The wrestler served as the influence for the biggest stars in the business, including Hulk Hogan and Jesse Ventura. Along the way, Mr.
Coleman said, he met and mentored two novice wrestlers, James Janos and Terry Bollea, who would become major stars as Ventura and Hogan, respectively, as the wrestling federation — now known as World Wrestling Entertainment — became a national TV staple in the 1980s.
“[Former federation owner] Vince McMahon has said that Superstar Billy Graham was 20 years ahead of his time,” Paul Levesque, better known as wrestler Triple H, said at Mr. Coleman’s 2004 WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony. “If you look at those who came after him, more people have patterned themselves after Superstar Billy Graham and become a success in this business than probably anybody.”
Eldridge Wayne Coleman was born in Phoenix on June 7, 1943. His father drove phone poles into the ground for the local power company but developed multiple sclerosis and was reassigned to light office work. His mother became his father’s caretaker. headtopics.
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