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    Friday, March 18, 2016

    'Superstar' Billy Graham: 'I Have A Potential Life-Or-Death Problem'

    "The man with the power, the man of the hour, too sweet to be sour."

    "Superstar" Billy Graham will always be one of the most iconic wrestlers to fans from the late 1970s to the early 1980s, not only for his jaw-dropping muscles and through-the-roof flamboyance, but for how his outrageous fashion, loud-mouthedness, and unique promo style influenced such ring legends as Hulk Hogan, Jesse "The Body" Ventura, and Scott Steiner later on.

    His toughness and dedication to his body were world-famous, professing to workout five hours and run 19 miles on a daily basis to maintain his granite physique.

    It clearly takes a lot to get the "Superstar" down. We are, after all, talking about the man who notably toppled fellow Hall of Famer Bruno Sammartino from the top of the then-World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF) in 1977 to hold its World Championship for ten wild months.

    But even the toughest men must fall, as revealed by a post by Graham on his personal Facebook account. Due to major skeletal and diabetic concerns, he will not be able to make a planned appearance at this year's WrestleMania 32 fan weekend.

    Here's what he claims to have emailed to Triple H as Executive Vice President for Talent, Live Events, and Creative:

    Triple H, I will keep this email as brief and direct as I can. I have a potential life-and-death problem. One week ago I was in the gym training. I was doing some simple free squats on a bench and I broke in half a bone graft that is some 10 years old. The bone started migrating upward and is trying to exit my thigh next to my left hip joint, extremely painful as you can imagine. I immediately drove myself to the world-famous Mayo Clinic Hospital here in Phoenix where I had my liver transplant on October 18th, 2002. 
    I saw the top Orthopedic surgeon at the Mayo, Dr. Mark Spangehl who is a hip replacement specialist. He x-rayed my left hip and saw that the broken bone had moved upward about 4 inches from its original placement. He also saw on the x-ray that the cup that holds the head of the femur has begun to rotate and I am at risk of a dislocation. I have attached a photo of an x-ray of a total left hip replacement similar to mine for your reference, only my hip replacement is much more complicated than the one attached. This is the hip replacement surgery that Vince had video-taped back in 1986 and put it on the WWF programming. 
    The reason this is a potential life-or-death surgery that I must have is because I am a diabetic. I have high blood sugar and am taking medication to control it but my numbers are still way too high . Dr. Spangehl told me with the high numbers of my diabetes I am at risk of infection. He said if I get an infection after this upcoming surgery he will have to go in and cut the infection out. If I am still infected he will have to go back in and cut more infected muscle out. The third time he said to save my life he would have to amputate my left leg at the hip. 
    I am on crutches and the doctor will not let me travel. So I am obviously going to miss this year's WrestleMania. I am very sorry about this of course, especially because of the Fan Axxess event and all of my fans who will not get the chance to meet me now. If there is anything I can do like sign autographs here and then send them back to the WWE office for the Axxess fans who have bought tickets, I would be more than happy to do that. I just feel horrible about this but there is nothing I can do. With great respect, Superstar.

    Here's the original Facebook post as reference.

    Wrestlemania 32Hi facebook fans. Below is the actual email that I sent to HHH today. Out of respect for him and his...
    Posted by Billy Graham on Wednesday, 16 March 2016

    From all of us here at the Smark Henry offices, we wish for a peaceful, complete recovery for "The Selection of Perfection," and pray that he has a long and happy future giving back to the pro wrestling industry he obviously loves so dearly.

    Got any favorite "Superstar" Billy Graham moments? Let us know in the comments below.
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