Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Flair and Race: Two of the Greatest of All Time

Former NWA World Champions Ric Flair and Harley Race (2015)

What a great shot of two of the greatest champions to ever lace up the boots: Ric Flair and Harley Race.

The photo was taken today 8/29/15 in advance of World League Wrestling's "Night of Champions" event in Troy, MO. Flair was making a special appearance there for Harley's Missouri-based promotion.

That's Harley's replica of the domed-globe version of the NWA world title belt sitting on the table in front of them, better known as the "Ten Pounds of Gold."

Race beat Flair in June of 1983 in St. Louis to win his seventh NWA World championship, breaking Lou Thesz's long-standing record at that time. Flair got it back five months later at the first Starrcade event on Thanksgiving night of that same year in Greensboro, NC. The two traded it again in 1984 in the controversial New Zealand/Singapore title changes that weren't officially recognized at the time, but are now by the National Wrestling Alliance.