Reggie Parks, a veteran professional wrestler and referee who designed the WWE Championship belts, passed away last week. He was 87 years old. Parks has died at his home in Tuscon, Arizona, following a battle with COVID-19. He was known by many in the industry as “the king of belts” as mentioned Wrestling Inc.
“Parks has spent nearly three decades in the ring as a sports host working for promoters like WWE Hall of Fame Stu Hart and competing for the NWA and AWA Championships,” said the WWE in a statement. “He even enjoyed a brief stint competing in a WWE ring before moving on to the second phase of his career: creating championship titles. Parks continued to handcraft some of the most famous titles in the world. WWE history, including the “winged eagle” WWE Championship used in the ’80s and’ 90s, as well as the classic Intercontinental Championship of the same era. “
The world has lost a true icon today.
If you grew up loving wrestling in the ’80s or’ 90s, you grew up loving his job.
RIP Reggie Parks pic.twitter.com/belIXYYOGe
– Conrad the Mortgage Guy (@HeyHeyItsConrad) October 8, 2021
WWE Hall of Fame member Brett Hart messaged Parks on Instagram. “‘Reg, if you wanted to try me, why didn’t you try me?!?’ “My father fell in love with one of Owen’s ribs. Reg always loved that story. I’ve known Reg all my life, and he was one of the nicest men I’ve ever known. He was one of the nicest men I’ve ever known. I will always miss. RIP, ”Hart wrote.
When the news broke, many fans paid tribute to Parks on his Facebook page. “Rest in peace Reggie Parks,” wrote one fan. “I remember the first time I held a Reggie’s winged eagle (it was Yokozuna’s), it was the first time I got OBSESSED with the belts and started to learn more about them. Rest in peace Reggie and thank you for sharing your art with literally the WORLD. “
“I’m so sorry to hear of Reggie’s passing,” wrote another fan. “The man was an absolute legend in the business who deserved more credit for his contributions than he received. Thank you Reggie. We will miss you.” According to Wrestling observer, Parks won most championship belts in the 70s, 80s and 90s for almost every promotion. He also made belts for the UFC and boxing in his career. He recently made an appearance at the Cauliflower Alley convention in Last Vegas where he met friends. In Arizona, Parks ran a carpet cleaning business and produced belts.