We still can't be sure this isn't a work and at the moment, it really seems like it is. But, according to The Tallahassee Democrat, a 41-year-old Florida State University employee named Frank Price was the one who found the belt. And, get this, it was just lying at the side of the road when he spotted while driving home.
“I think I said something like, ‘Whoa, it’s a huge wrestling belt, check this thing out!’ I never would have guessed that if I had a lifetime of guesses," he told the publication.
BREAKING NEWS! @AEWrestling champion #ChrisJericho recovers the #AEW title belt HIMSELF, in less than 24 hours!! Awaits much deserved THANK YOU from the entire AEW fan base & roster... #LeChampion #ALittleBitOfTheBubbly pic.twitter.com/6IsuiuCfIv— Chris Jericho (@IAmJericho) September 5, 2019
Price said that he thought the belt was simply a replica as he wasn't aware Jericho's prized championship had gone AWOL.
“At that time there was nothing in the news about anything being lost or stolen, so we thought it was just a replica or a costume or something like that," he explained.
Price posted the belt in the Lost & Found section on CraigsList Tallahassee which led to him being told that it was actually reported missing. He then contacted the Tallahassee Police Department and was asked to bring it in.
Fortunately, he had enough texts, emails, receipts, and alibis, as well as GPS data on his phone, to prove that he was far away from Million Air or LongHorn Steakhouse when the belt went missing. He was even handed a $200 reward from Mike's Limousines, the service Jericho was using at the time.
Price has offered a theory on how the championship ended up being abandoned at the side of a road.
“I think what happened is they just set it on the trunk of the limo and it just fell off,” he said. “The only other possibility is that it was part of a pro-wrestling plot setup. They need all the publicity they can get.”
So What Really Happened To The AEW Championship?
Of course, we can't be sure, but we'd have to go with Price's second guess. We'd be really surprised if the belt was really stolen or worse, forgotten on the trunk of Jericho's limo.
If it's the latter, then he probably doesn't deserve to have it. But it's quite likely that this was all a work. It's just too ridiculous not to be.