R-Truth in March 2015
|Birth name||Ronnie Aaron Killings|
January 19, 1972 |
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
|Residence||Indian Trail, North Carolina, United States|
|Spouse(s)||Pamela Killings (m. 2011)|
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Kid Krush
K. Malik Shabazz
|Billed height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Billed weight||220 lb (100 kg)|
|Billed from||Charlotte, North Carolina|
|Trained by||Manny Fernandez
|Debut||March 15, 1997|
Ronnie Aaron Killings (born January 19, 1972) is an American professional wrestler, actor and rapper. He is signed to WWE under the ring name R-Truth performing on the Raw brand. Killings is a former one time United States Champion and a one time Tag Team Champion as R-Truth, and a two time Hardcore Champion under the ring name K-Kwik. Between 2010 and 2011, Killings headlined five WWE pay-per-view events; three times in world title contention.
Killings also worked for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling from 2002 to 2007 as K-Krush and later Ron "The Truth" Killings, where he became the first African-American to win the NWA World Heavyweight Championship (which he held twice). While in TNA, Killings also held the NWA World Tag Team Championship on two occasions and the TNA World Tag Team Championship once.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Professional wrestling career
- 2.1 Independent circuit (1997–1999)
- 2.2 World Wrestling Federation (1999–2002)
- 2.3 Xtreme Pro Wrestling (2002)
- 2.4 Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
- 2.5 Return to WWE
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Other media
- 5 In wrestling
- 6 Championships and accomplishments
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Killings was born in Atlanta, Georgia but raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. His family was poor and both Killings and his father sold cannabis to try to make ends meet. From a young age, Killings had developed a love for hip hop and breakdancing and attended Harding University High School where he competed in football alongside future MLB second baseman Ray Durham. Killings also competed in track and field, and was talented at both sports, receiving various college scholarships, but turned them down and dropped out of school at the age of 16 to further pursue a career in music. Killings also continued dealing drugs in order to help his music career financially and was arrested, spending 13 months incarcerated.
Professional wrestling career
Independent circuit (1997–1999)
Jackie Crockett of the National Wrestling Alliance met Killings at a halfway house after Killings' release from prison, and tried to convince Killings to become a professional wrestler, but he was determined to focus on his music career. Killings spent two years working on his music career and then contacted Crockett once more and expressed an interest in becoming a wrestler. Crockett, by now the senior cameraman for World Championship Wrestling, took Killings to several WCW and Pro Wrestling Federation events, introducing him to wrestling personalities.
Killings debuted in the Pro Wrestling Federation (PWF) in 1997 as a manager, then spent three years traveling and training with Manny Fernandez. In 1999, he debuted in NWA Wildside as K-Krush, where he was awarded the newly created NWA Wildside Television Championship on December 12.
World Wrestling Federation (1999–2002)
Memphis Championship Wrestling (1999–2000)
At the urging of Rick Michaels, Killings sent a promotional videotape to the World Wrestling Federation. He was signed to a two-year developmental contract in 1999 and was assigned to Memphis Championship Wrestling, a WWF developmental territory. On April 12 in Robinsonville, Mississippi, he won a battle royal to claim the vacant Southern Heavyweight Championship. He lost the title to a masked Jerry Lawler on May 24 in Tunica, Mississippi, but reclaimed it from Joey Abs several months later in Memphis, Tennessee on August 19. His second reign ended on November 3, when he lost to Steve Bradley in Manila, Arkansas.
Main roster (2000–2002)
Killings was then promoted to the main roster and put in a tag team with Road Dogg. He debuted on the November 13, 2000 episode of Raw is War, attacking William Regal during a match against Road Dogg. Killings and the Road Dogg began rapping together, performing a song called "Gettin' Rowdy" as they approached the ring. Upon the return of Road Dogg's former partner Billy Gunn later that month, Killings was involved in a D-Generation X quasi-reunion. At Survivor Series, Killings teamed with former DX members Road Dogg, Billy Gunn, and Chyna to face The Radicalz in a Survivor Series match. Killings was eliminated and the Radicalz went on to win the match. At Armageddon, Killings and the Road Dogg took part in a four-way tag team match for the Tag Team Championship, which was won by Edge and Christian.
