Legendary Championship Title Maker Reggie Parks Passes Away, WWE Issues Statement
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Reggie Parks, one of the most renowned championship title makers in recent wrestling history, has passed away at the age of 87.
He notably designed the “winged eagle” WWE Championship, the classic Intercontinental Championship, and he also worked for WCW before he shifted into designing titles for UFC and boxing.
The “Reggie Parks – The King of Belts” Facebook page shared the news on Thursday:
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of our dear friend and mentor, “The King of Belts” Reggie Parks.
Reggie passed peacefully this morning in Tucson, AZ after a short but valiant battle with COVID-19. More information will be made available shortly.
Family and friends ask that you respect their privacy and allow them to grieve at this time.
WWE is saddened to learn that legendary sports-entertainer and championship title maker Reggie Parks passed away at the age of 87.
Parks spent nearly three decades in the ring as a sports-entertainer working for promoters like WWE Hall of Famer Stu Hart and competing for championships in both the NWA and AWA. He even enjoyed a brief stint competing in a WWE ring before transitioning into the second phase of his career: creating championship titles. Parks would go on to handcraft some of the most famous titles in WWE history, including the “winged eagle” WWE Championship used in the 1980s and ’90s, as well as the classic Intercontinental Championship of the same era. His incredible work in both WWE and WCW crossed over into the worlds of UFC and boxing as well, as he continued to create iconic championship titles for decades.
WWE extends its condolences to Parks’ family, friends and fans.