Longtime pro wrestling beltmaker Dave Millican recently appeared as a guest on the Pancakes & Powerslams podcast for an in-depth interview about making belts. Featured below are some of the highlights.
On Stephanie McMahon being behind the design of the current WWE tag-team title designs which he was initially going to do, but ended up being done by a different designer: "The tag team titles, I begged them, please let me make them nickel, let me make them gold, let me make them silver and gold. Just don't make me do copper, and it just came down from the top that copper is what they wanted, I think in particular, Stephanie McMahon really just wanted to do something different. They want to kind of reinvent the wheel every time, and something that is not used somewhere else, which is understandable. And so, when they bottom-lined it for me and said, 'look, it's gonna be copper,' I was like okay, I can do copper.
"So I did that, thinking at one point in time we're gonna change these. And man, when they changed them is when the brand split happened, they employed a few other guys... and I didn't get a chance to make them. I was like, 'are you kidding me?' I begged them, please don't make me make this copper. Really, kind of all of that stuff started with me and branched out."
On rumors of a WWE Women's tag-team title design, but him not being involved with making them: "I have [heard], but I'm not privy to it. Anything that I've heard is probably similar to what you heard or read. The way that works is you have a confidentiality clause. So, if I was involved in it, I couldn't tell you anyway. But what I can do, is tell you unequivocally that I'm not. So, I think that probably exists. Now, sometimes things exist and they change their mind and they never debut. That's happened with concepts they've sent my way. So I think that they probably are out there. I think that they're probably already made. But, that's just hearsay, that's not based on anything official."
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