Welcome to "The Thump!" — an irregular column spotlighting the best Black elements of professional wrestling. Named after the signature move of groundbreaking Black wrestler The Junkyard Dog, "The Thump!" showcases the history and impact of Black athletes in the squared circle.
Ron Simmons joins his fellow wrestling legends in the WWE Hall of Fame – Class of 2012. This year he joins the ranks of other HOF icons Bobo Brazil, Ernie Ladd, Junk Yard Dog and Rocky Johnson and more. Ron Simmons is a former NWA Florida Heavyweight Champion, WCW Tag Team Champion, WWE Tag Team Champion and WCW Heavyweight Champion.