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1We are continuing to pay tribute to all the amazing African Americans that have stepped foot into the squared circle for Black History Month. The man we are checking out today is none other than WWE Hall Of Famer Ron Simmons. In 1992, Ron had one of the coolest accomplishments in Sports Entertainment history when he became the first African American to win the WCW World Heavyweight Championship which in turn after the company was bought by the WWE, he then became the first African American champion in WWE History. On August 2, 1992, Sting was unable to come to Baltimore, MD to compete against then WCW Champion Big Van Vader due to an injury. So, WCW ran a raffle to determine a new number one contender and Ron Simmons was the lucky guy to win the raffle. The match was not going to be easy for Ron as Vader is a very large individual and very powerful as well. Like Jim Ross said, it was Florida State (Simmons) vs Colorado (Vader) and it wasn’t going to be pretty.

2In the beginning of the match, they were testing each other’s strengths and Vader was winning out in the battle until he angered Simmons. Vader had been clobbering Simmons in the corner, but Simmons was fired up and he reversed it. Simmons began clobbering the big man and eventually got him to the mat with a big clothesline. He followed it up with a suplex and a big shoulder block that sent Vader to the outside to rethink his strategy. Then the tides turned and Vader was in full control of the match, just clobbering away on Ron. No matter what though, Ron never gave up. He took a Vader bomb from the second rope during the match and he still kicked out. No matter what Ron tried though for most of the match, Vader was there to cut him off especially after Simmons reversed Vader’s suplex attempt into one of his own. Then out of nowhere, Simmons was able to get himself out of a power-bomb attempt by Vader, he throws him to the ropes, and delivers a huge power-slam. He then proceeds to cover Vader for the 1-2-3. We have a new WCW World Heavyweight Champion.