April 8, 2011
Superstar Graham would spit on Jericho's grave, wants out of WWE HOF
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun
Superstar Billy Graham has an axe or two to grind.
And they're not just small matters.
The former wrestling star, now 67, wants to be pulled out of WWE's Hall of Fame because he is appalled at the inclusion of Abdullah the Butcher.
And if you call wanting to kill 40-year-old Chris Jericho an issue, well, he's not too fond of Y2J, who is currently competing on Dancing With the Stars.
"For the WWE to induct into their Hall of Fame, Abdullah The Butcher, who has never wrestled one match under a WWE contract, is bordering on blasphemy," said Graham.
"I am demanding that this company remove my name from their index of Hall of Fame wrestlers. It is a shameless organization to induct a bloodthirsty animal such as Abdullah The Butcher into their worthless and embarrassing Hall of Fame and I want the name of Superstar Billy Graham to be no part of it. The WWE and their Hall of Fame is disgustingly embarrassing, I want out."
Graham, who was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2004, sold his ring on eBay.
The Butcher aside, The Superstar is likely even more steamed at Jericho, who, in his book, Undisputed, took issue with comments made by Graham following Chris Benoit's murder/suicide.
Graham and others are referred to as "has beens," who came forward to "get attention" in the book.
"Jericho, that shows your complete lack of respect. You have the face of a choirboy, but you've got the heart of a devil," said Graham. "One day, someone will walk across your skull on the floor of hell. That's exactly where you belong.
"I'm a music fan, a fan of Bob Dylan. The lyrics to one of his songs, Idiot Wind, fits you perfectly, Jericho. 'Idiot wind blowing every time you move your teeth. You're an idiot (babe). It's a wonder that you still know how to breathe.'
"I know what I'm talking about when it comes to steroids. Unfortunately, I'm an expert. I started using in 1966. I told NBC News that the Benoit murder-suicide was not as a result of steroids. I responded to a man choking an innocent seven-year-old boy to death, then murdering his wife. It was the slaughter of an innocent child and steroids had nothing to do with it. The press connected it to steroids and I had an obligation to speak out.
"For speaking out, Jericho called me self-centered and egotistical, only wanting to benefit myself.
"I received a personal phone call from Linda McMahon thanking me for stepping it up and telling it like it is.
"Jericho, you have made a huge mistake. You call me an egotistical idiot. If you walked by right now, I would beat the living hell out of you, then spit on your grave for trying to destroy my reputation in your phony little book."
When contacted for a comment, Jericho said: "God bless him and best of luck in all he does in the future."
The highlight of Wrestlemania was The Undertaker vs. Triple H, an old-school classic, with plenty of drama and near falls. Taker, of course, maintained his undefeated streak at Mania ... It appears next years Wrestlemania main event is already set with a clash of icons: John Cena vs. The Rock.
Tim Baines is the Sports Editor for the Ottawa Sun and can be emailed at Tim.firstname.lastname@example.org.