Q & A Session
Javier : How did you get
into making Belts?
Dave: Like many "belt marks" I started
making them out of cardboard & anything else I could find around
the house. I just kept trying to get better & upgrading the
materials I was using. I had an uncle that I spent a lot of time
with that worked in a shop that kept sheets of steel onhand. I
would draw out a cardboard pattern, he would cut the plates out
for me & then I would finish the belt from there. Some had trophy
parts, some with different things that could be sculpted & also
adhere well to the steel. I had been making & selling belts for
quite sometime when I ordered my first "Reggie belt". During our
conversations I mentioned to him that I made belts, even though
they paled in comparison to his. He asked me to send him some pics,
so I did. I thought he was just being nice by asking (& he was of
course) but after he got them he told me I had potential & that I
should make them using the same process that he does. The rest is
history as the saying goes....
Javier: How did you meet
Dave: I had learned of Reggie through wrestling
magazines when I was a kid . I got his number from a guy that was
promoting wrestling near the area I live in. He had a great custom
version of the winged eagle that was the heavyweight title for his
promotion. I didn't actually meet Reggie for quite sometime
after I had started working with him. We try to get together now
at least once a year, usually at one of the conventions or
Cauliflower Alley Club events.
Javier: Since when have
you been a Wrestling fan?
Dave: Pretty much as far back as I can remember, although I really
got into it when I was around 12 years old.
Javier: Have you always
marked out for belts?
Dave: When I was really young & I would watch wrestling with my
older brother, the belts never really caught my eye. I would say
that I started getting into them when I was about 12-13 years old
& that's around the same time that all the cardboard boxes I could
find were destroyed.
Javier: Who have
you had the honor of meeting and or presenting the belts too?
Dave: I can't say that I've done a lot of belt presentations
really. Of the ones I have done, none have meant as much to me as
being there when Reggie was presented with the "King of Belts"
belt that I made for him. Several of us got together to finance
that belt & it is on Reggie's wall now where it will always
belong. I've met so many past & present big names that there
would be no way for me to list them all considering how long I've
been around the wrestling business. From guys like Kurt Angle (I
made the first championship belt he wore..the Powerpro heavyweight
title), Triple H, Steve Austin, The Rock & Chris Benoit to legends
like Harley Race, Jack Brisco, Nick Bockwinkel, The Funk
brothers & the late, great Lou Thesz. One of the coolest things
for me personally is that I'm friends with some of the wrestlers I
grew up watching on local tv like "King" Jerry Lawler, "Handsome"
Jimmy Valiant, "Superstar" Bill Dundee & Jimmy Hart. Check out
some '70's through mid '80's wrestling tapes & you can get an
idea just how over those guys were here...& still are. The old
territory days will always be my favorite wrestling.