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Wrestler: Harley Race
Real Name: Harley Leland Race
Birthday: April 11, 1943
Hometown: Quitman, Missouri
Marital Status: Married
Height & Weight: 6' 1" 245 lbs.
Trained by: Buddy Austin
Ray Gordon
Gus Karras
Debut: 1960
Previous Gimmicks: Jack Long
The King of Wrestling
Finishing Move: The Piledriver
Favorite Moves: Belly to belly suplex
The Knee Drop
The Body Slam
Notable Feuds: Crusher Lisowski
Dick the Bruiser
Dory Funk
Terry Funk
Ric Flair
Junk Yard Dog
Jim Duggan
King Haku
Bobby Heenan

  • Pacific Wrestling Federation title (1982);
  • Central States Heavyweight title (7);
  • Mid Atlantic United States title (1975);
  • NWA United Nations Heavyweight title (1982);
  • NWA Southern Heavyweight title (1975);
  • NWA Georgia Heavyweight title (1974);
  • NWA Mid-America Heavyweight title (1985);
  • Stampede North American Heavyweight title (1974);
  • WWC Caribbean Heavyweight title (1990);
  • AWA World Tag Team titles (5);
  • International Wrestling Alliance Tag Team titles (1966);
  • Central States Tag Team titles (1972);
  • NWA Florida Tag Team titles (twice 1975);
  • PWI Wrestler of the Year - 1979, 1983;
  • Missouri Heavyweight title;
  • WWA Heavyweight title;
  • NWA World Heavyweight title (8);
  • WWF King of the Ring;
  • Obsessedwithwrestling.com Hall of Fame Inductee (2002);
  • WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) Hall of Fame Inductee (2004);

  • In the Beginning
  • Harley Race wrestled as "Jack Long" early in his career teaming with Johnny Long as the Long Brothers..

  • Early in Harly Race's professional wrestling career, tragedy struck when he was involved in a major car accident..
  • ~~~Harley's injuries were so bad that doctors told him he may never walk and would definitely never wrestle again..

    American Wrestling Association
  • Harley Race teamed with Larry "the Ax" Hennig in the American Wrestling Association..
  • January 30, 1965: Harley Race & Larry Hennig beat Crusher Lisowski & Dick the Bruiser to win the AWA World Tag Team titles..
  • August 7, 1965: Harley Race & Larry Hennig beat Crusher Lisowski & Verne Gagne to win the AWA World Tag Team titles again..

    National Wrestling Alliance
  • May 23, 1973: Harley Race defeated Dory Funk Jr. to win the NWA World title (Lost the title 4 months later to Jack Brisco)..
  • February 2, 1977: Harley Race defeated Terry Funk to win the NWA World Heavyweight title (2)..
  • August 8,1979: "American Dream" Dusty Rhodes defeated Harley Race for the NWA World Heavyweight title..
  • June 10, 1983: Harley Race defeated Ric Flair to win the NWA World Heavyweight title (7)..
  • March 21, 1984: Harley Race defeated Ric Flair in New Zealand to win the NWA World Heavyweight title (8)..
  • March 21, 1984: Ric Flair defeated Harley Race to recapture the NWA World title in Singapore..
  • ~~~THIS TITLE CHANGE WAS NEVER RECOGNISED BY THE National Wrestling Alliance..
  • September 28, 1985 - AWA SuperClash: Jumbo Tsuruta & Giant Baba & Genichiro Tenryu defeated Harley Race & Bill & Scott Irwin..
  • April 20, 1986 - AWA WrestleRock: Rick Martel vs Harley Race fought to a DOUBLE COUNT OUT..
  • Summer 1986: Harley Race was forced to turn over his NWA Missouri Title because he was leaving for the WWF..

