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On this date in WCW history: The rise of Ron Simmons, the fall of Doom

Like yesterday's history post about "Iron" Mike Tyson, today's feature will look at another World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Hall of Fame inductee for the class of 2012, Ron Simmons.

Most notably, the break up of his highly successful duo named Doom, which he formed with Butch Reed. They were tag team champions and had some terrific feuds against the Steiner Brothers and the Rock 'n' Roll Express, among others, and even had the managerial services of Teddy Long.

On February 24, 1991, Doom would split up after dropping the straps to the Freebirds at WrestleWar, when Reed accidentally pasted Simmons with what announcer Jim Ross referred to as an "International object."

The split would turn Simmons face and propel him into a singles run that culminated in his reign as the first-ever African American World Heavyweight Champion in August of 1992.

See the beginning, and the end, after the jump.

More impressive than eventually winning the belt? How about Simmons surviving the ill-conceived "Faarooq Asaad" gladiator shtick and going on to have a successful WWE career?


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