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CM Punk Explains Why He’s Getting A Harley Race Tattoo, Tells A Funny Story From Harley’s Birthday Party

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• OLD SCHOOL VIDEO HISTORY (October 29, 1994) – Smoky Mountain Wrestling

On this day in 1994, Jim Cornette’s Smoky Mountain Wrestling aired an episode of their weekly TV show.

The card can be found here:

1. Bryant Anderson vs. Scott Studd

2. Video: Abdullah the Butcher

3. Cactus Jack tries to talk Boo Bradley into breaking from Tammy Fytch

4. Chad Austin vs. Bruiser Bedlam

5. Ricky Morton vs. New Jack

• CM Punk Explains Why He’s Getting A Harley Race Tattoo, Tells A Funny Story From Harley’s Birthday Party

During a recent appearance on 31 Thoughts podcast, former WWE wrestler CM Punk talked about the late, great Harley Race.

Below are the highlights:

On why he’s getting a Harley Race tattoo:

“The Harley Race tattoo is in motion. For sure [I have] two [sports tattoos] – I’ve got the cup for the Hawks and I got a little goat after the Cubs won the World Series. I guess the Misawa boot would be #3, I don’t know if I have any other wrestling related tattoos.

I’m definitely going to get the Harley one memorialized. Me and two other people who were close with Harley are going to get that… I think Harley was a big piece of my career whether people realize it or not and he’s just somebody who deserves to be memorialized, I feel.”

On Andre the Giant being afraid of Harley Race:

“Andre was supposedly afraid of Harley. There’s two guys that Andre ‘supposedly’ – because obviously, I never met Andre, just hear the stories. It was Harley and it was Haku. Those were the two that Andre – and people would tell me, ‘Well, he’s afraid of them.’

I don’t know if he was afraid of them but he knew not to mess with them. I think that speaks volumes, you know? People always talk about how tough Harley was, and he was. He could be a tough, mean, SOB.”

On his favorite Harley Race story:

“My favorite Harley story – It was his birthday, and we were in the bar, and we’re celebrating Harley’s birthday. And then all of a sudden, the waitress comes up and she’s got a tray of shots.

She puts the tray down and she’s putting shots in front of everybody. And there must have been, I don’t know, 20 or 22 of us in the bar. It’s Harley and all the wrestlers, you know?

We just did a show in Eldon, Missouri and we’re in the bar eating and hanging out afterwards, and it’s his birthday so Harley got everybody shots. And the waitress puts one down in front of me and I said, ‘Can you get me a shot of soda? Whatever you’ve got – Coke, Pepsi, cranberry juice, whatever. And she was like, ‘Honey, Harley Race got you that shot. You’ve got to drink it.’

Now, obviously she doesn’t know me. And I say, ‘I don’t drink’, and she’s like, ‘Honey, Harley Race got you that shot.’ And I say, ‘I understand that but I don’t drink.’ And she’s like, ‘Do you know who Harley Race is?!’ And I go, ‘Do you know who I am? I just worked for Harley Race. I know who Harley Race is. I appreciate the sentiment; I guess I’ll just sip my water if we’re making a toast.’ She’s just going on, and on, and on, and making a big deal about all this stuff.

And finally, Harley comes over and explains to her, ‘Oh, he doesn’t drink.’ And that was the end of it, like she didn’t say anything else,” Punk continued. “She went, ‘Oh okay, I didn’t know’, even though I had already told her a thousand times. Like it was supposed to be this big slight, like, ‘Oh I’m not going to drink a shot’… In a second, [Harley] didn’t care.

He just said, ‘That’s Punk, he doesn’t drink.’ That’s it, that was it and so that was the moment where I was like, ‘Holy sh*t, this guy respects me. How cool is that? I’ve made it; I don’t need anything else – not money, not fame, not belts. Like, this guy was the closest thing to a living hero.

So then I of course had to push the envelope. I felt a little bit left out that I didn’t get a shot, everyone else did, and Harley toasted when it’s his birthday. So, I walk up to the bar, I belly up, and I go, ‘Do you guys have milk?’

The bartender looks at me and she’s like, ‘Yeah, we’ve got milk.’ And I go, ‘1-2-3-4’ and I count everybody out and I go, ‘I need 20 shots of milk.’ And she was just like, [sighs] ‘Okay’. [She] gives me the twenty shots of milk, here I come with a big platter, I put it down , everybody gets a shot of milk.

And I remember Harley looking at the milk, looking at me, and then looking at the milk. And he just goes, ‘Is that milk?’ And I went, ‘It sure is, Harley Race. Happy f*cking birthday!’

And nobody wanted to touch their milk until Harley picked it up and raised his glass. And everyone raised their glass, made cheers with Harley Race, shot of milk.”

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