighted WWF block logo. That's a title that Mabel would use on the independents, he'd defend it, and mostly it was used at a gimmick table. The belt based on its size is very unique. It was a great marketing ploy by Mabel to get people interested in him. He got it made before Viscera," said Dan. "He sold it before he passed away. 

Belt collector Mark Nielsen would go on to procure the championship belt, and was kind enough to post several photos of the belt, many of which feature the late Mabel himself. 

You can see the clip of Dan talking about the situation above, and check out his work at Leather By Dan.

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