As some of you have probably done, I spent last night (Jan 17) scrolling through my Twitter timeline. Many times I would wipe tears from my eyes after reading the latest tribute to Jamin “Jay Briscoe” Buff, who died in a traffic accident earlier today. But I often grinned though how I felt at the great promotions and moments people shared from his legendary ROH & indie career.
There seems to be an endless stream of both, and it continues today. Some of this is due to the tragic nature of his death, and—according to those who already knew him—the quality of the person he was. But it’s also evidence that the community was shaped by the wrestlers and cheerleaders on the independent circuit. There are very few wrestlers active this century who haven’t shared a locker room with Jay and his brother Mark at some point in time. And if you care about wrestling outside of WWE at all, you know the Die Boys.
Here are some great examples of both types of messages we’ve seen over the past 24 hours.
I spent hours reading what people had to say about Jamin last night. You watched some of our matches together. I went back and read our recent texts to each other
I am very sad for his family. Every single one of them I’ve met over the years, and I’ve met a lot of them because they’re all stuck together like glue, all special human beings who will give you the shirt off their back in a heartbeat if you need it.
This is Jamin too.
There are a few people in this industry that I consider the pillars of my career. People I truly feel like I wouldn’t be where I am today if I hadn’t encountered them. Jay and Mark Briscoe are two of those pillars.
In 2007 they had the opportunity to make or break two Canadian guys who were trying to put themselves on the map in the US indie scene. I remember going up to Jay that evening before our game and asking him what he wanted to do… I had never met him before… Our first interaction ever… He heard my question and looked at me and with a big smile across his face said, “Okay man.. Let’s go out there and kill her!”
So we did. We did that that night and have done it many times since. Every match I’ve played with them stands out among the thousands of matches I’ve played in my career because working with the Briscoes has been special every time.
Having the honor of being in the ring with Jay and his entire family as they celebrate after winning the ROH Championship is my favorite moment in my independent career, bar none. It was special for all of them, for the crowd out there that night, for everyone in the locker room and for me because Jay was special.
I didn’t get to see Jamin much after going to WWE in 2014. In fact, I think we only saw each other once but no time at all. He came to watch a WWE show and of course he had his whole family with him. He was so excited and proud to tell me about all that his children and wife were doing and how wonderful they were. He loved his family with everything he had…it was great to see them all.
We didn’t stay in touch much but every time we did, it just worked for me. Receiving a text message from him was always like a giant ray of sunshine.
I am so thankful that I had him in my life. I am so grateful for the laughter and the memories. Just so grateful to know you. I am a better person because I had the chance to be.
My heart goes out to Ashley and the kids, to Mark and his parents, and everyone who knew and loved him. That’s a damned many people.
Because Jay was special.
Jay Briscoe’s victory over Kevin Steen for his first ROH World Title is easily the three biggest moments in company history. We need to start giving the talent their flowers while they’re here to smell it.
– ️ ️ (KXNGAO) January 18, 2023
I don’t have the words right now to properly express my grief. I love Jay and Mark Briscoe. often has. I wouldn’t be here without them. I’m so lucky to have shared a ring and shared so many laughs with Jay Briscoe and I’m so sad to know that neither of them will happen again. rip my friend
– Sami Zayn January 18, 2023
I don’t know what my life would be like without Jay Briscoe in it, and I don’t want to know.
You believed in me, helped me, and treated me like family. There will never be another like you. I am so grateful to know a man like you.
I love you, Jay.
– Adam Cole (@AdamColePro) January 18, 2023
Being in the ring with Jay Briscoe got me my first ROH contract. He and Mark have so selflessly helped Jimmy and I find our footing as the AOTF. Without him, I don’t know if Tyler Black could be Seth Rollins.
– Seth “Freakin” Rollins (WERollins) January 18, 2023
This one hurts really bad. Jay Briscoe has identified his passions…to his family, friends, wrestling, and everything in between. I love you. we will miss you.
– Tommaso Ciampa (CiampaWWE) January 18, 2023
We definitely studied and “borrowed” it from the Briscoe Brothers. They left an indelible mark on tag team wrestling. I was blown away by the trilogy with FTR. My deepest condolences to the loved ones of Jay Briscoe.