After Road Dogg was suspended in December and eventually released on January 26, 2001, Killings became a singles competitor and became a successful mainstay on Jakked. He took part in the 2001 Royal Rumble, but was eliminated by Big Show. Killings then began competing in the hardcore division. He defeated Raven for the Hardcore Championship on February 3, but lost the title to Crash Holly that same evening under the title's 24/7 rules. He defeated Raven for the title a second time on the following night, but once again he lost the title to Holly within the space of several hours. Killings became somewhat of a background figure of "The Invasion" angle during the summer months, often seen in dressing rooms and watching television with other superstars during inter-promotional matches. Killings was released from the WWF the next year.
Xtreme Pro Wrestling (2002)
In 2002, Killings joined Xtreme Pro Wrestling as K. Malik Shabazz, teaming with Saleem Jihad and Raphael Muhammed and Riley "The Milkman" Hood as the New Panthers, a faction based upon the Black Panther Party. On July 20, Shabazz and Muhammed took part in a four-way tag team match for the World Tag Team Championship, which was won by Halloween and Damián 666. He left the promotion later that year.
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
NWA World Heavyweight Champion (2002–2003)
Killings signed with the Nashville, Tennessee-based Total Nonstop Action Wrestling promotion in June 2002, and appeared on the first weekly TNA pay-per-view on June 19 as K-Krush. Killings immediately established himself as a heel by harassing NASCAR drivers Sterling Marlin and Hermie Sadler until he was attacked by Brian Lawler. Later that same evening, he participated in the Gauntlet for the Gold match, but was eliminated by Malice. The following week, Killings lost to Christopher after Marlin and Sadler interfered in their match. On July 3, Killings and Jeff Jarrett defeated Christopher and Scott Hall after Christopher turned on Hall during the match, aligning himself with Killings and Jarrett. On July 10, Killings defeated Hermie Sadler in a squash match. The decision, however, was overturned after Killings continued to attack Sadler after he had been awarded the match.
On the July 17 TNA pay-per-view, Killings delivered an angry promo in which he implied that he had been held back as a result of his race. He then stated that he was to be referred to as "The Truth". Killings eventually began using his own name, referring to himself as Ron "The Truth" Killings. Killings defeated Ken Shamrock for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship at NWA-TNA 8 on August 7, thus becoming the first-ever, and to date only, recognized African-American NWA World Heavyweight Champion in history, and the fourth African American in professional wrestling history to win a World Heavyweight title. He successfully defended the title in matches with Monty Brown, Jerry Lynn, Low Ki, Curt Hennig, and Scott Hall before losing on November 20 to Jeff Jarrett who had the help of Vince Russo. As a result of Russo's involvement, Killings turned into a face. In subsequent months, Killings feuded with Sports Entertainment Xtreme before turning into a heel once again by attacking Jarrett on March 19. He later introduced Nelson Knight as his bodyguard.
3Live Kru (2003–2005)
Between May and June, Killings began teaming with Konnan and former WWE ally B.G. James. In July the trio formed a faction known as the 3Live Kru. The Kru first wrestled as a unit on August 13, 2003, defeating The Disciples of the New Church (Sinn, Vampire Warrior, and Devon Storm). The Kru soon went after the NWA World Tag Team Championship. On November 26, the Kru defeated Simon Diamond, Johnny Swinger, and Glenn Gilberti in a six-man tag team match with the vacant NWA World Tag Team Championship on the line. The NWA World Tag Team Championship was held by all three members of the Kru as part of the Freebird Rule until January 28, 2004, when they were defeated by Redshirt Security (Kevin Northcutt and Legend).
