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"Quick Draw" Rick McGraw was a professional wrestler from the 1980s mostly known for his appearances on World Wrestling Federation (WWF) television broadcasts.

History

McGraw began his career in 1976 in the Florida area. He competed in the Mid-Atlantic region a couple of years later before entering the World Wrestling Federation.

McGraw defeated enhancement talent, but mostly put over heels that were ready to challenge WWF champion Bob Backlund. He also competed on the "Showdown At Shea" show in August 1980, losing to Greg Gagne.

McGraw then moved to Memphis and was part of the tag team duo called "New York Dolls". The team was managed by Jimmy Hart.

Rick then re-entered Vince McMahon Sr.'s WWF as part of the tag team called the Carolina Connection with Steve Travis.

Quick Draw had notable matches with numerous top heels during his time in the WWF. He was once managed by Arnold Skaaland and also had his neck "broken" by Killer Khan in a match. Towards the end of his career, McGraw teamed up with André the Giant to form a lopsided tag team duo: McGraw was 5'7" with the Giant billed at 7'4" (but actually closer to 7'0").

McGraw was well known in the business as having a severe drug problem, and was one of the first of many in professional wrestling to die from one. In Bret Hart's autobiography Hitman: My Real Life in the Cartoon World of Wrestling, Bret wrote: "Every night he'd swallow a handful of Placidyls and wind up passed out face down in his dinner...The cause of his death was labelled a heart attack, but we all knew his heart had given out under deadly dosages of downers." McGraw died just days after wrestling Roddy Piper in a nationally televised match. McGraw took such a beating that the match had to be stopped. Though some less savvy fans felt the match led to McGraw's death, the two incidents were not related. Shortly after McGraw's death, Roddy Piper headlined a show held to benefit McGraw's family. He had left behind a wife and a baby daughter.

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