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Ron Simmons

      

Real Name - Ronald Simmons
Birthdate - 5/15/58
6'1" 270 lbs. - Marietta, GA

Athletic Background - Football (Florida State, NFL)

Teacher(s) - Hiro Matsuda

Professional Background - UWF, WCW(`89-`94), ECW(`94-`95), WWF/WWE(`96-`06), WWE(`07-`09)

Aliases - Faarooq Asad, Faarooq

Groups - Nation of Domination, Ministry of Darkness

Peak Years - `97-`00


Finisher(s) - 
- Dominator
- Powerslam
- Spinebuster

Favorites - 
- Shoulder Tackle
- Back Suplex
- Neckbreaker
- Headbutt
- Overhead Forearm


Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set
 Science
 Aerial
 Power
 Strikes

Intangibles Rating - 

 Entertainment
 Selling
 Bumping
 Carrying
 Heat
 Legacy


Place in History - Ron Simmons may looked down upon as a peripheral character from the Attitude Era who mainly drank beer and stiffed people, but his legacy is so much more than that.  Pro-wrestling has seen a great many football players enter into it, but few as accomplished as Simmons.  He came to the business in the end of the territorial era, but was able to get his seasoning and by the time he was five years in, he was being pushed as a top babyface.  Bill Watts even tried to make Simmons into a star akin to the Junkyard Dog and Butch Reed during his time in WCW.  He was the first black World Heavyweight champion (according to popular history), but not long after was gone from the company.  The WWF brought him in and after some poor planning, allowed him to become a controversial heel as the leader of a stable, the Nation of Domination, styled after the Nation of Islam and Black Panthers.  After years as a bland babyface, Faarooq was the character that allowed Ron Simmons to truly bring out his personality.  The group was pivotal in the early days of the Attitude Era, after disbanding Faarooq and Bradshaw formed a team even more synonymous with those red hot years.  The Acolytes, later the APA, were two bad asses whose simple theme song, physical presence and rough style got over huge.  The duo eventually became caricatures of themselves and Simmons became known for his one word catchphrase - "Damn!"  A career that had an impressive scope, Ron Simmons was recognized for his many accomplishments by being inducted into the 2012 WWE Hall of Fame.
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