Superstar Billy Graham On The Rock Not Mentioning WWE, Bruno Sammartino Entering The HOF, More


WWE Hall of Famer Superstar Billy Graham appeared as a guest on Busted Open Radio, hosted by Doug Mortman and Dave LaGreca (Busted Open Radio airs every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sirius 94 and XM 208), where he addressed such topics as his strained relationship with WWE and Vince McMahon, Bruno Sammartino agreeing to enter the WWE Hall of Fame after having slamming the company's product for years, and even WWE Champion Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson not mentioning WWE during his appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno last week. Highlights from the interview are as follows:

On his health: "I'm feeling very good thanks to modern medicine and the advances in medicine. I was in the hospital here for double pneumonia, pneumonia in each lung, and then I was admitted for the flu and then the flu turned into double pneumonia and the lungs got infected, then I got some fluid around the heart and they call that congestive heart failure. So I had four things going at the same time. They were very serious issues and thank god for modern medicine and antibiotics that rid the infection in my system. I was in dire straits. I spent five days at the world famous Mayo Hospital here in Phoenix where I had my liver transplant, they're one of the worlds greatest hospitals, as I'm sure you know, along with John Hopkins in Baltimore. Long story short, I'm doing excellent. I'm in the gym training every day and I'm very happy about that.

"I was down for about thirty days after they released me from the shock to my system and of being so dehydrated and I was actually near death when they admitted me. I didn't know this, but they had taken my wife aside and said, 'you know, your husband may not come out of this thing.' Which freaked her out, naturally. But thanks to modern medicine and the doctors being some of the world's greatest physicians here at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix. They jumped right on everything and got all the IVs, three different types of antibiotics going at the same time and I pulled through.

"I think I have also good genes to help me survive and I'm very thankful and I'm really excited about being at Wrestlecon and everything; the weekend and then a few days before the weekend, actually coming in on the 3rd and doing some things. Visiting some local indie shows and stuff like that. I'm really excited about this trip. I think it's going to be a great chance to meet a lot of new fans. This will be my last east coast run because travelling is just getting too hard for me; I'm out here in the desert, 3000 miles away and I'm kind of worn out from all the trips back east.

On making his last east coast appearance: "The east coast fans, New York fans all the way up from Boston and Philly, there's no fans like these folks, there's no question about it. They really put their heart and their soul into the matches, they did anyway, but they're really fantastic fans and I'm really looking forward to having a good time with the fans and being really fan friendly, which I've always actually been, and really excited about the event the overall event. It's so nice to have an option for the fans to go to other the events that WWE is putting on, to have another option to go to, so its great for the fans as well.

On the WWE Hall of Fame: "Well, I sold my HOF ring. I sold it on eBay because I was really having some liver problems from my liver transplant. The medication just skyrocketed for some reason and since the WWE or any other wrestling organization, you cant put all the heat on WWE, but pro wrestling, even territorial days never had health insurance for the performers. So you're on your own as far as that goes. I had to get this expensive anti rejection medication for my liver, so I just put my ring up on eBay.

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