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The Cageside Seats (CSS) Pro Wrestling Tournament continues today with a first round match-up pitting number seven seed Billy Graham against number 10 seed Sgt. Slaughter.
If you're a fan of mixed martial arts (MMA) and have listened to Chael Sonnen speak, then you can hear the influence of "Superstar" Billy Graham. In fact, Sonnen has outright ripped off entire promos from him. But he's not the only one who saw Graham and was totally enamored by him. Wrestlers like Triple H, Hulk Hogan and Jesse Ventura have all borrowed heavily from Graham's style. His physique and style made him one of the most memorable characters in history.
Speaking of memorable characters, Sgt. Slaughter was an awesome heel who used the cobra clutch to get over with a slick gimmick that quickly got him over amongst fans. Between the American Wrestling Association (AWA) and the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), Slaughter was a perennial main event level player. When he turned babyface, he became an even bigger star. And while he never held the title for a particularly long reign, he was constantly hovering around the top.
Although coming from the same era, these two never engaged in any meaningful feuds. We can change that today with this close match-up that you determine the winner for.
Cast your vote in this opening round match-up and take a look at the updated bracket after the jump. For the complete round one schedule click here.
Bracket artwork by: June M. Williams
Cageside Seats Pro Wrestling Tournament Match: (7) Billy Graham vs. (10) Sgt. Slaughter
(7) Billy Graham (188 votes)
(10) Sgt. Slaughter (189 votes)
377 total votes