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''[[{{CatchPhrase}} DAMN!]]''

'''Ron Simmons''' (also otherwise known in-ring as '''Faarooq''') is a semi-retired African American [[ProfessionalWrestling professional wrestler]] who wrestled in numerous promotions, first in Florida, then in Wrestling/{{WCW}} and Wrestling/{{ECW}}, and most notably in Wrestling/{{WWE}} from 1996 to 2010, when he retired. He continues to show up at WWE events to this day, however. He defeated [[{{Wrestling/Vader}} Big Van Vader]] for the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wcw/wcw-h.html WCW World Heavyweight Title]], making him the first black wrestler to be a World Heavyweight Champion.

As a WWE wrestler, Simmons was the leader of the Nation of Domination tag team entirely composed of black men, which included Wrestling/MarkHenry and [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]]. He also formed one half of the APA tag team, the other being Wrestling/JohnBradshawLayfield.

In 2012 he was inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame.

You can learn more about [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron_Simmons his career]] at TheOtherWiki.

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!!! "All-American Tropes":
* TheAlcoholic: In his APA days.
* AngryBlackMan: Most prominently during his Nation of Domination days.
* ArchEnemy: Wrestling/TheRoadWarriors, the Steiner Brothers (Rick and [[Wrestling/ScottSteiner Scott]]), Ahmed Johnson
* '''[[AtomicFBomb Atomic D Bomb]]''': '''DAMN!''' It's so powerful, the people he shouts it at jump ''all the time'', even though they know it's coming (indeed, they start cringing and bracing for impact the moment he lays eyes on them).
* BashBrothers: Butch Reed, [[Wrestling/TooColdScorpio 2 Cold Scorpio]], [[Wrestling/JohnBradshawLayfield Bradshaw]]
* BreakupBreakout:
** The Breakout over his Doom tag team partner Butch Reed.
** The Jannetty to The Rock and Mark Henry in the Nation of Domination
** The Jannetty to Bradshaw, when the APA split up the second time in 2004 and Bradshaw repackaged himself as Wrestling/JohnBradshawLayfield.
* {{Bowdlerise}}: Allegedly reverted to his real name from Farooq because Farooq could have allegedly been offensive to some Islamic groups.
* {{CatchPhrase}}: "DAMN!"
* CoDragons: To The Undertaker in the Ministry of Darkness alongside Bradshaw.
* CommutingOnABus: Makes sporadic appearances, mainly to say his {{CatchPhrase}}.
* CoolMask: Initially when he was in Doom in WCW.
* CoolOldGuy: In his later years with WWE.
* DemotedToExtra: After the APA broke up.
* DoomyDoomsOfDoom: From his time in, fittingly enough, Doom.
* FanNickname: When he was going by Faarooq, internet writers would sometimes refer to him as "Vowels".
* {{Flanderization}}: Reduced to simply showing up to say "DAMN!" It got to the point where the only words he said were "DAMN!" and/or words that rhymed with it.
* HiredGuns: Acolyte Protection Agency (APA)
* {{Jerkass}}: As the leader of the Nation of Domination.
* MalcolmXerox: As the leader of the Nation of Domination, only more violent.
* NiceHat: Subverted with his original gladiator helmet, played straight with his hat as the leader of the Nation of Domination.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Added [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson Rocky Maivia]] to the Nation of Domination on the presumption that the timid, weak Maivia wouldn't be able to overshadow him the way Ahmed Johnson had. Instead, Maivia shed the nice-guy image, renamed himself "The Rock," drew even more intense hate heat than he had as a babyface, and went from being Faarooq's [[TheDragon Dragon]] to TheStarscream, kicking Faarooq out of the group on the ''[[Wrestling/{{WWERaw}} Raw]]'' after ''Wrestling/{{WrestleMania}} XIV'' and taking over the group himself.
* OnlyOneName: As Faarooq, he was only known as that for the most part, and his original last name of Asad was later dropped.
* PecFlex: Once intimidated an interviewer by simply looking bored and standing still and doing this.
* [[MartialArtsHeadband Pro Wrestling Headband]]: From his singles career in WCW.
* TheQuietOne: Ron only says "DAMN!" after his semi-retirement, and it's the only thing he ever currently says in his occasional appearances on WWE programming.
* RedBaron: In his gimmick of "The All-American" in his WCW singles career.
* RunningGag: "DAMN!"
* SaltAndPepper: The Pepper to Bradshaw's Salt.
* ScaryBlackMan: [[RunningGag DAMN!!!]]
* SmokingIsCool: In his APA days.
* SmugSnake: As leader of the Nation of Domination.
* TagTeam: Doom, with Butch Reed
** The Acolytes/the APA, with Bradshaw.
* UrExample: Ron was wrestling's first black World Champion, paving the way for [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] and Wrestling/BookerT.
* VerbalTic: "DAMN!"
* Website/{{WrestleCrap}}: Two inductions:
** His Faarooq Asad persona with the blue Nerf gladiator hat.
** The Gang Wars with the Nation of Domination vs. the Disciples of Apocalypse vs. Los Boricuas, with the Truth Commission mixed in as well.
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-->*Surveys the list of tropes* '''''[[RunningGag DAMN!!!]]'''''