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Jay Briscoe, one half of the Briscoe Brothers tag team and current Ring of Honor Tag Champions passed away on January 17th at the age of 38.
It was a normal day yesterday and I decided to go to bed early as I was going to have a long day tomorrow. When I woke up I saw a ton of missed calls and text messages where I was informed that Jay Briscoe had passed away at the age of 39 due to a car accident. When I saw the news from many sites to confirm it, and when I saw Tony Khan’s tweet below I was just heartbroken.
Sadly, Jamin Pugh has passed away. Known to fans as Jay Briscoe, he was a star in ROH for over 20 years, from the first show until today.
Jay and his brother Mark dominated ROH, reigning as champions to this day. We'll do whatever we can to support his family.
Rest In Peace Jamin
— Tony Khan (@TonyKhan) January 18, 2023
I could not believe the news and I was upset hearing about this. I am a big fan of the Briscoe Brothers. I have been a fan of them since I was 9 years old. There are so many memories that I had of watching his matches and in my opinion the Briscoe Brothers are one of the greatest tag teams I have ever seen. They won so many titles all over the world and its crazy how they wrestled in so many promotions like NJPW, IMPACT Wrestling, GCW, Pro Wrestling NOAH, NWA, Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, CZW, and of course Ring Of Honor (ROH).
There are so many favorite feuds that I had involving the Briscoe Brothers. One of my favorites is the one they recently had with FTR. In my opinion that feud with FTR is the best tag team feud and match of 2022. That Dog Collar match they recently had was absolutely fantastic and all there other matches were just so perfect.
I could go on and on about my favorite feuds with the Briscoe Brothers, but there promo’s were fantastic. Especially from Jay Briscoe and the guy had the charisma that you need cutting a promo. Jay was fantastic cutting a promo and it made there act believable. My favorite promos always the one he cut as the ROH World Champion when he won the title and said it was “Simple Mathematics”. The promo is down below if you want to watch it.
I am just so stunned hearing the passing of Jay Briscoe and he will be missed. It is truly tragic day and we lost a legend in the wrestling business. Rest in Peace Jamin Pugh aka Jay Briscoe. My thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family.
Tributes from the Wrestling World
I’m doing ok. Thanks everyone for checking on me.
I love you, Jay. pic.twitter.com/ijE09akNeT
— Uncle Dax FTR (@DaxFTR) January 18, 2023
I’ve been in tears since I heard the news. I just don’t have the words. Rest in Peace Jay.
— Daniel “Cash” Wheeler (@CashWheelerFTR) January 18, 2023
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.
— Seth “Freakin’” Rollins (@WWERollins) January 18, 2023
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.
— Adam Cole (@AdamColePro) January 18, 2023
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.
— Sami Zayn (@SamiZayn) January 18, 2023
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 family. pic.twitter.com/c2Jki7dEp0
— MATT HARDY (@MATTHARDYBRAND) January 18, 2023
I dont know what to say.
I really love you kid.
Great wrestler. Better family man.
Condolences to your entire family. 🙏🏽❤️ pic.twitter.com/umMP2uPX7J
— Bully Ray (@bullyray5150) January 18, 2023
There are no words for such a tragedy.
The Briscoes always treated me with respect when I photographed their matches. They never failed to shake my hand before they went to absolute war with whatever tag team they would face that night.
Rest in Peace Jay Briscoe. A true legend pic.twitter.com/t3PKhyB4Qs
— Kyle Stevens (@thekylestevens) January 18, 2023
Rest in Peace Jay Briscoe! A pioneer of Tag Team wrestling & a absolute gem of a person! Rest well!
