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The Top Ten Moves of Harley Race

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Uploaded on Nov 15, 2009

One more old school video. Rest assured, more will come in the future. Harley Race is a name that's probably more than familiar to a lot of people here. Born in 1943, Race made his pro wrestling debut seventeen short years later. However, his career was almost cut short before it began, when Race and his first wife were involved in a horrific car accident. His wife was killed instantly, while Race was severely hurt, and only through the timely intervention of a local wrestling promoter did Race avoid a career ending amputation. After some intense physical therapy, Race returned to the ring. He headed to the AWA, where he teamed with Larry "The Axe" Hennig, winning the AWA World Tag Team Titles a total of three times during his tenure there. After a few years, Race joined the NWA, where he would become very successful, holding various NWA territory titles in or near his home state of Missouri. In 1973, he acheived the pinnacle of wrestling superiority, when he defeated Dory Funk, Jr. for the NWA World Heavyweight Title. However, after his first taste of the belt, he would have to wait over four years for another. In 1977, he defeated Dory's brother, Terry, to once again become the NWA World Heavyweight Champion. During this reign, he would defend the belt against the likes of Mil Mascaras and Jumbo Tsuruta in Japan. Two years later, lightning struck thrice, as he defeated Dusty Rhodes for his third reign. Around this time, Race also defended the belt in Japan for the All Japan Pro Wrestling promotion, trading the belt with Giant Baba in 1979 into 1980. Race once again made defenses in Japan, this time keeping the belt, even defending it against Ricky Steamboat, with Lou Thesz the special guest referee. After dropping the belt, he set his sights on Japan once again, and defeated Jumbo Tsuruta for both the NWA United National and the PWF Heavyweight Titles, two thirds of the now legendary Triple Crown Title. From there, he returned to the states, and signed with the WWF. He found moderate success here, winning the first King of the Ring tournament. He then took on the moniker "King" Harley Race, and after losing the crown, "Handsome" Harley Race. After leaving the WWF, he made one last shot at the AWA World Heavyweight Title, coming up short. He retired from in-ring competition, and managed Big Van Vader to three reigns as the WCW World Heavyweight Champion. Currently, Race operates the WLW school and wrestling promotion in his home state of Missouri, and works closely with Pro Wrestling NOAH. Race's style was technically sound, and ahead of his time. He introduced the world to the move known as the Diving Headbutt(which Race has stated that he regrets), and used it to win some matches against some tough opponents. When that failed, Race could always rely on the Piledriver.

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