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If the Grim Reaper had skin he'd be covered in bruises right now. 

RIP

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Damn. 

RIP Harley.

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Harley is someone I always thought gave far too much. You didn't want to see Harley stooge and sell. You wanted to see him absolutely crush people.

That said, when he was tasked to put a new talent over, a new talent who was going to be a massive babyface in the territory and was a virtual unknown, just look at what he could accomplish:

 

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Was kinda expecting this with his cancer and recent hospitalization.

 

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The greatest NWA Champion of my lifetime has passed. No one epitomized the title "Champion" better than Race, sure, most of this board grew up with Ric Flair in the spot, but Flair was always theatrics and humor mixed into his matches. Race was always all business until the end of his career working for Vince. As a twenty-something, if you ever asked me who I would want to have my back in a bar fight, the answer without hesitation was Harley Race. 

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FUCK!!!

One of the toughest and best to ever do it. R.I.P. Harley Race. Thoughts go out to his family and friends at this saddest of times. 

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Rest in Peace to the King.

Now, Harley joins the rest of his 1988 Survivor Series teammates (Andre, Hennig, Rude, Bravo, even Heenan and Frenchy Martin). The first Survivor Series team where every member has passed away.

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Harley & bock vs stan & brody

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4 minutes ago, Curt McGirt said:

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If the Grim Reaper had skin he'd be covered in bruises right now. 

RIP

I said in another thread that Superst*r Billy Graham looked like a champion should look. Harley Race looked like the toughest SOB in the room (and he probably was).

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Was fortunate to meet Harley at his WLW promotion. Tougher than most of us to the end, I'm sure.

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6 minutes ago, Nice Guy Eddie said:

Rest in Peace to the King.

Now, Harley joins the rest of his 1988 Survivor Series teammates (Andre, Hennig, Rude, Bravo, even Heenan and Frenchy Martin). The first Survivor Series team where every member has passed away.

God damn, that's something. 

RIP, Harley.  Glad I got a chance to see him work in person, even if it was in his latter years (1986 and 1990)

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Just since it wasn't actually posted in the thread yet

 

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From what I’ve noticed living in a KC suburb, people who casually mentioned pre-WWF expansion Central States guys would mention guys Bulldog Bob Brown, Rufus R. Jones or Harley Race.

so at least one of the people mentioned was really really good.

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You want to see a travelling champ? This is a travelling champ:

 

 

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Harley was good at everything.

My favorite story is when Owen spiked his chili with extreme hot sauce so he snuck into the locker room right after Owen showered and stuck a stun gun right up his butt.  ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZAP

It was basically like the ending to the Cactus/Vader death match but more hilarious.

Don't fuck with Harley Race or his chili.

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Just adding something: don't forget that Race turned down a quarter mil from Vince to no show Starrcade, then beat Vince's ass when Vince got pissed off at the rebuke and tried to legdive him.  An honorable man and a badass.

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I got tears in my eyes. Harley was my favorite of all time and was a guy raised on East Coast/Capitol/Titan stuff. I mean thr Apter mags really sold me on how great Harley was and when I finally got ot see him work by watching World Class he just had this... aura of older guy at the bar toughness

James

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I love the story (usually told by the Front Row Section D guys) about Dusty bringing in Harley to JCP to give Magnum a little humility. 

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So with the new handhelds and AJPW TV that came out in the last year, we were able to isolate and post some matches:

 

including a new Race title defense vs Tiger Chung Lee

By far the coolest match was this one vs Tenryu, because it feels like the Race we were promised, the race that James is going on about. Not a Race that stooges and gives and gives (or that tags in and gives and gives and loses the advantage which is what you got in Japan a lot, even in those other matches I posted), but a dominant destroyer against a great seller in Tenryu:

 

 

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It almost feels wrong that a man so god damn tough as Harley Race could possibly be dead. Man could put the fear of God into you with just a look. Going to miss this bad ass son of a bitch

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