The Wrestling Observer is reporting that Warner Bros. Discovery would not allow AEW to broadcast a more extensive tribute to Jay Briscoe on Dynamite last night.
Warner Bros. Discovery owns the TBS and TNT stations, networks on which Dynamite and Rampage air.
Briscoe died in a head-on collision Tuesday at the age of 38.
Last night’s Dynamite opened with a graphic honoring Briscoe’s passing and throughout the show talent like Jay Lethal and The Young Bucks wore black arm bands in tribute to Briscoe.
“There was not any kind of big tribute because they were not allowed by WarnerMedia (Warner Bros. Discovery) to do one,” said Dave Meltzer.
After Rampage was shot AEW did film a tribute show that will air for free on RoH’s Honor Club streaming service.
“They filmed a one-hour show in Fresno tonight that will be on HonorClub. They will be doing another tribute show. When they finally do the Ring of Honor television show, the first show will feature a lot of Jay matches and the tribute show will as well when it’s all put together. At Supercard of Honor there will also be kind of a memorial to Jay or something to honour Jay,” reported Meltzer.
In addition to matches filmed tonight for the first Celebration of
Jay Briscoe's Life, this first tribute show will include people talking about their experiences with
Jamin Pugh + classic matches from
Jay Briscoe's legendary career, coming soon to ROH YouTube +
free on HonorClub
— Tony Khan (@TonyKhan) January 19, 2023
Meltzer speculated that the reason why Warner Bros. Discovery would not permit a larger Briscoe tribute was because of controversial comments Briscoe made in the past.
Back in 2013, Briscoe posted homophobic comments on Twitter. One such post read:
“The Delaware Senate passed a bill yesterday that allows same sex couples to get married. If that makes you happy, then congratulations!!!!! … try and teach my kids that there’s nothing wrong with that and I’ll f—–g shoot you.”
Over the years Briscoe has apologized time and time again for his insensitive remarks and donated money to charity to drive home his shame and regret over the incident.
“I put out a stupid tweet nine years ago, the most dumbest, immature, obnoxious s–t 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 s–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,” he said on the Battleground podcast last year.