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Old 06-28-2013, 12:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default The Other Side: Ron Simmons/Farooq

In spite of being the First ever officially recognized afro american world heavyweight champion and former leader of Nation of Domination Stable, he is mostly now remembered for "Damn!"-ing people out of nowhere like Nelson in Simpsons.

He also was a part of A.P.A, a three time tag champion and a hall of famer. What about his in ring capacity? How good was his story telling, psychology, ability to connect with the crowd, move set among other attributes you consider important for a good wrestler? How good was he between the bells?
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Old 06-28-2013, 01:26 AM   #2 (permalink)
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He wasn't good.He wasn't bad.He was pretty average
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He wasn't good.He wasn't bad.He was pretty average
Pretty much he had an intimidating look and he had a cool run with Bradshaw from 2000-2001(Ministry run was garbage and apa lost their appeal after 2001) is his best attribute

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Old 06-28-2013, 02:06 AM   #4 (permalink)
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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.
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Default Re: The Other Side: Ron Simmons/Farooq

Like others have said, he was very, very average. He had a nice spinebuster and dominator. He was good in those APA skits and it was cool when he beat Vader for the WCW title that one time. Aside from that, meh.

He was at his best in tag teams. Doom was decent enough and I was a huge APA fan. I enjoyed the way Bradshaw & Faarooq would just throw jabronis around with reckless abandon.
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Like others have said, he was very, very average. He had a nice spinebuster and dominator. He was good in those APA skits and it was cool when he beat Vader for the WCW title that one time. Aside from that, meh.

He was at his best in tag teams. Doom was decent enough and I was a huge APA fan. I enjoyed the way Bradshaw & Faarooq would just throw jabronis around with reckless abandon.
Doom is one of the more underrated tag teams of that time. Simmons and Butch Reed worked very well together and were a good team. After their break-up, Simmons put on a decent run, having a decent feud with Lex Luger when Luger was WCW World champ, they had a good match at Halloween Havoc '91.

Here's the match from the night in August, 1992 when Simmons beat Vader to become WCW champ. The backstory was that Sting was attacked that night by Jake "The Snake" Roberts. Then WCW Vice-President Bill Watts announced, despite the protests of Vader and Vader's manager Harley Race, that there would be a World title match in Baltimore. Simmons' name was drawn from a hat. Good ol' JR was the man on the mic that night, showing back when he was the best commentator in the business.

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Loved his rivalry with LOD.One of my favourite wrestlers of the 90s
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I always thought/will always think that he was damn awesome
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His promo skills were at their best during his Nation of Domination days. Before all of the stupid APA/Damn stuff that people remember for.
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I think Simmons was at his peak around 1992 during his WCW title run and that it was his best work inside the ring. He connected with the fans the most then too, I'd say. If not '92, then his later days with the APA.

Nation Faarooq was cool. The Nation was moderately successful overall as a stable but a certain member of that group really stole the spotlight from Faarooq, if ya smell what I'm cookin'. It was no fault of Ron's though, in fact he was instrumental in helping Rocky get over as the breakout star, as was mentioned by Cynic. Ron definitely deserved a reboot of sorts as a singles competitor after the Nation thing eventually played itself out.

I enjoy his work with Butch Reed as the tag team Doom. Good powerhouse style, well exhibited by their street fight match against Arn Anderson and Barry Windham at Starrcade 1990. One of the first WCW matches I remember seeing and still one of the most entertaining.

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