“The Era of Honor Begins” – February 23, 2002
ROH Title(s) Held
World Tag Team Championship
w/ Mark Briscoe
11/1/03 – 4/24/04
5/15/04 – 5/15/04
2/24/07 – 3/3/07
3/30/07 – 12/30/07
4/12/08 – 5/10/08
12/19/09 – 4/3/10
12/23/11 – 5/12/11
12/16/12 - 03/02/13
ROH World Championship
04/05/13 - 07/01/13
09/06/14 – 06/19/15
Controversial, outspoken and the most decorated tag team in Ring of Honor history, Jay & Mark have earned the reputation as the most rugged team in ROH. At their family farm in Delaware, the Briscoes grew up on one of the largest chicken farms in the state, where their work ethic was shaped. A member of the ROH family since day one, Jay wrestled on “The Era of Honor Begins” against Amazing Red with brother Mark in his corner due to his age making him too young to compete in Pennsylvania.
As a team, the brothers went on to capture the ROH World Tag Team titles on seven different occasions, the most of any team in history. Legendary battles with teams like CM Punk & Colt Cabana, The Kings of Wrestling, El Generico & Kevin Steen, The American Wolves, The Young Bucks and War Machine, The Briscoes have defined the brutal fighting style of “Dem Boys”. Mark & Jay make no excuses for their actions or words, which have continued to earn them respect in the sport but constantly land them in trouble with ROH officials. Their most recent title reign came to an abrupt end at our 11th Anniversary at the hands of reDRagon in March of 2013.
On April 5, 2013 Jay received a shot against then ROH World Champion Kevin Steen who had been running roughshod over ROH en route to potentially destroying it. On this date Jay Briscoe achieved a dream, he became the Ring of Honor World Champion!
Briscoe would successfully defend the ROH World Championship against Adam Cole, his brother Mark and Matt Hardy. After being attacked by S.C.U.M., it was discovered that Jay Briscoe had suffered an injury. Since doctors would not clear him, ROH Match Nigel McGuinness would have no choice but to strip Briscoe of the ROH World Championship. He would make appearances at shows pleading with Nigel to do this, but it happened.
A tournament was started to crown a new champion, which Adam Cole won. At the behest of Papa Briscoe, Jay would shake the hand of Adam Cole after he won the championship. Cole would shock the world by superkicking Briscoe in the back of the head, igniting potentially the greatest rivalry in Ring of Honor history.
Briscoe would begin the hunt to not only get back at Cole, but get his ROH World Championship back as well. He would introduce his own “Real World Title”, based on his feeling that he was the true champion after having not been defeated for the championship. At Final Battle 2013 he would come close to regaining the championship in a 3 way contest with Cole & “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin, but Cole escaped as champion.
At Super Card of Honor VIII in April of 2014 Briscoe would put his “Real World Title” up against Cole’s ROH World Championship in a ladder match. Many call this the most violent match in Ring of Honor history. Both men were bloodied and battered and Cole won the match. Briscoe would do battle with Cole’s cohorts Matt Hardy & Michael Bennett in hopes of securing his “Real World Title” which Hardy called “The Iconic Title” and Bennett & Maria Kanellis would later rename “The Title of Love”.
The always ready Briscoe would man-up at every corner! He and his brother Mark would team occasionally, joining forces to challenge then IWGP Tag Team Champions Machine Gun Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows at War of The Worlds.
On September 6, 2014 Briscoe would join the elite in Ring of Honor once again capturing the ROH World Championship from Michael Elgin at All Star Extravaganza 6. He would find himself right back in the thick of things with arch rival Adam Cole. Cole won Survival of The Fittest 2014 to earn a shot at the ROH World Championship at Final Battle 2014. Cole, never one to just let things be, took it upon himself to superkick Papa Briscoe in the back of the head in Baltimore. Jay would snap and demand that the match at Final Battle not be just a normal match, he wanted a Fight Without Honor.
At Final Battle 2014 the next chapter in this storied rivalry came to an end as Briscoe overcame the brutality of the fight to retain the ROH World Championship in front of his family. He would defend his ROH World Championship successfully a dozen times, including beating Samoa Joe in the Samoan Submission Machine’s much talked about return to Ring of Honor. His second reign would come to an end at the hands of ROH World Television Champion Jay Lethal at Best in The World ’15.
Briscoe is now the only person to hold 8 ROH World Tag Team Championships and 2 ROH World Championships. What can we expect from the legendary Jay Briscoe going forward? He has announced that he and his brother Mark would reform their team and once again revolutionize the Tag Team division. If anyone can do it, its DEM BOYS!