Big news from the Ring of Honor front, as it appears ROH mainstays the Briscoe Brothers are no longer with the company.
Jay and Mark Briscoe are no longer with Ring of Honor, confirming our earlier report. Their contracts have expired and there is no intention of the company renewing them at this time.
Both men were written off television at this week's television taping. The incident that will actually take them off TV isn't set to air until the end of July, so there is definitely time for the two parties to work out new contract deals.
At this time, Jay Briscoe is still the ROH World Heavyweight Champion, and Ring of Honor has not issued a statement on the Briscoe’s, or the future of their primary title.
Tuesday afternoon, WrestleZone also noted that the former tag team champs may be WWE-bound. Keep in mind, the Briscoes and WWE have some history. The pair tried out for WWE in 2009 and declined a follow-up developmental tryout offer from the company.
Overall, if the duo is indeed no longer with ROH, it could be a huge blow to the company. They have been with the company on and off since 2002 and have a huge fanbase there.
Yes, at times the pair has been controversial and caused some negative press for ROH. However, their tenure with the company has been mostly positive. ROH has recognized this by rewarding them with several tag team title runs and a World title run for elder brother Jay.
As it stands, ROH could strip Jay of the title and have a good old-fashioned tourney for the gold. A move like this could generate some buzz for the company and allow it to put the strap on a more household name in Matt Hardy.
Keep in mind, the Briscoes have previously taken a sabbatical from the wrestling game in order to recharge themselves and get back in the game. However, if that is the case, it would be terrible timing with Jay holding the main ROH belt.
In the end, if they are WWE-bound, they will find themselves alongside fellow ROH castoffs and could easily rekindle some of their feuds from the past. This would allow for a bigger audience to see what they may have been missing for the past 10 years.