Jim Crockett, Sr. Memorial Cup Tag Team Tournament

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The Jim Crockett, Sr. Memorial Cup Tag Team Tournament (also known simply as the Crockett Cup) was a tag team professional wrestling tournament held annually in the month of April from 1986 through 1988. Jim Crockett Promotions (JCP), headed by Jim Crockett, Jr., hosted the Crockett Cup, held in honor of Crockett's father, JCP founder Jim Crockett, Sr.. The tournament format was single-elimination, with a $1 million (kayfabe) prize awarded to the winning team.

The Crockett Cup events were headlined by matches for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.

List of winners[edit]

1986[edit]

1st Annual Jim Crockett, Sr.
Memorial Cup Tag Team Tournament
Information
Promotion Jim Crockett Promotions
Date April 19, 1986
Attendance 3,500 (afternoon)[1]
13,000 (evening)[1]
Venue Louisiana Superdome
City New Orleans, Louisiana

The first Jim Crockett, Sr. Memorial Cup Tag Team Tournament was held on April 19, 1986. The tournament featured 24 tag teams.[1]

Participants[edit]

Teams shown in bold received first-round byes.

 

Bracket[edit]

  First round Second round Quarter Finals Semi Finals Final
                                               
        
     Road Warriors    
       McDaniel/Youngblood    
   McDaniel/Youngblood  
   Jaggers/Miller    
     Road Warriors    
     Midnight Express    
   Houston/Royal    
   Batten Twins    
     Houston/Royal  
       Midnight Express    
      
        
     Road Warriors    
     BYE (double-DQ)    
        
        
     Anderson/Blanchard  
       Fantastics    
   Fabulous Ones  
   Fantastics    
     Fantastics  
     Sheepherders    
   Guerreros    
   Sheepherders    
     Sheepherders  
       Rock 'n' Roll Express    
      


     Road Warriors  
     Garvin/Magnum  


        
     Russian Team    
       Fernandez/Valiant    
   Barbarian/Baron  
   Fernandez/Valiant    
     Russian Team    
     Taylor/Williams    
   Taylor/Williams    
   Dundee/Landel    
     Taylor/Williams  
       Bravo/Martel /forfeit/    
      
        
     BYE (draw)  
     Garvin/Magnum    
        
        
     Garvin/Magnum  
       Sawyer/Steiner    
   Stallion/Ware  
   Sawyer/Steiner    
     Garvin/Magnum  
     Baba/Tiger    
   Peterson/Wayne    
   Bart/Garvin    
     Bart/Garvin  
       Baba/Tiger    
      

Non-tournament matches[edit]

1987[edit]

2nd Annual Jim Crockett, Sr.
Memorial Cup Tag Team Tournament
Information
Promotion Jim Crockett Promotions
Date April 10 and 11, 1987
Attendance 9,300 (April 10)[2]
13,000 (April 11)[2]
Venue Baltimore Arena
City Baltimore, Maryland

The second Jim Crockett, Sr. Memorial Cup Tag Team Tournament was held over two nights, April 10 and 11, 1987. The tournament included 24 tag teams.[2]

Participants[edit]

Teams shown in bold received first-round byes.

 

Bracket[edit]

  First round Second round Quarter Finals Semi Finals Final
                                               
        
     Russian Team    
       Armstrongs    
   Armstrongs  
   Anderson/Sullivan    
     Armstrongs    
     Luger/Blanchard    
   MOD Squad    
   McDaniel/Baron    
     MOD Squad  
       Luger/Blanchard    
      
        
     Luger/Blanchard    
     Baba/Takagi    
        
        
     Baba/Takagi  
       Brown/Champion    
   Brown/Champion  
   Mulkeys    
     Baba/Takagi  
     Rock 'n' Roll Express    
   Keirn/South    
   Graham/Royal    
     BYE (draw)  
       Rock 'n' Roll Express    
      


     Luger/Blanchard  
     Super Powers  


        
     Road Warriors    
       Khan/Whatley    
   Lazer Tron/Valiant  
   Khan/Whatley    
     Road Warriors    
     Midnight Express    
   Stallion/Jones    
   Garvins    
     Garvins  
       Midnight Express    
      
        
     Midnight Express  
     Super Powers    
        
        
     Fernandez/Rude  
       Thunderfoots    
   Jaggers/King  
   Thunderfoots    
     Fernandez/Rude  
     Super Powers    
   Barbarian/Dundee    
   Horner/Rotunda    
     Barbarian/Dundee  
       Super Powers    
      

† The Rock 'n' Roll Express were unable to compete due to an eye injury to Ricky Morton. Baba and Takagi won the match by forfeit.[3]

