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Jerome Young, New Jack, Passes Away at 58

Post by cero2k » May 14th, '21, 17:40

JEROME YOUNG, NEW JACK, PASSES AWAY
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PWInsider.com is extremely sad to report that Jerome “New Jack” Young passed away earlier this afternoon following a heart attack in North Carolina, where he had lived in recent years. PWInsider.com was informed by Young’s wife Jennifer of his passing. Young was 58 at the time of his passing.

At times, Young was one of the most controversial wrestlers in professional wrestling, but he was also one of the more intense and charismatic performers over the last several decades. The New Jack name was inspired by the film New Jack City once Young imagined fans chanting it while he was in the ring, a vision that certainly came true countless times over.

After breaking into the business in Georgia while mentored by the late Ray Candy, New Jack formed The Gangstas with Mustafa for a run in Smoky Mountain Wrestling that put the duo, empowered by Jack’s incredible, edgy interviews, on the map, leading to the team headlining against everyone from The Rock N' Roll Express to The Undertaker.

After SMW, the duo moved to Extreme Championship Wrestling during the summer of 1995. Jack and ECW were a perfect match as the product pushed everything as far as the envelope would allow at the time, providing Jack with a perfect backdrop to paint violent, bloody pictures as he and partners brawled all over buildings while Ice Cube and Dr. Dre’s Natural Born Killaz blasted over, creating a real life movie fight scene like never before or since in pro wrestling.

While Jack held the ECW World Tag Team Championships several times, he might be far better remembered for diving out of balconies to put hapless opponents through tables, something that he devised as a way to make sure that the audience’s attention and their memories were about him no matter whether he was booked to win or lose. Over time, his fearlessness at doing the dives took its physical toll (especially after a planned fall at Living Dangerously 2000 went completely wrong) but any highlight reel of ECW would be incomplete without those insane moments.

Young’s life and career were chronicled during the second season of Dark Side of the Ring and he also made a memorable appearance in the Barry Blaustein documentary Beyond the Mat back in 1999, where Blaustein famously remarked that none of his other friends had justifiable homicides on their record.

There will be a lot written about Jerome Young in the days to come, good and bad, but the reality was this - he loved to perform and he loved to be New Jack in the public eye. He put himself through a lot of physical and mental pain in order to live his life as New Jack and once famously told our own Dave Scherer that he made the decision to do so, that he knew what he was getting into and that he would have no regrets, because it was the decision he chose to make.

PWInsider.com will have far more on the life and career of New Jack to come, but there is no denying his place in wrestling history and that he blazed a trail as a performer unlike anyone before and likely, like no one who will ever follow.

Everyone at PWInsider.com sends our deepest condolences to New Jack’s family, especially his wife Jennifer as well as his friends and fans.
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Re: Jerome Young, New Jack, Passes Away at 58

Post by XIV » May 15th, '21, 01:07

The most controversial wrestler of all time? Most likely.

Remember his Smokey Mountain OJ Simpson "Keep up the good work" promo? Shiiiit, that's still controversial today.
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Re: Jerome Young, New Jack, Passes Away at 58

Post by Big Red Machine » May 15th, '21, 20:19

XIV wrote: May 15th, '21, 01:07 The most controversial wrestler of all time? Most likely.

Remember his Smokey Mountain OJ Simpson "Keep up the good work" promo? Shiiiit, that's still controversial today.
Or the time he admitted to trying to murder Vic Grimes during a scaffold match?

But the dude was an absolutely special promo, and had the tools to be a special performer. The big six-man with Mikey against TPE and Sandman in ECW is an AMAZING match, and the guy who stands out the most there is New Jack, because he knew how to move so that he was always caching your eye.
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Re: Jerome Young, New Jack, Passes Away at 58

Post by cero2k » May 15th, '21, 20:59

I honestly always hated New Jack for the same reasons he was such a huge name in wrestling. Talk about blurring the lines and then straight up stabbing a dude in the ring. It was so weird because I hated the person, but you heard his theme play and there's no other reaction other than straight up hype.
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Re: Jerome Young, New Jack, Passes Away at 58

Post by XIV » May 16th, '21, 12:54

cero2k wrote: May 15th, '21, 20:59 I honestly always hated New Jack for the same reasons he was such a huge name in wrestling. Talk about blurring the lines and then straight up stabbing a dude in the ring. It was so weird because I hated the person, but you heard his theme play and there's no other reaction other than straight up hype.
Because he was genuinely unpredictable. He brought hype because you never knew what he would do.
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Re: Jerome Young, New Jack, Passes Away at 58

Post by XIV » May 16th, '21, 12:55

Big Red Machine wrote: May 15th, '21, 20:19
XIV wrote: May 15th, '21, 01:07 The most controversial wrestler of all time? Most likely.

Remember his Smokey Mountain OJ Simpson "Keep up the good work" promo? Shiiiit, that's still controversial today.
Or the time he admitted to trying to murder Vic Grimes during a scaffold match?

But the dude was an absolutely special promo, and had the tools to be a special performer. The big six-man with Mikey against TPE and Sandman in ECW is an AMAZING match, and the guy who stands out the most there is New Jack, because he knew how to move so that he was always caching your eye.
He was unique and will be remembered for exactly that! Whether this be for positive or negative reasons!
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Re: Jerome Young, New Jack, Passes Away at 58

Post by Big Red Machine » May 16th, '21, 14:08

XIV wrote: May 16th, '21, 12:55
Big Red Machine wrote: May 15th, '21, 20:19
XIV wrote: May 15th, '21, 01:07 The most controversial wrestler of all time? Most likely.

Remember his Smokey Mountain OJ Simpson "Keep up the good work" promo? Shiiiit, that's still controversial today.
Or the time he admitted to trying to murder Vic Grimes during a scaffold match?

But the dude was an absolutely special promo, and had the tools to be a special performer. The big six-man with Mikey against TPE and Sandman in ECW is an AMAZING match, and the guy who stands out the most there is New Jack, because he knew how to move so that he was always caching your eye.
He was unique and will be remembered for exactly that! Whether this be for positive or negative reasons!
This. I thought Mike Johnson put it PERFECTLY in that obituary when he said that "he loved to perform and he loved to be New Jack in the public eye." That sums it up exactly, in a way free of judgment.
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