Re: The Other Side: Ron Simmons/Farooq
Faarooq was a sorely underutilized talent in the WWF. The man could talk, had a phenomenal presence, terrific look, and a hard-hitting style. The Nation was edgy and topical and Simmons was a man with the proper dignity and credibility to be at the helm of it. Should he have been WWF Champion? Hard to say. He only got, by my recollection, a single headlining match (against Undertaker for the title at King of the Ring '97). He's largely responsible for getting The Rock over when his career was just starting to take off and played an excellent foil; his reward was banishment to dark matches for the rest of 1998 until he got thrown into a random tag team with another veteran castaway, Bradshaw, and they turned out to (after casting aside The Jackyl and the wackiness of the Ministry) be a damn fine tag team with some of the funniest moments of the Attitude Era. But it seems like his career could definitely have been more.
There were a lot of chances for them to do more with Faarooq. In 1998, after his divorce from The Nation, as a heel he could have worked a very fun program with Austin, with or without the title at stake. As a babyface he could have had a hell of an encounter with Kane. There was another chance to do more with him after the brand extension split up APA in 2002, sending Bradshaw to Raw (where he and Bubba Ray Dudley both quickly fizzled in their respective attempts to fly solo) and Faarooq to SmackDown. Who knows what Faarooq could have done on the new SmackDown if given a chance to do anything.
A strong performer who had a career to be proud of, but I think deserves to feel a little resentment about how much better it could have been.