Non-tournament matches[edit]

1988[edit]

3rd Annual Jim Crockett, Sr.
Memorial Cup Tag Team Tournament
Information
Promotion Jim Crockett Promotions
Date April 22 and 23, 1988
Attendance 4,440 (April 22)[4]
6,300 (April 23)[4]
Venue Greenville Memorial Auditorium (April 22)
Greensboro Coliseum (April 23)
City Greenville, South Carolina (April 22)
Greensboro, North Carolina (April 23)

The third and final Jim Crockett, Sr. Memorial Cup Tag Team Tournament was held over two nights, April 22 and 23, 1988. Scheduled to feature 24 teams, the tournament included a few changes to the original lineup.

Lex Luger, scheduled to partner with Barry Windham in the tournament (as they had been the NWA World Tag Team Champions), lost his teammate. Windham turned on Luger just two days before the tournament.[5] The betrayal caused Luger and Windham to lose the title to Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard, and Windham became the new fourth member of the Four Horsemen, actually taking a spot Luger had been kicked out of months earlier.[4]

The Super Powers (Nikita Koloff and Dusty Rhodes) were also removed from the tournament. Rhodes received a 120-day suspension on April 15 for hitting Jim Crockett with a baseball bat on the March 26 edition of World Championship Wrestling, and was also stripped of his NWA United States Heavyweight Championship.[5] Koloff was then given a match for Ric Flair's NWA World Heavyweight Championship, to take place on the second night of the tournament.[4]

On the first night of the tournament, between the first and second rounds,[5] Jimmy Garvin defeated Kevin Sullivan in a Blindfold match. Sullivan and Rick Steiner perpetrated a post-match attack on the still blindfolded Garvin. Garvin's brother, Ronnie, attempted to save Jimmy, but during the course of the ensuing brawl, sustained a chest injury due to Sullivan's Golden Spike.[5] This left Sting also without a partner for the tournament,[4] with the announcement later on[5] that Lex Luger and Sting would team up, a partnership that would continue off and on for nearly 15 years.

All of these events left the final tournament field at 22 teams.[4]

Participants[edit]

Teams shown in bold received first-round byes. Entries crossed out were scheduled teams that were split up.

 

Bracket[edit]

  First round Second round Quarter Finals Semi Finals Final
                                               
   Ace/Savage    
   Armstrong/Horner    
     Midnight Express    
       Armstrong/Horner /
Sheepherders
   
   Cruel Connection  
   Sheepherders    
     Midnight Express1    
     Luger/Sting    
   Koloff/Murdoch    
   Wilbur/Valiant    
     Koloff/Murdoch  
       Luger/Sting    
      
        
     Luger/Sting    
     Powers of Pain    
        
        
     Powers of Pain  
       Champion/Starr    
   Champion/Starr  
   Twin Devils    
     Powers of Pain  
     Road Warriors    
   King/Royal    
   Conway/Whatley    
     Conway/Whatley  
       Road Warriors    
      


     Luger/Sting  
     Anderson/Blanchard  


        
     Anderson/Blanchard    
       Stallion/Windham    
   Machine/Terminator  
   Stallion/Windham    
     Anderson/Blanchard    
     BYE2    
        
        
     BYE2  
       BYE2    
      
        
     Anderson/Blanchard  
     Fantastics    
   Cruz/Santana    
   Perez/Zbyszko    
     Perez/Zbyszko  
       Fantastics    
      
        
     Fantastics  
     Varsity Club    
        
        
     Varsity Club  
       Simmons/Williams    
      

The Garvin/Sting and Luger/Windham teams splitting up resulted in the following:

  • 1 The Midnight Express defeated The Sheepherders in the final second round match.[5] Earlier in that round,[5] The Sheepherders defeated Armstrong and Horner. This filled the empty 23rd spot in the bracket.
  • 2 Anderson and Blanchard received a bye to the semifinal round to make up for the empty 24th spot in the bracket.

Non-tournament matches[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "1st Annual Crockett Cup". Wrestling Supercards & Tournaments. Retrieved August 23, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c "2nd Annual Crockett Cup". Wrestling Supercards & Tournaments. Retrieved August 23, 2009. 
  3. ^ Cawthon, Graham. "1987 Jim Crockett Promotions ring results". The History of WWE. Retrieved August 23, 2009. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "3rd Annual Crockett Cup". Wrestling Supercards & Tournaments. Retrieved August 23, 2009. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Cawthon, Graham. "1988 Jim Crockett Promotions ring results". The History of WWE. Retrieved August 23, 2009.