Ring Of Honor Tag Team Champion Jay Briscoe has reiterated his apology over past homophobic Tweets following a report that AEW has been told not to sign him.
The Briscoes are one of the top tag teams in modern wrestling, having captured the Ring Of Honor Tag Team Championship an incredible twelve times, in addition to holding the IWGP Tag Team Championship in New Japan Pro Wrestling.
Given the unsettled nature of Ring Of Honor before AEW President Tony Khan announced he had bought the company, many expected to see The Briscoes move on to pastures new. The team has been involved in several back and forths with AEW’s FTR so a move to the company was something many had predicted for Jay and Mark Briscoe.
However, Fightful Select recently reported that AEW is not a likely destination for The Briscoes after all. The interest from the company was not confirmed in the report but it was stated that a “person of influence” in WarnerMedia – the parent company of TNT and TBS which AEW programming airs on – did not want The Briscoes in the company due to the homophobic social media posts.
Now speaking on the Battleground podcast, Jay Briscoe has issued his latest in a string of apologies stemming from his posts:
“I want to say, thank you to the people who really know…we get labeled as homophobes. I put out a stupid tweet nine years ago, the most dumbest, immature, obnoxious shit I’ve ever done. I don’t want anybody, from any walk of life, to feel like they can’t care for the Briscoes because I promise we love everybody. We love everybody and we just want to go out there and be pro wrestlers and give the best match that we can.”
“I said some dumb sh*t a long time ago, I apologized for it and I’ll apologize for it again. It was stupid. I feel like now there are people who look at us like, ‘we can’t cheer for them because they hate a certain group of people.’ We don’t hate nobody. We love everybody. We’re just some country boys. I thought I was taking a stand for the Lord back in the day.”
“I feel like people label us a certain way. Trust me, we’re not like that.”
As reigning ROH Tag Team Champions, The Briscoes are expected to compete at the company’s Supercard show on April 1st but so far only Jonathan Gresham vs. Bandido for the Undisputed ROH Championship has been announced for that event.