- Today marks the 20th anniversary of Ron Simmons becoming the first African American World Champion by defeating Vader in WCW. WWE has posted the full match on their website at this link. Jim Ross also penned a column on WWE.com about Simmons' historic victory.
"I recall proudly standing in the CNN Center in Atlanta where hundreds and hundreds of fans and Turner employees filled the common area for a reception in honor of the new champ," Ross recounted. "It was a joyous day. Tears flowed and young children saw that dreams could be realized if one utilized their God-given talents, worked hard and refused to give up on their dreams.
"I have been blessed and privileged to have broadcast many amazing bouts in my career, but looking back, arguably, I cannot say that I ever called one with more social significance than Aug. 2, 1992. That day, Ron Simmons proudly rose to the top of the mountain and achieved victory for the most important race of all — the human race."
You can read Ross' full column by clicking here.
- You can save $15 off orders of $100 or more with code WWEAFF15 at WWEShop.com until August 31st by clicking here.
- NBC passed along four new clips of Eve's upcoming reality show on the network, Stars Earn Stripes. You can check them out below:
As Intense As It Gets
Face The Challenge
The Best of the Best
Toughness and Courage
Reject Smurf contributed to this article.