Last time, I asked what region of wrestling you wanted to see represented in the next ‘Wrestling History Lesson’ and–unsurprisingly–the United States got the most votes. So I went deep into my wrestling think tank for this one and considered dozens upon dozens of classic matches: chain wrestling, grappling, catch wrestling, high-flying, tag bouts, gimmick matches, you name it.
And late one night after consuming a nice, tall Bloody Mary, it hit me: Ric Flair vs. Harley Race in a steel cage match for the NWA World Title, from the original Starrcade. This year is the 30th anniversary of that match. If that doesn’t make you feel old, then you’re a better person than me.
So much to love about this one: yet another chapter in the Flair-Race rivalry, Gene Kiniski as the special guest referee, Gordon Solie on commentary (“SU-PLAY!”), and of course, Harley Race’s facial hair and afro.
Ron Swanson WISHES he had that mustache/chops combo. I heard that afro once beat Bruiser Brody in a falls count anywhere match in the old Dallas Sportatorium, but I digress. Enjoy the match, knuckleheads; be prepared for a return trip abroad next time we go to the vault!