Dr. Jerry Graham Jr. returns to ring after ten-year retirement to face Pastor PainWritten by Lisa Renee Ward | | email@example.com
Jerry Jaffe, known to many wrestling fans as Dr. Jerry Graham Jr. has never looked back with regrets wishing things were different. The 62 year old, father of three, who’s celebrating his 42nd wedding anniversary, is also doing something he did not anticipate, returning to the wrestling ring for one last match after a ten year retirement.
Sunday, November 29th, Dr. Jerry Graham will enter the ring as a part of a three man tag team match facing a man who has recently become a nemesis, a man only known by the name Pastor Pain. Pain manages a wrestling duo called The Kentucky Wrecking Crew which has targeted Graham because of his relationship with the wrestling duo of Full Force made up of Bobo Brazil Jr. and Flying Andy Chene.
Growing up in Toledo, Graham dreamed of being a wrestler and attended many of the wrestling events held at the Sports Arena. “After I got out of the army I happened to meet Martino Angelo, there were wrestling schools, but with Angelo, I had one on one training,” said Graham via phone.
As a part of his training Graham started referring matches, he eventually started wrestling with one of his most notable early matches being one where he took on a full grown black bear. While Graham was only slightly injured with scratches, he stated that the bear had actually killed someone after he had faced the bear twice.
Graham was a world tag team winner several times in his WWA career, most often partnered with Bulldog Don Kent. “I went all over the world, to Kuwait, to Austria, got a chance to travel and see things I never thought possible,” Graham stated. He always returned to the Toledo area, living here for most of his childhood and adult life with his wife and his three sons.
After being retired for ten years, what brought Graham back in? “I’m like Al Pacino in the third Godfather, I got sucked back in,” Graham joked. “I started out as an advisor when WWA in Fort Wayne asked for my help in starting holding the wrestling matches at Sommerset Hall in Toledo several months ago.” Graham said this group was not one of those “schlock groups” out there that it was a professionally run market with some real wrestling talent.
“One thing led to another, then I got Full Force to team up again, I had managed Bobo Brazil Jr.and Andy Chene before I retired, and by the second match at Sommerset they were a team again,” said Graham. This is what led to the ring encounters with Pastor Pain and the Kentucky Wrecking Crew.
After several attacks, the most recent episode where Graham was handcuffed to the top of the ring and beaten by Pastor Pain and the Kentucky Wrecking Crew, Graham said it was this “unconscionable act” that made him decide to wrestle this one time. Graham stressed this was a “one time only” event, whether he wins or loses. “Since this is my last match I’m going to do whatever I have to, to get my pound of flesh,” Graham stated.
“I have no illusions of grandeur, I have been retired for over ten years, and with the rules of this match, having Pastor Pain and I in the ring for the first two minutes without being able to tag; I think I can take Pastor Pain as long as the Kentucky Wrecking Crew doesn’t interfere,” Graham said, then continued, “Two minutes may seem short to some people, but in the ring? That’s a long time.”
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