This week, dear readers, we’re taking a break from Mud Lick and the usual shenanigans within to share a current events story combining several of my guilty pleasures: absurd humor, law, and professional wrestling.
Chris Irvine, better known as Chris Jericho, is a professional wrestling superstar, frontman for the heavy metal band Fozzy, and spokesperson for cat litter. On August 31, Jericho became the first ever All Elite Wrestling World Champion after beating “Hangman” Adam Page during All Elite’s “All Out” show in Chicago.
Sometime Sunday, the All Elite Championship was stolen. According to the police reports, Jericho flew from Chicago to Tallahassee and took a limo from the airport to a Longhorn Steakhouse, presumably to celebrate his championship win. Once at the Longhorn, Jericho realized he’d inadvertently left his luggage at the airport and asked the limo driver to fetch the correct luggage.
Jericho left the AEW Championship belt in the limo. When the limo returned, the belt was gone.
Now this spooked Jericho enough for him to file a police report with Tallahassee PD.
Ever the consummate showman, Jericho announced on Twitter he’d launched a “worldwide investigation” tasked with finding the no good rat bastard who stole his belt. Only the best investigators in the world would be good enough to see the All Elite Championship return home to the rightful owner.
Until the Tallahassee Police Department announced the next day they’d found the belt via social media.
Here’s where the story takes a bit of a weird turn. Apparently ten minutes after the previous post, Tallahassee PD removed the tweet from their page, claiming the belt hadn’t been found and the case was still “open and active.”
Maybe it’s because Jericho wanted to hog the spotlight and claim he found the belt himself, absent the help of any investigators.
What a heel move to pull. Regardless, it looks as though All Elite and Chris Jericho dodged a bullet with this incident. This type of mess was the reason champions were required in the old days to put down a security deposit for the title belt. And it would’ve been hard to hock the AEW title, given that it’s the first of its kind, very unique, and sought after by a motivated police force with the blessing of the billionaire Khan family, owners of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
It just would’ve been nice if Chris Jericho, of all people, could’ve sucked it up and thanked the Tallahassee PD for their efforts in getting his belt back. Sometimes cops deserve credit for their hard work.