"Dick Bourne is the Indiana Jones
of title belt archeology." 
- Mike Johnson,

By Dick Bourne with Dave Millican
Foreword by Bob Caudle 
and Introduction by James J. Dillon
Full Color; 6 x 9", 202 pages 

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If you’ve ever wondered what goes into the process of creating a new wrestling championship, both in terms of creative and craftsmanship, Big Gold is here to turn even the most casual wrestling fan into a title belt devotee."
- David Gibb, The Wrestling Estate
"20 Best Wrestling Books Of Last 20 Years"

"Like the famous belts Bourne writes about, this book shines with a luster worthy of its own championship crown."
- Mike Mooneyham, Charleston Post & Courier

"The definitive history of the most famous championship wrestling belt
in the world."

- Bruce Mitchell, Pro Wrestling Torch

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Wrestling’s most celebrated championship belt is examined as never before: its origins, its secrets, its amazing story. All in full color!

The belt has been photographed in amazing detail, on both the original 1986 brown leather and the black leather that replaced it. Plus, for the first time since 1991, the original 1986 "Ric Flair" nameplate is back on the belt.

The book includes a special interview with Ric Flair about the earliest days of the Big Gold belt. Plus, special photographs with the "Nature Boy" taken especially for the book as he was reunited with the belt for the first time in over 14 years.

From 1986-2000, the Big Gold belt represented the NWA, WCW, and WCW International world titles. And don't forget the "Real World Championship" in the WWF in 1991! Twenty-six different champions held the belt throughout those years.

Complete, detailed background on the companies and craftsmen that were involved in making the belt, both the plates and the leather. Plus the real story of who had the belt made, why it was made, and how it was delivered. Dozens of details, large and small, never known or published before.

The book includes a complete title history of the belt including all three different championships it represented over 14 years. Plus rare archival documents and concept art from Crumrine Jewelers, amazingly detailed photographs, related memorabilia, and much more. From North Carolina to Nevada to the sunshine state of Florida, follow along the amazing journey of the creation of the Big Gold belt.
Also included is a brief foreword by the voice of Mid-Atlantic Wrestling for four decades, broadcaster Bob Caudle and a special introduction by legendary wrestler and manager James J. Dillon. Dillon managed Ric Flair and the Four Horsemen when Flair defended the Big Gold belt around the world.

Over 200 pages of Big Gold history, over 120 color photographs, and dozens of rare documents and illustrations. It’s the Big Gold belt as you’ve never seen it before.

Chosen by "The Wrestling Estate" as one of the top 20 wrestling books in the last 20 years!

“The Big Gold is a diamond among wrestling belts. And as “Nature Boy” Ric Flair has often proclaimed, Diamonds are forever!”
- James J. Dillon, from the introduction to the book "Big Gold"

"Dick Bourne is the Indiana Jones of title belt archeology."
- Mike Johnson,

"...expecting nothing but top-notch research and insight into one of wrestling's most notable belts. I wasn't disappointed. This is a great book."

- Tim Hornbaker on, author of "National Wrestling Alliance"