Jay Briscoe, a Ring of Honor wrestler, died at the age of 38.
Jamin Pugh, a professional wrestler who competed for two decades in the Ring of Honor under the stage name Jay Briscoe, has died. He was 38.
Tony Khan, the owner and CEO of All Elite Wrestling, who purchased Ring of Honor wrestling in March 2022, announced Briscoe’s death on Twitter on Tuesday.
“Jamin Pugh, sadly, has died. Fans knew him as Jay Briscoe, and he was a ROH star for over 20 years, from the first show to today “Khan put pen to paper. “Jay and his brother Mark dominated ROH and continue to reign as champions to this day. We’ll do everything we can to help his family. Jamin, may you rest in peace.”
Briscoe debuted in ROH wrestling in 2002 with his brother Mark, forming the successful tag team duo “The Briscoe Brothers.” Briscoe, who was 18 at the time, and Mark, who was 17, have competed in every show since the company’s inception.
“We mourn the tragic passing of Jamin Pugh, known to wrestling fans around the world as Jay Briscoe,” All Elite Wrestling said in a statement. “Our hearts go out to his family, friends, and fans.”
The Briscoe Brothers are widely regarded as ROH’s greatest tag team duo.
The Briscoe Brothers held the ROH World Tag Team Championship 13 times for a total of 1,413 days.
They recently won the tag team title in a Double Dog Collar match against FTR’s Cash Wheeler and Dax Harwood in December.
“Since hearing the news, I’ve been in tears. I just don’t know what to say. Jay, may you rest in peace “On Tuesday evening, Wheeler tweeted. Harwood captioned a photo of The Briscoe Brothers and FTR drinking in the locker room, “I love you, Jay.”
The wrestling community’s tributes continued to pour in.
Briscoe was described on Twitter by Paul “Triple H” Levesque as “an incredible performer who created a deep connection with wrestling fans all over the world.”
“I am DEVASTATED that Jay Briscoe (Jamin Pugh) tragically died today,” Matt Hardy said.
“I was honored to work with him numerous times,” Hardy said on Twitter. “I adored Jay. Jay was completely honest. Jay adored his wife and children above all else, and we shared that bond. I feel terrible for his family.”
Briscoe and his brother Mark were inducted into the ROH Hall of Fame’s inaugural class last year.
“The Briscoes are not solely defined by their impressive championship resume, however.
They have been the heart and soul of ROH and emblematic of the company’s standard of excellence inside the squared circle, “In their HOF induction, ROH said of the duo. “Whether it was a couple hundred fans at a rec center or a sold-out crowd at Madison Square Garden, Jay and Mark Briscoe sacrificed their bodies and gave everything they had to make sure the fans got their money’s worth.”