Ron Simmons
All-American college football player, professional football player, defensive lineman, professional wrestler
Ron Simmons
Ronald "Ron" Simmons is an American former professional wrestler and footballer. He performed for World Championship Wrestling under his real name and in the World Wrestling Federation / World Wrestling Entertainment (WWF/E) under both his real name and the ring names Faarooq Asaad (sometimes spelled Asad) and Faarooq (sometimes spelled Farooq).
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Traffic clearing after Bay Bridge car fire
San Francisco Chronicle - about 3 years
A two-vehicle collision in the westbound tunnel on the Bay Bridge caused a car fire that briefly snarled traffic Friday afternoon, the California Highway Patrol said. Three lanes on the bridge were shut down shortly after the collision was first reported at 2:22 p.m. as authorities worked to put out the flames, said CHP Officer Ron Simmons.
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Local leaders encourage flu shots - Lewisville Leader
Google News - over 3 years
Mother Nature Network Local leaders encourage flu shots Lewisville Leader In conjunction with Influenza Awareness Day, Denton County commissioners Andy Eads and Bobbie Mitchell, as well as state representatives Tan Parker, Ron Simmons, Myra Crownover and others got their flu vaccine Tuesday at the Denton County Health ... Flu fighters: Health officials say now is the time to get the shotAllen American Mass Flu Clinics Providing Seasonal Flu VaccineFOX16.com First Cases of Seasonal Flu ConfirmedSouthern Maryland News Net NJ TODAY -So Md News -WWLP 22News all 113 news articles »
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New Bay Bridge, same old traffic
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
Cars were bumper to bumper at the toll plaza, the maze was busy and the speed across the bridge averaged about 40 mph, 10 mph slower than posted, the California Highway Patrol said - all pretty typical of a weekday. "Traffic on the span never looked too heavy: just a steady flow all morning," said Officer Ron Simmons. The California Highway Patrol closely monitored the traffic flow on the east span of the bridge, advising drivers not to stop to admire the impressive new suspension system.
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On Biking: adventures with a bike trailer
Boston Globe - over 3 years
Last week, On Biking Columnist Jon Simmons decided to purchase a cargo trailer. And then the adventure began     
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More gridlock as 3rd day of strike begins
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
More gridlock as 3rd day of strike begins Commuters on Wednesday morning launched into a third day of coping with a strike by BART workers, after union leaders said they had made progress in negotiations that ended at 2:45 a.m. and were scheduled to resume in the afternoon. The metering lights at the Bay Bridge went on at 5:25 a.m. as drivers flooded the busy span. By 5:40 a.m., traffic was backed up beyond the Interstate 880 overcrossing, said CHP Officer Ron Simmons, who monitors the commute at the agency's traffic management center. In the East Bay, some of the hundreds of commuters trying to get to San Francisco expressed a growing frustration. BART and its unions met for nearly eight hours Tuesday night, and made headway in narrowing the wide gap between what the workers want and want the transit agency is willing to provide.
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On Biking: Bike to Work Day is this Friday
Boston Globe - almost 4 years
On a good day, it seems like the lions and the lambs (also known as the motorists and the cyclists) have found a way to get along. But has Jon Simmons gone over to the other side?     
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On Biking: Donate to the Multiple Sclerosis Martha's Vineyard Ride
Boston Globe - almost 4 years
On Biking columnist Jon Simmons donated to the MS Ride on May 4, and he says you should, too. And here's why.     
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Cageside Seats Week in Wrestling: Jan. 27 to Feb. 2 - Brock Lesnar returns, new Aces & 8s members
Cageside Seats - about 4 years
Hello, Cagesiders! Welcome to the fifth Cageside Seats Week in Wrestling of 2013! One day late due to work commitments, but we're here to help you catch up just as Monday Night Raw kicks off the next seven days in sports entertainment history. WWE Raw (Jan. 28th) WWE was in Las Vegas for the night, so it was time to roll out the Raw Roulette gimmick once again. An irate CM Punk lashed out at the people about being screwed out of the WWE title the night before at the Royal Rumble. Vince McMahon was sick and tired of his crap. Moreover, Vince claimed that he had proof that Punk had been working with The Shield all along and that Paul Heyman was involved too. Thus, he would be giving Heyman a performance review in the main event segment tonight. Randy Orton pinned Antonio Cesaro with the RKO in a match refereed by The Miz. After the match, Miz hit the Skull Crushing Finale on Cesaro. Ryback spun the wheel and got Make Me Laugh. His unlucky opponents - The Prime Time ...
