Jamin “Jay Briscoe” Pugh and his brother Mark have never wrestled for WWE. But a lot of people have worked with The Briscoes, and – like everyone who apparently knew them – believed deeply in them.
It has led to an astonishing amount of recognition on the two episodes of WWE TV that have been put on since Pugh’s tragic death early Tuesday night in Delaware. On the NXT broadcast that same night (January 17), Shawn Michaels was the Vic Joseph’s play-by-play announcer sharing the sad news with the audience on USA Network…
Vic Joseph sends his prayers to Jay Brisco’s family on NXT. pic.twitter.com/DLutjuQjHG
— Austin (@rondarouseyszn) January 18, 2023
Something’s Going On Michael Cole Jan. 20 SmackDownwhere Viking Raiders Eric and Ivar wrestled with the “Dem Boys” badges.
I love you Jay, I love you Briscoe
Please help the Pugh family if you can pic.twitter.com/weZjgOU91G
– Ivar (Ivar_WWE) January 21, 2023
Later in the show, Kevin Owens (who wrote a lovely tribute to his late friend read it here…but you’ll probably want to have a tissue handy before you do) rocked a version of his “Jay” Royal Rumble Signing a contract with Roman Reigns.
And in a “digital exclusive” post-show, Hit Row’s Top Dolla included some references to the 13-time Ring of Honor brand champions in his interview. AJ Francis & Tehuti Miles didn’t work with the Jay & Mark I know, but they’re Maryland guys, and the mid-Atlantic folks stick together.
except: MustafaHosny Oh God, Amen And @employee from #HitRow Tabuk @employee and a challenger match against them in a Tag Team Tournament semi-final match @employee & @employee next week. #smackdown pic.twitter.com/5gvgKUrDda
– WWE January 21, 2023
“Listen, I’m not company, but I promise you, I’m from where Dem Boys hide and tell you.”reach for the sky’. And that’s where I learned to get it by any means necessary.”
These honors could go on forever, and they might never be enough.