After several abortive attempts to regain the tag title, the Kru began supporting Killings' bid to become NWA World Heavyweight Champion. On June 9, NWA World Heavyweight Champion Jeff Jarrett took part in a "3Live Kru Challenge" which saw him face Konnan, James and Killings in three subsequent matches. Jarrett defeated Konnan in a strap match and James in a "trailer park trash match" (hardcore match), but lost to Killings in a "Ghetto Justice match". On May 19, Killings faced NWA World Heavyweight Champion A.J. Styles, Raven, and Chris Harris in a four-way title match. He won the bout, becoming a two-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion, after Jarrett hit Styles with a guitar. His reign lasted until June 2, when Jarrett defeated him in a King of the Mountain match which also included Harris, Styles, and Raven. The Kru went on to feud with Jarrett's mercenaries, the Elite Guard (Chad Collyer, Hotstuff Hernandez, and Onyx). On July 14, the 3 Live Kru, Dusty Rhodes, and Larry Zbyszko defeated Jarrett, Ken Shamrock, and the Elite Guard in a ten-man tag team match. The Kru began feuding with Team Canada in August. At Victory Road on November 7, Konnan and James defeated Team Canada members Bobby Roode and Eric Young for the NWA World Tag Team Championship. After Konnan suffered an injury, Killings and James lost the title to Team Canada at Turning Point on December 5. Throughout early-2005, the Kru feuded with Michael Shane and Kazarian, Team Canada, and The Naturals.
Dissension arose after James' former tag team partner from the WWE, Billy Gunn, joined TNA as "The New Age Outlaw" and began trying to convince James to reform their former tag team, the New Age Outlaws. Killings and Konnan feuded with The Outlaw and Monty Brown, with James's loyalties divided. Brown and The Outlaw, who had by now renamed himself "Kip James" as a psychological ploy, defeated Killings and Konnan at No Surrender on July 17, with James declining to help either team. Killings and Konnan became increasingly frustrated, at one point referring to themselves as the "2Live Kru", although Killings repeatedly attempted to act as a mediator between James and Konnan. The two teams faced one another in a No Surrender rematch on August 14 at Sacrifice, with James appointed special guest referee by Director of Authority, Larry Zbyszko. James reaffirmed his loyalty to the Kru by attacking Kip, enabling Konnan to pin him and win the match. The 3Live Kru won a six-man tag team match against The Diamonds in the Rough at Unbreakable on September 11. After Impact! premiered on Spike TV on October 1, Kip James entered the picture once more, but appeared to be helping 3LK this time. He refereed a Hockey Stick Fight at Genesis on November 13, which 3LK won. Kip James later joined the stable, which became known as "4Live Kru". On December 11 at Turning Point, the 4Live Kru faced Team Canada in an eight-man tag match. In the course of the match, Konnan hit Kip and B.G. James with chair shots, enabling Bobby Roode to pin Kip. He then attempted to celebrate with Killings, who appeared shocked by Konnan's actions. Killings later told Konnan he was done with the Kru.
Various feuds and departure (2006–2007)
Following the break-up of the 3Live Kru, Killings began competing as a singles wrestler once more. He briefly aligned himself with Sting in March, teaming with Sting, A.J. Styles, and Rhino as "Sting's Warriors". At Lockdown on April 23, Sting's Warriors defeated Jarrett's Army in a Lethal Lockdown match. On the May 25 episode of Impact!, Killings defeated Monty Brown to qualify for a King of the Mountain match for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship at Slammiversary on June 18. At Slammiversary, however, Killings failed to win the championship. Killings then teamed with Lance Hoyt in the following months, even participating, but losing, in a Battle Royal at No Surrender. On November 19 at Genesis, Killings and his tag team partner Lance Hoyt defeated Austin Starr and Alex Shelley with Kevin Nash at ringside. He then took time off the active roster due to injury. Killings returned to action at Slammiversary, teaming with James Storm in a losing effort against Frank Wycheck and Jerry Lynn.
On June 19, Killings tried to resign from TNA, intending to work for the Mexican AAA. Amidst more dissension backstage, however, TNA refused to release Killings. He returned to TNA on August 12 at Hard Justice, confronting football player Adam Jones. At No Surrender, Adam "Pacman" Jones and Ron Killings defeated Sting and Kurt Angle to win the TNA World Tag Team Championship. On October 14, A.J. Styles and Tomko defeated him and Jones' replacement, Rasheed Lucius "Consequences" Creed, for the World Tag Team Championship. In December, he worked out a deal for his release from the company.
