Jim Crockett Jr., legendary wrestling promoter and titan in the grappling industry, has died at age 72.
Crockett is best known as the director of Jim Crockett Promotions, which replaced his father in the 1970s. The role of JCP, played during the days of wrestling territory in the ’70s and’ 80s, was titanic, it helped grow the National Wrestling Alliance and served three different terms as NWA president in the 1980s.
Crockett, by buying TV time on TBS Saturday nights from rival Vince McMahon, helped Crockett-owned promotions grow beyond some regional boundaries, paving the way for the company’s national expansion. The company was later renamed World Championship Wrestling (WCW) after the sale of the promotion to television mogul Ted Turner.
TBS Saturdays in the ’80s were heavy on JCP’s programming, and the promotion would help catapult the careers of various wrestling icons, including Ric Flair, Ricky Steamboat, and Sting.
Wrestling figures mourned the loss of Crockett on Thursday:
RIP Jim Crockett Jr.
Thank you for advancing the business of professional wrestling and expanding your reach.
– MATT HARDY (@MATTHARDYBRAND) March 4, 2021
RIP Jim Crockett Jr. His contributions to our business are immeasurable. Good trip sir.
– Frankie Kazarian (@FrankieKazarian) March 4, 2021
If it weren’t for my love of Jim Crockett promotions, I doubt I would ever have considered a professional wrestling career.
Thanks Jim Crockett jr.
Rest in peace.
– Lance Storm (@LanceStorm) March 4, 2021
AEW and the wrestling world mourn the passing of legendary Mid-Atlantic Wrestling and NWA promoter Jim Crockett, Jr. Our thoughts go out to his family, friends and fans. pic.twitter.com/rZN7k9e350
– All elite wrestling (@AEW) March 4, 2021
I am very sorry to report the death of Jim Crockett Jr., all the best to his family and friends.
– Bryan Alvarez (@bryanalvarez) March 4, 2021
The NWA is saddened to learn that Jim Crockett Jr. has passed away. A three-time NWA president, Crockett was a titan in the wrestling industry who introduced countless legends to the world. We extend our condolences to his family, friends and fans.#RIPJimCrockettJr pic.twitter.com/IOpl74syNb
– Black Black) March 4, 2021
We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of legendary wrestling promoter Jim Crockett Jr. We send our sincere condolences to his family.
– IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) March 4, 2021
RIP Jim Crockett. Heartbreaking loss
– Sean Ross Sapp from Fightful.com (@SeanRossSapp) March 4, 2021
Inside The Ropes is saddened to learn of Jim Crockett Jr’s passing at age 76.
We send our condolences to his friends and family at this time. pic.twitter.com/scUtfoZ8rV
– Inside the ropes (@Inside_TheRopes) March 4, 2021
Rest in peace Jim Crockett Jr sad to hear the passing of the greatest promoters of all time. I didn’t experience most of its glory in the mid-1980s, but the story speaks for itself. Helped shape an industry.
The thoughts are with his family.
– Alex McCarthy (@AlexM_talkSPORT) March 4, 2021
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.