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Dr. Jerry Graham (1921-1997)

    

Real NameJerry Martin Graham (born “Jerry Martin Matthews”)
Lifespan - 12/16/21 - 1/24/97
5’10” 210 lbs. - Phoenix, AZ


Athletic Background - n/a

Teacher(s) - Jim Londos

Professional Background - n/a

Aliases - Jerry Graham

Peak Years - `56-`65

Place in HistoryHe has been dismissed as a mentally unstable drunk who died broke despite his natural gifts.  While it is true that the story of Dr. Jerry Graham is a sad one, it also an amazing one as a fat kid from the Southwest grew into one of the most charismatic and outlandish performers in pro-wrestling history and undeniably one of its great drawing heels.  Jerry Graham broke into the sport after serving during World War II and traveled across the United States learning the sport.  He enjoyed his first success in Georgia, working a feud with Chief Big Heart that is one of the area’s most famous.  He eventually hooked up with a spunky youngster in Tennessee and made him his brother Eddie.  The two headed to the Northeast and became one of the hottest heel acts of the era.  They worked Antonino Rocca & Miguel Perez, Don Curtis & Mark Lewin and the Bastiens and drew heat all along the way.  Jerry Graham was never a remarkable athlete, but he had that intangible quality that fans pay to see.  In 1964, Crazy Luke was introduced and the Golden Grahams had a few more years making good money in the WWWF before the three went their separate ways.  Jerry Graham ballooned up to almost four hundred pounds, but continued to find work managing, working underneath matches and trying to string together a living.  He initiated another brother, Billy, into the fold along the way.  Dr. Jerry was notorious up until his last.  He famously tried to run off with his mother’s corpse, harassed Lou Thesz at the Cauliflower Alley Club reunions and accosted nurses while in hospice care.    Dr. Jerry Graham is one of pro-wrestling’s greatest heels and someone who lived a crazy life befitting of his unorthodox character.

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