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Richard J. Rosendall: Racial Privilege and Common Struggle
Huffington Post - over 4 years
I have been a gay rights activist in Washington, D.C. for 32 years. On July 20, Washington Post columnist Courtland Milloy called me on a referral from my friend, black gay activist Philip Pannell. Milloy wanted my thoughts on the disparity in political clout between black gay groups and white gay groups, as the International AIDS Conference was about to convene in Washington for the first time since 1990. Faced with this potential minefield, I naturally threw caution aside and blabbed for an hour about whatever came to mind. The connections Milloy's inquiry provoked in my mind made me decide to write some of them down. Over the years, black gay colleagues have spoken to me many times about the greater influence white gays held. At one point in the 1980s, some of them asked Mayor Marion Barry why this was so, and he told them that white gays were better organized. So this has been a sore point for a long time. The reasons for such a disparity are not so surprising. The LGB ...
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CSS Pro Wrestling Tournament Second Round Match: (3) Randy Savage vs (6) Mick Foley
Cageside Seats - over 4 years
The Cageside Seats (CSS) Pro Wrestling Tournament continues its second round with today's match-up pitting number three seed Randy Savage against number six seed Mick Foley. It was no real surprise when Savage handily defeated Jake "The Snake" Roberts in round one by a wide margin of 362-99 in their opening round match. But can he replicate that success here? Mick Foley is the man charged with making it difficult on him and after his 399-137 blowout of Ron Simmons in round one, he certainly seems poised to give the Macho Man a run for his money. Remember, there's a new voting method this time around. In order to cast your vote, leave a comment and in the subject line make sure you adhere to the guidelines as follows: To cast a vote for Savage simply write the following in the subject line: Vote - Savage. To cast a vote for Foley simply write the following in the subject line: Vote - Foley. That's all there is to it, folks. Only votes cast in that exact manner will ...
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Run-D.M.C. to Reunite at Fun Fun Fun Fest
Rolling Stone - over 4 years
Hip-hop trailblazers Run-DMC are set to reunite for a performance at this year's Fun Fun Fun Fest which runs from November 2nd to the 4th in Austin Texas The two surviving members Joseph "Run" Simmons and Darryl "DMC" McDaniels will headline the main stage "We couldn’t be more excited" festival producer...
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On Biking: local lessons as the Tour de France approaches
Boston Globe - over 4 years
On Biking columnist Jon Simmons readies for the 99th Tour de France with a few lessons from fellow riders.
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Pedestrian Hit by Car, Expected to Recover
Alameda Patch - almost 5 years
An Alameda man in his 80s was struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Central Avenue and Willow Street about 9:50 a.m. today (Monday), according to Sgt. Ron Simmons of the Alameda Police Department's traffic detail. Simmons said the man was taken to Highland Hospital and is expected to recover fully from his injuries. The man was walking his small dog and was apparently in the roadway when the accident occurred, Simmons said. The dog was taken to the FAAS Animal Shelter for safekeeping, and family members are expected to pick it up shortly, he said. Simmons said the driver gave a statement and was released, pending further investigation.
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Victim of Central Ave. Hit-and-Run Recovering
Alameda Patch - almost 5 years
A man hospitalized after being hit by a sports car while crossing Central Avenue Saturday, April 21, is recovering, Alameda police said today. The victim, believed to be an employee of the 1400 Bar & Grill, is now recovering at home, acccording to Sgt. Ron Simmons of the Alameda Police Department's traffic division. Simmons said the victim and a fellow employee had left work and were crossing the street "between intersections" in the 700 block of Central about 1:45 p.m. when a small, dark-colored sports car approached. Passersby yelled a warning, and one of the men was able to jump out of the way, while the other was hit by the car, Simmons said. Police have not released the victim's identity. Simmons said the driver did not stop and police currently do not have information that could identify the driver. The accident is being investigated as a felony hit-and-run. Simmons cautioned pedestrians to use marked crosswalks whenever possible for their own safety.
