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Superstar Billy Graham, the man who influenced Hulk Hogan, Jesse "The Body" Ventura, Scott Steiner and countless other professional wrestlers, has been hospitalized for internal bleeding.

Graham, 73, is reportedly in stable condition, according to

Graham is a former WWWF champion -- a precursor to the WWE -- in the 1970s. Graham's health has suffered during the last 20 years, a self-admitted victim of years of steroid and other drug abuse.

Graham had liver transplant in 2002 and was later diagnosed with Hepatitis C. He was hospitalized again in 2013 for pneumonia and heart failure.

Graham has also influenced MMA fighters, including Chael Sonnen.

Watch Sonnen's Graham-inspired promo here.

Now here's Graham.


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