It was previously reported that Jay Briscoe (real name Jamin Pugh), one-half of the greatest tag team in the history of ROH and one-half of one of the greatest tag teams in pro wrestling, recently passed away at the age of 38 due to a car accident nearby his home in Laurel, Delaware.
The Shore News Beacon then revealed more details on the car accident that led to Jay Briscoe’s tragic passing and it was indicated that it took place at 16523 Laurel Rd, which is a number of minutes away from Jay Briscoe’s home and the first police responders on the scene stated that there were “multiple calls reporting as many as 4 patients trapped,” with two fatalities, one being Jay Briscoe and it was not revealed who the other person is. The police also revealed that his two daughters were in the car with him at the time of the accident and Jay Briscoe’s wife confirmed on Facebook that their 12-year-old daughter had undergone surgery as a result of her injuries.
AEW paid tribute to Jay Briscoe at the start of their episode of Dynamite this past Wednesday, with a graphic and several All Elite Wrestling Stars even wore black armbands during their matches, but Dave Meltzer noted on a recent edition of the Wrestling Observer Radio Program that AEW was not allowed to do a tribute show for Jay Briscoe by Warner Bros. Discovery, similar to what the company did for Dark Order leader Brodie Lee several years back and the reason behind that is due to the homophobic tweets Jay Briscoe sent out a decade ago.
Since then, Jay Briscoe apologized for the tweets a number of times and several members of the LGBTQ+ community even paid tribute to the 13-time ROH World Tag Team Champion following his passing, but Jay Briscoe’s tweets is the reason why The Briscoes were never signed by AEW and used on AEW TV as Warner Bros. Discovery didn’t want him used by All Elite Wrestling.
Tony Khan instead had a Jay Briscoe Tribute Show taped following last Wednesday’s episode of Dynamite and Rampage and the plan is to air the show on ROH’s Honor Club streaming service for free as well as AEW’s official YouTube channel sometime in the near future. AEW is also planning to honor Jay Briscoe when ROH begins their weekly television show and possibly even at Supercard of Honor.
This is what Dave Meltzer said:
“If you watched tonight’s show and you were expecting something, I know a lot of people were. Something like the Brodie Lee show, and obviously that didn’t happen. There was basically a graphic at the start of the show and at the very end of the show, there was a mention by Excalibur. A lot of the guys had armbands, a lot of them, but there was not any kind of big tribute because they were not allowed by WarnerMedia (Warner Bros. Discovery) to do one. They filmed a one-hour show in Fresno tonight that will be on Honor Club. They will be doing another tribute show. When they finally do the Ring of Honor television show, the first show will feature a lot of Jay matches and the tribute show will as well when it’s all put together. At Supercard of Honor (in late March on WrestleMania weekend) there will also be kind of a memorial to Jay or something to honor Jay.”
H/T to WrestlingNews.co for transcribing the quotes.