In Memoriam: Jay Briscoe (1984-2023)

New Japan Pro-Wrestling is shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Jay Briscoe at the age of 38.

Along with brother Mark, Jay was a founding member of the Ring of Honor roster and the cornerstone of their tag team division. The Briscoes would earn 13 ROH Tag Team Championships, most recently in December of 2022 across a career that redefined tag team wrestling. In singles competition, Jay was also a two time ROH World Champion. 

The Briscoes made their Japanese debuts in January 2002 for Big Japan Pro-Wrestling, and would win GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team gold in Pro-Wrestling NOAH before debuting in NJPW at Wrestle Kingdom 10 on January 4 2016. There, alongside Mark and Toru Yano, Jay became one third of the inaugural NEVER Openweight 6 Man Tag Team Champions.

On June 19 2016,  the Briscoes defeated the Guerrillas of Destiny to win the IWGP Tag Team Championships, and continued to be active in NJPW rings as part of the Honor Rising events in 2017 and 2019, before being part of a four way double tag title match at G1 Supercard in Madison Square Garden in April 2019. 

The thoughts and deepest sympathies of everyone at NJPW go to Jay’s family, friends and fans.