The wrestling world mourns the passing of Harley Race.
The former NWA World Heavyweight champion passed away at the age of 76 earlier today and many wrestling stars, past and present, and major promotions took to social media to react and remember the legacy left by Race.
Below are some of the reactions from various wrestlers spread across social media.
Today We Lost Not Only A Great Personal Friend, But In My Estimation The One And Only REAL World Champion. Without Harley Race, There Was No Ric Flair. I Tried My Hardest Every Day To Live Up To His Standard In The Ring. pic.twitter.com/vUnQFuM0CT— Ric Flair (@RicFlairNatrBoy) August 1, 2019
WWE is saddened to learn that WWE Hall of Famer Harley Race passed away today at age 76. WWE extends its condolences to Race’s family, friends and fans. https://t.co/lO4OimLsSd— WWE (@WWE) August 1, 2019
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...— Triple H (@TripleH) August 1, 2019
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
"What's your finish? ....I'll move!"— Sean Waltman (@TheRealXPac) August 1, 2019
#RIP Harley Race. This is why we should not throw the term Legend around freely. It needs to be saved for people like Harley who truly are.— Lance Storm (@LanceStorm) August 1, 2019
I’ve never respected any wrestler more than Harley Race.— Jim Ross (@JRsBBQ) August 1, 2019
He was unequaled in the ring and as physically & mentally tough as anyone I’ve ever met.
For pool players in Heaven, when Harley’s gravely voice says, “I’ve got next” he means it! RIP Friend https://t.co/IjanNKpF0U
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
I will always remember Harley Race as one of the toughest S.O.B’s to ever walk the Earth, who also took the time to personally pick out a pair of earrings for my newborn daughter. Thank you for always being you, a legend in every sense of the word. #RIPHarleyRace— Stephanie McMahon (@StephMcMahon) August 1, 2019
RIP to a true legend and Icon of this business, “Handsome” Harley Race. If you’re a true student of the game, then at some point you studied Harley Race. Thank you Harley for your kindness, your respect and for paving the way! pic.twitter.com/tHlTWVD2iK— Hurricane Helms (@ShaneHelmsCom) August 1, 2019
On January 25th 1993 in met a great man who became a great friend and mentor. A proper man in and out of the ring. One of the true greats. Harley Race passed today. I will be forever grateful for the time I’ve spent with him.— William Regal (@RealKingRegal) August 1, 2019
RIP Harley Race. IMO one of the greatest. Did everything slightly different and had the ability to make everything and anyone look incredible. Innovative wrestler that was way ahead of his era.— Devil's Blood (@WWEAleister) August 1, 2019
RIP Harley Race ----— Renee Young (@ReneeYoungWWE) August 1, 2019
Godspeed, Harley Race. When I wore the “ten pounds of gold”, in my head I was you. Of course I could never hold a candle to you, but your example inspired me to try my damndest. I’m grateful for the time we shared, and I thank you forever for paving the way. Rest well, King. pic.twitter.com/Yf3lr4lnJk— Adam Pearce (@ScrapDaddyAP) August 1, 2019
IMPACT Wrestling is saddened to hear of the passing of Harley Race. We send our deepest condolences to his friends and family. pic.twitter.com/OZp5KPh48F— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) August 1, 2019
AEW is saddened to learn that Pro Wrestling Hall of Famer Harley Race has passed away. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and fans at this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/Ik29DwZIQ4— All Elite Wrestling (@AEWrestling) August 1, 2019
RIP Harley Race. In a day and age where real men seem to be an endangered species, he embodied every bit of the word “real” in and out of the ring. A rough, tough man and a gentleman. Honored to have known him. Godspeed. #RIPHarley— Frankie Kazarian (@FrankieKazarian) August 1, 2019
One if the true pioneers of displaying toughness, skill, talent, credibility & physicality in a wrestling ring. That’s who #HarleyRace was...complete Champion, Legend, Icon. #RIP pic.twitter.com/quiN1Z5WfM— TAZ (@OfficialTAZ) August 1, 2019
RIP Harley Race.— Robby Brookside (@RobbyBrookside) August 1, 2019
So sorry to hear about one of the TRUE GREATS, Harley Race passing away.— Michael PS Hayes (@MichaelPSHayes1) August 1, 2019
He was one of my hero’s for many reasons.
There will never be another one like him!!
My condolences to his family, friends and fans.
Rest in Peace to the legendary Harley Race.....— Brian Heffron aka The Blue Meanie (@BlueMeanieBWO) August 1, 2019
The wrestling world has lost another legend and I have lost a dear friend and mentor. RIP Harley Race. You are loved and will be very much missed. https://t.co/KDJzcQY2sI— Ted DiBiase (@MDMTedDiBiase) August 1, 2019