King Harley Race. Abgerechnete Höhe, 1,85 m (6 Fuß 1 Zoll). Abgerechnetes Gewicht, kg. Abgerechnet von, Kansas City, Missouri, USA. Harley Leland Race war ein US-amerikanischer Wrestler, Trainer und Promoter. Race war in seiner aktiven Karriere in allen großen Wrestlingorganisationen Nordamerikas und Japans tätig. Er erhielt acht Mal den Weltmeistertitel des Dachverbands. geriet zu Beginn seiner Karriere in einen schweren Autounfall; er selbst verlor bei dem Unfall beinahe ein Bein, sein damaliger Promoter hielt die Ärzte von.
Harley RaceHarley Leland Race (* April in Maryville, Missouri; † 1. August in St. Charles, Missouri) war ein US-amerikanischer Wrestler, Trainer und Promoter. geriet zu Beginn seiner Karriere in einen schweren Autounfall; er selbst verlor bei dem Unfall beinahe ein Bein, sein damaliger Promoter hielt die Ärzte von. Er ist eine Ikone des Wrestling, prägte den Sport über Jahrzehnte mit. Nun ist Harley Race mit 76 Jahren gestorben. Viele Stars nahmen ihn.
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The confrontation was fueled by Larry Hennig confronting his former tag team partner at the end of the match. However, all of these matches from ended up as just special appearances and Race ultimately did not sign with the promotion.
Race jumped from territory to territory in the early s, renewing his rivalry with Funk in Amarillo, Texas and winning a regional title.
He was seen as a gifted territorial wrestler, not quite ready for the worldwide spotlight, until He also started what would be many tours to Japan where he faced Giant Baba.
Race emerged from the battle as the new world champion in what was perceived by fans as a stunning upset. Behind the scenes, Funk had pulled out of losing the title to Jack Brisco , citing injuries in a truck accident; in truth, Amarillo promoter Dory Funk did not want his son losing the title to a fellow babyface a fan favorite.
Race, a known tough street fighter, was under orders from the NWA not to let Funk leave the ring as champion that night. A televised title defense from this first reign, held in Calgary against Klondike Bill , aired as the main event on an episode of the promotion's eponymous Stampede Wrestling program where Race successfully defended his title , resurfaced during the 21st century as part of the WWE Video Library.
Most of his televised matches of this era were squash matches held in television studios. Though Race held the title for only a few months, losing it to Brisco in Houston, Texas , in July, he became a worldwide superstar and perennial championship contender.
This kept Race in contention for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, and Race vowed that he would only need one chance against the champion to regain it.
Race finally got his wish in , facing familiar rival Terry Funk, who had become the champion since their previous encounters, in Toronto.
Race won the title by submission with the Indian death lock, a rarely used submission move but one that put great pressure on Funk's injured leg.
The NWA World Heavyweight Champion once again, Race this time established his dominance, defending the title up to six times a week and holding it for almost five years excluding extremely short reigns by Tommy Rich, Dusty Rhodes, and Giant Baba.
In , he had a series of violent matches throughout the Midwest with the Sheik, culminating in a bloody "2x4 with a nail in it" match in front of 12, at Cobo Hall.
Race toured extensively all over the country and the world, including Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and many stints in Japan, where he was already well known from his visits with Larry Hennig.
Race would repeat the feat on January 7, , though it was outside the ring during the match. Race, after many victories over Dusty Rhodes and other great wrestlers, lost the title to Rhodes in Louis in for his seventh reign as champion, breaking the record previously held by Lou Thesz.
What followed was one of the classic angles of the s, which led to the first NWA Starrcade event. Bob Orton, Jr.
Flair's retirement was a ruse, however, and he eventually returned to action, much to Race's surprise. Race lost the title to Flair in the bloody and memorable Starcade steel cage match with Gene Kiniski as the special referee.
Flair jumped on top of Race from the top rope and pinned him to become champion. Race regained the NWA World Heavyweight Championship for a two-day reign in New Zealand in , after many years, it is now a recognized title change, but his loss to Flair at Starrcade was largely seen as the torch-passing from Race to Flair.
Flair would go on to credit Race for igniting his career. During a time when the WWF did not recognize the existence of other promotions and the accomplishments a wrestler made there, WWF officials came up with a solution to recognize his wrestling pedigree by having him win the King of the Ring tournament.
After this, he referred to himself as "King" Harley Race, coming to the ring in a royal crown and cape, to the ceremonial accompaniment of the tenth movement known as "The Great Gates of Kiev" of Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky.
After winning a match, Race would make his defeated opponent "bow and kneel" before him. Usually Heenan would assist the defeated opponent to "bow and kneel" by grabbing their hair and forcing them to bow before Race.
Race would spend feuding with Hulk Hogan and Jim Duggan , who during a televised confrontation took Race's crown and robe, though Race later attacked Duggan and took them back.
In early , he suffered an abdominal injury in a match against Hogan in which he tried to hit Hogan, prone on a table at ringside, with a swan dive headbutt.
Hogan moved out of the way and Race impacted the table inwards. The metal edge forced its way up into Race's abdomen giving him a hernia. Following this incident and during his recovery, the WWF ran an angle where they acknowledged his injury, and his manager Heenan vowed to crown a new king.
Race left the WWF in early , following a brief comeback from hernia surgery and an attempt to regain his crown from the new King, Haku , at the Royal Rumble.
The match ended in a double countout. He began making appearances on house shows and immediately would fill in for Ric Flair in several tag team matches, pairing up with Barry Windham against Lex Luger and Sting.
