Following the death of Jay Briscoe on January 17, names across the wrestling landscape spoke of their love for the real-life Jamin Pugh.
Pugh died in a car crash in Laurel, Delaware and was most recently celebrated on AEW Dynamite with the debut of Mark Briscoe against Jay Lethal.
Kofi Kingston spoke about Jay Briscoe shortly after his death speaking to Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful.
Although Kingston had never met the Briscoes, he recognised their importance to the wrestling business, saying:
“Yeah, it’s really strange because I’ve never met the Briscoes, but at the same time, I feel like I know them just because they’ve been such a staple in the wrestling industry for so long,
“Anybody who is trying to establish a tag team, you go and watch some Briscoe matches just to get a different flavor.
“The way that they’re able to go out there and do things the way that they do has always been impressive and eye-catching, and jaw-dropping.”
He would go on to discuss the passing of Jay, saying:
“Hearing about Jay’s passing yesterday hit very hard because regardless of what companies we work for, there’s a sense of brotherhood within the industry, man,
“We all go through this journey. We all know what it involves, the sacrifices that it takes to be in this industry and then to be in it for so long.
“So there’s just a level of mutual respect there, for sure. Condolences out to his family and to his brother. I can’t imagine what they’re going through.
“It’s nice to see on social media all the love that is being poured out toward their family. Definitely unfortunate news. We just hope that they take it one day at a time and keep on keeping on.”
Shortly after his death, a friend of the Pugh family set up an official donation page,
AEW aired a tribute package for the late Jay Briscoe and shared the video on their YouTube (which can be seen below).
Transcript from Fightful.
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