Michael Gossett (born September 20, 1951), better known as Mike Graham, is an American professional wrestler. The son of wrestler and promoter Eddie Graham, Gossett was born in Tampa, Florida.
Michael Gossett started wrestling in 1972 in his father's Championship Wrestling from Florida, which was a National Wrestling Alliance territory. He was trained by his father, Boris Malenko and Hiro Matsuda.
He teamed with his father upon his arrival but also formed a successful team with Kevin Sullivan. Sullivan eventually turned on him to form his "Satanic cult", The Army of Darkness. Graham then teamed with Steve Keirn and Barry Windham to feud with them and to capture several tag team titles over the years.
In 1981, Graham wrestled in the American Wrestling Association and feuded with Buck Zumhofe over the AWA Light Heavyweight Championship over the next two years.
Graham headed back to Florida in 1983 primarily as a singles wrestlers. He started teaming with Keirn again in the late 1980s and wrestled in the NWA's Jim Crockett Promotions with Keirn briefly around this time.
He then went back to the AWA in 1988 where he won the Light Heavyweight Title again.
In 1989, he went back to Florida to the newly renamed Florida Championship Wrestling and teamed briefly with Dustin Rhodes.
By 1990, Graham was an infrequent in-ring competitor and he became a road agent for World Championship Wrestling. Along with Paul Orndorff, Pez Whatley and Dwayne Bruce, Graham worked as a trainer in WCW as part of the WCW Power Plant. At Slamboree 1993, Mike represented his father when he was inducted into the WCW Hall of Fame.
In the early 2000s, Graham was a road agent for the short-lived Xcitement Wrestling Federation and for Turnbuckle Championship Wrestling. He now makes occasional appearances for the revived Florida Championship Wrestling.
Mike Graham worked with World Wrestling Entertainment in early 2006 on a DVD about Dusty Rhodes, which was released on June 6, 2006. He has appeared on WWE 24/7's Legends of Wrestling series as part of a panel which discussed famous pro wrestlers of the 1980s. He currently hosts classic episodes of Championship Wrestling from Florida on WWE 24/7 Classics.
Graham's father was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2008. Mike represented his late father at the ceremony and the following night at WrestleMania XXIV.
Championships and accomplishments
American Wrestling Association
AWA World Light Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
Championship Wrestling from Florida
FCW Tag Team Championship (2 times) - with Dustin Rhodes (1) and Joe Gomez (1)
NWA Florida Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
NWA Florida Global Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Scott McGhee
NWA Florida Tag Team Championship (16 times) - with Kevin Sullivan (3), Eddie Graham (1), Ken Lucas (1), Steve Keirn (9), Ray Stevens (1), and Barry Windham (1)
NWA Florida Television Championship (2 times)
NWA International Junior Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
NWA North American Tag Team Championship (Florida version) (1 time) – with Steve Keirn
NWA United States Tag Team Championship (Florida version) (3 times) - with Steve Keirn
NWA Georgia Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Eddie Graham
NWA World Tag Team Championship (Mid-America version) (1 time) – with Kevin Sullivan
Pro Wrestling Illustrated
PWI Rookie of the Year (1972)
Southeastern Championship Wrestling
NWA Southeast United States Junior Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
Mike Graham passed away in the evening on Thursday, October 18th 2012
He will be remembered in our hearts and in the halls of wrestling forever