Major stars and promotions have paid tribute to the life of the legendary wrestling promoter Jim Crockett Jr. who has passed away at the age of 76 as a result of suffering kidney and liver failure.
Crockett was most well known as the long time owner of Jim Crockett Promotions, one of the most prominent and successful NWA affiliated wrestling territories and was based out of Charlotte, North Carolina. When Crockett Jr. took over the promotion from his father he worked to expand the promotion over the southern United States. In the 1980s, Crockett oversaw an attempted expansion across the country to compete with Vince McMahon’s burgeoning World Wrestling Federation empire.
Ultimately, Crockett’s plan backfired and he sold his promotion to media mogul Ted Turner in 1988. Turner renamed the company World Championship Wrestling and succeeded in creating a second international wrestling brand until it shut its doors in 2001.
Crockett Jr. also served three terms as president of the National Wrestling Alliance in the 1980s, leading the organisation in the year’s when they battled with Vince McMahon’s aggressive, and ultimately successful expansion from the WWF’s north-eastern roots.
Names such as Jim Ross and Lance Storm as well as FTR led the tributes to Crockett, with WWE and AEW releasing statements paying tribute to one of the most influential figures in the old territory system.
WWE’s tribute reads as follows:
WWE is saddened to learn that Jim Crockett Jr. passed away at the age of 76.
“An influential promoter who helped champion the careers of WWE Hall of Famers such as Ric Flair, Ricky Steamboat and The Road Warriors, Crockett Jr. stewarded the family’s Crockett Promotions from 1977 to 1989. As part of the promotion’s affiliation, Crockett Jr. was later named President of the National Wrestling Alliance in 1980. During his tenure, Crockett Jr. helped expand the promotion’s footprint and held the inaugural Jim Crockett Sr. Memorial Cup at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans. Under Crockett Jr.’s leadership, the NWA would eventually be sold and renamed as World Championship Wrestling.
WWE extends its condolences to Crockett Jr.’s family and friends”
We have also collated a number of the tributes paid to Crockett from across the wrestling world.
Our sympathies go out to Jim Crockett’s family on his passing.