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.
WWE.com has announced that WWE Hall of Famer Pedro Morales has passed away today.
Pedro Morales was one of the best known WWWF stars of the 1970s, being the “face of the company” after the first reign of Bruno Sammartino. Morales, while popular in NY, never reached the popularity levels of Bruno and after three years lost to belt to Stan Stasiak (who played transition back to Bruno)
The first Triple Crown winner (World, IC & Tag Team champion), Morales continued to wrestle for WWF periodically and locally until his retirement in 1987.
Fun fact about Morales, he is the one and only WWE Hall of Famer to not be present for his induction, even though he was alive. I’ve never heard any actual explanation as to why this occurred. WWE has made a habit of only inducting people (who are still alive) if they are present from this point on.
Rest in Peace Pedro.
WWE Hall of Famer Mean Gene Okerlund has passed away at the age of 76, WWE.com reports.
Okerlund has to be the biggest and most well known backstage interviewer in the history of professional wrestling. He worked for AWA, WWF and WCW, following Hulk Hogan through most of his career. The famous phrase, given by Hogan regularly, “You know something Mean Gene” is part of the wrestling culture, well known by all.
Gene worked for WWE as an ambassador, making his last appearance on Raw 25.
It’s a sad day in the wrestling world today. Rest in Peace Mean Gene