WWE joined the wrestling world in remembering Jay Briscoe on Tuesday night, hours after it was reported he had passed away following a car accident that also claimed the life of another driver and seriously injured his two daughters.
WWE had the announcers make an announcement of Jay’s passing on NXT, and Triple H also paid tribute to Jay in a tweet.
As previously reported, a planned “funeral” segment was pulled from the show, according to John Pollock of POST Wrestling. It was supposed to include The New Day.
While speaking on Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer noted Shawn Michaels, who oversees NXT creative, made the call to do a promo segment/brawl to set up the triple threat match with New Day defending their NXT Tag Team Titles against Pretty Deadly and Gallus at Vengeance Day instead of what was initially planned.
“Did you hear the whole thing about this one? This was supposed to be a funeral segment, and they realized literally minutes before this thing started when they found out about Jay Briscoe. They made the call to switch it because they knew it would be in really bad taste, which is so different from WWE in similar situations in the past. But, it was Shawn’s [Michaels] call,” Meltzer stated.