Billy Graham

Professional Wrestler; American Football Player; Bodybuilder
Born Sep 10, 1943

Eldridge Wayne Coleman is a retired American professional wrestler. He is best known under the ring name "Superstar" Billy Graham and for his tenures in the World Wide / World Wrestling Federation. During his time in the promotion, he became a one time WWWF World Heavyweight Champion. Graham's popularity was based principally on the basis of his character, rather than his wrestling skills.… Read More

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1943 Birth Born on June 7, 1943.


1970 27 Years Old While being scouted by the Canadian Football League's Calgary Stampeders, Graham was encouraged by Bob Roop to train with Stu Hart for his Stampede Wrestling promotion. After joining Hart instead of the Stampeders, Coleman trained under him before debuting on January 16, 1970After wrestling briefly under his real name, Graham traveled back to America and joined the National Wrestling Alliance's Los Angeles in a tag team with Dr. Jerry Graham and changed his ring name to Billy Graham, as a tribute to the famous evangelist of the same name. … Read More
1972 29 Years Old In 1972, Graham's popularity rose significantly during his feud with Verne Gagne in the American Wrestling Association. … Read More


1975 32 Years Old 1 More Event
Graham debuted in the World Wide Wrestling Federation in 1975, with The Grand Wizard as his manager.
1977 - 1978 2 More Events
1979 36 Years Old Fans were making Graham a popular figure on their own — even Roberta Morgan's 1979 kayfabe book Main Event had to admit that, "Although he is a rule bender, Graham has managed to stay very popular with the fans, probably because of his skill, strength, and colorful personality" — but the era of explicit and intentional "cool heels" did not come until the 1990s with the likes of the New World Order (nWo), D-Generation X, Stone Cold Steve Austin, and The Rock. … Read More
1982 39 Years Old Graham returned to the now renamed World Wrestling Federation in 1982. … Read More


1986 43 Years Old Graham returned to the WWF one more time in 1986 as a fan favorite. … Read More
1987 44 Years Old He returned in mid-1987 and feuded with Butch Reed for a few months, but the strain on his hip as well as his ankles also deteriorating proved to be too much. … Read More
1990 47 Years Old Graham had further medical complications in subsequent years, having to have his ankle fused in 1990 and a second hip replacement (on the same leg) in 1991.
1992 49 Years Old In 1992, at the height of Vince McMahon's steroid allegations, Graham went on The Phil Donahue Show and revealed to the world that he was an avid user of steroids, and went on a tirade against McMahon about it.


2002 59 Years Old Graham received a liver transplant in 2002 from twenty six year-old donor Katie Gillroy, who died in a car crash, and said he would not be alive today without the transplant. … Read More


2004 61 Years Old 1 More Event
This caused a rift between McMahon and Graham that lasted for over ten years before Graham was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2004. … Read More
2005 62 Years Old 1 More Event
On February 25, 2005, Graham appeared at another live event, and was again interviewed by Coachman before knocking him out. … Read More
On the January 23, 2006 episode of Raw, he promoted his book and DVD. … Read More
2010 67 Years Old 1 More Event
In July 2010, Graham was hospitalized at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona due to liver problems. … Read More
2011 68 Years Old 1 More Event
On March 31, 2011, The Phoenix New Times reported that Graham's doctor, Hector Rodriguez-Luna, acknowledged that Graham's advanced fibrosis may be early cirrhosis and that he could live for two more years if he takes Interferon-a drug to help slow his Hepatitis C- at a good pace and stays in shape.
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