Professional wrestling star Chris Jericho vowed to scour the
earth to find his championship belt, which went missing
Sunday after his private jet landed in Tallahassee. Turns
out, he could have just checked Craigslist.
Frank Price of Tallahassee happened to find the belt on
Sunday, his 41st birthday, as he and his wife Katie drove
home after a day scalloping with friends in Port St. Joe
Bay. It was a present of sorts he never asked for or wanted,
one that would plunge him in the middle of pro-wrestling-
world intrigue and drama.
Its pretty comical, Price said. Its like the start for
a great screenplay. This story could have gone in so many
other funny directions. There are so many funny twists to
As they pulled into town on Highway 20, Price spotted what
appeared to be a velvet bag in the middle of a turn lane
near Capital Circle Southwest. The bag was scuffed up and
contained something heavy, but the Prices didnt take a peek
inside until they got home. When he finally opened the bag,
he couldnt believe his eyes.
I think I said something like, Whoa, its a huge wrestling
belt, check this thing out! Price said. I never would
have guessed that if I had a lifetime of guesses.
His wife Googled the gold and leather garment, and it seemed
to match the championship belt for All Elite Wrestling.
There were knockoffs for sale on eBay. The Prices never
dreamed it was the real deal.
At that time there was nothing in the news about anything
being lost or stolen, said Price, assistant director of the
Florida Natural Areas Inventory at Florida State University.
So we thought it was just a replica or a costume or
something like that.
Figuring the belt belonged to a kid or some other wrestling
fan, Price listed it under Lost & Found on Craigslist
Tallahassee. I found a pro wrestling championship belt on
hwy 20 Sunday afternoon, the ad said. Contact me with
details and you can come get it. He also texted photos of
the belt to his brother and a friend.
He started getting replies Tuesday night. Some of them
pointed to a Tallahassee Democrat article that detailed the
belt that went missing after Jerichos private jet landed at
Million Air and the wrestling star took a limo ride to
LongHorn Steakhouse on North Monroe Street for dinner.
Jericho reported the $30,000 belt stolen that night.
But Price didnt see any of the messages until Wednesday
morning. When he realized what hed found, he called the
Tallahassee Police Department and was told to bring it in.
He handed the belt over to an investigator in the lobby and
answered questions about how he found it.
While he was there, he bumped into Mike Vaughn, the owner of
Mikes Limousine, which had given Jericho the fancy ride to
the restaurant. Price said Vaughn was planning to file an
insurance claim for the missing belt and was so pleased it
had been found he gave him a $200 reward.
Later that day, TPD investigators called and said they
needed to take Prices sworn statement. They were slightly
suspicious about the reward and wondered whether Price had
called Vaughn to arrange for their meeting at TPD and the
reward. Price assured him the meeting was purely
coincidental and the reward unplanned.
Price has texts and emails, receipts, witnesses and GPS data
on his cellphone to back up his story and prove he was
nowhere near Million Air or LongHorn Steakhouse when the
belt went missing. Police havent said hes under
investigation, but he said he wouldnt be surprised if he
I was joking that there would be investigators following me
around, Price said. I figure the best approach is to just
tell the truth and have fun with the whole thing.
Price, who doesn't follow professional wrestling, doesnt
know how the belt ended up in the road. He doubts, however,
that it was actually stolen.
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.