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    Monday, February 1, 2016

    Did Anyone Notice the New PWR Championship at PWR Live?

    Sharp-eyed observers at last night's Philippine Wrestling Revolution show, PWR Live: Road to Vendetta, may have noted that the PWR Championship, currently held by Ralph Imabayashi, has undergone some minor cosmetic updates from the original belt held by "The Senyorito" Jake De Leon and "Classical" Bryan Leo.

    To be honest, we weren't huge fans of the belt first revealed at Wrevolution X last May—while the design itself was very neat, simple, and classic with a silhouette reminiscent of the WWE's much-praised Intercontinental Championship, the enamel yellow PWR logo on the main plate just never seemed to fit in seamlessly with the rest of the belt elements, while presenting a jarring contrast against the black PWR logo present on the side plates.

    Depending on the ambient light in a particular situation, it would either look like a cheap vinyl sticker, or be nearly illegible when under the ring lights.

    Not to mention the fact that the belt looked to have been under some hard times, with some distressing wear and tear appearing around the hardware.

    We're not even gonna ask where that belt's been, Mr. Leo.
    Apart from some cosmetic scratches, the belt was also demonstrating some oxidation of the gold plating around the engraved portions.

    Thankfully, a brand new year of wrestling ushers in a brand new belt for the Philippines' only pro wrestling promotion today, with Imabayashi toting a slightly refreshed design at last night's show.

    The new belt sports a pure gold-and-black motif similar to the 2002 WWE Undisputed Championship perhaps most made famous by Eddie Guerrero, giving a more polished, unified look than its predecessor.

    The plate thickness, layout, and overall dimensions seem identical to the first belt, suggesting this was most likely a repaint-and-replate job, but with tons more readability and contrast, especially from a distance.

    Either way, we're glad for this update to the most prized championship in the Philippine wrestling industry. We just hope that after the massive three-on-one beatdown delivered by the Royal Flush to Imabayashi, the Fil-Japanese Dragon can keep his hands on it long enough to enjoy holding this beautiful chunk of gold.

    What do you think of this change to the belt, Revo-Nation? Do you think it looks better now than Ken Warren's PHX Championship, or should it have kept its old yellow PWR logo? Let us know in the comments below!
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