It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Jay Briscoe, one of the greatest tag-team wrestlers in professional wrestling history, who sadly passed away at the age of 38.
Jamin Pugh, better known by his wrestling persona Briscoe, was a long-time staple of Ring of Honor. The tag team duo composed of Jay and Mark Briscoe have won the promotion’s championship title thirteen times–including their current reign!
Last March, AEW founder Tony Khan unveiled the news that he had purchased Ring of Honor.
“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,” Khan wrote on Twitter. “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.”
In a tragic turn of events, Dave Meltzer, renowned pro wrestling reporter, shared that the terrible car accident in Laurel, Del had taken two lives—one of whom was Briscoe.
For nearly two decades, the Briscoes have been synonymous with Ring of Honor. Not to mention that Jay Briscoe has held the world title twice against tough competitors as a singles wrestler.
An outpouring of admiration and respect for Briscoe has been witnessed in recent days.
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
“I’ve been in tears since I heard the news. I just don’t have the words. Rest in Peace Jay,” wrote on Twitter Cash Wheeler, of the tag-team FTR. The two teams clashed in a thrilling trilogy of matches, with the last match taking place in December.
Pro wrestler Danhausen wrote: “One of the top highlights of my short ROH run and career was being able to not only work with the Briscoes, but having the absolute privilege to wrestle Mark and Jay. One of the best wrestlers to ever do it and always so nice and helpful to everyone. Rest in peace.”
“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,” AEW’s Christopher Daniels said on Twitter. “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.”