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James E. Barnett (9 June 1924 – 18 September 2004) was a professional wrestling promoter.

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Professional wrestling career

A former wrestler born in Oklahoma, Barnett was one of the promoters of Australia's World Championship Wrestling and the former owner of Georgia Championship Wrestling, which later was renamed World Championship Wrestling.

In 1964, he traveled to Sydney with Johnny Doyle to inspect the Australian wrestling scene. They returned under the banner of "World Championship Wrestling" presenting their first card on 23 October 1964, at the Sydney Stadium, and continued until 1974 when Barnett sold the promotion to Tony Kolonie and returned to the United States. Tommy Rich's less-than-a-week NWA World Heavyweight Championship reign was one attempt to boost Georgia gates and cover his losses. He was sued by wrestler and booker Ole Anderson.

The book, The Thin Thirty, by Shannon Ragland, chronicles actor Rock Hudson's involvement in a 1962 sex scandal at the University of Kentucky involving the football team. Ragland writes that Jim Barnett, a wrestling promoter, engaged in prostitution with members of the team, and that Hudson was one of Barnett's customers.[1]

In later years, Barnett served as an adviser to the World Wrestling Federation, Jim Crockett Promotions, and World Championship Wrestling.

Championships and accomplishments

Resources

References

  1. ^ Ragland, Shannon P. (2007). The Thin Thirty. Louisville, KY: Set Shot Press. ISBN 097912221X. 







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