As we saw on Monday Night Raw, The Heartbreak Kid was the first person inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame this year. There is no doubt in anybody's mind that HBK is very well deserving of it, but it makes me wonder who else will join him. One man in particular comes to mind. Ron Simmons—better known as Farooq—deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.
I first started watching Wrestling during the time of the APA. I heard my brother talk him up but thought he was over-hyped. It wasn't until YouTube that I could actually see all he did as a member of the Nation of Domination along with many other feats.
I am sure most of you know his accomplishments, but just in case you don't, I will give you a run down of all he has done.
College Football Hall Of Fame
PWI Most Inspirational Wrestler of the Year (1992)
PWI No. 20 of 500 best wrestler (his highest rank on PWI)
WCW World Heavyweight Championship
WWF Tag Team Championship with Bradshaw (Three times)
WCW US Tag Team Championship with Big Josh
WCW World Tag Team Championship with Butch Reed
Now when you see these you will probably say what I said the first time I saw them: "Okay, what is the big deal?"
The real importance of what Farooq accomplished lies in a topic that is still believed (not saying it is not happening, just speculating) to be going on today. Racism in the WWE.
Racism is a touchy subject nowadays, and Farooq is one of the few men who paved the way for future African American wrestlers to succeed in the business. He became the first African American to win the WCW Championship. Along with Booker T, they were the only two to do so.
As a part of The Nation of Domination, Farooq helped a future star of the business rise to power in Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. The Nation of Domination has to be (still to this day) one of the most controversial factions in the WWE—a group of African American wrestlers vowing to rise to the top.
A lot of future stars rose from this group: The Godfather, D-Lo Brown, The Rock, Mark Henry and even Owen Hart.
Shelton Benjamin, R-Truth, Kofi Kingston and MVP are among the long list of guys that have Farooq to thank for having successful careers in the Wrestling industry.
(I would like to say that I hope I did not not offend anybody with this article and I apologize if I did so)