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 US$1 million (kayfabe) prize awarded to the winning team.

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

In July 2017, the Crockett Foundation, with Classic Pro Wrestling, held a new Crockett Foundation Cup Tag Team Tournament in New Kent, VA. Bobby Fulton, The Barbarian, and The Rock 'n' Roll Express were previous tournament wrestlers that took part in the event. The Geordie Bulldogs (Mark Denny and Sean Denny) were tournament champions. [1]

List of winners[edit]

1986[edit]

1st Annual Jim Crockett Sr.
Memorial Cup Tag Team Tournament
Promotion Jim Crockett Promotions
Date April 19, 1986
City New Orleans, Louisiana
Venue Louisiana Superdome
Attendance 3,500 (afternoon)[2]
13,000 (evening)[2]

The first Jim Crockett Sr. Memorial Cup Tag Team Tournament was held on April 19, 1986. The tournament featured 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
                                               
       
    Road Warriors (Hawk and Animal)    
      Wahoo McDaniel and Mark Youngblood    
  Wahoo McDaniel and Mark Youngblood  
  Bobby Jaggers and Mike Miller    
    Road Warriors (Hawk and Animal)    
    Midnight Express (Dennis Condrey and Bobby Eaton)    
  Sam Houston and Nelson Royal    
  Batten Twins (Bart and Brad)    
    Sam Houston and Nelson Royal  
      Midnight Express (Dennis Condrey and Bobby Eaton)    
     
       
    Road Warriors (Hawk and Animal)    
    BYE (double-DQ)    
       
       
    Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard  
      Fantastics (Bobby Fulton and Tommy Rogers)    
  Fabulous Ones (Steve Keirn and Stan Lane)  
  Fantastics (Bobby Fulton and Tommy Rogers)    
    Fantastics (Bobby Eaton and Tommy Rogers)  
    Sheepherders (Butch Miller and Luke Williams)    
  The Guerreros (Chavo and Hector)    
  Sheepherders (Butch Miller and Luke Williams)    
    Sheepherders (Butch Miller and Luke Williams)  
      Rock 'n' Roll Express (Robert Gibson and Ricky Morton)    
     
       
    Road Warriors (Hawk and Animal)  
    Ronnie Garvin and Magnum T.A.  


       
    Russian Team (Ivan and Nikita Koloff)    
      Manny Fernandez and Jimmy Valiant    
  The Barbarian and Baron von Raschke  
  Manny Fernandez and Jimmy Valiant    
    Russian Team (Ivan and Nikita Koloff)    
    Terry Taylor and Steve Williams    
  Terry Taylor and Steve Williams    
  Bill Dundee and Buddy Landel    
    Terry Taylor and Steve Williams  
      Dino Bravo and Rick Martel [forfeited]    
     
       
    BYE (draw)  
    Ronnie Garvin and Magnum T.A.    
       
       
    Ronnie Garvin and Magnum T.A.  
      Buzz Sawyer and Rick Steiner    
  The Italian Stallion and Koko Ware  
  Buzz Sawyer and Rick Steiner    
    Ronnie Garvin and Magnum T.A.  
    Giant Baba and Tiger Mask    
  D.J. Peterson and Brett Wayne    
  Black Bart and Jimmy Garvin    
    Black Bart and Jimmy Garvin  
      Giant Baba and Tiger Mask    
     

Non-tournament matches[edit]

1987[edit]

2nd Annual Jim Crockett Sr.
Memorial Cup Tag Team Tournament
Promotion Jim Crockett Promotions
Date April 10 and 11, 1987
City Baltimore, Maryland
Venue Baltimore Arena
Attendance 9,300 (April 10)[3]
13,000 (April 11)[3]

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.[3]

Participants[edit]

Teams shown in bold received first-round byes.

 

Bracket[edit]

  First round Second round Quarter Finals Semi Finals Final
                                               
       
    Russian Team (Ivan Koloff and Vladimir Petrov    
      The Armstrongs (Brad and Bob)    
  The Armstrongs (Brad and Bob)  
  Arn Anderson and Kevin Sullivan    
    The Armstrongs (Brad and Bob)    
    Lex Luger and Tully Blanchard    
  MOD Squad (Spike and Basher)    
  Wahoo McDaniel and Baron von Raschke    
    MOD Squad (Spike and Basher)  
      Lex Luger and Tully Blanchard    
     
       
    Lex Luger and Tully Blanchard    
    Giant Baba and Isao Takagi    
       
       
    Giant Baba and Isao Takagi  
      Denny Brown and Chris Champion    
  Denny Brown and Chris Champion  
  The Mulkeys (Bill and Randy)    
    Giant Baba and Isao Takagi  
    Rock 'n' Roll Express (Robert Gibson and Ricky Morton)    
  Steve Keirn and George South    
  Mike Graham and Nelson Royal    
    BYE (draw)  
      Rock 'n' Roll Express (Robert Gibson and Ricky Morton)    
     
