The WWE Universe is mourning the loss of “Superstar” Billy Graham … who passed away on Wednesday, with tributes honoring the life and legacy of the late great WWE legend.
“Nature Boy” Ric Flair, whom Graham mentored, was among the first to give the Hall of Famer his flowers, thanking him for all he did for his career.
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 @RicFlairNatrBoy
Graham also mentored Jesse Ventura, who too remembered his friend … “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.”
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 @GovJVentura
Paul Heyman credited Billy with being the wrestler who made Vince McMahon realize WWWF/WWF/WWE performers were more than just professional wrestlers, but also superstars, too.
“A most heartfelt RIP to the man of the hour, the man with the power, too sweet to be sour!” Heyman tweeted.
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 @HeymanHustle
Other WWE legends, including Iron Sheik, Bully Ray aka Bubba Ray Dudley, Sgt. Slaughter and X-Pac also reflected on the former bodybuilder’s life.
As we reported on Wednesday, Billy’s family told us he died after being taken off life support with his daughter and wife, Valerie, by his side.
Billy’s health had been in steady decline — he was suffering from congestive heart failure, diabetes, hearing loss, and a significant infection in his ears and skull.
Billy was inducted into WWE’s Hall of Fame in 2004.
He was 79.