AEW President Tony Khan announced that Mark will face Jay Lethal on Wednesday night, just over a week after Jay Briscoe lost his life in a car accident on January 17. Khan stated that the match was requested by both Mark and Lethal, as the match will celebrate the life and legacy of Jay Briscoe on his 39th birthday.
Live on TBS
8pm ET/7pm CT
Wednesday Night #AEWDynamite
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 pic.twitter.com/uzeQ0L4t5h
— Tony Khan (@TonyKhan) January 24, 2023
Together, Mark and Jay Briscoe were 13-time ROH World Tag Team Championships. They held the titles at the time of Jay’s passing, and Mark is still listed as a ROH World Tag Team Champion on the match graphic. Lethal, another longtime member of the ROH roster, worked with Jay for years, and they faced each other many times.
WrestleZone will have coverage of the show as it airs.
Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful reports that, per sources, the new bosses at Warner Bros. Discovery allowed AEW to book Mark on Wednesday’s episode of Dynamite. Previous reports indicated that WarnerMedia had been opposed to having Mark and Jay appear on AEW programming. On Wednesday, Mark will perform on the show in honor f his brother.
AEW released a Jay Briscoe memorial shirt, and all proceeds will go to his family. More information is available here.