Seven rare championships from the WWE vault

Championships aren’t anything new in sports-entertainment. Top grapplers have been wrapping leather straps around their waists since the turn of the 20th century when Estonian strongman George Hackenschmidt staked his claim as the best mat man in the world. Since then, an innumerable amount of titles have been promoted by wresting companies across the globe, from the prestigious WWE Championship to the unnecessary WCW World Six-Man Tag Team Titles. But what happens to all these championships when they're no longer defended?

Check out detailed photos of these rare championships

As the WWE Classics team found out, some wind up on eBay, a few land in Larry Zbyszko’s rumpus room and an ever increasing number are acquired by WWE’s resident archivist Benjamin Brown. After spying Brown unwrapping “Stone Cold” Steve Austin’s “Smoking Skull” WWE Title, we asked the archivist to let us inside WWE’s trophy case. After weeks of shameless begging, he eventually caved and we ended up with an up-close look at unique championships created for Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Layla and more.