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WWE WrestleMania 28 DVD - Full Contest Listing Revealed
Wrestling News Source - almost 5 years
Shock Entertainment released the full content listing for WWE WrestleMania 28 on DVD and Bluray. WrestleMania 28 is releases to stores May 8th across the United States. ONCE IN A LIFETIME: The two biggest Superstars of their generation, The Rock and John Cena, collide in the most anticipated match in WWE history, an epic confrontation that will define the legacies of these two icons. Plus, the men that have defined the WWE for 2 decades will battle in the nightmarish prison they helped immortalize, Hell in a Cell, as the Phenom puts his legendary WrestleMania undefeated streak on the line against Triple H in the match that will end an era, with The Showstopper Shawn Michaels as special guest referee. Also, WWE Champion CM Punk faces off against Chris Jericho in the explosive clash of revolutionaries that will finally determine which man truly is The Best in the World. And Daniel Bryan defends his title agains the 2012 Royal Rumble winner, the ruthless Sheamus, who'll have to fight throu ...
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Ron Simmons To Be Inducted Into WWE Hall of Fame
Obsessed with Film - What Cultur - about 5 years
Former WCW World Heavyweight Champion <a class="fplink fp-827135" href="/ron+simmons+1">Ron Simmons</a> (aka Faarooq in the WWE) is the latest name revealed for this year’s WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2012. Simmons’s most notable achievement was becoming the first officially recognised African-American singles World Heavyweight Champion when he defeated <a class="fplink fp-347664" href="/big+van+vader+1">Big Van Vader</a> for the WCW World Title on August 2nd, 1992. During his time with the company he also won the WCW World Tag Team Title (with Butch Reed) as Doom, and the WCW United States Tag Team Titles with Big Josh. He joined the WWE in 1996 and was the first leader of the African American Group the Nation of Domination. A botched feud with The Rock over the leadership of the Nation (where Simmons wasn’t made to look particularly strong) led Faarooq to the tag team division where he would remain for the rest of his career. He held the WWE World Tag Team Championship three times ...
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Upper Leacock fire funding concerns continue - Lancaster Newspapers
Google News - over 5 years
Huber urged the township to make apparatus purchases a planned expense for the township in the years to come. The supervisors said the presentation was well-timed, as they are working on the 2012 township budget. Chairman Ron Simmons also thanked the
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Weldon to FSU: Join the SEC - Tbo.com
Google News - over 5 years
The honorary captains were former FSU greats Ron Simmons and Brad Johnson, who played 15 years in the NFL and led the Bucs to a win over the Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII in 2003. ... FSU&#39;s only win in six previous meetings against Oklahoma came in the
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ron Simmons
    FIFTIES
  • 2015
    Age 56
    He also made an appearance on the January 19, 2015 episode of Raw.
    More Details Hide Details After the Ascension (Konnor and Viktor) interrupted a "Raw Reunion" segment involving the nWo Wolfpac (Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, and Sean Waltman) and the New Age Outlaws (Billy Gunn and Road Dogg), John "Bradshaw" Layfield brought out Simmons to reunite the APA, helping the other legends attack the Ascension. He later made an appearance at WrestleMania 31, in a backstage segment while Daniel Bryan's WWE Intercontinental Championship win was celebrated by Maria Menounos, Pat Patterson, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat, Ric Flair, and Bret Hart, where he showed and yelled "Damn" after a long pause.
  • 2014
    Age 55
    Also during 2014, Simmons has made several appearances for Maryland Championship Wrestling's "Autumn Armageddon" tour.
    More Details Hide Details Simmons appeared at WrestleMania 30 during a segment between Jim Duggan, Ted DiBiase, Ricky Steamboat and Sgt. Slaughter whom were playing with a WWE Slam City play set.
    Simmons showed up again almost a year later on the January 6, 2014 Old School Raw in a backstage segment with DDP and Booker T.
