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Ron Simmons is a man of few words, but his actions as a pioneer speak volumes.
A multiple time tag champ in both WWE and WCW and a College Football Hall of Famer, the big man’s greatest achievement came on Aug. 2, 1992, when he defeated Big Van Vader to become the first officially recognized African-American world champion in sports-entertainment. Like “Sailor” Art Thomas, Bobo Brazil and Rocky Johnson before him, Simmons broke down barriers and paved the way for future Superstars like The Rock and Booker T.
The powerhouse’s journey to sports-entertainment immortality began in his native Perry, Ga., where he excelled on the football field. A defensive nose guard, he earned All-American honors playing at Florida State University, where he ruled the turf under legendary coach Bobby Bowden. His No. 50 jersey was retired by Florida State University, and he was ultimately inducted into the Orange Bowl Hall of Fame for his accomplishments at FSU.
After playing for the Cleveland Browns in the NFL and the Tampa Bay Bandits in the short-lived United States Football League, Simmons focused his talents on the squared circle. Trained by Hiro Matsuda, he made his professional debut in 1986, ultimately evolving from up-and-coming NWA standout to tag team and World Champion in WCW. In NWA, Simmons also befriended SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long, as Teddy guided the big man and his partner Butch Reed in a team called Doom.
After a brief stint at ECW, Simmons joined WWE in 1996 under the name Faarooq, and formed The Nation of Domination. Mentoring members like The Rock and Mark Henry early in their careers, he played a significant role in shaping the future of WWE. After a falling out with The Great One, Faarooq went back to his real name and teamed with JBL as The APA. As tough as they come, the two drank beer, smoked cigars and raised a lot of hell while winning the World Tag Team Titles three times between 1999 and 2001.
Towards the end of his career, Simmons became one of WWE’s most popular personalities with one word — “Damn!” Routinely appearing out of nowhere after a particularly tense or embarrassing situation in the locker room, he would unleash his booming voice on an unexpecting Superstar, sending WWE fans into hysterics. The hilarious vignettes made it clear that Simmons wasn’t just a serious buttkicker, but he was funny as hell.
One thing is certain — Ron Simmons was a shoe-in to be voted into every Hall of Fame he was eligible for, including WWE’s.
Ken Anderson (born March 6, 1976) is an American professional wrestler and actor. He is best known for his time under the ring names Mr. Kennedy and occasionally Ken Kennedy during his time with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) between 2005 and 2009, and in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), where he performed under the ring name Mr. Anderson from 2010 to 2016, and he has become a two-time TNA World Heavyweight Champion in addition to being a member of Immortal and the former vice-president of Aces & Eights.
Before working for WWE, Anderson wrestled for numerous promotions, winning various singles and tag team championships. Upon signing with WWE, Anderson was assigned to the company’s developmental territory Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) in Louisville, Kentucky in 2005.
After signing with WWE, Anderson made his debut on the SmackDown! roster in August 2005. In September 2006, he captured his first and only title with the company, the United States Championship, and would hold on to it for a month. The following year at WrestleMania 23, Anderson won the annual Money in the Bank ladder match, a contract, which guarantees a match for one of WWE’s then three world level championships. He was fired from WWE on May 29, 2009. He returned to the independent circuit before signing a contract with TNA in 2010, which he was fired from TNA in 2016 and would return to the independent circuit for a second time. He opened a wrestling school in Minneapolis, Minnesota in late 2016 along with Shawn Daivari, Molly Holly, Ariya Daivari, and Arik Cannon called The Academy School of Professional Wrestling.
Best known as the explosive powerhouse of the legendary Hart Foundation, Jim Neidhart began his athletic career as a standout shot putter in high school. The big man held the California state record in the event for more than a decade before turning his attention to the gridiron. After playing professional football with the Oakland Raiders and Dallas Cowboys, Neidhart decided to travel to Calgary, Alberta, to pursue a career in pro wrestling.
Training in the legendary Hart Dungeon with WWE Hall of Famer Stu Hart, the mighty Neidhart learned how to put his athleticism and strength to good use in the ring. During the early ’80s, he competed throughout North America, primarily in Stu Hart’s Calgary Stampede promotion, and developed a reputation as a dangerous man with a wild personality. It was during this time that he earned his nickname, The Anvil, after winning $500 in an anvil throwing contest.
Neidhart would go on to marry Stu’s daughter, Ellie, before making the move to WWE along with Bret “Hit Man” Hart, Dynamite Kid and Davey Boy Smith when Mr. McMahon purchased Calgary Stampede. At this time, the foursome would split up into two tag teams — Bulldog and Dynamite becoming The British Bulldogs and Hart and Anvil becoming The Hart Foundation. The two duos competed in amazing matches throughout the mid-80s with both teams capturing the World Tag Team Championship on separate occasions.
Eventually, The Hart Foundation parted ways and Neidhart teamed up with another brother-in-law — Owen Hart. Often times during the early ’90s, Anvil and Owen would be at odds with “Hit Man,” but the family joined forces again when a new Hart Foundation was formed in 1997. Consisting of Neidhart, Bret, Owen, Davey Boy Smith and Brian Pillman, this faction was wildly pro-Canadian and often stirred crowds into a frenzy with their anti-American rants.
After the infamous events of Survivor Series 1997, Neidhart joined “Hit Man” when he left WWE for World Championship Wrestling. In WCW, Anvil formed a tag team with The British Bulldog, but the two big men experienced little success in the mismanaged promotion.
The Anvil was last seen in a WWE ring for the 15th Anniversary of Monday Night Raw on December 10, 2007 when he participated in a battle royal. He is seen frequently on WWE Total Divas as he is the father of WWE Diva, Natalya.