Harley Race died Thursday at the age of 76, and the impact made by the eight-time NWA world's heavyweight champion was felt immediately on social media. From those who shared the ring with him as a wrestler to those he trained or managed after his active career was over, here's how the wrestling world reacted to the news.
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
RIP HARLEY,love you my brother HH
- Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) August 1, 2019
- Dustin Rhodes (@dustinrhodes) August 1, 2019
Everything about Harley Race commanded RESPECT...
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
- Triple H (@TripleH) August 1, 2019
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 wrote this in April of 2017 after reconnecting with Harley at an NXT show in Missouri.
I am incredibly grateful for our time together.
Thank you, Boss.
- CIAMPA (@ProjectCiampa) August 1, 2019
Learning under Harley Race at his school in Eldon, MO, in our early years, will forever be a career highlight.
- Singh Brothers (@SinghBrosWWE) August 1, 2019
Thank you Harley. So many legends in the industry will tell you he was the toughest to ever do it. He never stopped giving. I remember when he managed Vader in wcw, he would still try and scare me backstage. Ten pounds of gold never looked better on anybody. https://t.co/Q1qq4qEeGT
- Cody Rhodes (@CodyRhodes) August 1, 2019
So sorry to hear about one of the TRUE GREATS, Harley Race passing away.
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.
- Michael PS Hayes (@MichaelPSHayes1) 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
My Father learned from many but he always said he had two real mentors in the business. Harley Race was one of them. Harley was one of the greatest to ever lace them. Thank you for what you've done for this business and thank you for everything you've done for my Family. pic.twitter.com/Zpm4FAQWtR
- Big Van Vader (@itsvadertime) August 1, 2019
So Sad To Hear Harley Race Has Passed��Wonderful Man That I Admired & Loved❤️He Taught Me So Much In & Out of The Squared Circle #RIP Champ����
- SGT SLAUGHTER (@_SgtSlaughter) 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
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
A few years ago I was fortunate to coach at the @8XNWAChampion camp.
Harley wasn't feeling good , but then there was this short window of where he was the Harley that the old school wrestlers talked about. It was amazing being under his learning tree.
Rest well Mr. Race. pic.twitter.com/jlXyT0buIV
- CORINO (@StevenCorino) August 1, 2019