Return to WWE
Early feuds (2008–2010)
Killings re-signed with World Wrestling Entertainment, formerly the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), in 2008 and re-debuted on the SmackDown brand under the ring name R-Truth on August 29, as a face, defeating Kenny Dykstra. WWE completely ignored his past with the company and his Hardcore Championship reigns until January 2009 when WWE.com briefly acknowledged his appearance in the 2001 Royal Rumble. The K-Kwik character was acknowledged again at Summerslam 2010 when commentator Matt Striker made a passing reference to his past. At Cyber Sunday, he, along with Festus and Montel Vontavious Porter, was a voting option to challenge United States Champion Shelton Benjamin for the title. He received 59% of the vote to get the match, but lost. On WWE.com, he won the Slammy Award for the Best Musical Performance. On July 10, 2009, R-Truth debuted a new prankster character known as Pretty Ricky in a promo on SmackDown, in a sleeveless T-shirt and a set of fake teeth trying to get into the Rabobank Arena. The character was soon scrapped and R-Truth began a feud with the debuting Drew McIntyre on the August 28 episode of SmackDown. This feud set up a match at Hell in a Cell, which he lost. On the October 23, 2009 episode of SmackDown, R-Truth, Finlay, Matt Hardy, and the Hart Dynasty defeated Cryme Tyme member JTG, Eric Escobar, Dolph Ziggler, and Drew McIntyre in a five-on-four handicap match to qualify as the representatives of Team SmackDown at the first-ever Bragging Rights pay-per-view. At the event, Team SmackDown defeated Team Raw when Raw member The Big Show turned on his team.
On the February 16, 2010 episode of ECW, R-Truth was announced to appear on the debuting NXT as the storyline mentor of David Otunga. On the February 5, 2010 episode of SmackDown, R-Truth won an elimination chamber qualifying match against Mike Knox. At the first-ever Elimination Chamber, R-Truth competed in the Elimination Chamber match for the World Heavyweight Championship, but was eliminated by CM Punk. On the March 2 episode of NXT, Truth accompanied his rookie David Otunga to the ring for his match against CM Punk's rookie, Darren Young. During the match, Punk interfered, which cost Otunga his match, leading to a backstage brawl between Otunga and Truth.
United States Champion and various feuds (2010–2011)
Truth was drafted to Raw with teammate John Morrison during the 2010 WWE Draft on April 26. He immediately began a feud with Ted DiBiase after DiBiase offered him a job as his personal assistant, which Truth declined with a slap. Two weeks later, during a match with William Regal, Truth was attacked by Carlito and Primo, who were paid off by DiBiase after the assault. Truth went on to wrestle and defeat DiBiase at the first-ever Over the Limit pay-per-view on May 23. The next night on Raw, Truth defeated The Miz to win the vacant United States Championship, giving him his first singles championship since returning to WWE. On the June 14 episode of Raw, Truth lost the United States Championship to The Miz in a fatal four way match also featuring John Morrison and Zack Ryder. He invoked his rematch clause for Fatal 4-Way, but was unsuccessful.
Truth was announced to compete in the Money in the Bank pay-per-view, but was injured by The Miz before a scheduled bout on the July 5 episode of Raw and was announced to be unable to compete at the event. As revenge for assaulting him, Truth saved Sheamus after Miz had cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase on the July 19 episode of Raw. At Summerslam, R-Truth was part of Team WWE, defeating The Nexus. On the October 11 episode of Raw, he defeated Ted DiBiase to qualify for Team Raw at Bragging Rights to face Team SmackDown. Team Raw lost the match for the second consecutive time. When Cena seemed to be considering unfairly awarding Barrett the title to save his job, Truth lectured him about the sanctity of the title he had not yet had a single shot at. Truth then lost in a singles match to Barrett. Cena eventually heeded Truth's word and called it down the middle at Survivor Series, with Orton retaining.