– Ettore “Big E” Ewen (WWEBigE) January 18, 2023
Jay Briscoe was the real deal. I’ve always been amazed how someone can be intimidating one moment and then warm and friendly the next. He has done so much for the business and for his family and I am forever grateful to have known him. Strength and love to Mark and his family. I love you brother
– Kyle O’Reilly (KORcombat) January 18, 2023
I can’t even begin to process this right now. I loved everything about my friend Jay Briscoe. grain. drive it. his existence. Our wars are in the ring. Most importantly, how much he loves his family. I am literally sick… pic.twitter.com/XNK5ZHlqxu
Frankie Kazarian January 18, 2023
Guy Briscoe was one of the strongest men I’ve had the privilege of sharing a ring with, as well as an amazing brother, father, and man. I’m so glad I had the chance to get to know him and wrestle with him as often as I used to. Rest in peace, Jay, I love you.#RIPJayBriscoe pic.twitter.com/6ZxNfgPcmw
– Christopher Daniels (@facdaniels) January 18, 2023
As teenagers Jay Briscoe (18 yrs old) and Mark Briscoe (17 yrs old) were already wrestling on a level that put them at the forefront of the new wave of American wrestling, but they are still working to get better every year and in 2022 they had some of the best matches I have seen to date. (8.24.02) #RIPJayBriscoe pic.twitter.com/qQkCHRc5ON
– Vintage Puroresu プロレス (vintagepuro) January 18, 2023
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“He was very involved. He was in school almost every day. … It is a great tragedy for the community.
With the kids practicing, teaching skills, and techniques, some knew he was a professional wrestling star and some didn’t. But he treated every kid the same, and he will be missed.
“I saw him at the local store. He brought back. All the kids know him. Just a real motivator.”
In 40 years in this business, you meet all kinds of people. Ultimately bad guys are good guys and ultimately bad guys are bad guys.
I must say, my impression of Briscoe was that these were two wild men. I had the chance to meet them for the one and only time at Starrcast. We walked down the hall and they were the nicest, most respectful, soft-spoken guys you’ll ever meet. Jay will be remembered for his talent, professionalism, and the rapport he has with his co-workers. Our hearts go out to his family, friends, fans and those we have not had the honor of knowing.
Much respect. -a
Jay and Mark Briscoe are two of the nicest people you will ever meet.
Jay, I am so sorry this happened to you. Thank you for being like family to anyone it was a pleasure meeting you. I pray for your beautiful wife and children, RIP my friend pic.twitter.com/0BTfIKueYx
– Lauren/Angelina Love (@ActualALove) January 18, 2023
I hope you are aware of what a good human being Jay is. pic.twitter.com/vON7cGp1uD
– ᴛʜᴇ ᴛʀᴇɴᴅ MʌTT TʌVEN (MattTaven) January 18, 2023
I heard this tragic news while flying. I am amazed that Jay Briscoe (Jamain Pugh) died so tragically today. I had the honor of working with him many times. I loved Jay. Jay was so real. Jay loved his wife and kids more than anything else and he shared this bond with us. I am sad for his family. pic.twitter.com/c2Jki7dEp0
– Matt Hardy (@MATTHARDYBRAND) January 18, 2023
Jay Briscoe showed me respect and love when everyone told me he wouldn’t. If you know Jay, then you know he would raise everyone up in that locker room no matter what world they came to wrestle from. Best. Rest, brother.
– EFFY (EFFYlives) January 18, 2023
The Briscoes’ latest promotion.
These two together were always hilarious and scary at the same time. Damn, they can pester you for a match right away.pic.twitter.com/dvDw1G7hsw
– Drainmaker ️ (@DrainBamager) January 18, 2023
At that point in our careers, we needed each other. We were put here to fight each other, building a legacy, making more money for all four of our families.
That last part is the one we’re all proud of. Thanks for sharing this. https://t.co/YqFhM3CBm5
– Uncle Dax FTR (DaxFTR) January 18, 2023
Many wrestlers, regardless of organization, have been tweeting about Jay Briscoe. He was a great athlete. I’m also worried about his brother, Mark. Rest in peace