On the April 14th episode of "AEW Rampage," eagle-eyed fans noticed a heartfelt tribute by the new AEW World Tag Team Champions, FTR, during their interview segment with Tony Schiavone. Dax Harwood and Cash Wheeler's championship belts displayed the same nameplate, commemorating the late, fantastic Jay Briscoe.
This tribute by FTR is fitting, considering the significant events of 2022. The duo's incredible year began with a highly-acclaimed match against the Briscoe Brothers, where they secured the ROH Tag Team Championship. The two teams would go on to compete in two more matches that garnered widespread praise within the wrestling community.
Ultimately, the Briscoes emerged victorious in their final encounter during a dog collar match at ROH Final Battle. Tragically, Jay Briscoe passed away just a month later in a vehicle collision, prompting an outpouring of grief from the wrestling world.
Mark Briscoe and FTR's Tribute
In the wake of Jay's passing, his brother Mark Briscoe has appeared on AEW programming, even though Warner Bros. reportedly banned the Briscoes from AEW TV while Jay was still alive. Mark recently competed against Samoa Joe for the ROH Television Championship at the Supercard of Honor pay-per-view event.
Following his defeat, Mark was joined at the top of the ramp by FTR. FTR's tribute to Jay Briscoe extended beyond their championship belts. Later in the evening, FTR and Mark Briscoe celebrated alongside the new ROH Tag Team Champions, the Lucha Brothers, after their victorious "Reach for the Sky" Ladder Match.
This display of unity and respect between the teams emphasizes the lasting impact that Jay Briscoe had on his fellow wrestlers, both in his relationships and his contributions to the sport. FTR's touching tribute to Jay Briscoe on their AEW World Tag Team Championship belts is a testament to the enduring bond and admiration between the wrestlers.
As the AEW World Tag Team Champions, FTR continues to honor Jay's memory and legacy within the wrestling community, ensuring that his contributions to the sport are not forgotten.