R-Truth mentored Johnny Curtis in the NXT's fourth season. Killings missed some WWE tour dates due to pneumonia after taping the 2010 WWE Tribute to the Troops, as well as two episodes of NXT, resulting in JTG filling in as Curtis' pro. He returned to the show the following week. On March 1, Curtis won the fourth season of NXT. As winners, Truth and Curtis won the right to challenge for the Tag Team Championship. At WrestleMania XXVII, Truth lost a Battle Royal dark match to The Great Khali.
Awesome Truth (2011–2012)
On the April 11 episode of Raw, Truth became the #1 contender for the WWE Championship along with John Cena via double disqualification after The Miz and Alex Riley attacked both of them during a number one contender's gauntlet match. Truth had previously defeated Dolph Ziggler and John Morrison prior to facing Cena at the end of the gauntlet. The Raw General Manager stated that, due to interference from Miz and Riley, R-Truth and John Cena would both compete for the WWE Championship at Extreme Rules in a steel cage match. Morrison questioned Truth about his capability to compete in a match like this, and challenged Truth to a match for his spot. Truth turned heel by attacking Morrison after Morrison won that match. After the attack, Truth lit a cigarette and blew smoke in Morrison's face. The following week on Raw, R-Truth cut a promo, stating that popularity did not get him any titles, and also announced that he was done entertaining the fans. After the promo, Truth was attacked by Morrison. At Extreme Rules on May 1, Truth prevented Morrison from escaping the cage during the main event for the WWE Championship, ultimately costing him the title. On the May 9 episode of Raw, Truth revealed that his attack on Morrison had led to him being hospitalized (in reality, Morrison had injured his neck) before then attacking Rey Mysterio at the end of the show. On the May 16 episode of Raw, Truth accused Mysterio of being a "thief" and stealing his chance at the WWE Championship. Truth then attacked a weakened Mysterio, who had just finished a match with Alberto Del Rio. Truth faced Mysterio at Over the Limit, where he was victorious. After subsequent episodes of ranting and raving over John Cena's popularity, he harassed a young fan and his dad on the May 30 episode of Raw, throwing a cup of soda in the dad's face after a countout win over Cena. After Raw went off the air, the Raw General Manager announced a WWE Championship match between the two, on the condition that R-Truth apologize for his behavior the next week. On the June 6 episode of Raw, Truth interrupted both Vince McMahon and Stone Cold Steve Austin and made his way out to the ring, singing a song about "Little Jimmy" (referring to the children in attendance) and wearing a Confederate soldier's uniform. However, he stayed true to his word and "apologized" for his actions the previous week. As a result, he faced John Cena at Capitol Punishment for the WWE Championship, but was unsuccessful in winning the title.
On the August 22 episode of Raw, R-Truth and The Miz attacked Santino Marella before his match and then proceeded to cut a promo bashing Triple H about not using them properly. On the August 29 episode of Raw, Truth interfered in The Miz's match and the both of them attacked CM Punk. On the September 5 episode of Raw, Truth and Miz challenged Air Boom (Evan Bourne and Kofi Kingston) to a match for the Tag Team Championship at Night of Champions, but were disqualified after Miz assaulted a referee during the match. R-Truth and Miz were subsequently fired by Triple H the following night on Raw. At Hell in a Cell, R-Truth and Miz attacked Alberto Del Rio, CM Punk, John Cena, and several others after the WWE Championship match ended. After this, the entire WWE roster came out to find a way into the cell before the officials were able to get the door open and arrest them. On the October 10 episode of Raw, R-Truth and The Miz were reinstated by John Laurinaitis. At Vengeance, Miz and Truth defeated CM Punk and Triple H in a tag match, due to interference from Kevin Nash. Later that same night they assaulted John Cena during his WWE Championship match with Alberto Del Rio. On the October 24 episode of Raw, Awesome Truth attacked John Cena and Zack Ryder. On the 7 November episode of Raw, Miz and R-Truth defeated Cena and Ryder. On November 20 at Survivor Series, R-Truth and The Miz were defeated by Cena and The Rock. The following night on Raw, Cena instigated an argument between R-Truth and Miz, which ultimately led to the team's dissolution as Miz attacked R-Truth with a Skull Crushing Finale onto the stage. Following the event, WWE announced that they had suspended Killings for 30 days for his first violation of the Wellness Policy.
