The recent demise of wrestling superstar Jay Briscoe left the wrestling community and his family in deep mourning. His brother and fellow wrestler, Mark Briscoe, recently opened up about his struggle to deal with the loss in a touching interview on the AEW Unrestricted podcast.
The Hall of fame for Ring of Honor (ROH) shared insights about the emotional whirlwind he has been experiencing, the tribute match in honor of his late brother, and his continual journey of grief processing.
Mark Recalls Brother's Sudden Demise
Mark Briscoe emotionally recalled the dreadful moment he found out about his brother's passing, which ironically occurred the day before his birthday, January 18th.
He described the last interaction with his brother, who was jesting around, asking if he was ready for his "big day" the following day. Mere hours later, Mark received the earth-shattering call about his brother's demise, which left him grappling for comprehension and the reality of the situation.
Amid his grief, Mark talked with Tony Khan, AEW's president, about hosting a tribute match. Khan was entirely supportive of the idea. Mark's profound friendship with wrestler Jay Lethal also played a critical role in bringing the tribute match to fruition.
Mark confessed that the thought of retirement crept into his mind after the tragic event, but he knew Jay wouldn't want that. He humorously recalled his brother's potential reaction, saying, "If I hung up the boots now, he'd be mad as hell." Interestingly, the tribute match fell on Jay's birthday, an occurrence Mark found more than coincidental.
Describing it as "God's time," he found a strange comfort in the match, marking it as an assurance that everything would be alright. The main event match with Lethal was therapeutic, a wrestling tribute like no other. Briscoe also provided insight into his ongoing process of grief.
He emphasized that his brother's spirit remains with him. Instead of letting the tragedy bring him down, Mark insists on using it as a springboard to honor his brother's memory and continue his journey with renewed dedication. He concluded, "Do what Jay wants you to do and keep on."