Game of Thrones: The Top 10 Kings of the Ring

#6 King Harley Race – 1986

He was one of the most rugged competitors ever to compete in the ring, and when he became King, "Handsome" Harley Race gave new meaning to the three R's: Rugged + Royalty = Race. The coveted crown became his on July 14, 1986, at the second King of the Ring Tournament in Foxboro, Mass. After besting George “The Animal” Steele and Billy Jack Haynes to advance, Race defeated Pedro Morales in the tourney final.

With the additional presence of his manager, Bobby "The Brain" Heenan, Race charted a course that as King garnered him victory after victory – and made sure that many of his defeated "subjects" acknowledged as such by forcing them to bow and kneel. Probably the greatest achievement during his reign came when he defeated the Junkyard Dog at WrestleMania III in 1987. Race maintained his royal title throughout his WWE tenure, despite other Kings being crowned in the tournaments following King Harley's 1986 triumph. He finally abdicated the throne in 1988 due to injury and quietly departed WWE in-ring competition. – HOWARD FINKEL

Watch Harley go one-on-one with JYD on The Grandest Stage of Them All | Visit King Harley's WWE Hall of Fame profile