Ordered this the other day off Highspots after watching Ronnie Miller and Harley go to a draw on aussie tele (again)....Race has always been a favourite of mine, well, maybe not so much that "King" crap, but everybody deserves to earn a quid...he was the second NWA champ I ever saw and the first I saw live in person at the Hordern Pavillion in Sydney .....
I'd heard of Harley through the Apter mags....then sometime in '78, I heard he had won the NWA belt, which was the recognised world champ for Jim Barnetts Australia promotion, Jack Brisco had already been downunder, but i'd missed him, so I was determined to see Harley work his magic, then I saw him on channel 9 in a angle with Ronnie Miller, they had gone back and forth promoing each other...then Ronnie rolled Harley up for a time limit draw on the show...and geve Race a gob full ...this led to Ronnie getting the rub from Harley and if memory serves a standing ovation..OUTSTANDING
The next time I saw Harley was the lead up to Ric Flair and "The Flare for the Gold" cage match and the angle leading up to that with Dick Slater and Bob orton Jnr "crippling" Flair for a bounty, so Harley wouldnt lose the belt...the promos leading up to that match was brilliant.
Harley dropped the belt to Naitch and faded out of my view for a bit until he showed up dressed as a king in the WWF, cant honestly say it was my favourite incarnation of Harley, but, like I said everybody has to earn a buck.....I didnt know about the accident that finished Race in the WWF, but what a shame, he sure deserved a better exit.
Finally I saw Harley managuing Vader in WCW and his interacting with Vader was definately beliveable..if Harley said VCader was gonna crush you, you took it as dinkum....I have the WWE Hall of Fame where Race got inducted..couldnt happen to a nicer bloke.
The DVD is an outstanding telling of the Race tale from his carny days to drivin g Happy Humphrey around right through to his running of his wrestling school today....
and on the dvd, available only at Highspots, is the following
Harley Race: The Greatest Wrestler on God’s Green Earth takes a look at one of wrestling’s biggest attractions of the 70’s and 80’s. In the world of professional wrestling there is no one else like Harley Race he is truly a one of a kind. When people talk about Harley Race they talk about respect and toughness.
On this 2 disc DVD set you will hear from Harley Race like you never have before as he opens up about his life and career. From his beginnings on the carnival circuit, to teaming with Larry Henning, the 8 NWA World Title reigns, passing the torch to Ric Flair at Starrcade 83, what it was like working for Vince McMahon, and so much more. Also you will hear from all the key figures throughout Harley’s career, the people who helped and witnessed his success.
When people put a list of all time great wrestler’s together Harley Race is at the top of most of them because he is The Greatest Wrestler On God’s Green Earth.
Disc 1 - Full Documentary - 1 hour 40 minutes, total run time disc 1 is 1 hr 51 minutes
Chapter 1: Early Life
Chapter 2: Happy Humphrey
Chapter 3: Jack Long
Chapter 4: Pretty Handsome
Chapter 5: 1st World Title
Chapter 6: The Champ
Chapter 7: Starrcade 83
Chapter 8: War With Vince
Chapter 9: The King
Chapter 10: WCW
Chapter 11: Training School
Chapter 12: Legacy
Chapter 13: Harley Race v. Ric Flair (All Star Wrestling courtesy of Harley Race)
Disc 2 - Bonus Footage - Approximately 1 hour 45 minutes
Chapter 1: Harley Race v. David Von Erich (courtesy of Larry Matysik)
Chapter 2: "The Doublecross" as told by Jim Cornette and Harley Race
Chapter 3: Harley Race v Ted Dibiase (8 MM footage courtesy of Mike Gratchner
Chapter 4: "Great Times" told by Terry Funk
Chapter 5: Harley Race v. Ric Flair (8 MM footage courtesy of Mike Gratchner)
Chapter 6: "His Hands" as told by Vader
Chapter 7: Harley Race v. Dick Murdoch (8 MM footage courtesy of Mike Gratchner)
Chapter 8: "Bruno folklore" as told by Larry Matysik
Chapter 9: Harley v. Tommy Martin (8MM footage courtesy of Mike Gratchner)
Chapter 10: "New Zealand" as told by Ric Flair/Jim Cornette
Chapter 11:Harley Race v. Pierre Lefeber (8 MM footage courtesy of Mike Gratchner)
Chapter 12: "Outlaws" - Les Thatcher
Chapter 13: Harley Race v. Spike Huber (courtesy of Larry Matysik)
Chapter 14: "Vader" - Magnum TA
Chapter 15: Harley Race v. Dory Funk Jr (courtesy of Harley Race)
Chapter 16: US Title - William Murdock
Chapter 17: Harley Race v. David Von Erich (8MM footage courtesy of Mike Gratchner)
Chapter 18: "Driving Harley" featuring George South
Chapter 19: Harley Race v. Ron Sexton (courtesy of Larry Matysik)
Chapter 20: "Broadway" featuring Larry Matysik
Chapter 21: Harley Race v. Omar Atlas (courtesy of Larry Matysik)
So there you go...grab it, its the goods