Friday, September 22, 2023

Billy Graham, WWE legend, dies

The world of wrestling is in mourning, after the death of ‘Superstar’ Billy Graham, WWE legend, was confirmed at the age of 79.

It was the star of the strings Ric Flair who confirmed the news on social networks. “Superstar Billy Graham just left us THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR INFLUENCE on my career!” the message from him read.

Graham, a former bodybuilder and wrestler, had been hospitalized for the past few weeks and on May 16 he was considered withdrawing life support, an action that was carried out this Wednesday.

The abuse of steroids and anabolics were the cause of Billy Graham’s health problems in recent years.

Known as ‘Superstar’ Billy Graham, he was one of the most important wrestlers in the 1970s and 1980s.

He was born on July 7, 1943 in Phoenix, Arizona and began his sports career weightlifting and bodybuilding.

In 1969 he started in the strings and trained by Stu Hart in Canada. He debuted in 1975 and after a year, he signed with the NWA.

Lufo had a second step in WWE, where he won the world title in 1977, defeating Bruno Sammartino. In this single reign he faced wrestlers such as Bruno Sammartino, Jack Brisco, Dusty Rhodes, Pedro Morales, Don Muraco, Mil Mascaras, Strong Kobayashi, Carlos Rocha and Riki Choshu.

After a career that ended in 1989, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2004, prior to Wrestlemania 20.

One of his great controversies stemmed from being accused of being one of the characters who introduced steroids and anabolics into American wrestling in the 1990s.

He served as a mentor to several wrestling legends, including Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, and Jesse ‘The Body’ Ventura.


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