Health & Lifestyle WWE Hall of Famer Harley Race Passes Away—-SEE OFFICIAL STATEMENTS OF HIS DEATH Published 1 year ago on August 2, 2019 By Serena McCauley WWE is saddened to learn that WWE Hall of Famer Harley Race passed away today at age 76 due to complications from lung cancer. Harley Race captured the NWA World Heavyweight Championship eight times. To this day, only a handful of Superstars can claim to have won more World Heavyweight Championships than Race. During the 1970s and early 1980s, Race was the National Wrestling Alliance’s most dominant champion, winning the sport’s oldest World Heavyweight Championship from the likes of Dory Funk Jr., Giant Baba, Terry Funk, Dusty Rhodes and Ric Flair. Harley Race passes away The tough-as-nails Race was so universally respected that WWE, despite having seceded from the NWA and having its own World Heavyweight Champion, chose to recognize Race’s title status as well. As a result, Race was the first NWA Champion to engage in title unification matchups against WWE Champions like “Superstar” Billy Graham and Bob Backlund. In what seemed unthinkable at the time, Race, one of the NWA’s most influential figures of all time, joined WWE in 1986 during the company’s national expansion. After winning the King of the Ring tournament, Race was the first to don regal robes and a crown. “King” Harley Race was managed by Bobby “The Brain” Heenan and was introduced to a new generation of fans. Race battled all of WWE’s top heroes and pinned Junkyard Dog at WrestleMania III in front of a record-setting attendance of 93,000 fans. WWE extends its condolences to Race’s family, friends and fans. Harley Race was literally the King of his profession for 25 years. Long live the King. pic.twitter.com/nY3V5hyp3N — Vince McMahon (@VinceMcMahon) August 1, 2019 Everything about Harley Race commanded RESPECT…Today our world mourns with all the RESPECT you deserve…One of my favorite people in the business and in life.See you down the road, my friend.#LegendsNeverDie#ThenNowForever https://t.co/l1q2eD7XAl — Triple H (@TripleH) August 1, 2019 Rest In Peace to a true king, Harley Race. #RIPHarley #HarleyRace — Booker T. Huffman (@BookerT5x) August 1, 2019 The Hart family loves you forever King Harley Race. Grateful I got to tell you what you meant to my grandfather Stu Hart, who adored you. My thoughts and prayers to Harley’s family today🙏 pic.twitter.com/t5PqOJW0Lx — Nattie (@NatbyNature) August 1, 2019 #RIPHarleyRaceWe lost a true ledend today; one of the toughest men and one of the greatest champions our sport has ever known. I loved working with him, I loved talking with him. I was proud to be his friend. pic.twitter.com/1W103AZt67 — Mick Foley (@RealMickFoley) August 1, 2019 Damn.. RIP to a legend. @8XNWAChampion #HarleyRace — PAIGE (@RealPaigeWWE) August 1, 2019 Related Topics:Giant BabaHarley RaceNational Wrestling AllianceRic FlairWrestleManiaWWEWWE Hall of Famer Up Next major update: WWE Releases Another Superstar — See Superstar’s Statement After WWE Release Don't Miss FURTHER UPDATE ON JIMMY USO & NAOMI ENDING THEIR MARRIAGE —SEE OFFICIAL STATEMENTS You may like Ronda Rousey Promote Sasha Banks’ big new Initiative, Former WWE Superstar Returning… Screengrabs of Bayley unaware photos that will give you an insight to her true self 15 leaked out photos of BAYLEY that got fans talking See the 15 Steamy Photos You Wouldn’t Expect From Bayley Sasha Banks says she’s ‘better than Roman Reigns’ and the true face of WWE Sasha Banks Beats Asuka Via Pinfall at WWE Survivor Series 2020 Click to comment Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. 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