"In case you are not aware of the post Wrestlecon/Mania trip Billy went on a well deserved "vacation" with his lovely wife of forever Valerie in her new car, as Billy had never seen the Grand Tetons and this was part of his bucket list with a painting of them at a later date. They traveled approximately 1000 miles from home, are on the Utah/Wyoming border and Billy gets sick in multiple ways…..first possible blockage in colon, ER admitted him as the liver plays tricky stuff with your body. Upon having a bout of Reflux syndrome, it went back down not the esophagus but into the lungs causing pneumonia. This is particularly dangerous because acid reflux going into lungs way different than water ..it has much bacteria ……..next discovery is that Billy is bleeding internally and they have to find out from where. He is not feeling very well nor doing very well and Valerie is naturally very stressed. I may go there to help her if the air fares come down from outrageous prices.
This is not a very good scenario and far more crucial than the bout her had recently before WM and the ones he gets every so often due to the compromised immune system. Asking all fans, friends, colleagues to seriously pray. I know he is strong as an ox but this time I am actually frightened.
Scott O Epstein, agent and friend"
Epstein also released a picture of Graham in the hospital.
-- Kayfabe Wrestling Radio recently interviewed WWE referee and new author Jimmy Korderas about how he was discovered as a photographer, working with Jack Tunney, and much more. Below are some highlights:
Korderas on writing his book and what made him want to do it: "Well, to make a very long story short, it began with my wife, Audrey. She was the one who kept saying after I left the WWE, ‘You know what, you've got so many of these great stories to tell; you should write a book.' And I'm thinking to myself, ‘Yeah, but nobody wants to read a book about fun stuff.' In my mind, I'm think everyone wants to read about dirt, you know, that whole ‘what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas mentality'. They want to hear what happens in Vegas, you know what I mean? I'm thinking I don't know, and then I got together with Arda Ocal and we started doing our wrestling radio podcast and that sort of stuff and working on the ScoreTV up here in Canada. We'd hang around and I'd tell him stories and he'd say ‘You know, you should put that in a book. It's kind of funny and some fun stories.' And I'm thinking to myself the same thing. Eventually, he kept notes on his phone and he forwarded an e-mail to me with a whole bunch of stories on it and said ‘This stuff should be in a book'. So he's the one who contacted me with ECW Press and we met with them and pitched it to them and they liked the idea and it ran from there."
Korderas on asking for help on how to be a better referee: "I did that all the time and I even asked the boys ‘Hey, if I do anything wrong, please let me know'. The problem for me is, and maybe I'm overly critical; I hated watching myself back because I am my own worst critic. Even the smallest little thing, I'd go ‘Why did I do that? Why did I move like that? Why did I look over there?' I was never really happy with myself. You always strive to be as close to perfect as you can be because there's no such real thing as perfect. Again, I would find flaws with everything that I did and it got to the point where maybe I shouldn't be watching myself anymore. But it is kind of cool to see yourself on TV, I have to admit, let's be honest."
On if he was ever awe struck by anyone in the ring: "Almost all the time. It's so amazing; I consider myself lucky to have been there for different eras. Like you said, the Golden Era with the Andre the Giant's and the Hulk Hogan's and the Randy Savage's, and then Next Generation with Bret Hart and the Shawn Michael and that era and the Kliq, and then the Attitude Era, which people to this day still talk about and living through that, and moving onto the next generation with John Cena, Batista and porbably my favorite of all time in The Undertaker. Honestly, I...