Eldridge Coleman Obituary, Death Cause – Eldridge “Wayne” Coleman Jr., who was best known by his wrestling ring name “Superstar” Billy Graham and who died away on May 17 at the age of 79, played defensive end for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League (CFL) in the past. He was a three-time world champion in major professional wrestling organisations and became well-known for his reign as the WWWF Heavyweight Champion from 1977 to 1978. He held this title throughout that time period. Arnold Schwarzenegger was his training partner and a close buddy throughout his career as a multiple-award winning bodybuilder. Most people remember him for innovating the interview, which he did in a way that was similar to the way that boxer Muhammad Ali did interviews, as well as the physical and performance parts of the professional wrestling business, and for his charming manner of performing.
After failing to make the New York Jets roster on his first tryout, he moved to Canada and eventually signed with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League. He was moved to the Alouettes before the 1968 season began, and at that time he participated in two games for the team. This sent him on a different course inside the sport of wrestling altogether.
In 1969, Coleman was persuaded to train with Stu Hart for the Stampede Wrestling organization by fellow professional wrestler Bob Lueck. Stu Hart was working for Stampede Wrestling at the time. After receiving instruction from Hart in Calgary, he made his professional debut on January 16, 1970, competing against Dan Kroffat. Coleman returned to the United States in May after competing briefly under his real name. He wrestled in Arizona for a few months with Dr. Jerry Graham, Brick Darrow, Rick Cahill, and Ron Pritchard before he and Jerry joined the National Wrestling Alliance’s Los Angeles promotion (which was run by Mike LeBell) as a tag team the following August.
As a way of paying honor to the well-known preacher of the same name, he changed his ring name to Billy Graham. In addition to that, Jerry instructed him to bleach his hair using a bottle of Clairol. While he was competing in Florida’s Championship Wrestling, the moniker functioned both as his ring name and as a kayfabe way to make him the youngest brother of Jerry and the other Graham Brothers (Eddie and Luke). Jerry Graham was his real-life older brother.
Late in the month of December, Graham made his way up to the north to become a member of Roy Shire’s NWA San Francisco organization. There, he worked with his tag-team partner Pat Patterson, as well as Ray Stevens, Cyclone Negro, and Peter Maivia. During his almost two-year run in central California, Graham also wrestled in Hawaii in February and March 1972. This was part of his tenure in Hawaii.