[Harley Race Gallery]
[Heenan Family Gallery]
[Kings of the Ring Gallery]
||Harley Leland Race
||April 11, 1943
|Height & Weight:
||6' 1" 245 lbs.
The King of Wrestling
||Belly to belly suplex
The Knee Drop
The Body Slam
Dick the Bruiser
Junk Yard Dog
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