WWE & Wrestling World Reacts To Death Of Superstar Billy Graham
WWE and the entire wrestling world have come together in mourning following the tragic passing of Superstar Billy Graham.
Graham was hospitalized back in January with a number of health concerns, and his condition continued to worsen in the following months. Last week, his wife Valerie was told to prepare for the worst, and he had been placed on life support prior to his passing.
Superstar Billy Graham was a huge star in the 1970s and into the 1980s thanks to his imposing figure. Graham has openly spoken about how steroids helped him with his physique along the way. In April 1977, Graham ended Bruno Sammartino’s long title reign to become the WWWF Champion before he lost the title to Bob Backlund in February 1978.
Though his relationship with WWE and the wrestling business eventually fell apart, he was inducted into the company’s Hall of Fame by Triple H as part of the class of 2004.
News of Graham’s passing was mentioned during AEW Dynamite, with Excalibur sending condolences to Graham’s friends and family after news broke that the star had died. And now WWE along with many other wrestling stars such as Ric Flair and Paul Heyman have paid their own tribute to the man with the power, too sweet to be sour, Billy Graham.
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
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
Quite possibly the biggest game-changer of all time. Because of Billy Graham, we got Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair, not to mention countless others who made fortunes borrowing from this man. Say his name and remember him.
"Superstar" Billy Graham. 1943-2023 pic.twitter.com/7ZVqs4muo3
— Nick Aldis (@RealNickAldis) May 18, 2023
SUPERSTAR BILLY GRAHAM. ONE OF MY FIRST TEACHERS OF THE HEAT. THE REAL LEGEND BUBBA. HE LOVE ME I LOVE HIM. TOGETHER WE HIT THE GYM AND SHOCK THE EARTH. I LOVE YOU FOREVER BROTHER. RIP pic.twitter.com/0UEIy2HNgt
— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) May 18, 2023
Tomorrows @BustedOpenRadio is dedicated to the life and career of one of the greatest entertainers in our business…Superstar Billy Graham. 🙏🏽💪🏽 pic.twitter.com/XYvEEfdSCD
— Bully Ray (@bullyray5150) May 18, 2023
RIP Superstar Billy Graham.. he was so sweet to me when we met back in 2011. My condolences to his family 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/TuiK9ECmK0
— 👑 QUEEN ZELINA 👑 (@ZelinaVegaWWE) 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
RIP Superstar Billy Graham. Your influence on our industry will be felt forever. Literally forever. Thank you for sharing your gifts with us. Fans and wrestlers alike. Godspeed sir. pic.twitter.com/XNVm0jdUZL
— Frankie Kazarian (@FrankieKazarian) May 18, 2023