       
    Lex Luger and Tully Blanchard  
    Super Powers (Nikita Koloff and Dusty Rhodes)  


       
    Road Warriors (Hawk and Animal)    
      Teijho Khan and Shaska Whatley    
  Lazer Tron and Jimmy Valiant  
  Teijho Khan and Shaska Whatley    
    Road Warriors (Hawk and Animal)    
    Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton and Stan Lane)    
  The Italian Stallion and Ricky Lee Jones    
  The Garvins (Jimmy and Ronnie)    
    The Garvins (Jimmy and Ronnie)  
      Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton and Stan Lane)    
     
       
    Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton and Stan Lane)  
    Super Powers (Nikita Koloff and Dusty Rhodes)    
       
       
    Manny Fernandez and Rick Rude  
      The Thunderfoots (#1 and #2)    
  Bobby Jaggers and Rocky King  
  The Thunderfoots (#1 and #2)    
    Manny Fernandez and Rick Rude  
    Super Powers (Nikita Koloff and Dusty Rhodes)    
  The Barbarian and Bill Dundee    
  Tim Horner and Mike Rotunda    
    The Barbarian and Bill Dundee  
      Super Powers (Nikita Koloff and Dusty Rhodes)    
     

† 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.[4]

Non-tournament matches[edit]

1988[edit]

3rd Annual Jim Crockett Sr.
Memorial Cup Tag Team Tournament
Promotion Jim Crockett Promotions
Date April 22 and 23, 1988
City Greenville, South Carolina (April 22)
Greensboro, North Carolina (April 23)
Venue Greenville Memorial Auditorium (April 22)
Greensboro Coliseum (April 23)
Attendance 4,440 (April 22)[5]
6,300 (April 23)[5]

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.[6] 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.[5]

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.[6] Koloff was then given a match for Ric Flair's NWA World Heavyweight Championship, to take place on the second night of the tournament.[5]

On the first night of the tournament, between the first and second rounds,[6] 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.[6] This left Sting also without a partner for the tournament,[5] with the announcement later on[6] 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.[5]

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
                                               
  Johnny Ace and John Savage    
  Brad Armstrong and Tim Horner    
    Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton and Stan Lane)    
      Brad Armstrong and Tim Horner /
Sheepherders (Butch Miller and Luke Williams)
   
  The Cruel Connection (#1 and #2)  
  Sheepherders (Butch Miller and Luke Williams)    
    Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton and Stan Lane) 1    
    Lex Luger and Sting    
  Ivan Koloff and Dick Murdoch    
  Mighty Wilbur and Jimmy Valiant    
    Ivan Koloff and Dick Murdoch  
      Lex Luger and Sting    
     
       
    Lex Luger and Sting    
    Powers of Pain (The Barbarian and The Warlord)    
       
       
    Powers of Pain (The Barbarian and The Warlord)  
      Chris Champion and Mark Starr    
  Chris Champion and Mark Starr  
  The Twin Devils (#1 and #2)    
    Powers of Pain (The Barbarian and The Warlord)  
    Road Warriors (Hawk and Animal)    
  Rocky King and Nelson Royal    
  Tiger Conway Jr. and Shaska Whatley    
    Tiger Conway Jr. and Shaska Whatley  
      Road Warriors (Hawk and Animal)    
     
       
    Lex Luger and Sting  
    Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard  


       
    Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard    
      The Italian Stallion and Kendall Windham    
  The Green Machine and The Terminator  
  The Italian Stallion and Kendall Windham    
    Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard    
    BYE2    
       
       
    BYE2  
      BYE2    
     
       
    Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard  
    Fantastics    
  Joe Cruz and Ricky Santana    
  Al Perez and Larry Zbyszko    
    Al Perez and Larry Zbyszko  
      The Fantastics (Bobby Fulton and Tommy Rogers)    
     
       
    The Fantastics (Bobby Fulton and Tommy Rogers)  
    The Varsity Club (Mike Rotunda and Rick Steiner)    
       
       
    The Varsity Club (Mike Rotunda and Rick Steiner)  
      Ron Simmons and Steve 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.[6] Earlier in that round,[6] 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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Crockett Foundation Cup Tag Team Tournament is One Week Away". The Mid-Atlantic Gateway. Retrieved July 16, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c "1st Annual Crockett Cup". Wrestling Supercards & Tournaments. Retrieved August 23, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c "2nd Annual Crockett Cup". Wrestling Supercards & Tournaments. Retrieved August 23, 2009. 
  4. ^ Cawthon, Graham. "1987 Jim Crockett Promotions ring results". The History of WWE. Retrieved August 23, 2009. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f "3rd Annual Crockett Cup". Wrestling Supercards & Tournaments. Retrieved August 23, 2009. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g Cawthon, Graham. "1988 Jim Crockett Promotions ring results". The History of WWE. Retrieved August 23, 2009.