Nick Jackson Reflects On The Tragic Passing Of Jay Briscoe


In the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Nick Jackson opened up about the tragic passing of Jamin Pugh, known to wrestling fans as Jay Briscoe.

Earlier this week, Jay was involved in a fatal car accident, where his daughters also suffered life-altering injuries.


Here’s what Nick Jackson had to say:

On his feelings after Jay’s demise: “We’re both [Matt] devastated. Next to the Luchas, they [Mark & Jay] were our favorite opponents, and we had a deep love for Jay. He loved his family so much so we related to that while on the road with them. He was the most intense person I’d ever been in the ring with. I’d be scared watching him make his entrance. He was so believable! We’re heartbroken right now.”

On sharing the ring with Jay Briscoe: “Jay was the most intimidating man I’ve ever stepped in the ring with. The Briscoe brothers theme music would hit and Matt and I would be in the ring legit scared even though moments before we’d all four shared a prayer asking God to protect us all and to keep our families safe while we we’re on the road. That was a very normal routine we had before wrestling those guys. We always talked about our families and Jay loved his wife and kids so much. Such a great family man and so loyal.”

On begging AEW to sign The Briscoes on a weekly basis: “We always say they’re the best tag team in the world that wasn’t showcased to a national audience. We wanted to change that. We tried recruiting them from day one to AEW. Literally would beg on a weekly basis. Tony tried his hardest and when he bought ROH that was one of the first things he did was sign them to long-term contracts.”

On Jay’s sensitivity training in light of homophobic comments: “Jay took sensitivity training before signing and everyone I’ve talked to said how genuine he seemed and how different his opinions were during the training and just how much of a sweetheart he was and I had many conversations with them about it all too and he was definitely a changed man. I just wish he was given a better opportunity for forgiveness while he was still here with us.”

On Jay Briscoe being like family: “He was such a good human being. The best of hearts. This has hurt me more than my own family dying. Because in a way, he was family. We went to war with him more than any opponents I think we ever have had in our careers. We trusted him with our lives. Every time we saw him we hugged him and told him we loved him. I just wish we could hug him one last time. My heart goes out to his wife, kids, parents, and Mark.”

On behalf of the entire eWn team, we offer our sincerest condolences and thoughts to the Pugh family at this time.

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