Jerry Brisco Calls J.R......An Update

After returning from the Roanoke, Virginia Smackdown taping via Chicago on Wednesday, I finally made it to our backyard to catch up on a little reading when my cell phone rang. I was very surprised to hear who was calling. It was my dear friend Jerry Brisco.

Jerry voice was naturally weak and his speech some what slurred but he was in as good a spirits as one could be after a stressful weekend where he was rushed to the hospital with an unknown ailment on Sunday.

Jerry was preparing to meet Pat Patterson at the Tampa Airport to fly up to Charlotte for the three hour Raw broadcast when he took ill.

Bottom line is this. After getting many of his medical tests back today, it was determined that Jerry did indeed have a stroke and not just one. Jerry had a total of three strokes over the past several days. The doctors now think that one stroke occurred Saturday and the other Sunday morning. They are not sure when Jerry suffered the first stroke. This is all new info confirmed on Wednesday afternoon. It was originally believed that Jerry had not suffered from a stroke but further tests proved otherwise.

While doing a battery of tests, doctors also discovered a small hole in Brisco's heart and a heart valve issue that will now be repaired next week, likely on Thursday. This procedure will be done via his groin as to make it less evasive and the doctors are highly confident that this issue will be addressed completely with the medical procedure. 

The doctors are waiting until next week to do the surgery to allow new medication to begin taking affect that addresses the clogged artery in Jerry's neck. 

Jerry has regained the strength in his left hand and was having no significant issues with his left side Wednesday which was not the case on Sunday. 

Jerry is confident, as am I, that he will make a full recovery as he has been an athlete all his life and has never been a smoker, isn't overweight, is in excellent physical shape for a man a little north of 60 who was still working out on the mat with his amateur wrestling team at a high school in Tampa where he volunteers. 

When I had the privilege of managing the WWE talent roster, Jerry Brisco was the key individual who helped assemble some amazing talents that are still competing with WWE today on a high level. Jerry's ability to recruit these young men was incredible. Any success I was ever able to attain was always via a team effort and Jerry Brisco was the key man on the team.

Medication should address Jerry's stroke issues, along, perhaps, with a reduced work load, and the heart procedure, while serious, is less evasive and considered more routine than many heart surgeries. 

I will assure everyone this; Jerry Brisco is a fighter and a man of conviction and determination who will unquestionably defeat this foe. In a business often times short on compliments, I have never heard one person say a negative world about Jerry Brisco  in a WWE locker room. Jerry Brisco has earned the respect of all of us who are lucky enough to call him a friend and has earned his distinction of being a WWE Hall of Famer many times over.

Now,  Jerry Brisco deserves to be in your thoughts and your prayers as the native Oklahoman,  who attended Oklahoma State University on a wrestling scholarship,  goes to the mat one more time against a challenging adversary. 


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One of the all time greats in the wrestling industry.

Jerry will be in my thought's and prayers over the next few days and I will light a candle for him at mass in the morning.

I hope that he will make a full recovery

Get well soon Jerry.


Hello JR,

Greetings from OKC. Long time wrestling fan and recent OU grad.

Like your bbq place. I'm hoping someday I get the chance to bump into you on gameday or at the restaurant. Be awesome to talk wrestling with someone who's been in the business since before I was born.

Also, sorry to hear about Jerry. Hope he has a speedy recovery.

I have recently been watching the WWE 24/7 discussions. I love the format and like all the stories, especially Bischoffs and Dusty Rhodes.

However, after watching one..I was completely appalled. Mike Graham completely trashed Steve "Sting" Borden. Saying Ric Flair made Sting and that Sting "had no reason to be (in the ring with Flair.)"

I was even more shocked that neither yourself, Hayes, Patterson, or Dusty stopped and corrected him.

Please pass the message to Mike Graham for me. Tell him to watch old Nitro tapes, and watch the crowd go crazy when Sting decended from the rafters. Tell him to go watch the many A+ matches Sting had.

The comments he made were completely out of line, and Mr. Graham is no one to be saying Sting didn't deserve it. Because if he didn't, then where does that put Graham?

I am glad to hear Jerry made contact with you and thank you JR for keeping us informed.  Going through all that has got to be scary for him and his loved ones and friends.   I hope Mr. Brisco makes a full and speedy recovery.

Hey, J.R. I know what it is like having stroke, I had one in '97, my whole left side was paralysed. I kept saying in my head " Please Jesus heal me, and I will do whatever you want.' That worked, you would not know now that I had a stroke, but I remember bits and pieces of that day. I still remember what I had said to the Lord, and in case I forgot, in the beginning He would remind me, you said so and so if I healed you. I don't need to be reminded anymore, I just do the Word, lead by example. My actions speak louder than words. Also, I know the Doanld will do right by us fans. I can sense it. I don't know the reasons why Vince sold Raw, unless this had something to do with either our President, or Randy Orton, which I can understand. Protecting his family makes alot of sense to me.

Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Jerry! My mother had a couple real bad strokes not too long ago so I'm aware of the after effects they can leave. Great news that it looks like Jerry will recover fully. Also, my father has had the heart issues in the past, not a hole in his heart, but a quad bypass when that type of thing wasn't "routine." He's since only had one other issue in 20 years...going through the groin is a lot less evasive as you say and usually the patient is in and out, although I'm not sure if that would be the case considering it's a hole in the muscle. Anyway, just wanted to share my experiences and wish a speedy recovery!!

Thanks for keeping us in the loop!


My mom had a "minor" stroke - if such a thing can ever be regarded as minor.  No hospitalization and we weren't at the ER for more than several (very nervous) hours, but it scared the hell outta me.  (Well, maybe not ALL of the hell, but...)

God watch over Jerry and he will be in my prayers.