As always wrestling gives us both great memories and memories we try and forget, but with the amount of moments worth remembering that have happened we are bound to forget some. The same could be said about some talent that were very much underrated during their career or never at the top of a company during a run this unfortunately makes it easier for fans to forget certain talent. These two are very different talent and had two very different careers while they worked in this great business. Sometimes we encounter those that deserve to be remembered and acknowledged. I would like to wish a very big Happy Birthday to all who are celebrating their special day today and especially to the one featured below.
Traditionally I don't always acknowledge a specific wrestling death as normally sending birthday wishes feels a lot better then focusing on the sadness that comes with remembering someone who is no longer with us. However, the idea of skipping over Eddie Graham's passing as just another day would be doing a disservice to an "Icon" of wrestling. Eddie was a member of the legendary "Graham family" with Dr. Jerry Graham, and Luke Graham. Graham wasn't a top singles competitor, but that doesn't change the fact that without Eddie Graham wrestling wouldn't be where it is today. Eddie Graham as a promoter taught Dusty Rhodes and Kevin Sullivan to book and in directly taught Paul Heyman, Gabe Sapolosky, Vince McMahon, and various how to write a wrestling show.
Through his friendship with Vince McMahon Sr. and the respect that McMahon Jr had for Eddie Graham it is unclear how much of an impact Eddie had on helping Vince McMahon Jr find his footing as a promoter in wrestling. Sadly Eddie had his demons and struggled for a long time, Eddie would unfortunately succumb to his demons on this day thirty five years ago. It is interesting to think how different wrestling could've been if Eddie had lived to see where wrestling was going. Either way thirty five years ago the wrestling world changed forever when we lost a legend.