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Published on November 28th, 2015 | by Pro Wrestling Stories


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HARLEY RACE: The Man Who Can Break Your Hand with Just His Handshake!


When it came to our attention that Harley Race wasn’t in the best of health these days, we immediately began compiling together stories to honor his strength and tenacity. Harley Race is considered by many to be one of the legitimately toughest men to ever grace the squared circle. This is a guy that beat polio as a kid, survived cancer plus a near-fatal car crash. As Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan once said, “The only two men in the world that Andre the Giant feared were Meng and Harley Race.” He packed a hard punch and even his voice was enough to make the hardest of men tremble in fear. Not only was he tough, he had a heart of gold and looked out for his own. They don’t make them like him these days.

This installment of Pro Wrestling Stories is dedicated to a man who we wish nothing more than to heal up and feel better soon. Wishing you the best, Harley.

Edit: Harley Race is doing better. With a fighter as tough as him, did you expect any less? This is what he had this to say on Facebook after reading our story on him. We’re glad to see he’s got a sense of humor about it all!



“I started in this business when I was 15 years old. I was one of the most fortunate people on Earth to do exactly what I loved to do all my life. My whole thing, in all the years I wrestled, was to entertain the people who had paid to see it. As much as my mind and body would allow me to do, to be as good as I could be at doing that. That’s what I tried to do my whole career.”

Bret Hart’s ex-wife Julie on Harley Race


 “Nobody likes to shake Harley’s hand because he’s got the strongest tendons ever known to anyone.

He could break your hand with just his handshake. Everyone always shook his hand really gently and not the whole hand…

We had a dinner party when the WWE were in town a few years ago and Harley came for dinner. We ran out of ice and Harley drove my sister Michelle and I to the store and it was winter and Michelle had a bronco and it was really icy.

Harley just slapped into 4-wheel drive and he was like, ‘I’m going to show you how to drive…’

Oh my God, what a ride…it was the scariest 5 minutes of my life.

We get back in the house the ice seemed like one big block. I swear to god, Harley goes, ‘Give me that sweetheart…’

He grabs the bag and he punches it and it shatters. Harley just smashed the whole bag of ice with this one little punch…”


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  • Zach Martin

    When I was a little kid I wanted to be Harley Race so bad. Hell, I still want to be Harley Race.


    Thank you Mr Race 🙂
    As a young kid growing up in Brighton, Illinois I used to watch him on tv Sunday after church.
    He was what I perceived as the Bad Guy.

    Thank you Sir for the good memories.
    I wish we could go back to that simple time.

    God Bless & SEMPER FI

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