Superstars from all over the world have come to WWE to compete against the best in sports-entertainment. That includes competitors from outside companies. Here are five times non-WWE Superstars stepped into a WWE ring.07/13/2017 - 16:45
Fisherman Suplex; Diving Headbutt; Piledriver
NWA World Heavyweight Champion; 1986 King of the Ring; 2004 WWE Hall of Fame Inductee
Harley Race: Bio
Former NWA World Heavyweight Champion Harley Race referred to himself as "The Greatest Wrestler on God's Green Earth" and with good reason. After winning three AWA World Tag Team Championships, the NWA World Team Championship and becoming the first United States Champion, Race won no less than seven NWA World Heavyweight Championships. The Handsome One won those titles from WWE Hall of Famers, Dory Funk, Jr., Terry Funk, Dusty Rhodes and Ric Flair. Race's seven reigns stood as a record number of World Heavyweight Title reigns until Ric Flair won his eigth in 1991. To this day, only a handful of men can claim to have won more World Heavyweight Championships than Harley Race and none would dare claim they are tougher.
During the 1970s and early '80s, Race was the NWA's most dominant champion, representing the sport's oldest World Heavyweight Title with pride and defending it all over the world with his raw-boned and rugged mat style. His impact in sports-entertainment was so great that WWE made Race the first NWA World Heavyweight Champion to engage in historic title unification matches against WWE Champions like "Superstar" Billy Graham and Bob Backlund.
Race finally joined WWE full-time during the company's national expansion, and was introduced to a new generation of sports-entertainment fans worldwide as "The King" Harley Race. Clad in regal robes and a crown, he faced the late Junkyard Dog in a memorable encounter at WrestleMania III in front of over 93,000 fans at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan and was the one of the earliest King of the Ring tournament winners in 1986, years before that event became an annual pay-per-view spectacular.
Harley Race was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2004 and is still regarded as one of the most legitimately toughest men in sports-entertainment history.