All Elite Wrestling (AEW) crowned Chris Jericho its inaugural heavyweight champion by virtue of his victory over Hangman Page in the main event of last Saturday night’s All Out pay-per-view in front of a sold-out crowd at Chicago’s Sears Center.

Incredibly, the historic match for the promotion was overshadowed the next day by a strange turn of events — even by pro wrestling standards — that became increasingly more bizarre two days later with the reported disappearance and return of the bejeweled title belt said to be legitimately valued at a hefty $29,100. That’s quite a few shekels more than we spent on the tinfoil-covered cardboard model we employed at the St. Stan’s Backyard Wrestling Federation of the 1970s, but we didn’t charge at the gate and never got any lucrative television deals from WETV, so we did the best we could.

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