WWE Hall Of Famer Superstar Billy Graham Has Passed Away At 79
(Heard a one-of-a-kind interview from Mike Tenay, as he was talking to “Superstar” Billy Graham, on the old ‘Wrestling Insiders” Saturday night radio show, years ago, and on that show Billy Graham said, “yes my name is Wayne Coleman”…
He was giving out the inside scoop right there on the radio, with “The Professor” Mike Tenay in the house…The radio show came in from Las Vegas, Nevada, and it was broadcast over the old SEN/Sports Entertainment Network….
Great stuff with Superstar Billy Graham, and Graham was a major influence for many wrestlers, over the years….His style and look were wide-open, and he was even known to come in with a Ninja/Karate look on more than one occasion…Tye-dye shirts, huge arms/biceps, the long side-burns, those were all trademark “Superstar Billy Graham features….
He had a real-life high squeaky voice, and he sure went through some terrible health ordeals/issues, over his last years here on earth….”Superstar” Billy Graham has gone home, and as Wayne Coleman, he leaves us in a very quiet manner.)
RIP:”Superstar” Billy Graham/Wayne Coleman
from ROSS W BERMAN IV, at WrestlingInc.com/www.wrestlinginc.com
Sad news for the professional wrestling world as WWE Hall of Famer and former WWE Champion “Superstar” Billy Graham has passed away at the age of 79.
Fellow Hall of Famer “Nature Boy” Ric Flair broke the news on Twitter, which was later confirmed by Dave Meltzer.
“The Superstar Billy Graham Just Left Us,” Flair wrote. “THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR INFLUENCE On My Career!”
Graham had recently been placed on life support after a year that saw the wrestling legend contract COVID-19, a life-threatening ear infection that spread to his skull, inflammation in his lungs, and even renal failure. Graham’s doctors nearly took him off life support two days ago but his wife had refused.
Graham’s influence was not confined to just “The Nature Boy.” In his reaction to Graham’s passing, Meltzer wrote “My entire life, and tons of others from Flair to Hogan to Jesse to tons you wouldn’t know and tons you would changed because of him.”
“Superstar” Billy Graham was a colorful, outsized personality at a time when professional wrestling was still presented as a dry sport. With his bulging muscles, bleached-blonde hair, and tie-dye attire, Graham was seen by many as the first “sports entertainer,” as his garish persona was aped by wrestling legends like Jesse “The Body” Ventura and even Hulk Hogan. Graham was also known for being one of the first wrestlers to heavily use steroids, a practice that Graham later regretted as years of steroid abuse took a toll on his health and the health of other wrestlers. Graham has advocated for its responsible use by past WWE Champions. Graham was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2004.
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A look at the Superstar Billy Graham gallery:
The Superstar Billy Graham Just Left Us ?? THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR INFLUENCE On My Career! pic.twitter.com/YH0eT2NM4p
— Ric Flair® (@RicFlairNatrBoy) May 18, 2023
There wouldn't be a Jesse "The Body" Ventura without the in-ring success and trailblazing showmanship of Superstar Billy Graham. One of my proudest wrestling memories was having the honor of being inducted into the same WWE Hall of Fame class as Graham. Rest In Power Superstar.
— Jesse Ventura (@GovJVentura) May 18, 2023
Before Billy Graham, performers in WWWF / WWF/ WWE were known as professional wrestlers. After Billy Graham left his mark, Vincent Kennedy McMahon decided everyone would be a WWE Superstar. A most heartfelt RIP to the man of the hour, the man with the power, too sweet to be sour! pic.twitter.com/bwL6UQ3c3h
— Paul Heyman (@HeymanHustle) May 18, 2023
Super bummed out to hear that one of teenage Hero’s one of the true “Towers of Power, Man of the Hour, too Sweet to be Sour” SUPERSTAR BILLY GRAHAM is on a ventilator. Much love and respect, bro! God Bless you brother, please ? for Superstar Billy Graham @ssbillygraham ?DDP pic.twitter.com/nOOooENEEm
— Diamond Dallas Page (@RealDDP) May 16, 2023
WWE is saddened to learn that WWE Hall of Famer “Superstar” Billy Graham has passed away. We extend our condolences to Graham’s family, friends, and fans.https://t.co/Qpykpjv616
— WWE (@WWE) May 18, 2023
AEW joins the wrestling world in mourning the passing of Superstar Billy Graham. Our thoughts are with his family, his friends and his fans. pic.twitter.com/nf3t7aEtvJ
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) May 18, 2023
This is the version of Superstar Billy Graham I got to see in FL. He would come out to Kung Fu Fighting & I loved it! RIP to the most copied man ever in Pro Wrestling. pic.twitter.com/hLzoWaXDiD
— Sean Waltman (@TheRealXPac) May 18, 2023
Prayers for one of the greatest heels/entertainers and most influential wrestlers of all time…Superstar Billy Graham ????
ps…just listen to that crowd.
— Bully Ray (@bullyray5150) May 16, 2023
THE SUPERSTAR BILLY GRAHAM MY BROTHER FOR LIFE. HE WAS THE CHAMPION AND MOST OVER MAN IN THE BUSINESS. HE ALWAYS SHOW ME THE RESPECT. I LOVE HIM I MISS HIM FOREVER pic.twitter.com/0ddvh86iWH
— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) May 18, 2023
Eldridge Wayne Coleman??A Master On The Microphone?& One of The “Greatest” Promo’s In Our Glorious Business?? R.I.P. Superstar Billy Graham??
— SGT SLAUGHTER (@_SgtSlaughter) May 18, 2023
Condolences go out to the Superstar Billy Graham family. HTM and Billy met in Memphis many years ago. We became friends. Such a nice guy to be around. God Bless you!
— Honky Tonk Man® (@OfficialHTM) May 18, 2023
This is one hits me hard as Wrestling Superstar Billy Graham has passed on to paradise at age of 79. He has been so kind and supportive of the work I do with students. My prayers are for God's comfort to his wife, family and all who loved him. He visited me when I lived in… pic.twitter.com/DfKKjrdkc5
— Marc Mero (@MarcMero) May 18, 2023