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  • 2013
    Age 54
    Simmons showed up on the January 28, 2013, episode of Raw watching a dance off between Brodus Clay and Tensai and reacted to this by saying "Damn".
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  • 2012
    Age 53
    In 2012, it was announced that Simmons would be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
    More Details Hide Details Simmons was also credited in the tribute as being the first African American world heavyweight champion in WCW. Simmons was acknowledged as a memorable character in WWE's "Attitude Era". He was formally inducted on March 31 by his APA partner John "Bradshaw" Layfield. He ended his Hall of Fame speech with his signature "Damn" once again. Simmons and Layfield reunited as the Acolytes Protection Agency (APA) on the 1000th episode of Raw, providing their signature protection and back-up for Lita during her match with Heath Slater. After Layfield hit Slater with the Clothesline from Hell, Simmons again held a microphone, pulling it toward and away from his mouth while the crowd cheered him until he eventually said "Damn". At the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view, Simmons appeared during the segment with Theodore Long, Eve, Zack Ryder and Santino Marella. Ryder and Marella were dressed as a Witch and Lady Gaga respectively. Simmons showed up while Marella was singing "Born This Way" and said "Damn" to him. Simmons appeared again on the Slammy awards on Monday Night Raw with Kane, Daniel Bryan and Ric Flair as they were saying "yes", "no", and "woo" respectively. Simmons then came and, after a long pause, eventually said "Damn".
  • 2011
    Age 52
    Simmons appeared once again on the May 2, 2011, episode of Raw in a backstage segment for The Rock's birthday celebration and said "Damn" again.
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  • 2010
    Age 51
    Simmons showed up backstage on the November 15, 2010 episode of WWE Old School Raw and said "Damn".
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  • 2009
    Age 50
    Simmons was released from WWE on January 13, 2009, due to budget cuts.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2008
    Age 49
    He also returned during the 2008 Slammy Awards with Mickie James to give The Great Khali the DAMN Moment of that year's Slammy Awards.
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    Simmons appeared on Raws 800th episode on November 3, 2008, appearing on the entrance ramp and said "Damn" while many superstars were dancing in the ring.
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    He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2008.
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  • 2007
    Age 48
    On December 3, 2007, Simmons and Bradshaw were hired by Hornswoggle to help him in a no disqualification handicap match against Jonathan Coachman and Carlito, which they won.
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    On the September 24, 2007, edition of Raw, Simmons made a return to the ring and defeated Santino Marella by countout after Marella left the ring and walked out.
    More Details Hide Details A week later, Simmons said "Damn" one more time after throwing Steve-O out of a nearby door. Simmons occasionally competed on WWE Heat, taking on jobbers from the town in which the show is being taped. At the end of each match, Simmons held a microphone, pulling it toward and away from his mouth while the crowd cheered him until he eventually said "Damn".
    Simmons also engaged in a feud against Santino Marella. On September 10, 2007, on Raw, Simmons was attacked by Marella.
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    On the January 15, 2007 episode of Raw, he was seen in the ring with Chris Masters in the "Master Lock Challenge", which ended prematurely after interference from Super Crazy.
    More Details Hide Details Although Simmons technically broke the Master Lock, it was not officially recognized because of Crazy's interference. On the July 27, 2007, edition of SmackDown! Simmons was named the best man for Theodore Long and Kristal's wedding.
  • 2006
    Age 47
    On the November 20, 2006 edition of Raw, Simmons was chosen by Ric Flair to replace the injured Roddy Piper at the Survivor Series to take on the Spirit Squad.
    More Details Hide Details He was the first to be eliminated, via countout.
    Starting on October 23, 2006, he began making short cameos on Raw under his given name to say his catchphrase of "Damn", often in awe of or shock at odd happenings.
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    In 2006, during a rebroadcast of the 1981 Orange Bowl on Sun Sports, Simmons stated that since his retirement from professional wrestling, he would like to continue or even improve his role within WWE.
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  • 2002
    Age 43
    Simmons had a brief heel run when he teamed with Reverend D-Von until he left television in December 2002, but in June 2003 he returned to WWE with Bradshaw and the APA reunited.
