One of the forgotten but very popular factions on the brink of the Attitude Era was the Nation of Domination, led by former APA member Ron Simmons, then going under his alias Farooq. In a new interview with Wrestling Shoots, Simmons opens up about the success of the group, and how it led to the rise of one of the biggest superstars in Hollywood today…The Rock.
My hat off to him. I mean if that’s the way things go down, some get to go on and do other things — some don’t, but I’m glad I had a good part in helping him do what he had to do.
When things weren’t going well for him in the beginning, when they couldn’t get him to where they wanted to get him, I’m glad that I had a good solid position for him to come in where I had a good profound effect on where he is and coming into professional wrestling and then going on to doing what he’s doing now.
Simmons then opens up about the group disbanding due to the Rock’s babyface run during the time, and how the WWE wished to have different factions garner the heat the Nation was getting.
You had some other groups that were around that probably wanted to have the heat and the attention that I had. Cause I had it. Who did you have? D-Generation X primarily that I can think of. You also had the tag which I would send out some tag teams out of my group so you know that’s how it was.
I was shocked when it was ending so soon. It could have been some of the guys — you know we had some guys in the group that started going crazy, flipping out. Maybe it had something to do with them and their contracts or something. I was shocked when it did end.
So I don’t know exactly what profound reason why and pinpoint why they did it but you know, I was just shocked when it did end.
Check out Farooq’s full comments below.