Reggie Parks, who is well known for creating some of the greatest title belts in wrestling history, has died at the age of 87.
Learning his craft in professional wrestling from the legendary Stu Hart, Parks made his debut in 1955 and had an in-ring career which took him across the United States and Japan. His notoriety for titles was not just in the creation of belts but in winning them as well, as he was a two-time NWA World Tag Team Champion as well as a former NWA International Heavyweight Champion.
Reggie Parks created some of the most iconic belts in wrestling history, with possibly the most well known being the WWF ‘Winged Eagle’ title which was used for a decade up until WrestleMania 14 in 1998. The belt became synonymous with the likes of Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart and Randy Savage. Parks was also the creator of the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship, also known as both ‘The Ten Pounds Of Gold’ or ‘Sweet Charlotte’ which was notably held by Harley Race, Dusty Rhodes and Ric Flair among many more. The IWGP World Championship, which has been held by the likes of Kazuchika Okada and Kenny Omega, can also be credited to parks.
Podcaster Conrad Thompson paid tribute to Parks, including posting a thread on social media showing a number of Parks’ accolades.
The world lost a true icon today. If you grew up loving wrestling in the 80s or 90s, you grew up loving his work. RIP Reggie Parks
The world lost a true icon today.
If you grew up loving wrestling in the 80s or 90s, you grew up loving his work.
RIP Reggie Parks pic.twitter.com/belIXYYOGe
— Conrad the Mortgage Guy (@HeyHeyItsConrad) October 8, 2021
Tributes continue to come in from various stars across the wrestling industry.
RIP Reggie Parks. A man who created art in the ring in different ways. The man responsible for my favorite title belt design ever. The 86-98 IC Championship. Godspeed sir.
— Frankie Kazarian (@FrankieKazarian) October 8, 2021
My grandfather Stu loved Reggie Parks.
— Nattie (@NatbyNature) October 8, 2021
We send out our sincerest condolences to the family & friends of the legendary Reggie Parks who has passed away at the age of 87. Not only is Reggie known for his years in wrestling, also known as the man who made some of the most iconic championship belts in wrestling history. pic.twitter.com/ceCKJ537X6
— CauliflowerAlleyClub (@CACReunion) October 8, 2021
Everyone at Hooked On Wrestling sends their condolences to the friends and family of Reggie Parks at this time.