Mike Graham: Veteran Wrestler and Promoter Passes Away at 61 Years Old

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Mike Graham: Veteran Wrestler and Promoter Passes Away at 61 Years Old

Veteran wrestler and promoter Mike Graham passed away Thursday at the age of 61 in Daytona Beach, Fla., according to Graham’s website and the Daytona Beach News-Journal.

Reports conclude that the wrestling star was in Daytona Beach for Biktoberfest and was found dead. The cause of death has not been released to the public.

WWE released a statement to the Daytona Beach News-Journal about the passing of the wrestling veteran:

WWE is saddened to learn of the passing of Mike Graham, 61, son of legendary promoter Eddie Graham. While never under contract with WWE, he was part of our extended family. The sports-entertainment world lost a beloved member today. WWE extends its sincerest condolences to his family and friends.

While many of the younger wrestling fans may not know much about this veteran of the wrestling business, Graham was a special athlete with great lineage.

After being taught by his legendary father, Eddie Graham, in his Championship Wrestling NWA territory in the 1970s, Graham was voted the 1972 Pro Wrestling Illustrated Rookie of the Year.

Feuds with Kevin Sullivan and a tag team with Barry Windham highlighted his first stint with his father’s promotion, but it wasn’t until he returned to newly named Florida Championship Wrestling in the late 1980s that he made his most impactful tag team with Dustin Rhodes.

As great as his in-ring career was, Graham became one of the best trainers in World Championship Wrestling and helped make the WCW Power Plant one of the best training facilities in the world.

Graham also worked with WCW and WWE to induct his legendary father into both companies’ Halls of Fame, but never officially worked for WWE.

The veteran left a lasting impression on the business and his impact will be felt for decades to come.

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