December 7, 1954|
|Died||March 7, 2002|
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Troy Graham
Dr. Troy Graham
Troy T. Tyler
The Dream Machine
|Billed height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Billed weight||252 lb (114 kg; 18.0 st)|
Wrestling as the masked "Dream Machine," Thompson captured the AWA Southern Heavyweight Championship in 1981 after defeating Steve Keirn in the final bout of a one-night tournament. Promoter Eddie Marlin awarded the belt to Dream Machine and his manager Jimmy Hart during an episode of Championship Wrestling that aired soon after the tournament.
From 1982 to 1983, Thompson teamed with Porkchop Cash as The Bruise Brothers, as part of Hart's First Family stable. They defeated Dutch Mantell and Koko B. Ware for their first AWA Southern Tag Team Championship titles. They also went on to compete against the Rock and Roll Express, exchanging the Southern Tag Team Titles with them.
In 1984 Troy Graham was replaced in the Bruise Brothers and left the Memphis territory.
Troy Graham died on March 7, 2002 of a heart attack, leaving behind a seven year old daughter Charlie Sue, his mother and great grandmother.