Jim Crockett Jr., the legendary professional wrestling promoter, has died. He was 76.
Born in Charlotte, Crockett is best known as the head of Jim Crockett Promotions, which he took over from his father in the 1970s. The promotion helped further establish the careers of wrestling legends like Ric Flair, Ricky Steamboat, The Road Warriors, Sting, Jim Ross and Jim Cornette.
In 1988, he sold the company to Ted Turner, who renamed it World Championship Wrestling after its TV show namesake that Crockett Jr. created by purchasing the much sought-after Saturday night-time slot from Vince McMahon.
In a statement, the WWE said: ‘WWE is saddened to learn that Jim Crockett Jr. passed away at the age of 76.
AEW added: ‘AEW and the wrestling world mourn the passing of the legendary Mid-Atlantic Wrestling and NWA promoter Jim Crockett, Jr. Our thoughts are with his family, his friends and his fans.’ And IMPACT Wrestling commented: ‘We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of legendary wrestling promoter Jim Crockett Jr. We send our sincerest condolences to his family.’