— Buddy Matthews (@SNM_Buddy) January 18, 2023
Rest In Peace Jay Briscoe. I can’t even believe this right now. Deepest condolences to his family, friends and fans. 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/apCX9xDNqY
— Velvet Sky (@VelVelHoller) January 18, 2023
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 didnt
I wish I did
Whenever I saw them I'd say
Luv me some Briscoes
Prayers for his family pic.twitter.com/aTaQRTjilX
— Tommy Dreamer (@THETOMMYDREAMER) January 18, 2023
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. 🙏🏼🦅♥️ pic.twitter.com/GvUgyG5SDR
— Mickie James~Aldis (@MickieJames) January 18, 2023
Absolutely gutted to learn the news of Jay Briscoe’s passing. So many great memories, both in and out of the ring. Thank you Jay, you were a real one. Sending love and prayers to the entire Briscoe family. Life on Earth is so precious, cherish it. ❤️🙏🏻
— Austin Aries (@AustinAries) January 18, 2023
I hate hearing this kind of news 😢 R.I.P. to Jay Briscoe 🙏 Had a great time sharing the ring and the locker room you with. Thank you for the great match at the Crockett Cup last year in Nashville. You and Mark were a crazy bunch of fun to tangle with. 👍🤝 🤼♂️ pic.twitter.com/AVkJb9aUPM
— Harry Smith (@DBSmithjr) January 18, 2023
So shocking and sad to hear the news of Jay Briscoe tonight. I’m thinking of Mark and the entire family ❤️
— Tenille Dashwood (@EmmaWWE) January 18, 2023
— Colt Cabana (@ColtCabana) January 18, 2023
I didn’t interact much with him, but upon meeting Jay I instantly understood something about him…his family was his everything. All the love in the world to them this evening.
— Cody Rhodes (@CodyRhodes) January 18, 2023
RIP Jay Briscoe.
You have left many great matches in Japan. You are still in the memories of Japanese fans. https://t.co/Sgfj574VbK
— Konosuke Takeshita 竹下幸之介 (@Takesoup) January 18, 2023
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.
— Ettore “Big E” Ewen (@WWEBigE) January 18, 2023
An incredible performer who created a deep connection with wrestling fans across the globe. My condolences to the family and friends of Jay Briscoe.
— Triple H (@TripleH) January 18, 2023
Just like everyone else, I'm heartbroken to learn of Jay Briscoe's passing. I've always enjoyed sharing a locker room with he & his brother Mark. Incredibly kind & respectful. Sending all my love to Mark & their family.🙏 #ripjaybriscoe pic.twitter.com/s8jbcDh0AO
— Sean Waltman (@TheRealXPac) January 18, 2023
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
— Kyle O'Reilly (@KORcombat) January 18, 2023
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.#RIPJayBriscoe pic.twitter.com/6ZxNfgPcmw
— Christopher Daniels (@facdaniels) January 18, 2023
I cannot even begin to process this right now. I loved everything about my friend Jay Briscoe. His passion. His drive. His presence. Our wars in the ring. Most importantly, how much he loved his family. I am literally sick to my stomach… pic.twitter.com/XNK5ZHlqxu
— Frankie Kazarian (@FrankieKazarian) January 18, 2023
This one hurts so bad. Jay Briscoe defined passion… for his family, his friends, wrestling, and everything in between. I love you. I will miss you. 🖤
— Tommaso Ciampa (@CiampaWWE) January 18, 2023
Doesn’t feel real
Truly one of a kind
One of the best humans you could ever know
Thank you for all the memories and the good times my brother
Love you dude
RIP Jay Briscoe
— Edward Edwards (@TheEddieEdwards) January 18, 2023
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. pic.twitter.com/HnpjxZabW5
— NWA (@nwa) January 18, 2023
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. pic.twitter.com/5wB6HpVY0x
— ROH – Ring of Honor Wrestling (@ringofhonor) January 18, 2023
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.
— NJPW Global (@njpwglobal) January 18, 2023
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. pic.twitter.com/g95ID0ZnDW
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) January 18, 2023
With a broken heart, we mourn the loss of Jay Briscoe.
A Fighter, a Brother, a Father, and a Champion. Thanks for the memories.
We love you and we will never forget you.
Rest in Peace 🙏🖤 pic.twitter.com/GlUnxGiW4X
— GameChangerWrestling (@GCWrestling_) January 18, 2023
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. pic.twitter.com/Xtpcv9wgHy
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) January 18, 2023
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