It has been announced that Mark Briscoe will be in action on AEW Dynamite for the first time.
Posting on social media, AEW boss Tony Khan has announced that Mark Briscoe will be taking on Jay Lethal on the January 25th episode of Dynamite. Khan stated that the match is at the request of both men who want to honour the legacy of Jay Briscoe on his 39th birthday.
“Mark Briscoe vs Jay Lethal Requested by both men to celebrate the life + legacy of the late great Jay Briscoe on his 39th birthday, his longtime friend/rival Jay Lethal vs his brother Mark Briscoe.”
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Requested by both men to celebrate the life + legacy of the late great
Jay Briscoe on his 39th birthday,
his longtime friend/rival Jay Lethal vs his brother Mark Briscoe pic.twitter.com/uzeQ0L4t5h
— Tony Khan (@TonyKhan) January 24, 2023
Mark Briscoe Had Previously Been Banned From AEW Appearance
Jay Briscoe sadly passed away on January 17th as a result of injuries suffered in a car accident.
On the Dynamite 24 hours after his passing there was a tribute graphic to open the show while a number of wrestlers wore black armbands. However, the episode wasn’t a full tribute show and it was reported that this idea had been blocked by Warner Bros. Discovery.
The Briscoe Brothers had been banned from AEW television in connection to homophobic comments made by Jay 10-years-ago. Since the incident, Jay apologised repeatedly, educated himself on LBGTQ+ issues, and became an ally to the community. He was widely praised for this both before and after his death.
There had also been reports that Mark was still banned from appearing on the network.
Nick Jackson of the Young Bucks has since discussed “begging” Tony Khan to sign the Briscoe Brothers to AEW on a weekly basis.
A tribute show for Jay Briscoe was filmed at the most recent Dynamite taping and this will be aired on Honor Club for free and on ROH’s YouTube channel. There are also reportedly plans for two more tribute shows which will be broadcast at a later date.