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Matt Tracker

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So I'm watching the Eagles game last week, and I notice that a Philadelphia player twice made the "behold where the title belt would fit around my waist" gesture. This looked like a challenge to Denver's Clinton Portis' running back championship, and I still believe the NFL should have a rushing championship belt at the conclusion of the entire season. Present it at the Pro Bowl, maybe.

So here's my wrestling-related question: Can anyone tell me when this gesture started in the ring? I can recall Taker doing it and maybe even Warrior. Hogan used it when challenging the champ. But who started this? Any ideas? How far back does it go?

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Why would anyone on the eagles do a gesture at Clinton Portis? That makes no sense

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Portis sported a replica of the World Championship Belt after scoring 5 TDs at some point in the season. What connection it is to this....none.
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It was "4th and 24" Freddie Mitchell making the "I want da belt" gesture. It has nothing to do with Clinton Portis and the Big Gold Belt.

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Freddie Mitchell did the gesture in the Eagles game. The reason he does that is because the other eagle players nicknamed him "The People's Champ".

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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 0.57
First off, nobody in Eagle-country will be doing any belt bragging anymore...

As for the lineage of that taunt, it's probably been around forever, but I can recall Ravishing Rick Rude doing it during his quest for WWF intercontinental gold.

Im sure hes not the first though. Its funny in my head I can picture just about EVERY wrestler I have ever watched doing it.

I wonder who was the first? You gotta figure Flair was doing it at some point.


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It was probably around forever. I remember Pedro Morales doing that in the 70's, one of his I-C title rematches (against either Muraco or Patera, can't remember).

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oh yeah? Well I remember Dick the Bulldog Brower doing that in his WWWF JR. Heavyweight title match vs. Yukon Erich in the 60's.

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