Chris Jericho is still not sure how it happened.
Three days after beating Adam Hangman in the pay-per-view of “All Out” on August 31 in Chicago to become the first All Elite Wrestling world champion, the title was lost when Jericho was eating at a Longhorn Steakhouse In Tallahassee, Florida, Jericho, who said he had the belt in a bag in the back of a limousine, finally reported that it was stolen from local police. Six months later, the situation still irritates him.
“I have probably had more than 50 titles over the years, even from the depths of the Mexican ghettos, I have never, never lost a title,” Jericho told The Post. “It means a lot to me. It’s a great responsibility. So stealing it was a big shame for me because when you’re the champion, your job is to take care of the title.”
According to the version of the police report that leaked onlineJericho had placed the belt, valued at around $ 30,000, in a rented limousine and went to the chain restaurant to eat. Jericho had taken the wrong luggage from the airport and the driver took him back to the terminal, according to the report. When the limo picked him up again from the restaurant, the belt was not there.
“Now, did I have it in a bag in what I thought was a closed limousine? Yes, but apparently that was not enough that day, “Jericho said at the New York Toy Fair, where AEW showed its new action figures and ring sets that will be available this August.” I still don’t know exactly what happened. “
This triggered a whirlwind of a few days that included Jericho taking advantage of the fiasco cutting a promotion of a jacuzzi that drank champagne in which he summoned a human hunt around the world, which added to the speculation that the events were part of An angle of wrestling. The Tallahassee Police Department even had to delete a social media post claiming that it had recovered the belt. The title was finally delivered. Jericho believes that the whole test adds to the legend of the belt.
“It’s almost as if it were” The Wicker Man “and the whole town was involved,” said Jericho, who plans to make an episode of his “Talk is Jericho” podcast about events in the coming weeks. “Everything that happened just didn’t make any sense.” But what do you do? You take a negative and make it positive and we turn it into the hottest story, and one day later it is suddenly on the side of the road. “
Jericho’s personal theory is that the limo driver took the belt, could not sell it, and then returned it. He said he hasn’t changed much about how he keeps the belt safe and doesn’t think he could have done much more that day.
“This was out of my control,” said Jericho. “It’s not that I had the title and threw it to the ground. It was in the back of a limousine. That’s safe ground. Unless the limo driver was a thief.