News broke on Wednesday night that Jim Crockett Jr., the former owner of Jim Crockett Promotions, had died at the age of 76. Crockett took over as the promoter for the southern-based wrestling promotion in 1973, and over the next 15 years it grew into a national promotion that rivaled Vince McMahon's World Wrestling Federation. He served three terms as president of the National Wrestling Alliance and sold the company to Ted Turner in 1988, who renamed it World Championship Wrestling (WCW).
Wrestlers, fans and promotions all came forward after the news broke to offer their condolences. You can see some of the tributes in the list below.
WWE is saddened to learn that Jim Crockett Jr. passed away at the age of 76.
WWE extends its condolences to Crockett Jr.’s family and friends.https://t.co/yN7ED3aKij— WWE (@WWE) March 4, 2021
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. pic.twitter.com/rZN7k9e350— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) 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 extend our deepest sympathies to his family, friends, and fans.#RIPJimCrockettJr pic.twitter.com/IOpl74syNb— NWA (@nwa) March 4, 2021
Cauliflower Alley Club
Everyone here at the CAC is saddened to hear that legendary promoter Jim Crockett Jr has passed away at 76. We thank him for all the years of wonderful memories and send out our sincerest condolences to his family, friends & wrestling fans the world over. R.I.P. Mr Crockett. pic.twitter.com/IgzQdeKDsA— CauliflowerAlleyClub (@CACReunion) March 4, 2021
We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of legendary wrestling promoter Jim Crockett Jr. We send our sincerest condolences to his family.— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) March 4, 2021
Ring of Honor
ROH mourns the passing of Jim Crockett Jr. https://t.co/vxSf5LTqyn
ROH extends its deepest condolences to Crockett’s family and friends. pic.twitter.com/BZrpq55djx— ROH Wrestling (@ringofhonor) March 4, 2021
I Moved To Charlotte In 1974 With $150 In My Pocket. Jimmy Crockett Was My Friend And My Boss. I Can’t Put Into Words How Much He Did For Me And My Career. His Influence And Persistence Helped Me Become The World Champion. My Thoughts And Prayers Are With The Crockett Family! 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/qbcyubrtkI— Ric Flair® (@RicFlairNatrBoy) March 4, 2021
Rest In Peace Jim Crockett, Jr. You will be missed by so many.Posted by Robert Gibson on Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Thanks, Jimmy and rest in perfect health.
You and your family were always very fair to me.
I’m grateful. 🙏🤠 pic.twitter.com/lYfXCY1An5— Jim Ross (@JRsBBQ) March 4, 2021
Jim Crockett Jr. & Dusty Rhodes watching tonight’s Dynamite on the other side with a smile. RIP https://t.co/aajbvTmCVu— Ross W Berman IV (@RossWBermanIV) March 4, 2021
RIP Jim Crockett Jr. JCP/Mid Atlantic Wrestling/NWA was a HUGE part of my childhood. Those angles they did on TV were legendary. You can’t talk about this history of the business and not include Jim. My thoughts are with his family and loved ones. #JimCrockettJr pic.twitter.com/mHSGJMBhpr— Derrick T. Lewis (@TheRealDTLew) March 4, 2021
RIP Jim Crockett Jr.
Jimmy did so much for the wrestling business that it has become understated just how much he did.....a tremendous promoter who knew his fanbase as well as any promoter ever for many years.....RIP Jimmy Crockett pic.twitter.com/yk7UlzAJ4G— Kris Zellner (@KrisZellner) March 4, 2021
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If not for my love of Jim Crockett promotions I doubt I ever would have considered a pro wrestling career.— Lance Storm (@LanceStorm) March 4, 2021
Thank you Jim Crockett jr.
May you Rest In Peace.
The Rhodes Family
Very saddened to hear of the passing of Jim Crockett Jr. on behalf of my Mom and family we send our deepest condolences 🙏🏼 Bittersweet night for wrestling— Teil (@TeilMargaret) March 4, 2021
R.I.P. Jim Crockett Jr.
Thank you for moving the pro wrestling business forward & expanding its reach.— MATT HARDY (@MATTHARDYBRAND) March 4, 2021
Rest in Peace Jim Crockett Jr. Thank you for all you and your family gave to the business. Such a tremendous loss! pic.twitter.com/N7hEo6KloW— Brian Heffron aka The Blue Meanie (@BlueMeanieBWO) March 4, 2021
Jim Crockett Jr. signed me to my first Wrestling contract. I’m so thankful he believed in me and put me on the path to success just as he did with so may others in the Wrestling Industry. He will be greatly missed. My earnest prayers and condolences to his family 🙏🙏🙏 pic.twitter.com/BDgqQjMtwf— Lex Luger (@GenuineLexLuger) March 4, 2021