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Drew McDonald (1955-2015)

Real Name - Drew McDonald (born “Charles Shaw”)

Lifespan - 6/16/1955 - 2/9/2015

6'1" 308 lbs. - Perth, Scotland


Athletic Background - n/a

Teacher(s) - Ian Law

Professional Background - Scotland(`80-`83), British Indies(`84-`02) Stampede(`87), CWA(`89), CWA(`95-`98), Reslo(`95)

AliasesThe Spoiler, Ben Doon McDonald, The Great Scot, Mad Mack

Groups - Karachi Vice, Old School Revolution, The Family, The Triad

Peak Years - `86-`95



Finisher(s) - 

- Flying Headbutt

- Celtic Crusher (Sitdown Chin Crusher)


Favorites -

- Lariat

- Biting

- Headbutt Drop

- Illegal Gut Punch

- Elbow



Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set5
 Science2
 Aerial2
 Power5
 Strikes6


Intangibles Rating - 

 Entertainment6
 Selling6
 Bumping5
 Carrying5
 Heat6
 Legacy5


Place in History - In the later days of “World of Sport” wrestling there were a number of quality talents who emerged and yet their best days were spent on small independent shows and in German tournaments away from the cameras.  Drew McDonald, a beefy Scotsman, was just such a talent.  On “World of Sport,” he was every bit of a heavyweight and capable, but a bit bland.  He was Big Daddy’s partner for a while and eventually turned on him and found being a villain was his true calling.  Wearing a kilt and balmoral hat to play up his Scottish heritage was an easy way to draw some heat amongst the British fans.  Scottish independence had become a national issue in 1979 and simmered until the next referendum years later, so he was able to capitalize on that angst.  Bigger than most, bald and sporting plenty of tattoos, the “Highlander from Hell” persona was tremendous in the small halls.  He even traded in his kilt for some bondage gear, which oddly worked with his convincing style and look.  Unfortunately, domestic pro-wrestling was no longer on TV in Britain, so Drew McDonald spent his best years out of the limelight.  The best heavyweights from the United Kingdom were able to find many opportunities around the world and McDonald regularly ventured to Europe and participated in his share of German tournaments.  He battled veterans like Robbie Brookside, Dave Taylor and Tony St. Clair all over, but spent a fair amount of time working with and training young talent.  As start-up promotions came and went, McDonald was often brought in to help.  He methodically and viciously hammered foes and he intimated fans, drawing some legit heat along the way.  It was a welcome change on the cards from the younger talent whose fascination with lucha libre and garbage wrestling as opposed to traditional British wrestling became cliche in time.  McDonald was one of the stalwarts who became revered amongst a new generation and eventually served as a talent scout of sorts for the WWE.  He worked with Sheamus, Wade Barrett, Drew McIntyre and Paige in their formative years.  Drew McDonald might not be the most legendary figure from the “World of Sport” days, yet he was able to become an enduring and influential personality in Britain that bridged the gap between the glory days and the modern era.

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