    More Details Hide Details In his last WWE storyline, he was fired by former SmackDown! General Manager Paul Heyman after the APA lost another match for the Tag Team Championship. It was assumed the APA would be fired, but it turned out to only be Faarooq. Simmons retired from his in-ring career, accusing Bradshaw of not being a faithful friend in storyline. In reality, Simmons, who had been planning to retire due to his health and age and become a backstage agent for the company, was let go the day this angle aired on SmackDown.
    The APA teamed together until 2002, when Simmons was drafted to the SmackDown! brand.
    More Details Hide Details Around this time, Simmons changed his ring name to his real name by choice, due to the terrorist group Al-Qaeda having a training camp called All-Faarooq.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1998
    Age 39
    In late 1998, Simmons began teaming with Bradshaw as The Acolytes, a violent tag team sporting occult symbolism on their tights and chests.
    More Details Hide Details They were managed by The Jackyl until he left the WWF, at which point they were reintroduced as members of the Ministry of Darkness led by The Undertaker. The Acolytes recruited Phineas I. Godwinn and Mabel to the Ministry by kidnapping and brainwashing them (renaming them Mideon and Viscera, respectively), and feuded with The Undertaker's rivals, such as D-Generation X and The Brood, the latter of which later joined the Ministry as well. During this time the Acolytes had two short reigns as tag team champions; they defeated the team of Kane and X-Pac but lost the title to the Hardy Boyz. At the Fully Loaded pay-per-view in 1999, they won the title back in a no disqualification handicap match against the Hardyz and Michael Hayes. Their second reign ended when they lost the title to Kane and X-Pac. After the Undertaker suffered an injury in late 1999, the Ministry of Darkness disbanded. Simmons and Bradshaw continued to team with one another, and eventually adopted the gimmick of two brawlers who enjoyed drinking beer and smoking cigars. After Bradshaw began hiring out the services of the Acolytes as mercenaries and bodyguards, the tag team was renamed the "Acolytes Protection Agency" (APA). Around this time, Simmons would start saying his trademark "Damn!" catchphrase. The team won their third tag team title by defeating the Dudley Boyz in June 2001 but lost the titles the following month to Diamond Dallas Page and Chris Kanyon when Test interfered.
  • 1997
    Age 38
    The group stayed together until Faarooq became angry with them for costing him the WWF Championship in a match with the Undertaker at the 1997 King of the Ring.
    More Details Hide Details After Simmons threw Crush and Savio Vega out of the Nation, Crush and Vega formed their own rival factions, known respectively as the Disciples of Apocalypse and Los Boricuas, and Faarooq recruited more African American members for the Nation. The three stables feuded with one another throughout 1997. In the Summer of 1997 Faarooq again lost a tournament final for the Intercontinental title, this time to Owen Hart after Stone Cold Steve Austin interfered, ironically the tournament was set up after Austin forfeited the title due to an injury inflicted by Hart, Austin wanted Hart to win so he could again beat him for the title. In early 1998, signs of dissension in the Nation began to show as the Rock began arguing with Faarooq on a regular basis about who was going to pay for the rental car, hotel room and high priced meals. The Rock felt he should be the leader as he was now Intercontinental Champion and therefore, Faarooq should be his servant. In the Royal Rumble match, all five Nation members were in the ring at the same time and frequently brawled with each other, Faarooq even eliminating his fellow Nation members D'lo Brown and Mark Henry; he was one of the final three along with the Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin. Faarooq wanted the Rock to help him eliminate Austin but the Rock did not offer help and then proceeded to eliminate Faarooq.
    Former leader of stable The Nation of Domination, Simmons also competed for the company's singles championships on pay-per-view and television, headlining the 1997 King of the Ring event against The Undertaker for the WWF Championship.
    More Details Hide Details He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2012. Prior to becoming a professional wrestler, Simmons was an American college and pro football player who was a defensive tackle in the National Football League (NFL), Canadian Football League (CFL) and United States Football League (USFL) for four seasons during the 1980s. He played college football for Florida State University, and was recognized as an All-American. He played professionally for the NFL's Cleveland Browns, the CFL's Ottawa Rough Riders and the USFL's Tampa Bay Bandits.
