On May 23, 1959 the original Wrestling at the Chase aired on KPLR (Channel 11). The show ran until September 10, 1983. One of the most popular figures there was wrestler Harley Race, who died on Thursday in St. Charles.
Here is a look at Harley Race and some of the most famous characters from Wrestling at the Chase.
Harley Race, the longtime wrestler and promoter best known for playing the arrogant “King of the Ring,” wearing a regal crown and purple cape and insisting that opponents kneel and bow before him, died Aug. 1 in St. Charles. He was 76.
Harley Race and Ric Flair were involved in one of wrestling’s most memorable matches, a 1983 cage match in Greensboro, North Carolina. Flair won the match. Both left the ring with bloodied faces.
In 1986, Race joined Vince McMahon’s World Wrestling Federation, now known as WWE, and won his first “King of the Ring” event.
He won several other regional titles and managed wrestlers. Race operated NWA territories in Kansas City and St. Louis.
In 1999, Race started a wrestling academy that continues today in Eldon, Missouri. It has since relocated to Troy.
His last match occurred in 2014.