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March 8, 2021 Observer Newsletter: Death of Jim Crockett Jr., NXT moving to Tuesday

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Jim Crockett Jr., who ran what was generally one of the two strongest U.S. wrestling promotions for most of the period from 1976 until 1988, passed away on 3/3.

Jim Crockett Jr., who has been suffering kidney issues in the past, contracted COVID-19 some time back and never recovered. Due to his prior health issues, it hospitalized him and led to his kidneys and liver failing. He made the call this past week to remove himself from dialysis after being told that his organs were failing and went into Hospice care.

Crockett Jr, 76, promoted pro wrestling from 1974 through 1995. He took over control of Jim Crockett Promotions, a company started by his father in 1935, after his brother-in-law, John Ringley, was supposed to take over after “Big Jim’s” death on April 1, 1973 of a heart attack at the age of 63. Ringley was caught cheating on Frances Crockett, the older sister of Jim Jr. and David Crockett, and was ousted from the business.

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