10 Landmark Firsts in Wrestling That Fans Should Know About

Ron Simmons, later known as the APA’s Farooq, won a WCW raffle in 1992, which gave him a title shot against Big Van Vader and a subsequent victory, making him the first recognized African-American World Champion. About 30 years prior, Bobo Brazil defeated ‘Nature Boy’ Buddy Rogers for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, but refused the title because of Rogers’ claims of a groin injury. Even though the injury claims were later proven false, the title remained with the original Nature Boy.