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 Posted: Thu Aug 1st, 2019 08:01 pm
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Read this terrible news elsewhere.  If I'm wrong, please take it down.
RIP to my favorite NWA Champion.

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R.I.P.  Not at all a surprise for anyone who has been following his health the past 2 years.  He was a tough son of a bitch and this is another one of those "end of an era" passings.  They don't make them like this anymore.

PWInsider:

Former NWA World Champion and WWE Hall of Famer Harley Race passed away today following a battle with lung cancer, PWInsider.com is sad to report.  Race was 76 years old.  PWInsider.com will have more on Race's career to come.  Our deepest condolences to his family, friends and fans.  He was one of the all time greatest pro wrestlers who ever lived

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I had the great opportunity to meet him at CAC nearly 20 years ago now. He was very classy, posing for pictures with myself and Jack Briscoe. Harley signed a bunch of stuff for me and when I went to pay him, he refused my money, he just wanted a handshake. I kept running into him around town that weekend, I always refered to him as "Champ", with absolute respect.


He was my second favorite NWA World Champion. I liked his matches with Ric Flair, Terry Funk, Bruiser Brody, and Dusty Rhodes the best. Thank you for everything, Champ.


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RIP. And damn it all anyways. Last couple years would have been tough on him and his family.



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Qaenos wrote: Read this terrible news elsewhere.  If I'm wrong, please take it down.
RIP to my favorite NWA Champion.


You know it's official when it is reported on SLAM.

http://slam.canoe.com/Slam/Wrestling/2019/07/17/22799610.html

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Sadly, now everyone from this team has passed away. Including Gene, Bobby, and Frenchy Martin. Harley is behind Gene.

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I kinda' experienced Harley's career in reverse, and gained more respect and admiration for him as time went on. Lemme' 'splain:

I first saw him in late 1987 in the WWF as the somewhat buffoon-ish "King", who would bump for Hacksaw Duggan. My opinion was low.

The next year, I saw him as NWA champ in old World Class re-runs on ESPN. My opinion increased.

Later, saw him as Vader's manager in WCW. Opinion increased again. Still even later, I found out about his 70's and early 80's stuff. My opinion skyrocketed. Sad to see him go.



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RIP. A true great. Remember his run through the WWWF as NWA champ. Made Backlund look really bad by comparison.

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Who had him in the dead pool?

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Race was never my favorite but he really came across as a champ that was gonna be really tough to knock off. Being real life tough translated to his character and his methodical style was just right for the first NWA champ I remember growing up. RIP.



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Aside from seeing him live at shows in Toronto, my first actual interaction with him was at the Isle of Capri Casino here in KC. I was playing some 3 card poker back in 1998 at some obscure hr...maybe 1 or 2 am...and I was the only guy at the table. He just sat down next to me, and it took me a second to realize who it was. He had a reputation for liking the boats around here (all the casino's when I first came here were theoretically "boats") as they were sat on the Missouri River to get around some gambling laws that have since been changed. We talked a bit about his times in TOronto, as I mentioned my first show was when he beat Funk for the belt in 1977.

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Erick Von Erich wrote: I kinda' experienced Harley's career in reverse, and gained more respect and admiration for him as time went on. Lemme' 'splain:

I first saw him in late 1987 in the WWF as the somewhat buffoon-ish "King", who would bump for Hacksaw Duggan. My opinion was low.

The next year, I saw him as NWA champ in old World Class re-runs on ESPN. My opinion increased.

Later, saw him as Vader's manager in WCW. Opinion increased again. Still even later, I found out about his 70's and early 80's stuff. My opinion skyrocketed. Sad to see him go
Same here.  I first saw him in the WWE as King Harley Race, and later found out he was a 7-time NWA champion from one of those World Class re-run trivia questions.  Never got into his matches because his style was too slow and methodical for me, but have a lot of respect for him because he was somebody that everybody in the industry respects.  He was like the Godfather.  RIP

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Principal_Raditch wrote: Aside from seeing him live at shows in Toronto, my first actual interaction with him was at the Isle of Capri Casino here in KC. I was playing some 3 card poker back in 1998 at some obscure hr...maybe 1 or 2 am...and I was the only guy at the table. He just sat down next to me, and it took me a second to realize who it was. He had a reputation for liking the boats around here (all the casino's when I first came here were theoretically "boats") as they were sat on the Missouri River to get around some gambling laws that have since been changed. We talked a bit about his times in TOronto, as I mentioned my first show was when he beat Funk for the belt in 1977.

Great story. That's really cool.  Can't imagine how laid back that must have been.



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The WWE.com article mentions the King of the Ring tournament that he won upon entering the company.  I know they had a several of these at house shows over the years.  Has anyone ever seen any of these?  I'd love to see the ones from 1985-1989.

This would be a great time to load the 1986 one on the WWE Network.

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It's a bit confusing, because I know they had those King of the Ring tournaments.....but after Race left the WWE I though Heenan simply anointed Haku the new king, and from King Haku to Macho King guys simply became king by beating the incumbent king (Duggan beat Haku then Savage beat Duggan) while the King of the Ring tournaments would still take place but winner not being recognized as "king." The tournament wasn't even a big thing until Bret won it in 1993 and led to the Lawler/Bret feud.

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