WWE Hall of Famer “Superstar” Billy Graham critiqued Shane McMahon’s leap off the Hell in a Cell steel cage last week in a Facebook post on Wednesday.
In the post, Graham refers to McMahon as “Shane ‘Idiot’ McMahon,” as well as a “rich man’s foolish son” for his decision to jump 40 feet and landing through an announcer’s table.
“As always, the WWE will first lie to us, then when they get caught they tell the fans the truth. I consider Shane McMahon to be nothing more than a rich man’s foolish son. In a deliberate attempt to deceive us, the WWE released a statement that daddy’s little son was just fine after this leap below and now they have told us that he really is hurt. Disgusting and I have no sympathy for this spoiled brat and maybe he wont try to defy gravity ever again for a worthless, meaningless, and dumb as Hell cheap pop.”
Graham had previously criticized McMahon for his leap off the Hell in a Cell structure at WrestleMania 32 in 2016.
WWE released a kayfabe statement earlier this week claiming, “A preliminary report has determined that Shane may be dealing with multiple injuries, including neck trauma, fractured ribs and a dislocated shoulder,” which was picked up by mainstream media.
However, WWE’s Dasha Fuentes provided a positive update on McMahon’s status, denying the company’s initial diagnosis.
“Some reports went out saying Shane suffered neck trauma, fractured ribs and a dislocated shoulder, however, we have learned that those reports have been unconfirmed. However, what we can confirm is that this past Sunday, Shane McMahon was released from a medical facility, and is now home resting and recuperating comfortably.”
Graham, the sixth man to win the WWE Championship in company history, has a history of on-and-off disputes with WWE and the McMahon family dating back from the early 1990s.
During WWE’s infamous US federal trial regarding performance enhancing drugs, Graham sued Dr. George Zahorian — a Pennsylvania physician who had distributed anabolic steroids and other drugs to WWE — and the company for forcing him to take steroids in order to keep his position within the company, which proved to be unsuccessful. He would also make an appearance on The Phil Donahue Show in 1992 claiming to have witnessed WWE officials sexually abusing underage children, although he would later admit he made up the allegations in order to extort “hush money” from the company.
Graham wrote an apology letter to McMahon regarding the incident but did not receive a response until his 2002 live transplant.
After reconciling, he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2004 and given a consultancy position with the company. Five years later, he was released from the position, sold his ring on eBay and requested to be removed entirely due to the exclusion of Abdullah The Butcher.
Graham was also critical of Linda McMahon during her 2010 Connecticut Senate campaign, claiming she was distancing herself from the same racy programming that she profited from as WWE’s CEO. He would later reach out to the family to apologize after learning that his liver condition had worsened and offered to be a spokesman for the campaign.
Graham also received flack from fans after sending a letter to Vince McMahon requesting to take over Dusty Rhodes’ position at WWE NXT shortly after his death. He responded by calling his critics “evil, sub humans” and compared a possible reconciliation with McMahon to the chairman’s recent reconciliation with WWE Hall of Famer Bruno Sammartino.