Hello everyone! Welcome back to the Top 10 Roundup! Now, I’ll include all sorts of things here, but I’m going to go with the idea that prompted me to start this roundup in the first place:
TOP 10 ODDEST WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Now, when I refer to “oddest”, I’m meaning either in the way in which the title is defended, or in the actual design of the championship. Remember, these are in no specific order, and their positioning in the list is not a designation of it being better or worse than the one above or below it. Ready, here we go!
The DDT King of Dark Championship is going to lead off this list with it’s rather strange concept. The title is only defended during the dark match before a show, and even then, the champion is the LOSER of the contest. If you take the pinfall or submit, congrats, you are the new King of Dark Champion. Granted, the whole promotion is rather odd, as you’ll see here in just a minute, but the King of Dark Championship is just the cherry on top.
Look, it’s another Dramatic Dream Team Championship. The DDT Ironman Heavymetalweight Championship (try to type that correctly three times fast, trust me, it’s not as easy at it seems) is what the WWE Hardcore Championship would have been, if it was tripping on acid and mushrooms. It’s that crazy. There are over 1000 title changes in the course of this title’s history. Seriously. If I were to map out the title changes, it would easily take me a couple of days. And, it’s not just limited to men either. Women, children, blowup dolls, posters, ladders, chairs, and on and on. It’s a crazy title, and I love it for it’s absurdity.
Another double feature for a promotion, and this time it’s one that is near and dear to my heart. CHIKARA’s Campeonatos de Parejas takes a page out of title defenses in lucha libre, in which every championship defense must be done in a Two out of Three Falls match (there are some exceptions). But, what makes CHIKARA stand apart from the rest is their point system. In order to become a championship contender, you must gain three points. Win a match, get a point. Three wins in a row, and you are a championship contender. But, if you lose at any step along the way, you have to start all over at the bottom. For those who may not follow along with CHIKARA, the title concept may seem odd to you.
And here’s the second half to the double feature. If you thought the Campeonatos de Parejas defense rules were confusing, the Young Lions Cup is just as confusing. There is a tournament held every year with the only rule is that the competitors have to be under the age of 25. The winner of the tournament then can defend the cup whenever they get challenged. If you’ve won the Cup before, you can’t challenge for it again. Period. Not only can you not enter the tournament, but thanks to Dieter VonSteigerwalt, you can’t put a challenge out for the Cup after you’ve lost it, either by vacating it right before the next tournament, or losing the Cup in a match. Even though I’m a big fan of the product, I’ve always felt that the Young Lions Cup is a bit…odd.
The first “odd” looking championship in our list, the PROGRESS Tag Team Championship is very…unconventional. After all, it’s a gigantic SHIELD! My question is: How heavy are the individual pieces of the shield? I do like the concept of joining together to create one defensive shield. It’s unique, and actually looks pretty cool, but it’s still very odd to come across.
The FCW 15 Championship, for one, is a medal. Like the Young Lions Cup, it’s just so weird having a championship in a non-belt form. The whole premise of the championship is that defenses were determined by 15 minute Ironman matches. I mean, I like the concept of the title, I just wish that the physical representation of the title wasn’t a medal. Though, I’m not a fan of a championship that isn’t represented by a belt, minus PROGRESS’ Tag Shield. That’s pretty cool.
Now, I do realize that this one is probably the most mainstream of all of the championships on this list, and the way to win the Lucha Underground Gift of the Gods Championship is unconventional. Essentially, you compete in a match for an Ancient Aztec Medallion. If you are lucky enough to hold onto the medallion, you then place your medallion in the belt, and compete in a seven-person contest to see who will be the Gift of the Gods Champion. Again, it’s not the title itself, it’s how the the title is won that can be considered odd.
Now, I know that we’ve had some championships made before specifically for one person to hold and defend. But, Larry Sweeney’s ICW/ICWA Tex-Arkana Television Championship is in a class of it’s own. I mean, for one, who doesn’t love Sweeney? Granted, I don’t think I’ve actually seen a defense of the Tex-Arkana Television Championship (not for a lack of trying though), but seriously, I love the name, the fact that it was created by Sweeney, and it’s on this list because, at least to my knowledge, was the biggest self-created championship.
Then, there’s a title that may not necessarily change hands in the ring. Dragon Gate’s Open the Owarai Gate Championship has a bit of audience participation in it. After the match, the crowd will decide on who entertained them better. Theoretically, the champion could lose the match in the ring, but still get enough crowd support to retain the championship. Most certainly an odd way to win or lose the championship.
Last, and certainly not least, is the only title on this list that is not physically represented. That’s the SMW Beat the Clock Television Championship. It’s more a title that is bestowed upon you, at least until you lose anyway. However, if you win, you bank $1,000. If you manage to defend your championship successfully five times in a row, you get a $5,000 bonus, but you lost your “title”. I’m not 100% sure on exactly how to explain it, but if anyone can, please let me know.
Well, that’s my list. Some championships may not necessarily be the oddest, but then again, who’s defining “odd” around here. Until next time, I am the Baumeister, and I have been, obediently yours.