Jim Crockett Jr., a renowned wrestling promoter and titan in the wrestling industry, has died at the age of 72.
Crockett is known as the head of the Jim Crockett promotions, which he took from his father in the 1970s. The role of JCP, played during the wrestling field days in the 70s and 80s, was that of Titanic, who served as president of the NWA in the 80s to develop the National Wrestling Alliance and serve three different terms.
Crockett, who bought TBS TV time on Saturday night from rival Vince McMahon, helped the Crockett-owned promotion grow beyond certain regional boundaries, eventually paving the way for national expansion for the company. The company would later be named World Championship Wrestling (WCW) following the promotional sale of TV Mogul Ted Turner.
In the 80s, TBS was heavy on JCP programming on Saturday, and the promotion would help boost the careers of many wrestling icons, including Ric Flair, Ricky Steamboat and Sting.
Wrestling figures mourned the loss of crochet on Thursday:
RIP Jim Crockett Jr.
Thank you for advancing the pro wrestling business and expanding its reach.
– Matt Hardy (@MATTHARDYBRAND) March 4, 2021
RIP Jim Crockett Jr. Your contribution to our business is very important. Godspeed Sir.
– Frankie Kazarian (@FrankieKazarian) March 4, 2021
If not for my love of Jim Crockett’s promotion, I doubt I would have ever considered a wrestling career.
Thank you Jim Crockett Jr.
God bless your soul.
– Lance Storm (@lancestorm) March 4, 2021
AEW and the wrestling world mourns the demise of Mid-Atlantic Wrestling and NWA promoter Jim Crockett, Jr. Our thoughts are with his family, his friends and his fans. pic.twitter.com/rZN7k9e350
– All elite wrestling (@AEW) March 4, 2021
Very sorry to report Jim Crockett Jr.’s death, best wishes to his family and friends.
– Brian Alvarez (@bryanalvarez) March 4, 2021
The NWA is saddened to learn that Jim Crockett Jr. has passed away. A 3x president of the NWA, Crockett was a titan in the wrestling industry who introduced countless legends to the world. We have our deepest sympathies to his family, friends, and fans.#RIPJimCrockettJr pic.twitter.com/IOpl74syNb
– NWA (@nwa) March 4, 2021
We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of veteran wrestling promoter Jim Crockett Jr. We offer our sincere condolences to his family.
– Influence (@IMPACTWRESTLING) March 4, 2021
Jim Crochet. Heart break loss
– Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful.com (@SeanRossSapp) March 4, 2021
It was sad to learn of Jim Crockett Jr.’s passing at age 76 inside The Ropes.
We express our deepest condolences to his friends and family at this time. pic.twitter.com/scUtfoZ8rV
– Inside Ropes (@ Inside_Ropes) March 4, 2021
Rest in peace saddened by the demise of Jim Crockett Jr., the most important promoter of all time. I did not pass through the majority of his glory in the mid-80s, but history speaks for itself. Helped to shape an industry.
Thoughts go out to his family.
– Alex McCarthy (@AlexM_talkSPORT) March 4, 2021