🤼‍♂ How Good of a Wrestler Were They Really? 🤼‍♀ #20 Ron Simmons/Faarooq ✊🏿

Captain fuckface takes his rightful position at the bottom, though I’m sure he will face stiff competition depending on who else we cover, meanwhile the A.P.A, our first tag team of the series, nestle into a reasonable midway point:

Wrestler Rating
Chris Jericho (3) 4.69
Kurt Angle (2) 4.55
Mick Foley (10) 4.55
Stone Cold Steve Austin (1) 4.36
Eddie Guerrero (8) 4.28
William Regal (18) 4.1
Bret Hart (9) 4.07
CM Punk (16) 3.85
Booker T (48) 3.72
Brock Lesnar (30) 3.52
Triple H (13) 3.48
John Cena (17) 3.43
Rob Van Dam (47) 3.4
Becky Lynch (28) 3.2
Big Van Vader (58) 3.17
A.P.A (90) 3.15
Sting (52) 3.12
The Big Boss Man(36) 3.1
Scott Steiner (55) 3.08
JBL (n/a) 1.56

So now we go to the other half of The A.P.A and a far more interesting and great (though still weird in places) career, it’s the first-ever recognised African-American World Heavyweight Champion, A college football Hall of Famer and All-American for Florida State, the leader of THE NATION OF DOMINATION… DAMN!

It’s Ron Simmons

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Match:

  • Ron Simmons & Eddie Gilbert vs Bobby Fulton & Tommy Rodgers (NWA U.S Tag Title Match, Clash of Champions IV, Dec '88)
  • DOOM (Ron Simmons & Butch Reed) vs The Wild Samoans (Fatu & The Samoan Savage) (NWA Starrcade '89)
  • DOOM vs The Steiner Brothers (NWA Tag Titles Match, Clash of Champions XI, 1990)
  • DOOM vs Arn Anderson & Ric Flair (NWA Tag Titles Match, Halloween Havoc '90)
  • DOOM vs Arn Anderson & Barry Windham (NWA Tag Titles Street Fight, Starrcade '90)
  • Ron Simmons vs Lex Luger (WCW World Heavyweight Title, Halloween Havoc '91)
  • Ron Simmons, Barry Windham & Dustin Rhodes vs Arn Anderson, Bobby Eaton & Larry Zybyszko (WCW Clash of the Champions XVIII, '92)
  • Ron Simmons vs Cactus Jack (SuperBrawl II, '92)
  • Ron Simmons vs Big Van Vader (wins WCW World Heavyweight Title Match, House Show, Baltimore, MD, Aug '92)
  • Ron Simmons vs “Dr. Death” Steve Williams (WCW World Heavyweight Title match, Starrcade '92)
  • Ron Simmons vs Tony Halme (Ludvig Borga) (WCW/NJPW Tokyo Dome Supershow III, '93)
  • Ron Simmons vs Paul Orndorff (WCW TV Title, Beach Blast '93)
  • Ron Simmons vs Shane Douglas (ECW World Heavyweight Title Match, November to Remember '94)
  • Faarooq Asad, Diesel II, Razor Ramon II & Vader vs Flash Funk, Jimmy Snuka, Savio Vega & Yokozuna (Survivor Series match, '96)
  • Faarooq vs Ahmed Johnson (WWF Royal Rumble '97)
  • The Nation of Domination (Faarooq, Crush & Savio Vega) vs The Legion of Doom (Hawk & Animal) & Ahmed Johnson (Chicago Street Fight, Wrestlemania 13)
  • Faarooq vs The Undertaker (WWF World Heavyweight Title Match, King of the Ring '97)
  • The Nation (Faarooq, The Rock, D-Lo Brown & Kama Mustafa) vs The Legion of Doom, Ahmed Johnson & Ken Shamrock (Survivor Series match '97)
  • Tag Team Battle Royale (Wrestlemania XIV)
  • Faarooq, Ken Shamrock & Steve Blackman vs The Rock, D-Lo Brown & Mark Henry (Unforgiven '98)
  • Faarooq vs The Rock (WWF Intercontinental Title Match, Over the Edge '98)
  • Faarooq & Scorpio vs Justin Bradshaw & Terry Funk (Fully Loaded '98)
  • The Acolytes & Mideon vs The Brood (Backlash '99)
  • Tag Team Turmoil Match (Summerslam '99)
  • The Acolytes vs The Dudley Boyz (Unforgiven '99)
  • 15 Minute Hardcore Battle Royale (Wrestlemania 2000)
  • The A.P.A & Tazz vs Right 2 Censor (Wrestlemania X-7)
  • Tag Team Turmoil (Judgement Day '01)
  • The A.P.A & Spike Dudley vs The Dudley Boyz & Test (Summerslam '01)
  • Immunity Battle Royale (Survivor Series '01)
  • The A.P.A vs Billy & Chuck vs The Dudleys vs The Hardyz (WWF Tag Title Elimination, Wrestlemania X-8)
  • Ron Simmons & Reverend D-Von vs Chuck Palumbo & The Big Valbowski (WWE Rebellion '02)
  • APA Invitational Bar Room Brawl (WWE Vengeance '03)
  • The A.P.A vs Rikishi & Scotty 2 Hotty vs Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin vs The Bashams (WWE Tag Team Title Elimination, Wrestlemania XX)
  • “The Legends” Ron Simmons, Ric Flair, Dusty Rhodes & Sgt. Slaughter vs The Spirit Squad (Survivor Series '06)
  • Saying DAMN!

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I do not like the Damn gimmick.

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would you say its better, equal or worse than Austin saying WHAT?

A reminder that the A.P.A were mostly covered here:

I’ll be doing a mega poll at the end to fit in options from both

Worse than Austin himself saying “what”, but far better than the “what” chant in general.

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Odd career is Ron’s, has the distinction of being the first recognised Black champ (even if it was on a house show) looked a million bucks and clearly had the charisma, but then didn’t really get the chance to do anything with it.

That said, I loved The Nation of Domination, his stuff with The Rock in that period made him a star, plus there’s this total bollix:

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Shame he didn’t get too much of a singles run in WWE; could have probably done something with one of the belts as leader of the Nation, even if The Rock turned out to be the stand out star in that faction.

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I think he could have been a bigger star than he was. As said already, amazing look, could talk. Why WWE didn’t use him more than they did, I’ll never know.

I do hate how he’s now remembered in WWE as the “Damn!” guy, rather than everything he’s done. He’s so much more than that

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Same here - the fact it’s come out on top as his best “match” in the eyes of DiS is as sad as it is unsurprising.

Is that what the crowd are shouting? I never did work that one out.

Anyway, Ron Simmons was immense in Doom with Butch Reed and went on to a well-deserved run for the WCW world championship. He was good to begin with in the WWF, although don’t know why they decided to call him Faarooq. Especially since I seem to recall Jim Ross (or someone) addressed him as “Ron Simmons” and he went mad and told them not to call him that.

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Such a weird pairing

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From what I could see though his title run was a bit meh

Fell on his arse at Rumble 1999

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Aye, I meant he deserved to make the move from tag team to title contender. They were never going to give him a massive long run.

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It’s a shame he was seen as a placeholder for the purpose of a big pop, reminds me of another recent African American world champion…

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Gonna do a quick turnaround this week so get your votes in!