Professional wrestling career
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. Also in 1981, Thompson held the AWA Southern Tag Team Championship title while teamed with "Superstar" Bill Dundee. They were defeated by Kevin Sullivan and Wayne Farris during a televised match on May 2, 1981.
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.
Championships and accomplishments
- Continental Wrestling Association
- Southeastern Championship Wrestling
- United States Wrestling Association
- World Wrestling Association