"The definitive history of the most famous championship wrestling belt in the world."
- Bruce Mitchell, Pro Wrestling Torch
"Dick Bourne is the Indiana Jones of title belt archeology."
- Mike Johnson, PWInsider.com
"Like the famous belts Bourne writes about, this book shines with a luster worthy of its own championship crown."
- Mike Mooneyham, Charleston Post & Courier
Wrestling’s most celebrated championship belt is examined as never before: its origins, its secrets, its amazing story.
It is commonly known as the "Big Gold belt" and it has been photographed up-close in amazing detail, on both the original 1986 brown leather and the black leather that replaced it. Plus, for the first time since 1991, the original 1986 "Ric Flair" nameplate is back on the belt.
The book includes a special interview with Ric Flair about the earliest days of the Big Gold belt. Plus, special photographs with the "Nature Boy" taken earlier this year as he was reunited with the belt for the first time in over 14 years.
From 1986-2000, the Big Gold belt represented the NWA, WCW, and WCW International world titles. And don't forget the "Real World Championship" in the WWF in 1991! Twenty-six different champions held the belt throughout those years.
Complete, detailed background on the companies and craftsmen that were involved in making the belt, both the plates and the leather. Plus the real story of who had the belt made, why it was made, and how it was delivered. Dozens of details, large and small, never known or published before.
The book includes a complete title history of the belt including all three different championships it represented over 14 years. Plus rare archival documents and concept art from Crumrine Jewelers, amazingly detailed photographs, related memorabilia, and much more. From North Carolina to Nevada to the sunshine state of Florida, follow along the amazing journey of the creation of the Big Gold belt.
Also included is a brief foreword by the voice of Mid-Atlantic Wrestling for four decades, broadcaster Bob Caudle and a special introduction by legendary wrestler and manager James J. Dillon. Dillon managed Ric Flair and the Four Horsemen when Flair defended the Big Gold belt around the world.
Over 200 pages of Big Gold history, over 120 color photographs, and dozens of rare documents and illustrations. It’s the Big Gold belt as you’ve never seen it before.
"...expecting nothing but top-notch research and insight into one of wrestling's most notable belts. I wasn't disappointed. This is a great book."
- Tim Hornbaker on WrestlingClassics.com, author of "National Wrestling Alliance"
"The Big Gold is a diamond among wrestling belts. And as "Nature Boy" Ric Flair has often proclaimed, "Diamonds are forever!" - James J. Dillon, from the foreword to the book "Big Gold"