Reggie Parks, who was a wrestler and championship belt designer, passed away at the age of 87 following a reported battle with Covid-19.
WWE issued the following tribute…
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.
Bret Hart also paid tribute to Parks…
“‘Reg, if ya wanted to try me, why didn’t ya try me?!?’ – My dad falling for one of Owen’s ribs.
Reg always loved that story. I knew Reg my whole life, and he was one of the kindest men I’ve ever known. I’ll always miss him. R.I.P”