On today’s episode of Talking Smack on the WWE Network, Paul Heyman emotionally paid tribute to ‘New Jack’ Jerome Young.
The sad news of Young’s passing due to a heart attack at the age of 58 emerged yesterday.
Young was best known for his time in the Heyman-led ECW and became widely known as the most extreme individual in wrestling.
“I avoid eulogies as best I can because anytime I’m faced with them, the first thing that comes to mind is, ‘Hey, this sucks’, and there’s no good spin that I can put on it. When I heard that New Jack had passed away, my hope was that New Jack had turned to his wife and said, ‘Hey, I’d like to read my own obituary. Call a bunch of people, and tell them that I died. And then everybody’s gonna make a big fuss about it. And I’ll read about my whole life’. And then, at some point this weekend, they’d sell a bunch of t-shirts, and he’d sit there and go, ‘Gotcha!’. That’s what New Jack would do. Apparently, it’s not so, which sucks.
“Usually, when we pay tribute to somebody here in WWE, we show a lot of footage of that person. To be blunt, we can’t show you a lot of footage of New Jack because he was the most non-PG performer in sports-entertainment history because New Jack was a gangsta. Everybody who was a fan of ECW that came to see ECW who watched ECW knew that fact from the moment his music hit. New Jack was the most gangsta of all of us gangstas. Anybody that ever saw New Jack perform live or heard him cut a promo understood just how real he was.
“Jerome Young was quite the individual. And deep in his heart, he was every bit of New Jack that he could offer you. I wish you all a most extreme weekend. Gangsta style.”
We continue to extend our condolences to Young’s family, friends, and all those affected by his passing.
Quote via Wrestling Inc