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)


May 15, 1958 (age 53)
Perry, Georgia


Marietta, George

Billed from

Warner Robins, Georgia

Trained by

Hiro Matsuda


October 1986


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 careerEdit

Professional wrestling careerEdit

National Wrestling Alliance / World Championship Wrestling (1989-1994)Edit

Xtreme Championship Wrestling (1994-1995)Edit

International Wrestling Federation / Entertainment (1996-2010)Edit

Nation of Domination (1996-1998)Edit

The Acolytes / The A.P.A. (1998-2004)Edit

Occasional appearances and Retirement (2006-2011)Edit

In wrestlingEdit

  • 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
  • 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 accomplishmentsEdit

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