Originally posted by RUBYJAY
Anyone remember when Roddy Piper killed Quick Draw Rick McGraw durring a match on Cavelcade I believe. He went nuts, it's when they used to do those Paul Orndorff jumping pile drivers.
He gave him like 10 and miss qued on one and McGraw I heard died in the hospital. Very sad
"Have a nice day" Jay
That wasn't the case.
Charlie Korch Q: When I was a child a met a WWF wrestler named "Quick Draw" Rick McGraw. He was always a favorite of mine, since he showed my Dad and I around backstage (at a local show back in the late 70s, early 80s at Dickinson High School in Jersey City, NJ) and autographed my ticket stub. I remember him getting into an argument with Roddy Piper on Piper's Pit in the early 80s. Piper called him a nobody (ie. Jobber)and then proceeded to beat the hell out of him. If I remember correctly, Piper pile drove him over and over again and left him unconscious in the ring. I heard days after this match, that Quick Draw died from head injuries. I guess my question is, did Rick McGraw die shortly after this, and was his match with Piper related in any way? I heard years later that Rick died of a heart attack (possibly due to an overdose). Would you know which of these rumors if any are true?
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A: Thanks for the compliment Charlie...I really appreciate it. Rick "Quickdraw" McGraw's death had nothing to do with Piper's attack. The attack aired just before McGraw's death but was taped quite a while before that. You are correct that McGraw died of a heartattck and it is alleged to be drug related. The Piper story is just a legend based on a McGraw's coincidental angle and death.