    World Wrestling Federation
  • Harley Race signed with the WWF where he was originally known as "Handsome" Harley Race and managed by Bobby Heenan..
  • June 22, 1986: King Tonga vs Harley Race ended in a DOUBLE DISQUALIFICATION..
  • July 14, 1986: Harley Race won the King of the Ring Tournament and officially adopted the "King of Wrestling" moniker..
  • August 28, 1986 - The Big Event: "The King" Harley Race defeated Pedro Morales..
  • November 1986 - MSG: Hulk Hogan & Roddy Piper defeated Paul Orndorff & Harly Race w/Bobby Heenan..
  • January 3, 1987 - SNME: Junk Yard Dog defeated "The King" Harley Race by Disqualification..
  • February 1987: Roddy Piper & Junk Yard Dog & Ricky Steamboat beat Adrian Adonis & Harley Race & Randy Savage..
  • March 29, 1987 - Wrestlemania III: Harley Race defeated The Junk Yard Dog in a "Loser Must Bow" match..
  • May 9, 1987 - Live Event: Hulk Hogan defeated Harley Race to retain the WWF Heavyweight title..
  • June 1987 - Live Event: Hulk Hogan defeated Harley Race in a Texas Death match to retain the WWF title..
  • November 16, 1987 - Legends Night: Randy "Macho Man" Savage defeated "King" Harley Race..
  • November 26, 1987 - Survivor Series: Savage/Steamboat/Roberts/Duggan/Beefcake beat Honky/Race/Hercules/Davis/Bass..
  • January 24, 1988 - Royal Rumble: Harley Race entered at #6 but was eliminted by Don Muraco..
  • March 12, 1988 - SNME: Hulk Hogan defeated "King" Harley Race..
  • March 27, 1988 - Wrestlemania 4: Harley Race participated in a 20 Man Battle Royal, which was won by Bad News Brown..
  • June 21, 1988: There was a coronation ceremony to name Haku the new "King" of the WWF after Harley Race was injured..
  • November 24, 1988 - Survivor Series: Andre/Rude/Perfect/Race/Bravo beat Duggan/Roberts/Satana/Patera/Casey..
  • Harley Race turned on Bobby Heenan and The Heenan Family, feeling betrayed that Heenan would make Haku the "King"..
  • Late 1988: King Haku defeated Harley Race in a serious of WWF Live Events accross the country..
  • January 15, 1989 - Royal Rumble: King Haku w/Bobby Heenan defeated Harley Race..

    World Championship Wrestling
  • Harley Race became a manager in WCW, guiding men like Paul Orndorff, Big Van Vader and the Collosal Kongs..
  • Harley Race also managed Super Invader (Hercules Hernandez), Yoshi Kwan, Vinnie Vegas, bodyguard Mr. Hughes..
  • Harley Race managed Big Van Vader to three WCW World Heavyweight championships..

    Hall of Famer
  • May 22, 1994: Harley Race was inducted into the WCW Hall of Fame..
  • 1994: Harley Race was inducted into the Stampede Wrestling Hall of Fame..
  • 1999: Harley Race was inducted into the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame..
  • Harley Race is also a Great Hisa’s Puroesu Hall of Famer..
  • Harly Race says he copied his style from Buddy Austin and Ray Stevens..

  • Harley Race created his own wrestling promotion known as World League Wrestling (WLW)..
  • Harley Race was the last person to speak to Owen Hart, saying "Don't let your rope break." - Something he regrets to this day.
  • Harley Race is/was possibly the most legendary NWA Champion of all time - with a total of eight reigns as Champion..
  • March 13, 2004 - WWE: Harley Race is inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame during a ceremony in New York City!
  • March 14, 2004 - Wrestlemania XX: Harley Race was honored with all the other Hall of Fame inductees during the Pay Per View..
  • April 26, 2004 - RAW: Harley Race attended in the front row and Randy Orton confronted him and SPIT in his face!
  • January 29, 2005 - WrestleReunion: Dusty&Dustin Rhodes & Mike Graham w/Harley Race b Kevin Sullivan & Abdullah & CM Punk..
  • April 2, 2005--World League Wrestling: Trevor Rhodes vs Brandon Bishop ended in a NO CONTEST with Mick Foley as referee..
  • ~~~Trevor Rhodes & Brandon Bishop & Johnny Gold attacked Mick Foley until Terry Funk & Harley Race made the save!
  • October 3, 2005 - WWE Homecoming: Harley Race participated in a Legends Ceremony which included roughly 24 Legends..
  • November 17, 2005--Carolina Wrestling Association: Ric Converse (managed by Harley Race) defeated Jake Manning..
  • March 27, 2006--Live Event (SD! crew): Mr. Ken Kennedy confronted WWE Hall of Famer "King" Harley Race in Joplin, Missouri..
  • June 2006: Harley Race was presented the Mike Mazurki Award at the 2006 Cauliflower Ally Club Convention in Las Vegas..
  • February 3, 2007--Alternative Championship Wrestling: Scotty Matthews w/Harley Race defeated The Bounty Hunter