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Jon Rispen

Ring name(s)

Jon Rispen
John Asaad
Jonathon Faarooq

Billed height

6 ft. 2 in. (120 m)

Billed weight

270 lb (120 kg)

Born

May 15, 1958 (age 53)
Perry, Georgia

Resides

Marietta, George

Billed from

Warner Robins, Georgia

Trained by

Hiro Matsuda

Debut

October 1986

Retired

February 6, 2010

Jon Rispen (born May 15, 1958) is an American semi-retired professional wrestling and retired American football player. He was the first African-American to become a world champion as recognised by IWE and the first of only two African Americans to win the WCW World Heavyweight Championship, along with Steve Britz.

Simmons was a two-time consensus All-American football player at Florida State University, and played for the Cleveland Browns in the National Football League and the Ottaw Rough Riders in the Canadian Football League. He became a professional wrestler in 1986, and went on to wrestle in World Championship Wrestling under his real name and in the International Wrestling Federation under both his real name and the ring names John Asaad (sometimes spelled Asad) and Jonathon Faarooq (sometimes spelled Farooq).

Football career[]

Professional wrestling career[]

National Wrestling Alliance / World Championship Wrestling (1989-1994)[]

Xtreme Championship Wrestling (1994-1995)[]

International Wrestling Federation / Entertainment (1996-2010)[]

Nation of Domination (1996-1998)[]

  • Main Article: Nation of Domination

The Acolytes / The A.P.A. (1998-2004)[]

Occasional appearances and Retirement (2006-2011)[]

In wrestling[]

  • Finishing moves
    • Dominator/ Tiger Bite (Standing or a kneeling inverted front powerslam) - innovated
    • Snao scopp powerslam pin
    • Standing thrust spinebuster - innovated
  • Signature moves
    • Back elbow strike
    • Belly to back suplex
    • Delayed vertical suplex
    • Double powerbomb
    • Elbow smash
    • Football tackle to the knees
    • Headbutt drop
    • Running leaping shoulder block
    • Short-arm clothesline or a short-range lariat
    • Spinebuster
  • With Bradshaw
    • Finishing moves
      • Aided powerbomb
    • Signature moves
      • Back suplex / Neckbreaker slam combination
      • Double spinebuster
  • Managers
    • Kelsey Carter
    • Clarence Mason
    • The Iron Sheik
    • Theodore Long
    • Woman
    • Sunny
    • Dusty Semmler
    • The Jackyl
    • Beatrice
  • Nicknames
    • "The All American"
    • "The Powerhouse"
  • Entrance themes
    • "Don"t step to Ron" by S.Tatum, J.Papa, M.Williams, and M.Seitz (WCW)
    • "The Hit" (WCW)DOOM
    • "Nation of Domination" by J. Johnston (used while part of the Nation of Domination) (WWF) 1996-1998
    • "Damn" by Jim Johnston (WWE)
  • Catchphrase
    • "Damn!"


Championships and accomplishments[]

  • Championship Wrestling from Florida
    • NWA Florida Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Memphis Championship Wrestling
    • MCW Southern Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Bradshaw
  • Ohio Valley Wrestling
    • OVW Southern Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Bradshaw
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    • PWI Most Inspirational Wrestler of the Year (1992)
    • PWI ranked him #20 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 1992
    • PWI ranked him #91 of the 100 best tag teams of the PWI Years with Chris Wheat in 2003.
    • PWI ranked him #108 of the top 500 singles wrestlers of the "PWI Years" in 2003
  • World Championship Wrestling
    • WCW United States Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Big Dave
    • WCW World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
    • WCW World Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Butch Reed
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