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#1 RIPPA

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Posted 08 April 2014 - 04:25 PM

I need to make this week another round of "People I Fucking Love" to keep me from just nuking everything so here we go.

 

Fuck if we were just talking managers - I think Harley would still be one of my favorites.

 

 

 

 



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Posted 08 April 2014 - 04:48 PM

One thing I actually like about being old is I got to see NWA Champion Harley Race live when I was a kid. Wrestled babyface youngster Robert Fuller in a "rec center" that might hold 1,000. It's still real to me, dammit! 

 

Great wrestler, great talker. I could imagine worse people to teach folks to wrestle.



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Posted 08 April 2014 - 05:04 PM

I think you can make very valid criticism of Harley Race as a wrestler. I think he's also incredibly cool. 

 

If you watch the Rose vs Martel matches from 80 and put them next to the Race vs Martel one from the beginning of the year, it's night and day. Harley would bump big and hit his huge suplexes and hustle and generally make his opponent look good, but I really feel like a lot of his matches are ultimately empty.

 

He's so cool in so many other ways though.

 

 

 

 

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Posted 08 April 2014 - 05:07 PM

This match is nothing special, but the finish is just amazing.

 


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Posted 08 April 2014 - 05:11 PM

Young blonde harley always confusew my brain the same way eating crab cakes not made MD style does.
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Posted 08 April 2014 - 05:12 PM

I miss Harley Race because I miss old school stuff like wrestlers not having signature finishers and champions just being tough bastards that oulasted their opponants in title matches.

 

Harley Race also had the best afro ever worn by a white man.

 

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Here is Harley's best promo not named "Take The Damn Money!"

 


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I still catch myself doin level 4 or 5 missions. The pay and rp ain't shit but it's still fun to pull out the mini gun on a level that low. The drug dealers have pistols and subbies and are like oh shit that sum bitch gotta mini gun.

 


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Posted 08 April 2014 - 05:14 PM

There are certain grails that I wish we had. One of them is footage of Race/Hennig as a tag team. They were the big AWA tag team before Bockwinkel/Stevens and I imagine they were awesome to watch.



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Posted 08 April 2014 - 05:19 PM

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Posted 08 April 2014 - 05:28 PM

Ross is a close second.

 

Race could work a 30 minute match, bleed, and still maintain maximum poofage.


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Posted 08 April 2014 - 05:32 PM

Harley was, of course, freakishly strong. Here he throws OMG around, just because he can.

 


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Posted 08 April 2014 - 06:09 PM

I saw this match a year earlier in Little Rock.  MURDOCK RETURNS, MOTHERFUCKERS!


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Posted 08 April 2014 - 09:41 PM

Isn't Harley also on the list of guys that have slammed Andre?

 

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Posted 08 April 2014 - 10:12 PM

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#14 LooseCannon

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Posted 08 April 2014 - 10:43 PM

Well, there is this classic story about Harley Race. I am sure someone can guess what it is without looking at the url.

Also, this brawl featuring Bobby Heenan, a donkey, a llama, chickens, showgirls in their underwear, and someone getting hit with a fish.



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Posted 09 April 2014 - 01:18 AM

Harey Race...let all know His good works.

 

In all seriousness, Harley is easily in my top five wrestlers ever. Legit tough guy, according to some, the toughest guy this side of Samoa. HUGE offensive set. Big bumper. Great psychologist and over all ring general and travelled the entire world (GOD'S GREEN EARTH) to prove he was the best in the world. Whether it was Porkchop Cash or Jumbo Tsuruta, Harley could work 'em. I said this about Nick Bockwinkel and it applies to Harley too: he was better at being Ric Flair than Ric Flair was. Give me a Harley Race match from 1976 - 1988 over any five Flair-by-the-numbers matches.

 

I'm an atheist but I believe in Harley Race.


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Posted 09 April 2014 - 08:11 AM

 

Just in case you needed to see Race brawl like a motherfucker. Jumbo at this point is still pretty white meat in his babyfaceness, but Race brings out some of the nastiness that would make us love Jumbo in his later years. Of course there's blood. There's also some manly fucking headbutts in this. 

 

God, Race ruled.


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Posted 12 April 2014 - 04:55 AM

Harley was, of course, freakishly strong. Here he throws OMG around, just because he can.

 

My apologies for diverting our thoughts from St. Harley (hallowed be his 'fro), but I must state that I have never gotten the appeal of Tiger Jeet Singh. I have never seen a match of his in which he did anything that I was impressed with. He epitomizes for me the laziest type of worker, and I can't even say that he was cruising on past glories because I have never seen or heard of any. He comes off as an amalgam of gimmicks of several other more significant workers (MLewin, Abbie, Sheik, Elephant Boy, Pampero Firpo), with the self-protection of The Original Sheik turned up to 11. I have never met anyone who has expressed any interest in his matches - has anybody ever bothered to compile a "Best of TJS" tape? Is he just really over with the Japanese/Canadian/Sikh/Pakistani mafia(s)? This has irked me for many years now...

-again, sorry for the diversion,

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p.s. - and Tiger Jeet Singh is a redundant name.



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Posted 12 April 2014 - 09:17 PM

 

I am just going to leave this here, unwatched by myself, to erase the taste of Tiger Jeet Singh from the consciousness of anyone reading this thread



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Posted 12 April 2014 - 09:54 PM

For whatever it's worth, I share RAF's bemusement regarding Jeet Singh.  I put him in the same category with tentacle porn and vending machines that sell used panties: things that appeal more or less solely to Japanese people.


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Posted 13 April 2014 - 04:20 AM

Hey now, pally: I never said anything untoward agin tentacle porn or used pantie vending machines. Let's not set up any straw men here. However, I do again apologize for bring up The Blandest Sikh of Them All. By way of recompense I present this:

Check out the 5:50 mark where HR just straight up blades Vader's back.

Y'know, for the kids,

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