|Damn! It's me and Ron Simmons
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Before he was yelling "Damn!" in outrageous situations, Ron Simmons was kicking ass and taking names inside the squared circle. My first memories of Simmons come during the last days of the NWA before the company officially became WCW. Simmons was a face, mid card at best at the time. Then he got repackaged as a member of the tag team Doom along with Butch Reed.
The two debut in black tights and masks at the first Halloween Havoc. It wasn't long before they shot up the tag team ranks and won the titles. But all good things must come to an end, and the team eventually split with Simmons becoming a face. It was during this time that he started getting a push and challenge Lex Luger for the WCW title at Halloween Havoc 91. He came up short that time, but the following summer he'd win the title from Vader. Simmons became the first black world heavyweight champion in all of wrestling. It was quite a feat, but one that was poorly booked.
|As WCW champ (WWE)
Faarooq turned face when the Rock took over the Nation. It was a relatively lack luster run in the WWF until he joined forces with Bradshaw and became known as the Acolytes. Eventually they'd turn face after working with the heel Undertaker. They'd also change their team name to the APA (Acolyte Protection Agency) and were booked as a couple of tough thugs who took care of business. This incarnation of Simmons was my favorite. I enjoyed the work he and Bradshaw did together. The two worked well as a tag team and won the titles on more than one occasion.
|APA (from WWE)
Ron Simmons no doubt paved the way for other black wrestlers, as Booker T and the Rock each won multiple world titles themselves. I think it's only a matter of time before he's inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, an honor he certainly deserves.