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Date of Birth 11 April 1943Quitman, Missouri, USA
Birth NameHarley Leland Race
Nickname The King
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Harley Race is one of the foremost legends of professional wrestling. He is an 8-time NWA Heavyweight Champion and has held numerous other titles over his career that has spanned four decades.

Harley won his first NWA World Title in Kansas City in 1973 when he defeated Dory Funk Jr. Harley feels that this was the best match of his whole career as Funk had held the title for more that four years, so winning it made the moment all the more special.

In addition to bloody rivalries with both Dory Funk Jr. and Terry Funk, Harley has worked great programs with other wrestling legends as Dusty Rhodes, Bruiser Brody, Dick the Bruiser and Ric Flair. Like how Harley had wrestled long time champion Dory Funk Jr. to his first heavyweight title, it was Ric Flair who defeated long time champion Harley to win his first heavyweight title.

Race reportedly has wrestled in every country in the world, with the exceptions of Russia and Communist China. Race is particularly revered in Japan, having made over 60 trips there during his career.

Towards the end of his in-ring wrestling career, Harley went to work for the WWF (now WWE) and became know as "The King" Harley Race. Harley feuded with "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan and Hulk Hogan, but one of his most memorable matches as against the late Junk Yard Dog at Wrestlemania III in front of over 90,000 people. Harley also once won one of the WWF's first King of the Ring tournaments. During his time in the WWF, Harley was managed by "The Brain" Bobby Heenan.

Harley left the WWF and went back to the NWA, which was now known as WCW. He had retired from the ring and had now begun managing. He managed the Kolassal Kongs, The Super Invader, Yoshi Kwan, Vinnie Vegas (Kevin Nash), Mr. Hughes and he managed both Lex Luger and Big Van Vader to the WCW World Heavyweight championship.

In 1994, Harley retired from the ring, and came back home to Kansas City. In the summer of 1999, Harley Race founded World League Wrestling. Harley was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on March 13, 2004 and to the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame on May 15, 2004.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Adam Ritchie

Spouse (2)

B.J. Race (8 May 1982 - 9 October 2009) (her death) (2 children)
Vivian Louise Jones (? - ?) (her death)

Trivia (17)

Seven time NWA World Champion
Professional wrestler and manager
Inducted into the WCW Hall of Fame on May 22nd, 1994.
One of the 100 Greatest Wrestlers of the 20th Century (Inside Wrestling Presents, Summer 2000).
Began wrestling professionally at the age of sixteen.
Eight-time National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) World heavyweight champion.
Headlined pro wrestling's first ever "closed-circuit supercard" (the forerunner to pay-per-view), losing the NWA title to Ric Flair inside a steel cage.
Prior to stepping into the ring was the limo driver for wrestler Happy Humphrey.
Professional wrestler, manager, and promoter.
Viewed as one of the legitimate tough guys in the wrestling industry.
Was the first man to hold the version of the U.S. title that exists today in World Wrestling Entertainment. The title, which began in Jim Crockett Promotions (JCP), was awarded to Race in 1975, although for storyline purposes it was announced that he defeated Johnny Weaver in the finals of a tournament.
Early in his career, tragedy struck when Harley 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.
Notable Title wins include: Pacific Wrestling Federation title; Central States Heavyweight title (7); Mid Atlantic United States title; NWA United Nations Heavyweight title; NWA Southern Heavyweight title; NWA Georgia Heavyweight title; NWA Mid-America Heavyweight title; Stampede North American Heavyweight title; WWC Caribbean Heavyweight title; AWA World Tag Team titles (5); International Wrestling Alliance Tag Team titles; Central States Tag Team titles; NWA Florida Tag Team titles (2); PWI Wrestler of the Year - 1979, 1983; Missouri Heavyweight title; WWA Heavyweight title; NWA World Heavyweight title (8); WWF King of the Ring
Inducted into the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2004.
Published author.
Owns and operates a small promotion called World League Wrestling (WLW), which runs shows in the mid-western United States. [September 2003]
WWE Hall of Famer.

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