  • 1996
    Age 37
    After ECW, Simmons joined the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and made his debut on the July 22, 1996, episode of Raw.
    More Details Hide Details His first gimmick was that of Faarooq Asad, a gladiator who wore a black and blue gladiator outfit with a misshaped helmet and was managed by Sunny. Simmons started his first feud with Ahmed Johnson before shortening his ring name to Faarooq. The feud was started when Faarooq attacked Ahmed during a tag team match where Johnson was teaming with Shawn Michaels against the Smoking Gunns. As Ahmed was outside the ring, Faarooq appeared and assaulted him, as a result of the injuries Ahmed suffered he was forced to forfeit the Intercontinental title. The title was put up for grabs in a tournament where Faarooq lost in the final to Marc Mero. As Faarooq, Simmons dropped his gladiator gimmick and parted ways with Sunny. He added a new manager, Clarence Mason, and formed a stable known as the Nation of Domination. The Nation of Domination was loosely based on the Nation of Islam and the Black Panther Party, although the members of the stable were not exclusively African American. They mostly feuded with Ahmed Johnson, whom Faarooq had been feuding with previously. Faarooq's ongoing "war" with Johnson included matches at the Royal Rumble in 1997, where Johnson won by disqualification. The two came together in the Rumble again later that night when Faarooq's fellow nation member Crush drew number 1 and Johnson drew number 2. Ahmed eliminated himself when he saw Faarooq in the aisleway and chased after him.
  • 1994
    Age 35
    Simmons appeared in Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) from late 1994 to early 1995.
    More Details Hide Details During that time he unsuccessfully challenged World Heavyweight Champion Shane Douglas at November to Remember and had matches with Mikey Whipwreck and 911.
    In ECW, Simmons headlined the 1994 edition of the company's premier annual pay-per-view event, November to Remember, in a match for the ECW World Heavyweight Championship.
    More Details Hide Details In the WWF, he was a three-time WWF Tag Team Champion with Bradshaw as one half of the Acolytes Protection Agency.
    His final match was a win over Scott Armstrong on the September 10th, 1994 edition of WCW Worldwide.
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  • 1992
    Age 33
    His title reign ended two days later on December 30, 1992, when Vader defeated him to regain the title.
    More Details Hide Details Afterwards, Simmons was relegated to mid-card status, eventually becoming a bitter heel who felt like the fans abandoned him after he lost the championship. Simmons unsuccessfully challenged Dustin Rhodes for the United States Heavyweight Championship and Paul Orndorff for the World Television Championship during his last months with WCW.
    Simmons spent the first half of 1992 feuding with Cactus Jack, whom he defeated via pinfall at SuperBrawl II. On August 2, 1992 at a house show in Baltimore, Maryland, a scheduled title match between Sting and WCW World Heavyweight Champion Big Van Vader was canceled after Jake Roberts (kayfabe) injured Sting.
    More Details Hide Details WCW President Bill Watts responded by holding a raffle to determine the number one contender. Simmons won the raffle and defeated Vader with a snap scoop powerslam to win the championship. By defeating Vader, Simmons became the first recognized African American WCW World Heavyweight Champion and the second African American wrestler to win a World Heavyweight title. Simmons held the title for five months. He continued to feud with Cactus Jack, with Jack bringing in The Barbarian to challenge Simmons at Halloween Havoc. At Starrcade, Simmons was scheduled to wrestle Rick Rude, but due to Rude being injured he faced "Dr. Death" Steve Williams instead, wrestling to a double countout that was changed to a disqualification win for Simmons when Williams attacked him after the match.
  • 1991
    Age 32
    Doom were recognized as the first holders of the WCW World Tag Team Championship in January 1991, finally losing the titles to The Freebirds at WrestleWar in February 1991.
    More Details Hide Details Subsequently, Doom broke up, with Simmons turning face and feuding with Reed, defeating him in a cage match at the very first SuperBrawl. Simmons defeated midcarders including Oz and The Diamond Studd, then unsuccessfully challenged Lex Luger for the World Heavyweight Championship at Halloween Havoc, losing the best-of-three-falls match one fall to two.
