Superstar Billy Graham, the Hall of Fame Professional wrestler died yesterday at the age of 79. He had been on life-support and ill for some time.
Superstar Billy Graham was born Eldridge Wayne Coleman. He became interested in weightlifting while in fifth grade. In high school he threw the shot put and participated in the Golden Gloves. In 1961, Mr. Coleman won the Teenage Body Building Contest West Coast Division. (Frank Zane was the winner of the East Coast Division!). By 1968, Eldridge Coleman was working out at Gold’s Gym where he became friends with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Franco Columbu and other famous body builders of the era.
In 1970, Mr. Coleman began his career in professional wrestling working for various territories around the country. In 1972, he took on the moniker Superstar Billy Graham and he became world famous. Over the course of his career he was a three-time World Champion and inducted in the the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame. He retired in 1988 and became an author and ringside announcer.
Superstar Billy Graham was the inspiration for the next wave of pro wrestlers that included Ric Flair, Austin Idol, Hulk Hogan and Jesse The Body Ventura.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Superstar Billy Graham’s family, friends and fans.