Wrestling History Lessons w/ Sean Orleans

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!

By Sean Orleans

Pro wrestler and noted raconteur.

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