LEAD STORY: The wrestling world mourns the tragic death of Jay Briscoe

Posted on 1/18/123 by Colin Vassallo

The world of professional wrestling was in mourning
following the shocking news that Jamin Pugh, known to fans
as Jay Briscoe, passed away on Tuesday afternoon in a car

Wrestling companies and pro wrestlers from all around the
world paid tribute to the ROH Tag Team champion on social
media, with AEW, WWE, Impact, NJPW and other major wrestling
organizations leading them.

With a somber look on their faces, NXT commentators Vic
Joseph and Booker T looked at the camera as Joseph announced
the death of Briscoe.

“Booker, we were just informed of some tragic news inside
the wrestling community that Jay Briscoe has passed away. I
want to take this moment to send our condolences to his
friends and his family,” Joseph said.

Following the show, WWE Chief Content Officer Triple H
wrote, “An incredible performer who created a deep
connection with wrestling fans across the globe. My
condolences to the family and friends of Jay Briscoe.”

AEW and Ring of Honor tweeted the same message on their
social media, writing, “It is with a heavy heart that we
mourn the tragic passing of Jamin Pugh, known to wrestling
fans around the world as Jay Briscoe. Our thoughts are with
his family, his friends, and his fans.”

Impact Wrestling wrote, “IMPACT is deeply saddened to learn
of the passing of Jay Briscoe. Jay will always be remembered
as a trailblazer who, with his brother Mark, left it in the
ring every night. We send our sincere condolences to his
family, who he loved beyond words, as well as his friends
and fans.”

New Japan Pro Wrestling added, “New Japan Pro-Wrestling is
deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Jay Briscoe. Our
thoughts and deepest sympathies go to Jay’s family, friends
and fans.”

The NWA wrote, “The entire NWA sends our prayers to the
friends, family and fans of Jay Briscoe. An amazingly
talented man that we all are honored to have worked with.”

Dax Harwood and Cash Wheeler of FTR, who had a trilogy of
unbelievable matches with Jay and Mark Briscoe were also one
of the firsts to pay tribute to their former foe.

“I’m doing ok. Thanks everyone for checking on me. I love
you, Jay,” Harwood wrote, adding a photo of all four sharing
a drink backstage following their last match. “I’ve been in
tears since I heard the news. I just don’t have the words.
Rest in Peace Jay,” added Wheeler.

Many others shared their tribute to Briscoe.

Shawn Michaels: “On behalf of the @WWENXT community, I would
like to express our condolences to the Briscoe family for
their loss.”

Seth Rollins: “Jay was one of those people who was always
legitimately happy to see ya. He had a twinkle in his eye
and hug waiting for me no matter how long we went without
seeing each other. I’m crushed knowing that warmth is gone.
My thoughts are with his family and friends. He was special.
After I signed with WWE, Jay would come to the Salisbury
house shows to drink beer and to hoot and holler. He loved
the business and he was a great human and friend. Bigger
than that he was an absolutely adoring father and husband.
Being in the ring with Jay Briscoe got me my first ROH
contract. He and Mark being so selfless helped Jimmy and I
find our footing as AOTF. Without him, I don’t know if Tyler
Black could ever have been Seth Rollins.”

The Usos: “RIP to the homie Jay Briscoe. Condolences to the
your family. Rest in paradise uso.”

Brodie King: “Love you forever my brother.”

Christopher Daniels: “Jay Briscoe was one of the toughest
men I ever had the privilege of sharing a ring with, as well
as being a tremendous brother, father, and man. I’m so happy
to have had the opportunity to know him and wrestle him as
often as I did. Rest in Peace, Jay, I love you.”

Matt Hardy: “Heard this tragic news while flying. I’m
DEVASTATED that Jay Briscoe (Jamin Pugh) tragically died
today. I was honored to work with him many times. I loved
Jay. Jay was SO real. Jay loved his wife & kids more than
anything & we shared that bond. I’m heartbroken for his

Big E: “We certainly studied & “borrowed” from the Briscoe
Brothers. They have left an indelible mark on tag team
wrestling. I was blown away by the trilogy with FTR. My
deepest condolences to Jay Briscoe’s loved ones.”

Tommy Dreamer: “I’ve known Jay Briscoe since he was a fan.
Watched him become an amazing wrestler, best tag team &
realest promo guy. I was going to text him yesterday about
the cost of eggs and I didn’t. I wish I did. Whenever I saw
them I’d say, Luv me some Briscoes. Prayers for his family”

Adam Cole: “I don’t know what my life would be like without
Jay Briscoe in it, and I don’t want to know. You believed in
me, you helped me, you treated me like family. There will
never be another like you. I am so grateful to have known a
man like you. I love you Jay.”

Sami Zayn: “I don’t have the words right now to properly
convey my sorrow. I love Jay & Mark Briscoe. Always have. I
wouldn’t be here without them. I’m very lucky to have shared
the ring & shared so many laughs with Jay Briscoe and I’m so
sad to know neither will happen again. RIP my friend.”

Brandi Rhodes: “I’m deeply saddened to hear of the loss of
Jay Briscoe. He was always the kindest to me during my time
in ROH. My heart goes out to the entire family. I don’t have
the right words but I just wanted to say that he was such a
good man.”

Maria Kanellis: “I am incredibly sad and heartbroken over
the loss of Jay Briscoe. Words can not describe the kindness
that he and his family has shown mine. Jay was one of the
toughest men I have ever met but he had a way of making
everyone feel special that got to work with him.”

Renee Paquette: “Devastating news. My heart breaks for Jay
Briscoe’s family.”

Kyle O’Reilly: “Jay Briscoe was the real deal. I was always
amazed how someone could be so intimidating one moment then
so warm & affable the next. He gave so much to the business
& to his family and I’m forever grateful for having known
him. Strength and love to Mark and his family. Love u bro”

Mickie James: “I am shocked & devastated to hear of the
passing of Jay Briscoe. I can’t believe it. I’ve known him &
Mark since the beginning of ROH. My heart goes out to his
entire family. A son, a brother, a father, & a friend to so
many. There are no words. Rest in Paradise”

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