  • 1989
    Age 30
    In their pay-per-view debut at Halloween Havoc 1989, Doom defeated The Steiner Brothers. In the "Iron Team Tournament" at Starrcade 1989, Doom finished fourth, losing all three of their matches. With new manager Long, they rebounded and defeated The Steiner Brothers for the NWA World Tag Team Championship at Capital Combat in 1990.
    More Details Hide Details They held the title for nine months, defeating teams like The Rock 'n' Roll Express and feuding with The Four Horsemen. Among their most memorable encounters during their title reign was a street fight against Horsemen Arn Anderson and Barry Windham at Starrcade 1990 which ended in a no-contest when Windham pinned Simmons while Reed simultaneously pinned Anderson.
    Soon after, in early 1989, Simmons turned heel by breaking the rules during what was supposed to be a face vs.. face match against Junkyard Dog.
    More Details Hide Details Simmons won the match when the referee, Ron's future manager Teddy Long made a fast count (Long was fired (kayfabe) as referee by Jim Herd immediately following this match). Simmons later teamed up with Butch Reed to form Doom. In the beginning, the members of Doom were masked and only known as Doom #1 and Doom #2, managed by Woman.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1988
    Age 29
    Simmons teamed with Steve Williams at the 3rd Annual Jim Crockett Sr. Memorial Cup in Greenville, South Carolina on April 22, 1988.
    More Details Hide Details They were defeated in the opening round by Mike Rotundo and Kevin Sullivan when Simmons was hit with a foreign object. In December he finally entered the first sustained losing streak of his career as he dropped multiple house show matches to Mike Rotundo.
    He remained undefeated in singles actions until finally losing to Ivan Koloff on a house show at the Omni in Atlanta in February 14, 1988.
    More Details Hide Details Simmons was dominant through the first half of the year against lower level competition on house shows, including Whatley and The Terminator.
  • 1987
    Age 28
    Simmons joined Jim Crockett Promotions in 1987, appearing on the first show of the Great American Bash tour when he defeated The Tahitian Prince in Lakeland, Florida on July 1.
    More Details Hide Details Simmons would wrestle only preliminary level competition that summer, but on August 7 he would score the biggest victory of his career when he defeated Ivan Koloff in St Louis. Five days later on a house show in Los Angeles Simmons defeated a young Rodney Anoa'i (Yokozuna). On September 5, the rookie would defeat The Barbarian in Baltimore. On the October 24th episode of Power Pro Wrestling he became involved in his first televised angle when he was attacked by Tiger Conway Jr. and Shaska Whatley in an interview.
  • 1981
    Age 22
    He played for the Cleveland Browns in 1981 and 1982, and the USFL's Tampa Bay Bandits from 1983 to 1985, and it was in Tampa where he was a teammate of future professional wrestler Lex Luger.
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    He later had a brief career in the National Football League (NFL), selected in the sixth round of the 1981 NFL Draft.
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  • 1979
    Age 20
    In 1979 Simmons finished ninth in the Heisman voting behind the winner, Charles White of USC.
    More Details Hide Details In 1988, Simmons's jersey (number 50) was retired by FSU, the third time a number has been retired in school history. In addition, Simmons was inducted into the Orange Bowl Hall of Fame for his accomplishments while playing at Florida State.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1977
    Age 18
    Ron Simmons was considered one of Florida State`s "greatest recruiting victories" when he signed out of high school. Simmons was an All-American football player at FSU from 1977 to 1980 under coach Bobby Bowden (whom Simmons described as "a second father"), spending four years as a defensive nose guard.
    More Details Hide Details The Seminoles were 39–8 during Simmons's years at the school, finishing in the Associated Press Top 20 three times ('77,'79 and '80), earning back-to-back Orange Bowl trips after Simmons's junior and senior seasons.
  • 1976
    Age 17
    Born in Perry, Georgia, Simmons attended Warner Robins High School, where he played football as a tight end and linebacker. In 1976, he was named lineman of the year, and first team All-State by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
    More Details Hide Details While at Florida State, Simmons entered a plea of no contest in circuit court and was given a one-year probation for his part in the buying of stolen goods from a local store.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1958
    Born
    Born on May 15, 1958.
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