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Meet the man who makes WWE’s championship belts

- May 24th, 2014

If you’ve ever taken a close look at any championship belt, you have probably noticed how detailed and intricate the craftsmanship is. A lot of work goes into these shiny, hand-made prizes.

But where do promotion companies go to have these belts made?

In the case of WWE and Bellator MMA, they come from Dave Millican’s garage.

CNN Money aired a segment this week on Millican, who operates his belt-making company out of his rural Alabama home.

“Most of the belts on WWE television are mine,” Millican said. “From the WWE title, the world heavyweight championship big gold belt, (to) the Intercontinental title.”

Not all of the belts he makes for WWE are featured on TV. Each champion gets two belts, one they travel with and another that’s used for televised events.

Millican also crafts belts for collectors. He makes 60-70 of them per year.

He has been making belts for 30 years — his first one was made out of cardboard when he was 13 — and over time turned it into a lucrative business.

The cost? The most basic single-layer belts go for about $1,000 and take a couple of weeks to make. The more complex designs, Millican says, exceed $10,000 and depending on the detail can take months to create.

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