News that Jay Briscoe passed away in an automobile accident broke during WWE NXT this week. The company paid tribute to Briscoe live on the air, but it turns out that they did even more for him.
According to John Pollock from Post Wrestling, NXT nixed a funeral segment with the New Day that they planned for this week’s show. This was a call that they made at the last minute.
New Day was scheduled to host a funeral segment on NXT on Tuesday night – this segment was changed after the news of Jay Briscoe’s passing, per sources
WWE NXT saw the New Day come out to the ring this week wearing suits. Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston didn’t do any funeral bits, and they just cut a regular promo. Then they were joined by Gallus and Pretty Deadly to set up their Vengeance Day three-way tag team match.
February 4th will see an action-packed three-way tag team contest with the NXT Tag Team Titles on the line at Vengeance Day. The program happened to see one alternation tonight, but they were still able to book the match.
It’s great that NXT changed their mind about this bit. It would have come off as tone-deaf in a huge way if the New Day came out and cut a light-hearted funeral themed promo. Thankfully, they were able to call an audible to avoid the situation.
Our thoughts go out to Jay Briscoe’s entire family, friends, and fans. We are also thinking about everyone involved in that terrible tragedy, because another life was also lost. The identity of the other fatality in the wreck is not public at this time.
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