Inside The Ropes is saddened to report the passing of wrestling icon Jerome ‘New Jack’ Young following a heart attack at just 58-years of age.
The news of Young’s passing was confirmed by the former ECW Tag Team Champion’s wife Jennifer who confirmed to PWInsider.com that “The Original Gangsta” had passed away in North Carolina, the place he has called his home in recent years.
Jerome ‘New Jack’ Young broke into the wrestling industry back in 1992 debuting for United States Wrestling Association (USWA) after training under former AJPW, Jim Crockett’s Promotion and WWC superstar Ray Canty.
New Jack found success early on in his career winning the USWA World Tag Team Championships in June of 1993, the first of five Tag Team Championships that he would win in his almost thirty-year career.
‘The Original Gangsta’ would rise to prominence in Smoky Mountain Wrestling as part of a wrestling group known as ‘The Gangstas’ including partner Mustafa Saed, whilst in Smoky Mountain, New Jack would tour the southern states facing off against legendary tag teams such as ‘The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express’.
New Jack is possibly best known for his role in Extreme Championship Wrestling between 1995 and 1997. During his run in ECW, New Jack was a part of many controversial and infamous spots, segments and altercations including the Mass Transit incident of November 1996.
The Greensboro native would continue to wrestle up until his passing, appearing as recently as April 2021 for New Jersey-based promotion ICW No Hold Barred joining forces with ‘The Carnage Crew’ to defeat Neil Diamond Cutter and The Rejects.
New Jack leaves behind a important and impressive mark on wrestling history, from his routes in tag team wrestling to the impact he had in ECW.
In November 2017, Jim Cornette referred to New Jack as “The best promo in wrestling in 1994” which speaks volumes to Jerome Young’s understanding of the wrestling business even just two years into it.
Everyone at Inside The Ropes sends their deepest condolences to New Jack’s family and friends during this incredibly difficult time.