TODAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY… AUGUST 2nd: Ron Simmons makes history

DATELINE: AUGUST 2, 1992 – BALTIMORE, MD


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Ron Simmons defeats Big Van Vader with a running powerslam to win the WCW World Heavyweight Championship.

By defeating the seemingly unstoppable champion, Simmons became the first African-American to hold a major world title in wrestling. 

Simmons’ victory would be aired two weeks later on August 16th.

He would go on to reign as the titleholder for a span of 150 days, before dropping the belt back to Vader in December, (ironically in Baltimore again).



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