On the December 26 episode of Raw, R-Truth returned to attack Miz after the latter lost to John Cena via countout, turning face once again in the process. This was followed by back-and-forth assaults on the two throughout January. R-Truth entered the Royal Rumble Match at entry #3, but was eliminated by The Miz. R-Truth wrestled for the WWE Championship against CM Punk, Chris Jericho, Dolph Ziggler, Kofi Kingston and The Miz at Elimination Chamber. He was eliminated first, by defending champion CM Punk.
Various alliances and championship pursuits (2012–2015)
R-Truth then began to contend for the WWE Tag Team Championship with Kofi Kingston and competing against Primo & Epico and Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger, which they both won and lost respectively. On the February 27 episode of Raw, R-Truth and Kingston failed to capture the WWE Tag Team Championship from Primo & Epico in a Triple Threat Tag Team Match, also involving Ziggler and Swagger. At WrestleMania XXVIII, R-Truth and Kingston were members of Team Teddy to face Team Johnny in a twelve-man tag team match to determine the general manager of both brands, which was eventually won by former rival The Miz for Team Johnny. On the April 30 episode of Raw, R-Truth and Kofi Kingston defeated Primo & Epico to win the WWE Tag Team Championship. At Over the Limit, R-Truth and Kingston successfully defended the title against Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger and then again in a rematch on the May 28 episode of Raw. In the pre-show of Money in the Bank, R-Truth and Kingston defeated Hunico and Camacho in a non-title match. The following night on Raw, they successfully defended the Tag Team Championship against The Prime Time Players (Darren Young and Titus O'Neil), and again at SummerSlam. At Night of Champions, R-Truth and Kingston lost the Tag Team Championship to the team of Kane and Daniel Bryan and failed to regain the titles from the new champions the following night on Raw. It was announced after the October 8 episode of Raw that R-Truth and Kingston had mutually decided to part ways as a tag team.
R-Truth began feuding with United States Champion Antonio Cesaro on the October 29 episode of Raw, after saving former tag partner Kofi Kingston from a post-match assault from Cesaro. The following week, R-Truth teamed with Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara to defeat Cesaro and The Prime Time Players, with R-Truth pinning Cesaro for the win. R-Truth faced Cesaro for the United States Championship on November 18 at Survivor Series, but was unsuccessful in winning the title. On the following episode of SmackDown, R-Truth defeated Cesaro in a non-title match. On the December 3 episode of Raw, R-Truth was again unsuccessful in capturing the United States Championship from Cesaro in fatal-four way match, also involving Kofi Kingston and Wade Barrett. On December 16 at TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs, R-Truth failed again to capture the United States Championship from Cesaro. Following an injury he suffered at TLC, At Battleground, R-Truth unsuccessfully challenged Curtis Axel for the Intercontinental Championship.
On the November 18 episode of Raw, R-Truth teamed with Xavier Woods, who he had teamed previously with in TNA, to defeat 3MB, who were for that night called The Rhinestone Cowboys. On the November 29 episode of SmackDown, Woods began a feud with Brodus Clay after Clay took offense to Woods using his entrance music and The Funkdactyls as his managers earlier in the week on Raw. Later that night, Woods suffered his first loss when he and R-Truth lost to Tons of Funk (Clay and Tensai) after Clay pinned Woods. On the December 2 episode of Raw, R-Truth and Woods defeated Tons of Funk in a rematch after Woods pinned Clay. At TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs, R-Truth defeated Clay after Clay was distracted by Tensai leaving after having enough of Clay's behaviour. At Extreme Rules, R-Truth and Woods faced Alexander Rusev in a 2-on-1 Handicap match in a losing effort. At Battleground, R-Truth competed in a 19-man Battle Royal for the vacant Intercontinental Championship in a losing effort. On July 28, 2014 episode of Raw, R-Truth broke the undefeated streak of Bo Dallas, with Dallas assaulting R-Truth after the match. On the September 12 episode of SmackDown, R-Truth became the "stunt double" for Dolph Ziggler as 'R-Ziggler', in response to The Miz having Damien Sandow as his stunt double, with R-Truth and Ziggler defeating The Miz and Damien Mizdow in a tag team match that same night and again the following week on Raw. R-Truth continued to help Ziggler in his feud with Miz and Mizdow until the September 22 episode of Raw after Ziggler defeated Miz to win back the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
