It appears as if a WWE Hall of Famer wants Dusty Rhodes’ old NXT job, which consisted of running the promo class at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida. That WWE Hall of Famer, is “Superstar” Billy Graham.
Rhodes’ passed away at the beginning of June, leaving not only a Texas-sized hole in the wrestling world, but also in the developmental process for WWE. Rhodes had taken many NXT upstarts to “the learning tree” when it came to creating their characters. Stars like Sami Zayn and Seth Rollins have both said they would have neither character if it wasn’t for Rhodes.
Graham has apparently reached out to WWE CEO Vince McMahon about taking Rhodes’ position. He posted the following message about his desire to work for NXT on his official Facebook page,
“Hello wrestling fans, this is Superstar Billy Graham. With all of the rumors going around about my interest or lack of, concerning a position for me with the NXT that my dear friend Dusty Rhodes had, I thought that was necessary to give you a direct statement from me to set the record straight. First off, I have been planning on moving back to Florida for some time now. My wife of 35 years, Valerie, is from Tampa and all of her family lives there. Also my daughter lives in West Palm Beach.This morning, Tuesday, June 30th 2015 I sent an email directly to Vince informing him that if the position that Dusty once had has not yet been filled, that I am very much interested in taking it since I am moving back to live in Florida . I have not heard back from Vince or any of his staff as he is a very busy man. I am sure at some point I will get an answer from Vince concerning this question.
About my qualifications for this position: It should be obvious that I am qualified for this NXT position of coaching the younger talent about how to to do promos and communicate with the worldwide WWE TV wrestling audience. Also, I am not so stupid that I would try to teach them how to be charismatic to the level of a Dusty Rhodes or myself, one is born with that level of charisma, but a young wrestler can be taught to be more confident in their delivery and bring out their full potential in this area.
About my health: As almost everyone knows, I have had a successful liver transplant. My liver, according to a recent test, is doing extremely good. I feel very robust, alert, and healthy, as the doctors at the world famous Mayo Clinic Hospital here in Phoenix have told me and I train at a 24 hour fitness gym 4 days a week.
As soon as I hear from Mr Vince McMahon regarding the NXT position one way or another, I will post that information on my Facebook. Thank you for your time and every one have a nice day, Superstar Billy Graham.”
Well…this is interesting.