It is with deep sadness to announce that Michael Gossett, better known to professional wrestling fans as Mike Graham, the son of the late Championship Wrestling from Florida promoter and WWE Hall of Famer Eddie Graham, passed away at the age of 62.
While no other details have been released at this time, Gossett was in Daytona, Florida for Bike Week with his wife and was found deceased. Alex Marvez, a FOXSports senior NFL writer and Sirius XM NFL Radio host noted on his Twitter that he had received a text earlier today that Graham commited suicide.
On behalf of the website, we would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family, friends and fans of Mike Graham at this sad time.
WWE has finally completed its deal to get ahold of the Mid-South tape library. WWE negotiated a deal with Ene Watts--Bill Watts' ex-wife--and the Watts Family for around 1,200 hours of Mid-South footage from the late 1970s to the 1980s. Ene got the footage in her divorce settlement with Watts.
Jim Ross commented on the deal, saying, "If fans are able to somewhere down the road buy volumes where they can see X number of weeks of television or by the year where there's X number of episodes on a multi-disc set, they're going to see how it was like reading an action adventure book. One chapter led to the next chapter led to the next with a crescendo and then a payoff, and then the book continues."
He continued, "I think the episodic nature of it will be very entertaining, and then the other thing is there are a lot of guys who really established their body of work in that company that went on to do some really great things later in their careers on a higher level [nationally and internationally]. Seeing a young Ted DiBiase [in Mid-South], Ric Flair as the traveling NWA champion, guys like the Junkyard Dog and Butch Reed who was a great antagonist and a great protagonist — probably under-rated, by and large — and there were so many guys who came through there like the Steiner brothers and Magnum T.A. Guys like that, people will get to see their formative years, and to me it's always fun as a fan because you can see glimpses of greatness, but you can also see a little bit of green, varying levels. So there's inexperience, too, and it's unique to see how they evolved."
Because an 'old-school' wrestling can't really be called such without it:
"That which does not grow falls into decay."
Utopia - Tetra Eisengard
Wade Barrett Picks Five-Star Match
By Marc Middleton
Nov 8, 2012 - 7:49:32 AM
- The WWE Classics "Five-Star Match of the Week" for this week was chosen by Wade Barrett. He picked Bret Hart vs. British Bulldog from SummerSlam 92. Barrett commented:
"[The Bulldog] was from just down the road from me, near Wigan. I'm from Preston, very close. He was my idol as a kid, so this was a great moment and great to have a pay-per-view like SummerSlam in the U.K. I hope we get that again one day."
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Haven't really read all the way through the thread, so I hope I'm not breaking in on anyone's conversations or anything. But a thread about old school wrestling? I just gots to post in that!
Jim Crockett Promotions was the promotion I grew up with as a child.. I even met one of the Mulkeys in a K-Mart once upon a time, long about 1986 or so. I remember he asked who my favorite wrestler was, and I said Rick Rude. I always sided with the heels, what can I say. Lots and lots of stories from the good old days, like the night we went to wrestling, front row ringside seats, and Nikita Koloff looked at me, and very nearly made me go potty on myself. For months after that, any time I acted up, my mother would call up a certain cousin we had, put me on the phone, and he'd hit me with his most Nikita-like "Chagoindown!" and I'd immediately straighten up and fly right. Another time, another show, we caught a glimpse of the Midnight Express through the curtain, and I very loudly cut loose with a "Hey! It's your man, Momma! Didn't you say Stan Lane was your man?". Really embarrassed her, good and proper. Seems like he even blew a kiss her way as he made his way to the ring that night.
WCW seemed to evolve out of Jim Crockett Promotions to me, so that became my home promotion in the 1990s. Got to see an awesome match between "Stunning" (Not Quite Stone Cold Yet) Steve Austin and Ricky Steamboat live and in person at a TV taping once upon a time.