At 2015 Royal Rumble, R-Truth entered the Royal Rumble Match at entry #2, but was eliminated by Bubba Ray Dudley. At Fastlane, after Dean Ambrose lost by disqualification against Bad News Barrett for the Intercontinental Championship, Ambrose stole the title from Barrett. This led to various wrestlers gaining possession of Barrett's title belt over the next few weeks, including R-Truth, Dolph Ziggler, Daniel Bryan, Luke Harper and Stardust. During this, it was announced on WWE.com that Barrett would defend the title in a multiple-man ladder match at WrestleMania 31, with each wrestler who stole the title from Barrett being announced in the match over the next several weeks. At the event, R-Truth was unsuccessful in winning the championship. On the April 27 episode of Raw, R-Truth took part in the 2015 King of the Ring tournament, defeating Stardust in the first round. The following night on the WWE Network, R-Truth lost to Bad News Barrett in the semi-finals. The following week on Raw, R-Truth was unsuccessful to defeat Stardust after R-Truth opened Stardust's bag, which turned out to be spiders, one of R-Truth's fears. R-Truth won against Stardust at Payback pre-show. R-Truth participated in the Elimination Chamber match for the vacant Intercontinental Championship, but was eliminated by Ryback, who later won the match. During the match, R-Truth eliminated King Barrett, starting a feud between the two. In the following weeks, R-Truth mocked Barrett, wearing his royal crown and cape while referring to himself as 'King What's Up'. R-Truth defeated Barrett at the Money in the Bank pre-show. At the Battleground pre-show, R-Truth faced Barrett in a "Battle for the Crown" match, where if Barrett lost, R-Truth would receive Barrett's crown, R-Truth failed to win the match, which ended their feud.
Teaming and feuding with Goldust (2016–2017)
On the January 7, 2016 episode of SmackDown, R-Truth announced that he would be entering the 2016 Royal Rumble match. R-Truth was eliminated from the match after bringing a ladder into the ring and climbing it, incorrectly believing the match to be the Money in the Bank ladder match, as the other match participants looked on. (This was part of a character trend where he was at least one PPV behind on everything.) Upon realizing his error, Truth was eliminated by Kane.
In the following weeks on Raw and SmackDown, Goldust approached R-Truth and proposed they form a tag team to no avail. At the Fastlane pay-per-view, Goldust came down to aid R-Truth at ringside in his match against Curtis Axel, inadvertently distracting R-Truth before Axel rolled him up for the win. After multiple attempts from Goldust, ending with R-Truth denying his request, R-Truth began to apologize and attempt to form a tag team with Goldust, with Goldust denying R-Truth. At WrestleMania 32, R-Truth entered André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal in a losing effort. For a number one contender's tag team title tournament, on the April 13 episode of SmackDown, he was scheduled to team with Goldust for the match but was replaced by Fandango due to a refusal to team with R-Truth by Goldust. A week later, R-Truth aligned himself with Tyler Breeze due to Goldust's alliance with Fandango. On the May 2 episode of Raw, Breeze defeated Goldust after interference by R-Truth. A week later on Raw, R-Truth defeated Fandango, with Breeze in R-Truth's corner.
On the May 12 episode of SmackDown R-Truth and Breeze faced Goldust and Fandango. During the match, R-Truth and Goldust refused to fight each other. As a result, Breeze and Fandango attacked Goldust as Fandango allowed Breeze to pin Goldust for the win. R-Truth attempted to rescue Goldust from the attack, only to get beaten down by the two along with him. The next week on Raw, R-Truth and Goldust debuted as The Golden Truth against Breezango (Tyler Breeze and Fandango) in a losing effort after Truth unintentionally kicked Goldust. Afterwards, Golden Truth started a losing streak, losing to the likes of Breezango and The Dudley Boyz. Golden Truth earned their first victory after defeating Breezango at the Money in the Bank event on June 19. In the 2016 WWE Draft, R-Truth, along with Goldust, was drafted to Raw. Since then, both R-Truth and Goldust have had several losses and victories.
