Solo heavyweight champ in the NWA, tag-team champ with his brother Jerry Brisco in the NWA and a long-time player in the Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling scene at the Greensboro Coliseum; Jack Brisco has died, at age 68…….
Brisco was a real amateur wrestler and a darn good one, before he entered the professional ranks. He came from Oklahoma and he was part Native-American if the folklore on his background is true and we do believe it is.
Jack Brisco was in my opinion, the stronger of the two brothers that made up the Briscoes’ tag-team championship runs…..Jack was very strong and had one of those barrel-chests that were so prevalent with the hard-core wrestlers/grapplers in the 1970’s….
This guy was the real deal, even though he acted a bit silly, confused and even dumbfounded at times and he left his mark in more ways than one on the professional scene in the Greensboro/Raleigh/Charlotte/Roanoke/Norfolk/Richmond areas that helped comprise the old Mid-Atlantic territory.
Jack’s brother Jerry Brisco has been very sick with heart problems recently, so I am a bit surprised to see Jack leaving us in front of his brother…..
from earlier today at prowrestling.net:
WWE Hall of famer and former NWA Champion Jack Brisco died on Monday at age 68, according to WrestlingObserver.com.
Jason Powell’s POV: Details regarding the death of Brisco have not come out. His brother Jerry Brisco has been on hiatus from WWE while recovering from heart surgery. His website notes that he was scheduled to appear at the Wrestle Reunion event in Los Angeles over this past weekend. My condolences to Jack’s family and friends.
There’s a great read on Jack Briscoe at Dave Meltzer’s wrestlingobserver.com and here is just a small snippet:
By Dave Meltzer
Jack Brisco, a former NWA world champion and NCAA champion who was considered one of the greatest workers in the history of the industry, passed away earlier today at the age of 68.
“He was my best friend and my hero growing up,” said Brian Blair, echoing comments made by several wrestlers and people in wrestling this morning in their 50s who grew up when Jack Brisco was a larger-than-life type of personality, promoted as the greatest technical wrestler who nobody could beat in a fair match, which in his era, may not have been far from the truth.
Brisco had been battling an assortment of health problems in recent years, including circulatory problems and emphyzema. He underwent open heart surgery a few weeks ago, and a little over a week ago, collapsed while undergoing rehab, and flatlined at one point. Brother Gerald, who was very close with him, has been battling to regain his health after suffering strokes.