WWE Hall of Famer thinks it is a joke to have a 145-pound “heavyweight” as the WWE Champion.
Eldridge Wayne Coleman, a 75-year old retired pro wrestler best known under the ring name “Superstar” Billy Graham, criticized the new WWE Champion Kofi Kingston for being “too small” in a recent Facebook post. Coleman encouraged Kingston to start using steroids to gain enough muscle to be taken seriously.
“I urge you to start doing some steroids and add about 50 pounds of solid muscle to your championship body,” Coleman wrote. “Vince [McMahon] won’t care, honestly. Actually he would be quite pleased with the muscular transformation…”
WWE “era of the small man” is a “joke” and a “comedy act” according to Superstar Billy Graham.
Coleman was proud to participate in pro wrestling’s “era of the big man” during the 1970s and 1980s. The “era of the small man” is a “joke” that most people won’t take seriously according to Coleman.
Coleman revolutionized the face of professional wrestling during the 1970s as one of the first individuals to bring a bodybuilding physique to the ring. Coleman had competed as a bodybuilder for over a decade prior to pursuing a pro wrestling career.
Coleman won several bodybuilding titles including the 1961 Mr Teenage America (West Coast division). He shared the title with future Mr. Olympia Frank Zane who won the 1961 Mr. Teenage America (East Coast division).
Coleman regularly worked out with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dave Draper and Franco Columbu at the Gold’s Gym in Santa Monica during the 1960s. He was featured in contemporary bodybuilding magazines including Bob Hoffman’s Strength and Fitness magazine and Joe Weider’s Muscle & Fitness magazine.
Coleman also knows a thing or two about anabolic steroids. He used steroids extensively, and admittedly abused them, during his time as a bodybuilder and a pro wrestler.
Coleman famously sued the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and WWF doctor George Zahorian in the 1990s. Coleman accused them of forcing him to take steroids. Coleman lost the lawsuit largely because he had been using steroids for well over a decade before he joined the WWF.
Coleman also publicly decried the dangers of anabolic steroids during this period. He blamed many of his health problems on his abuse of steroids.
However, Coleman justified his current steroid recommendations for Kingston by arguing that there is a difference between responsible steroid use and reckless steroid abuse.
Coleman is currently working with the WWE under the company’s “Legends Program”.
Graham, B. (April 8, 2019). Kofi Kingston… My Advice. Retrieved from facebook.com/billy.graham.790256/posts/1765300323616322