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"Superstar" Billy Graham

        

Real Name - Eldridge Wayne Coleman
Birthdate - 6/7/43
6'2" 250 lbs. - Phoenix, AZ

Athletic Background - Powerlifting, Bodybuilding [Pro], Football [NFL], Boxing [Pro], Track & Field [High School]

Teacher(s) - Stu Hart; Dr. Jerry Graham

Professional Background - Stampede(`70), Arizona(`70), Los Angeles(`70), San Francisco(`70-`72), Hawaii(`72), Los Angeles(`72), AWA(`72-`75), IWE(`73-`74), Dallas(`74), Houston(`74-`75), Mid-Atlantic(`75), WWWF(`75-`76), Houston(`76), New Japan(`76), Florida(`76-`77), St. Louis(`77), WWWF(`77-`78), Florida(`7?), Memphis(`79), Nashville(`79), Houston(`7?), WWF(`83), AWA(`83-`84), Florida(`84), JCP/NWA(`84-`85), Indies(`85-`86), WWF(`87-`88)

AliasesWayne Coleman

Groups - Paul Jones Army, Army of Darkness

Peak Years - `72-`78

Finisher(s) - 
Bearhug 
Full Nelson
Neckbreaker 
- Over-the-Shoulder Backbreaker

Favorites - 
Side Headlock
Turnbuckle Smash
- Overhead Forearm
Punch 


Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set
 Science
 Aerial
 Power
 Strikes



Intangibles Rating - 

 Entertainment 10 
 Selling
 Bumping
 Carrying
 Heat 10 
 Legacy



  
Place in History - Few wrestlers have come along and had a bigger influence than "Superstar" Billy Graham. Though he was not the most "athletic" wrestler, Graham's tremendous physique and innovative style on the stick made him years ahead of his time. He knew how to project a certain image and was able to get over in a huge way wherever he went. Billy Graham was just what the WWWF needed in the late 70s - a colorful character that could bring in the people. Despite going against Vince Sr.'s tradition of a babyface hero champion, Graham was a tremendous draw in the Northeast and could have been a wildly successful babyface, if he'd ever had a major run as one. After losing the WWWF title, Wayne Coleman nearly died from drugs and was even thought to be dead by many. At forty, his body was a wreck and he recreated himself as a karate master. After recreating himself again and trying to make another run, Graham's health caught up with him and he was forced to retire. Though his body has paid a heavy toll for immortality, Superstar Billy Graham's legacy is always prevalent. From Jesse Ventura to Hulk Hogan in his dying days and Scott Steiner and Perry Saturn in the new millenium, many men owe a debt of gratitude to the Superstar. He was, in his own words, "The man of the hour, the man with the power, too sweet to be sour."
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