WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan is one of the biggest and most influential names in the pro wrestling business and has accomplished a lot in the industry. That said, he also had his own sources of inspiration and that included “Superstar” Billy Graham.

Superstar” Billy Graham was one of the biggest stars during his golden days in the industry. Fans of the golden ages fondly remember his rivalry with Bruno Sammartino for the WWWF Heavyweight Championship. His influence in the business can never be understated.

Billy Graham sadly passed away on May 17th at the age of 79 after a long and painful battle with numerous health issues. Many were saddened by his passing and that included Hulk Hogan.

While speaking to TMZ Sports, Hulk Hogan reflected on his relationship with Billy Graham, revealing how he wanted to be like Graham as a kid. Hogan also admitted to stealing part of his gimmick from Graham as well as Dusty Rhodes.


“I want to be just like him. Billy Graham threw up a double bicep and I looked at him in shock and awe and I told my dad ‘Listen, I want to be just like him.’ From that moment on, I moulded my whole career around Dusty Rhodes and Superstar Billy Graham. I stole a little bit from each of them.”

Billy Graham’s flamboyant persona and captivating interviews made him an instant fan favorite. He inspired innumerable pro wrestlers, including the likes of Triple H. No matter what, Graham’s contributions to the industry will always be remembered and that is all that matters.

What’s your opinion on Billy Graham inspiring Hulk Hogan? What is your favorite Billy Graham moment? Let us know in the comments!

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

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