Rest in Peace Harley Race.
The wrestling world left one of the last remaining heavyweights of the NWA. Harley Race passed away today at the age of 76. The 8 time champion was one of the biggest, most important and grandest wrestlers of the territory system, winning belts from the likes of Ric Flair and Dory Funk.
I best remember Harley as part of the Heenan family during the twlight of his career. He was the first King of the Ring in WWF, with the regalia, cape and crown being a part of the WWF scene for years, passing to Jim Duggan, Haku and Macho Man Randy Savage.
Harley would be inducted into the Hall of Fame upon its return in 2014, a welcome addition.
A tidbit that came out today, Harley Race was the last living member of the 1988 Andre The Giant led team for Survivor Series. Perfect, Rude, Andre, Frenchy Martin, Dino Bravo and Bobby Heenan are all previously deceased. Everyone in this picture is now gone and that’s just sad.
In memory of the great Harley Race, here are some fine memories of the man.