Dory Funk Jr. – Remembering Mike Graham
Eddie Graham was the owner and genius behind the success of the Florida Territory. The foundation of his territory was built on wrestling and credibility of the wrestlers who worked for him. If you wanted to break into the wrestling business in Florida, You had to prove yourself as a wrestler first.
Eddie Graham, Mike Graham and I were in the Wrestling office upstairs at the Sportatorium at 106 North Albany Street in Tampa, Florida. Down stairs in the arena, Larry Robinson was waiting for a tryout to become a professional wrestler.
Eddie spoke to Mike, “I don’t want this guy injured but let him know that you are the boss. He needs to know how tough wrestling can be. I want him to leave here with respect for the wrestling business.”
We walked down the steep stairs one floor to the Sportatorium Wrestling arena where Larry Robinson was waiting in the ring for his shot at becoming a professional wrestler.
Mike was all business as he did just a f...