The wrestling world (and the fans) are heartbroken over the loss for ECW alumni New Jack, who passed away earlier on Friday in North Carolina of an apparent heart attack. He was only 58 years old. Below are the reactions from many wrestlers, past and present, who have worked with New Jack over the years.
— Tommy Dreamer (@THETOMMYDREAMER) May 14, 2021
Fearless and passionate performer. My condolences & prayers to the family of New Jack. #RIPNewJack
— taz (@OfficialTAZ) May 15, 2021
New Jack was always good to me. He told me that since Jack Victory liked me, he’d put up with me.
We used to do these crazy 8-mans in ECW. Jack would always be last and I’d get goosebumps when that music hit. Then pray I wasn’t getting the crutch that night! Thank you Jack.💔
— CORINO (@StevenCorino) May 14, 2021
New Jack was responsible for one of the craziest nights I ever had in wrestling. That’s probably a common story in wrestling. One of a kind. #RIPNewJack
— Gran Akuma (@__AKUMA) May 14, 2021
— Sean Waltman (@TheRealXPac) May 15, 2021
New Jack one minute could be doing hardcore with Bubba & D-Von and the next doing comedy matches with Tracy & Guido. If he liked you, than you had no worries, and if he didn’t sometimes he’d “slip” when swinging the vacuum. #RIPNewJack pic.twitter.com/r0CB5yFlIi
— Jeff Jones (@JeffreyBJones) May 14, 2021
— “The Bad Boy” Joey Janela (@JANELABABY) May 14, 2021
I didn’t share a ton of locker rooms with New Jack, but when I did it was never dull. I’ll always remember the first time I met him in CA. Let’s just say it was… eventful. Rest well, Jack. Godspeed. 🙏
— Adam Pearce (@ScrapDaddyAP) May 15, 2021
Legend goes – @BookItGabe wanted to book New Jack as a manager to build to him and I having a confrontation.
And the Dragon Gate guys had reservations. We thought we’d be able to charge $100 a head to locker room for me and New Jack.
Scariest guy I ever met. Rest in Power. https://t.co/RFqel6BYmb
— Larry Dallas (@LarryDallasDG) May 14, 2021
When New Jack strummed the guitar then hit someone with it…me and my brother used to play a game, where we’d find random things around the house, use them for whatever their function was for 3 seconds, then hit each other in the head with it 😆 https://t.co/5szqh1mfp0
— Ariya Daivari (@AriyaDaivariWWE) May 14, 2021
Dax and I were just talking this week about how good he was when he spoke. RIP New Jack. pic.twitter.com/9GUdo2WisO
— CASH (@CashWheelerFTR) May 14, 2021
RIP NEW JACK! pic.twitter.com/CONMnXwmYv
— Matt Cardona (@TheMattCardona) May 14, 2021
RIP New Jack.
— The HBIC (@MiaYim) May 14, 2021
RIP New Jack
Thank you for not murdering me when you had the chance. pic.twitter.com/kmIOTlLPdS
— Jake Manning (@manscoutmanning) May 14, 2021
New Jack 💔
— Gigi Dolin (@gigidolin_wwe) May 14, 2021
— Mr. PEC-Tacular®️ (@MrPEC_Tacular) May 15, 2021
NEW JACK BUBBA YOU PARTY A TO THE Z AND FOREVER YOU MAKE ME LAUGH. I CANT BELIEVE YOU GONE BUBBA DAMN
— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) May 14, 2021
RIP New Jack
We are grateful to have had the opportunity to tell your story. Our deepest condolences to his friends & family 🙏 pic.twitter.com/iirOdvLZNa
— Dark Side of the Ring (@DarkSideOfRing) May 15, 2021
— CZW Combat Zone Wrestling (@combatzone) May 15, 2021
RIP New Jack 👊
NATURAL BORN KILLA
Thank you for all you’ve done for professional wrestling and ICW. The memories you’ve created will last forever. pic.twitter.com/KNO4LUOcR1
— ⛓ ICW: No Holds Barred ⛓ (@ICWNHB) May 14, 2021
We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Jerome “New Jack” Young. We offer our sincerest condolences to his friends and family. pic.twitter.com/5Qc0kO1hVx
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) May 14, 2021
This one sucks…
RIP New Jack.
We just had him in the studio a few weeks ago and on the VGT w/ Jake last year.
Putting up a bunch of videos for free this weekend.
Rest easy Jack. #HSWN
— #HSWN (@HighspotsWN) May 15, 2021
When I produced Mauro Ranallo’s radio show, hands down the most insane interview he conducted was with New Jack.
Whether you knew him as New Jack, Jerome Young or “Denzel’s best friend”, he had a charisma few possessed.
From 2012, he just walked up to me and wanted to chat. pic.twitter.com/7CW1Wr6AAB
— John Pollock (@iamjohnpollock) May 14, 2021