Shortly after he became the first ever AEW World Champion back in August, it was reported that the belt had been stolen, leading to a police investigation.
The belt was subsequently recovered after a man found it in a velvet bag at the side of the road, and no arrests were made in connection to the alleged theft.
Speaking on a recent episode of the Talk is Jericho podcast, Le Champion gave his opinion on what he thinks happened.
“As we were getting ready to leave, I said, ‘we were really hungry – let’s go get a bite. And so there was an Outback just kind of near and the [driver] says, ‘let’s just go to LongHorn – it’s closer to where we need to go.’ Now, I put it into my GPS and it was a little bit closer, but pretty much the same thing. But, ‘Outback, LongHorn, which one would you guys like to do?’ ‘Oh, let’s just do LongHorn. Whatever.’ So for the much beleaguered people going, ‘why’d you go to LongHorn?,’ that’s the reason why, because the driver said, ‘let’s go to LongHorn.’ See a pattern here? See a pattern starting to develop?”
Jericho then went on to explain that he believes the limo driver and an accomplice were behind the theft.
“In my opinion, I think we got picked up. I think the bag went in there. The driver said, ‘that’s kind of interesting. What could be in that?’ I think when he drove back to the airport to return the incorrect luggage, I think he might have taken a quick glance at it, saw the shiny gold, thought it was quite expensive, which it turns out it was very expensive, legit $30,000. Then, called an accomplice to come meet him in the parking lot of the LongHorn. He went inside to stall and kill time, to ask the lame question [of whether his home is an apartment building or house] while the accomplice opened up the back of the limo, and the flowers fell out because he didn’t know they were in there, grabbed the title, and split. The driver mysteriously finds it missing, comes in, and knows that he’s not lying because he never stole it. His fingerprints aren’t anywhere they weren’t supposed to be. I’m sure the accomplice may have been wearing gloves because the CSI never found anything or maybe the CSI had DNA samples out the wazoo, but they were all in on it too! I don’t know.”
“Then, I think what happened was, a few days later, they realized ‘we’ve got something here that has got a lot of notoriety’ and it’s like stealing a ’59 Les Paul. It’s like the most expensive guitar. It’s like $500,000. If you steal one, who are you going to sell it to? Everyone’s going to know that you stole it.” Jericho said, “anybody that’s going to be a [pro] wrestling collector, they’d probably feel like a real scumbag to have the actual AEW Championship, knowing that people are trying to find it and just having it in your house, so I think these guys realized that, ‘oh my gosh, there are people everywhere talking about this. It’s all over social media. It’s all over the news. We’ve just got to get rid of this thing.
“But that’s where it gets strange! So they take it and just throw it outside of their car. And do they alert Frank Price, 41, after he went scalloping to pull over to the side of the road or did this nosey motherf–ker actually pull over to the side of the road, find the scuffed up velvet bag, and bring it in? That doesn’t make any sense either though! And then, how does that tie into Mike the limo [owner] just happening to be at the [police] station when Frank gets there to drop it off and films it?”
As previously mentioned, this is just Jericho’s opinion and no-one was ever charged in connection with the missing belt.