Saturday, October 16

Jim Crockett Jr. Dies at 72; The wrestling world mourns the loss of the legendary promoter

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:

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