As reported on Cageside earlier this week, before a house show, two men stole the TNA World Heavyweight Championship belt and a replica title belt in Ottumwa, IA. Although the company was able to quickly recover both items, the question lingered as to exactly how they were able to walk away with the belts in the first place.
Well, it turns out it was basically the most "TNA-thing" possible.
According to TMZ and their mysterious sources, a stagehand was unloading props from his truck when he simply "turned away for a split second." However momentary it was, it was just enough time for one of the suspects to swipe the two straps.
Luckily for TNA, police were immediately able to utilize surveillance footage in order to identify both men and make their subsequent arrests.
On one hand, it's hard not to feel bad for the stagehand. How lax is TNA security if someone is able to sneak in and start stealing props from right behind your back? On the other, it's the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. Yes, title belts are nothing but props, but we are talking about the most important prop for their entire promotion. Maybe put them in a briefcase and handcuff yourself to it like Jack Bauer or Jason Bourne or something.
Plus, if TNA can only spend $6,000 to make the belt in the first place, who knows if there's even money in their budget to insure it against such thefts, let alone the funds to replace them with.