In regards to Race's affirmed status as one of the toughest wrestlers of all time, former WWE manager Bobby "The Brain" Heenan has said that Andre the Giant only feared two men: the notoriously-tough Haku, and Race.
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However, Race's biggest claim to fame would come over the next two decades as a singles star and perennial NWA worlds heavyweight champion thanks to legendary feuds with Ric Flair, Dusty Rhodes and the Funk brothers, Terry and Dory Jr.
Race joined WWE during the 1980s, when he performed as "The King" Harley Race, wearing a crown and robe, facing the Junkyard Dog in "WrestleMania III" in the Silverdome in Pontiac, Mich.
Harley Race is amongst the six wrestlers to be inducted into all the WWE, NWA, Professional Wrestling and Wrestling Observer Newsletter Halls of Fame.
Tributes poured in from around the wrestling world.
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"Today We Lost Not Only A Great Personal Friend, But In My Estimation The One And Only REAL World Champion".
Earlier this year, Ric Flair revealed Race was diagnosed with cancer, and Championship Wrestling From Hollywood's David Marquez later gave an update, noting that it was not terminal.
Lance Storm remembered Race and said the word legend needs to be saved for people like Race. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and fans at this hard time. My condolences to his family, friends, and many fans. Helms tweeted, "RIP to a true legend and Icon of this business, "Handsome" Harley Race". "We needed something that addressed who I was, and of course [World Wrestling Entertainment owner] Vince [McMahon] was not going to acknowledge my eight-time thing".
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