Ron Simmons Will Be a Worthy WWE Hall of Famer

WWE Hall of Fame

Although it is known as the WWE Hall of Fame, this honor has gone to quite an eclectic group of individuals. Besides WWE wrestlers, this Hall of Fame has honored celebrities, ring announcers and wrestlers who never stepped foot in a WWE ring. However, the WWE is honoring one of its own, Ron Simmons, with induction into its Hall of Fame.

Ron Simmons

Younger fans may not know the full gamut of credentials that future WWE Hall of Famer Ron Simmons possesses. To begin with, Simmons was not only a former football player at Florida State, but he is actually a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. Ron Simmons also played briefly in the NFL and USFL.

Doom

My favorite Ron Simmons angle was tagging with Butch Reed to form Doom. With Teddy Long as manager, Doom was awesome. The late 1980s and early 1990s were the glory days of tag team wrestling and Doom was as tough as any of them. Reed and Simmons were eventually forced to unmask, although everyone knew who they were.

WCW World Heavyweight Champion

Ron Simmons earned his spot in the WWE Hall of Fame when he became the first black world heavyweight champion of a major promotion. WCW President Bill Watts never worried about racism and prejudice. In Mid-South, Watts turned the Junkyard Dog into one of the biggest wrestling stars in the world.

Nation of Domination

Like most great wrestlers, Ron Simmons eventually worked his way to the WWE. In the mid-1990s, Simmons' first storyline was forming a faction of black wrestlers known as "The Nation of Domination." Besides Ron Simmons, other future WWE Hall of Fame wrestlers in this faction included Mark Henry and The Rock.

APA

Ron Simmons earned his greatest notoriety in the WWE as a member of the "Acolytes Protection Agency." Teaming with John Bradshaw Layfield (JBL), the APA was an awesome team and held the WWE tag team titles multiple times. This era marks Ron Simmons' most noteworthy WWE work on his Hall of Fame resume.

Late WWE career

Like many WWE Hall of Famers, Ron Simmons was asked to focus more on "entertainment" than "sports" late in his career. The ability to say one colorful word kept Simmons on WWE television long after his skills had left him. The consummate athlete, wrestler and entertainer, Ron Simmons will be a worthy member of the WWE Hall of Fame.

Patrick Michael lives in New Orleans and has always been a big fan of pro wrestling. Patrick's favorite wrestling organization was Mid-South Wrestling back in the 1980s.Patrick's favorite wrestling angle of all-time is the NWO and his favorite wrestler is Roddy Piper.

Sources

"Ron Simmons," wwe.com

Bill Watts and Scott Williams, "The Cowboys and the Cross," 2006, ECW Press, ISBN-13: 978-1-55022-708-6

Personal knowledge of pro wrestling

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Updated Wednesday, Feb 22, 2012