James Allen Crockett Jr, popularly known as Jim Crockett Jr, died on Wednesday due to organ failure. He was 76. The news of Crockett’s death was first announced on Facebook by WWE Hall of Famer Robert Gibson of The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express. Crockett’s passing comes just days after he was moved into a hospice care facility with kidney and liver issues.
Crockett Jr., former owner of the Jim Crockett Promotions (JCP) pro wrestling territory, took over the family business in 1977. The legendary wrestling promoter also served three terms as president of the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) and remained in the position until 1991. He famously purchased a Superstation WTBS time slot from Vince McMahon in 1985, a decision that would shape his thriving pro wrestling business for the next decade and a half and was also a stepping stone for All Elite Wrestling on TNT in late 2019. However, he eventually sold the promotion to Ted Turner in 1988, who renamed the company World Championship Wrestling. The southern-based wrestling promotion would continue to operate until 2001.
In his time, he also purchased several other promotions such as Championship Wrestling from Florida and the Universal Wrestling Federation that helped in unifying the NWA promotion into a national product. It was during his tenure in JCP, concepts such as the Great American Bash were created and stars like Dusty Rhodes and Ric Flair became household names. Among other achievements, he was instrumental in bringing the NWA back to the Dallas Sportatorium for a brief tenure during this time.
Crockett Jr. also attempted a return in 1994 with a wrestling internet-based broadcast network called the World Wrestling Network. Unfortunately, it didn’t make the expected splash and was short lived. Post that debacle and changing winds in the broadcasting and entertainment sector he left the sport for good in 1995.
After his retirement from the pro wrestling promotion business, he worked in Texas as a realtor and mortgage loan originator.