The passing of Ring of Honor legend Jay Briscoe has brought great grief throughout the whole wrestling community. On Tuesday, Tony Khan, the president of AEW and ROH, shared the heartbreaking news that Jamin Pugh—true Briscoe’s name—had passed suddenly. Khan continued by praising The Briscoes for their years of dedication to the Ring of Honor. A promise to “do anything we can to support his family” was also made by him.
Although there was no early indication of a cause of death, later sources indicated that Jay had been in an automobile accident in Laurel, Delaware. The deadly accident is supported by a police report of the incident, however, the victims’ names were withheld.
Given Briscoe’s illustrious career in the wrestling industry, many fans and wrestling personalities sent their condolences and paid their respects to him on Twitter.
“Jay Briscoe was a fantastic brother, father, and man in addition to being one of the toughest individuals I’ve ever had the honor of sharing a ring with. I’m very grateful that I had the chance to get to know him and wrestle him so frequently. I love you, Jay, rest in peace,” tweeted Christopher Daniels, a fellow Ring of Honor legend.
Frankie Kazarian, a different former Ring of Honor wrestler, remarked, “I cannot even begin to digest this at this time. My friend Jay Briscoe was everything I adored in a friend. His enthusiasm His zeal. He is there. Our ringside battles. What mattered most was how much he treasured his family. I literally feel like throwing up.
The Usos, a member of the WWE, said, “RIP to the homie Jay Briscoe. I send my condolences to your family. Go to paradise, uso.
Other accolades for Briscoe from the wrestling community are as follows:
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
RIP Jay Briscoe.
— Konosuke Takeshita (@Takesoup) January 18, 2023
Jay Briscoe was a wonderful human being and he loved his family so much. So much. He was so proud of them. Rest with God my friend.
— DIJAK (@TBARRetribution) January 18, 2023
There is a tonne of unanswered questions regarding Briscoe’s passing. The investigation into the sad accident should provide us with additional clarity.