On February 14, 2017 episode of WWE Main Event on Hulu, R-Truth joined the color commentary team by replacing Austin Aries. R-Truth was replaced by Corey Graves on April 11. On the May 15 episode of Raw, during a promo, Goldust turned on R-Truth, ending The Golden Truth. On the June 26 episode of Raw, R-Truth and Goldust had a brawl before their match even started. Goldust later defeated R-Truth in a singles match on the July 10 episode of Raw. On the August 14 episode of Raw, R-Truth was set to face Elias but was attacked before the match started. On the August 21 episode of Raw, R-Truth lost to Elias. On the August 28 episode of Raw, R-Truth competed in an Intercontinental Championship No. 1 Contender's 15-Man Battle Royal - the match was won by Jeff Hardy.
Reports suggested R-Truth suffered an arm injury during a match against Elias at a WWE Live Event in Regina, Saskatchewan. Truth reportedly underwent surgery on October 26. On December 4, R-Truth posted a video on his Twitter account stating he had just completed surgery, specifying that the injury was to his shoulder.
|2003||Head of State||Ron "The Truth" Killings|||
|2008||The Wrestler||Ron "The Truth" Killings|||
|2016||Break Dance Revolution||DJ R. Killings|||
Killings is a playable character in several video games: WWE Raw as K-Kwik, WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2010, WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2011, WWE '12, WWE '13, WWE 2K14, WWE 2K15, WWE 2K16, WWE 2K17 and WWE 2K18 as R-Truth.
- Finishing moves
- As R-Truth
- As K-Kwik
- As Ron Killings
- Consequences (Elevated cradle neckbreaker) – 2002–2004
- Corkscrew scissors kick
- Hang Time (450° splash) – 2002–2004
- Sitout double underhook facebuster – 2004
- Truth Conviction (Sitout inverted suplex slam) – 2002–2004; used as a signature move from 2005–2008
- Truth or Consequences (Vertical suplex stunner) – 2002–2004; used as a signature move from 2005–2008
- Signature moves
- Corkscrew leg lariat
- Dropkick, sometimes from the top rope
- Hurricanrana, sometimes while diving off the top rope
- Headscissors takedown
- Flying Jalapeño (Corkscrew flying forearm smash) – TNA
- Leg drop, with theatrics
- Reverse STO – TNA
- Scoop powerslam
- Sitout reverse suplex slam – WWE
- Vertical suplex stunner – WWE
- With Goldust
- With Kofi Kingston
- Double team signature moves
- Entrance themes
- "Gettin' Rowdy" by Brian James and Ron Killings (WWF)
- "Rowdy" by Ron Killings (WWF)
- "What's Up?" by Ron Killings (TNA; 2006–2007)
- "He's Back" by Dale Oliver (TNA; used while teaming with Adam Jones)
- "Toma" by Pitbull featuring Lil Jon (AAA)
- "What's Up?" performed by Ron Killings and remixed by Jim Johnston (WWE; August 29, 2008 – September 6, 2010, November 15, 2010 – April 11, 2011)
- "Right Time" by Ron Killings (WWE; September 13, 2010 – November 15, 2010)
- "Awesome Truth" by Jim Johnston (WWE; August 15, 2011 – present)
- "What's Up? (The Golden Truth Remix)" by Ron Killings (WWE; October 10, 2016 – May 15, 2017; used while teaming with Goldust)
Championships and accomplishments
- CyberSpace Wrestling Federation
- Memphis Championship Wrestling
- NWA Wildside
- NWA Wildside Television Championship (1 time)
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
- World Wrestling Federation / World Wrestling Entertainment / WWE
- WWF Hardcore Championship (2 times)
- WWE United States Championship (1 time)
- WWE Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Kofi Kingston
- Bragging Rights Trophy (2009) – with Team Smackdown (Chris Jericho, Kane, Matt Hardy, Finlay, and The Hart Dynasty (David Hart Smith and Tyson Kidd))
- Slammy Award (2 times)
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter
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