Pro Wrestling Legend Billy Graham Passed Away at 79

Pro wrestling icon “Superstar” Billy Graham has passed away, as confirmed by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). Graham, whose real name was Eldridge Wayne Coleman, was born in Phoenix on June 7, 1943.

Pro Wrestling Legend Billy Graham Passed Away at 79
Pro Wrestling Legend Billy Graham Passed Away at 79

WWE describes Graham as a trendsetter known for his flashy fashion style, larger-than-life interviews, and bodybuilder physique that inspired a generation of wrestlers, including Hulk Hogan, Jesse ‘The Body’ Ventura, and Scott Steiner.

One of his most significant achievements was capturing the WWE championship from legendary wrestler Bruno Sammartino in April 1977, a title he held for nearly a year.

Graham was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in recognition of his contributions in 2004. After retiring from the ring in 1987, Graham transitioned into manager and color commentator roles.

With ongoing medical issues, Graham’s health has been a concern in recent months. His wife, Valerie, shared an update on his Facebook page, revealing that he had been on life support in the hospital and that doctors had suggested removing him.

However, she refused, stating that Graham was a fighter with a strong will. Graham left an indelible mark on the wrestling industry despite his health struggles. In addition, he battled drug abuse, which he detailed in his autobiography, and underwent a liver transplant in 2002.

The news of Graham’s passing has left the wrestling community and fans mourning. Ric Flair, a fellow wrestler, took to Twitter to express his condolences and acknowledge Graham’s influence on his career.

Graham’s impact on wrestling extended beyond the ring. Known for his charismatic interviews and unique style, he became an icon whose words and flamboyant persona resonated with audiences.

His contributions paved the way for future stars like Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, and many others. The wrestling world will remember Graham as a larger-than-life figure with an enduring legacy.

Graham’s journey in wrestling began in 1970, debuting under his legal name in Stampede Wrestling before adopting the stage name Billy Graham. He became prominent in the American Wrestling Association (AWA) in Minneapolis.

Graham’s interviews, characterized by his resemblance to boxing legend Muhammad Ali, captivated fans, and his colorful appearance, including dyed hair and outlandish outfits, set him apart. His athleticism and in-ring prowess led him to capture the WWE championship, etching his name in wrestling history.

Following his retirement, Graham continued to be involved in the industry, taking on roles as a manager and commentator. His remarkable story and impact were recognized with his induction into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2004.

Graham’s passing is a loss for the wrestling community, and WWE extends its condolences to his family, friends, and fans. The legacy of “Superstar” Billy Graham will live on, inspiring future generations of wrestlers and leaving an unforgettable mark on the world of sports entertainment.