— All Elite Wrestling (@AEWrestling) September 4, 2019
This is a real report that is not AEW storyline related, even if at first, you doubt it may be legit. That kind of story would normally be reserved for a wrestling angle but, in this instance, an official police report shows that the new AEW World Champion has already lost his title. Only, it wasn’t in a match. The title was literally stolen while Jericho was eating supper.
The day after becoming the inaugural champion by defeating Adam Page in the main event of Saturday’s AEW All Out pay-per-view, Jericho lost his championship while out at the Longhorn Steakhouse in Tallahassee, FL. Police were contacted, an investigation is underway to find the missing title and an official report filled out.
Here’s the police report:
Grand Theft/ 2400 N. Monroe Street / 7:13 PM
“The victim reported the theft of his championship wrestling belt while he was eating inside Longhorn Steakhouse. The victim stated he arrived at the Millionaire Club Airport Terminal and place(d) the belt inside his rented limousine. The limo driver shuttled the victim to Longhorn for dinner. The victim remained at Longhorn while the limo driver returned to the airport. The victim had taken the wrong luggage from the airport and the driver took it back to the terminal. When the driver picked up the victim from the restaurant, the belt was missing. Responding officers searched the limo and airport for the belt without success. On-call CID (Note from Mike: Criminal Investigation Department) was consulted, and forensics responded to the scene.
Victim: Christopher “Jericho” Irvine, W/M, 11/9/70″
AEW, on Instagram, responded to comments regarding the situation, writing, “Authorities are working on it as we speak. Thank you for your concern.”
— Arby's (@Arbys) September 3, 2019
If American quick-service fast-food sandwich restaurant chain Arby’s and NWA decided to make fun of the situation, with Arby’s at least offering to make him a new one out of cardboard and NWA linking this to the enamel pins that they sell on eBay, it’s not terribly surprising that someone might want to steal a collector’s item like the first-ever produced AEW Championship from the first-ever titleholder. So the chances to see it back are mere…
Never leave home without it.
Take #TenPoundsOfGold with you everywhere.
— NWA (@nwa) September 3, 2019
Even Cody, Executive Vice-President of AEW, took to Twitter to joke on the situation. There’s no word yet on how AEW is handling the incident but it is said that the company does have a second belt.
I prefer Outback Steakhouse
— Cody (@CodyRhodes) September 3, 2019
All pics courtesy of AEW and ITV Wrestling