During a house show match in St. Joseph, Missouri on December 7, , Race sustained a shoulder injury and would ultimately retire from active competition.
Race made his first subsequent appearance six months later as a guest referee during a house show on June 14, in St. Louis, Missouri. Hughes from Alexandra York.
The stable was short-lived, and after Vader defeated Sting for the world championship on July 12, he became Race's primary charge. Hit play and follow along with the article below!
I was one of the most fortunate people on Earth to do exactly what I loved to do all my life. My whole thing, in all the years I wrestled, was to entertain the people who had paid to see it, as much as my mind and body would allow me to do, to be as good as I could be at doing that.
One of the wrestlers who stood out to her the most was Harley Race. Here is what she had to say about him in an interview with Kayfabe Kickout.
Everyone always shook his hand really gently and not the whole hand. We ran out of ice, and Harley drove my sister Michelle and I to the store.
It was winter, and Michelle had a Bronco, and it was really icy. Harley just smashed the whole bag of ice with this one little punch…".
I got him in the position and brought his head full through all in the same motion. He was a great mentor for me, and I learned a lot from him.
Until then, numerous promotions were set up across the country, operating independently under the banner of the NWA. Race walked up to a seated Hogan and punched him, knocking him to the floor.
Race and Backlund drew in minutes. A scientific classic. In July , Race suffered a near loss to Ricky Steamboat. The two went to a minute draw when both wrestlers agreed to go another five-minutes.
Promoters and officials of the Alliance stated that the contract was for only minutes and anything extra was done on their own time.
Officially, Race remained the champion. Masao Hattori began to advise Race. Only five days later in Orlando, Race beat Rhodes to regain the title for his third victory at the Sports Stadium.
It was a bloody contest between the two in Saga. Race regained the coveted championship six days later in Ostu.
His fifth reign began. Backlund defeated Race by disqualification after Harley began interfering with the referee, Jack Lotz, in one-fall.
As in the past, it did not take long before Race regained his championship. Three straight changes in Georgia. The legendary tag team came in fourth place.
Louis to capture his fourth Missouri Title. Kerry Von Erich stopped Race in St. As a double champion, Race traveled east along I The match took place at St.
Harley won the first with a pin victory over Flair in after a suplex. The second went to Flair by submission to the figure-four leglock at the mark.
The third ended up the following way. Flair was pinned at the mark. Race made history. It was something he was used to but being back on top left questions unanswered.
Race proved that he could regain the title. How long he would remain on the throne remained a question.
Flair was thirsty and Race knew it. The Missouri and Central States Titles went up to vacancy. Jim Crockett Jr. Race versus Flair.
Crockett added several added stipulations to their main event contest. On completing her career in the banking industry she was hired by Wells Fargo, where she was responsible for their establishment in the state of Missouri.
Beverly — B. She often traveled with Race until she died of pneumonia. Race has five grandchildren. Race married his first wife, Vivian Jones, in She died five weeks after their wedding in the same car crash in which Race nearly lost a leg.
This second marriage produced a daughter, Candice Marie, and ended in divorce. His third wife, whom Race refused to mention by name in his autobiography, divorced him in the early s after over 30 years of marriage.Harley Race On Harley Race (nickname: Leland) was born in Quitman, Missouri, United States. He made his 12 million dollar fortune with National Wrestling Alliance, American Wrestling Association, WWF, WCW, 8 time NWA World Heavyweight Champion. Harley Race was considered by many to be one of the legitimately toughest men ever to grace the squared circle. This is a man who beat polio as a child, survived cancer, plus a near-fatal car crash. As Bobby’ The Brain’ Heenan once said, "The only two men in the world that Andre the Giant feared were Meng and Harley Race." He packed a hard Author: Pro Wrestling Stories. Harley Race is one of the most legendary and decorated athletes of all-time. He was an eight time former NWA recognized World Heavyweight Champion during a time in which it was the most prestigious championship on the planet. It was a coveted strap which had been worn by. Harley Leland Race war ein US-amerikanischer Wrestler, Trainer und Promoter. Race war in seiner aktiven Karriere in allen großen Wrestlingorganisationen Nordamerikas und Japans tätig. Er erhielt acht Mal den Weltmeistertitel des Dachverbands. Harley Leland Race (* April in Maryville, Missouri; † 1. August in St. Charles, Missouri) war ein US-amerikanischer Wrestler, Trainer und Promoter. Der verstorbene Harley Race war ein großer Rivale von Ric Flair und Vorbild für Triple H, WWE-Boss Vince McMahon schätzte und. Er ist eine Ikone des Wrestling, prägte den Sport über Jahrzehnte mit. Nun ist Harley Race mit 76 Jahren gestorben. Viele Stars nahmen ihn. The legendary Harley Race succumbed to his battle with lung cancer on Thursday afternoon at the age of A genuine industry icon, Race was a prominent piece of the wrestling landscape for the. He then started wrestling in Texas in as Harley Race after his father told him that he should not work to make anyone else's name famous. Race never again used a different ring name. During a house show match in St. Joseph, Missouri on December 7, , he received a shoulder injury and would retire from active competition. Harley Leland Race (April 11, - August 1, ), was a American professional wrestler and promoter. The wrestling world is mourning the death of legend “Handsome” Harley Race, a WWE Hall of Famer whose career spanned nearly four decades. Race, known as one of the toughest guys in and out of the. Harley Race was considered by many to be one of the legitimately toughest men ever to grace the squared circle. This is a man who beat polio as a child, survived cancer, plus a near-fatal car crash. As Bobby’ The Brain’ Heenan once said, "The only two men in the world that Andre the Giant feared were Meng and Harley Race.".