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WWE: "Superstar" Billy Graham

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posted on Jun, 27 2004 @ 01:59 PM
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"The man of the hour, the man with the power, too sweet to be sour!"

That was how Superstar Billy Graham described himself, and who could argue? Graham was perhaps the single most influential performer of the past 30 years, and the mark of that influence can be found in Superstars ranging from Hulk Hogan to Scott Steiner.

His outrageous ring attire and Muhammad Ali style interviews were a breath of fresh air during an era when sports entertainment was much more bare bones than it is today. Just as fans flocked to see the Superstar compete in the ring, so did they love to listen to him pontificate on the microphone, even if he was bad mouthing the Superstars they held dear. With his equally colorful manager the Grand Wizard at his side, Graham toppled Bruno Sammartino from his WWE Championship perch for the last time on April 30, 1977. He went on to hold the prize for nearly 10 months, the longest reign for any ring villain in WWE history to this day.

Clad in tie dye and feathered boas, the Superstar was a sign of things to come, and boasted a chiseled, muscular physique that was very unique at the time. During the late 1980s, he made a brief return to WWE competition, and even enjoyed stints as a manager and broadcaster.

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