Another ECW wrestler has passed away as New Jack is gone. He was 58 years old and recently recovering from surgery.
ECW Icon New Jack Passes Away At 58 Years Old
Sad news to report as New Jack, real name Jerome Young, passed away at 58 years old. His wife confirmed the news to PW Insider.
As of now, there is no cause of death.
New Jack was and remains one of the most controversial wrestlers on the planet. He found success in ECW and eventually landed in XPW.
Also, he worked sporadicly in Impact Wrestling during their early years. He retired in 2013, but returned three years later.
His final match came against C.W. Anderson and Shane Douglas before taking time off for surgery. That bout took place earlier this year.
He was known for taking dangerous bumps off anything he could climb. And, his stiff work style also caught the attention of many.
He was part of the 1996 Mass Transit incident. The event saw Erich Kulas lie to Paul Heyman that he was 21 and let New Jack blade him.
The cut was deep, but that was only the beginning as Kulas was 17 at the time. That led to a lawsuit and caused an ECW pay per view to be temporarily cancelled.
Kulas passed away in 2002 from gastric bypass surgery complications. To this day, New Jack did not take any fault.
In 2002, New Jack was one again in the center of controversy. In a Scaffold Match for XPW, New Jack sent Vic Grimes crashing 40 feet below through tables.
For the most part, Grimes missed all but two tables during his fall. The spot resulted in several injuries.
Later, New Jack said he tried to kill Grimes during the spot. A few more feet and that might have happened.
New Jack never made it to WWE as his style would would not meshed with the top wrestling promotion. He wrestled until his untimely passing and never let go of that hardcore wrestling style.
During season two of Dark Side Of The Ring, New Jack was featured in episode three.
He won a few titles along with the way, including runs as ECW Tag Team Champion with Mustafa Saed on two occasions and once with John Kronus.
From everyone at Wrestle Newz, we send our condolences to the friends and family of New Jack.
Reaction From Fans And Wrestlers On The Passing Of New Jack
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
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
RIP NEW JACK! pic.twitter.com/CONMnXwmYv
— Matt Cardona (@TheMattCardona) 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
— MATT HARDY (@MATTHARDYBRAND) May 14, 2021
RIP New Jack
— DRAKE MAVERICK (@WWEMaverick) May 14, 2021
More Tributes Pour In For New Jack
One of the people who captivated me just because of how unique he was in everything he did from his entrance to his matches to his promos was New Jack. Hearing Ice Cube and Dr. Dre throughout an entire match was the perfect soundtrack for mayhem. RIP https://t.co/0Hgy9EvrQU
— Matt Camp (@TheMattCamp) May 14, 2021
Just landed in Baltimore and heard the news of new jack. I just seen him at the airport last Sunday walking with his face mask that said new jack and he stopped and we chatted for about 45 mins. Never take a day for granted
— The Cowboy (@JamesStormBrand) May 14, 2021
— D.A. Brewer (@DABrewerWWE) May 14, 2021
— “The Bad Boy” Joey Janela (@JANELABABY) May 14, 2021
We were complete opposites but we alway got along. Shared a lot of locker rooms together. #RIPNewJack
— Lance Storm (@LanceStorm) 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