When All Elite Wrestling was launched in 2019 it was hoped by many that The Briscoes would finally get their chance to shine on national television.
However, as time went by a deal remained uncomplete due to AEW’s broadcast partner Warner Bros. Discovery reluctance to allow them on television. This stemmed from homophobic remarks Jay Briscoe made in the early 2010s. It is important to state that Jay apologised for these remarks on numerous occasions and has been publicly praised by several members of the LGBTQ+ since his passing.
When Tony Khan purchased Ring of Honor and signed The Briscoes under the ROH banner there was fresh optimism among fans, but again the brothers were prevented from stepping foot on Dynamite and Rampage.
Although it appears that this wasn’t through a lack of trying from AEW.
The Briscoes Almost Wrestled At All Out
Writing in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer has reported that numerous attempts were made to get The Briscoes on television. There were even plans to use them as part of a huge six-man tag team match at All Out in September 2022, but these were scrapped. Mark and Jay were pencilled in to team with Jay Lethal to take on FTR and Wardlow. FTR and The Briscoes were in the middle of a lengthy rivalry at the time.
However, due to the difficulty in being able to build and promote the match, The Briscoes were replaced by The Motor City Machine Guns.
“This past year there were many attempts to get them on the show. They were actually flown in a few times to television, but they weren’t allowed to be used. There were plans for them on the 9/4 All Out show in Chicago, to be in a six-man tag with FTR & Wardlow vs. The Briscoes & Jay Lethal. But without being able to promote it on television and because the broadcast partners didn’t want them on AEW broadcasts, the decision was made to bring the Motor City Machine Guns in out of nowhere to team with Lethal.”
Nick Jackson also recently revealed the efforts he and brother Matt went to in order to try and get their friends and in-ring rivals signed to AEW.
Jay Briscoe sadly passed away on January 17th as a result of injuries suffered in a car accident.