Ronnie Aaron Killings (January 19, 1972) better known by his ring name R-Truth, a American professional wrestler, actor and rapper who performed in WWF/E currently signed under SmackDown 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.
Professional wrestling career
R-Truth (as K-Kwik) was 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. Kwik 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, Kwik was involved in a D-Generation X quasi-reunion. At Survivor Series, Kwik teamed with former DX members Road Dogg, Billy Gunn, and Chyna to face The Radicalz in a Survivor Series match. Kwik was eliminated and the Radicalz went on to win the match. At Armageddon, Kwik 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, Kwik 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. Kwik 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 February 5, but once again he lost the title to Holly within the space of several hours. Kwik 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. K-Kwik was released from the WWF the next year.
Kwik re-signed with World Wrestling Entertainment, formerly the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), in 2008. On July 25, during an episode of SmackDown, a vignette announced that Kwik would debut on the SmackDown brand under the ring name R-Truth. WWE completely ignored his former time with the company making no mention of his Hardcore Championship reigns or any other events from past years in the company, until Summerslam 2010 in which commentator Matt Striker made a passing reference to his time during R-Truth's entrance. He made his in-ring return on the August 29, 2008 episode of SmackDown as a face, defeating Kenny Dykstra. At Cyber Sunday, R-Truth, along with Festus and Montel Vontavious Porter, was one of the choices to vote for to compete against United States Champion Shelton Benjamin for the title. Although he received 59% of the vote, he was unsuccessful in winning the title from Benjamin. On WWE.com, R-Truth 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 that showed him in a sleeveless T-shirt and a set of fake teeth trying to get his way into the Rabobank Arena. However, the character was soon scrapped and R-Truth then began a feud with the debuting Drew McIntyre on the August 28 episode of SmackDown. This feud would setup a match between the two at his first-ever Hell in a Cell pay-per-view, 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 WWE 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.
At Wrestlemania XXVI, R-Truth teamed with John Morrison to face The Miz and The Big Show for the Unified WWE Tag Team Championship in a losing effort.
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 across DiBiase's face. 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, earning himself his first major 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 at the event.
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, which he had won at the Money in the Bank event, on the July 19 episode of Raw. It was announced by John Cena on the same night that Truth would be a part of Cena's team to face The Nexus at Summerslam. At the event, his team was successful in 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. At Bragging Rights, Team Raw lost the match for the second consecutive time. During November, when Cena had been forced to join the Nexus, Truth attempted to stand up against them and stop them from overpowering the reigning champion Randy Orton, resulting in an inpromptu tag match between Orton and Truth against the Nexus' leader Wade Barrett and Truth's former rookie David Otunga. When Cena seemed to be considering unfairly awarding the 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.
On the season 3 finale of NXT, it was announced that R-Truth would mentor Johnny Curtis during the show's fourth season. Truth missed some WWE tour dates after the taping of the 2010 WWE Tribute to the Troops due to a case of pneumonia. This also caused him to miss two episodes of NXT, resulting in JTG filling in as Curtis' pro. However, Truth 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 participated in a Battle Royal dark match which was ultimately won by The Great Khali.
On the April 11 episode of Raw, Truth became the number one 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 about his capability to compete in a steel cage match for the WWE Championship, and challenged Truth for his spot in the match. Truth turned heel by attacking Morrison after he lost his spot in the WWE Championship match at Extreme Rules to Morrison. After the attack, Truth lit up a cigarette and proceeded to blow 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 would eventually harass a young fan and his (on-screen) father on the May 30 episode of Raw, throwing a cup of soda in the father's face after a countout victory 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 would apologize for his abhorrent behavior the following 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 the first-ever Capitol Punishment pay-per-view 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 being used 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 would go on to defeat CM Punk and Triple H in a tag team 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 Truth 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. 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 second by The Miz. It was announced that R-Truth would be competing for the WWE Championship against CM Punk, Dolph Ziggler, Kofi Kingston, Chris Jericho, and The Miz at the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view. At Elimination Chamber, R-Truth failed to capture the WWE Championship after being eliminated first by defending champion CM Punk.
R-Truth then began teaming with Kofi Kingston, facing the Tag Team Champions Primo and Epico and Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger, which they both won and lost respectively. On the February 27 edition of Raw, Truth and Kingston failed to capture the WWE Tag Team Championship from Primo and 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 and Epico to win the 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, 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 (Titus O'Neil and Darren Young), and again at SummerSlam. At Night of Champions, Kingston and Truth lost the Tag Team Championship to the team of Daniel Bryan and Kane and failed to regain the titles from the new champions the following night on Raw. It was announced after the October 8 edition of Raw that Truth and Kingston had mutually decided to part ways as a tag team.
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, Truth teamed with Sin Cara and Rey Mysterio to defeat Cesaro and the Prime Time Players (Darren Young and Titus O'Neil), with Truth pinning Cesaro for the win. 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, Truth defeated Cesaro in a non-title match. On the December 3 episode of Raw, 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, Truth failed again to capture the United States Championship from Cesaro. R-Truth was sidelined due to a gash he suffered at the TLC event. Truth returned on the February 19th episode of Raw saving Kofi Kingston from Damien Sandow. The following week on Raw, Truth defeated Cody Rhodes whilst Sandow was on commentary, after which, Sandow made a failed attempt at assaulting Truth. Truth and Sandow finally faced off on the March 18 episode of Raw, where Truth defeated Sandow via count-out. On the April 15 episode of Raw, Truth defeated Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett in a non-title match. On the May 29th episode of WWE Main Event he teamed with Tons of Funk to defeat 3MB. On the May 31st episode of WWE Superstars he defeated Antonio Cesaro in a singles match. On July 16th episode of WWE Raw Truth returned to his old What's Up entrance gimmick but as he was about to compete he was assaulted by the The Wyatt Family. On the September 4th episode of Main Event, he defeated Damien Sandow. On September 9, he continued his rapping gimmick and was defeated by Alberto Del Rio. On the 30th September episode of Raw he defeated Curtis Axel in a non-title match, which gave him a title match at Battleground. On October 6 at Battleground, R-Truth challenged Curtis Axel for the WWE Intercontinental Championship, in a losing effort. The next night on Monday Night Raw, R-Truth teamed up with CM Punk to face Ryback And Curtis Axel. R-Truth picked up the victory for his team, pinning Axel. On the October 11 edition of Smackdown, R-Truth once again faced Axel for the Intercontinental Championship in a losing effort. On the November 18 edition of Raw, R-Truth teamed with the debuting Xavier Woods to defeat 3MB, who were for that night called The Rhinestone Cowboys. The following week on Raw, Woods defeated Heath Slater in his singles debut match while being accompanied by R-Truth and The Funkadactyls (Cameron and Naomi) and using Tons of Funk's entrance music. 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, Woods and R-Truth defeated Tons of Funk in a rematch after Woods pinned Clay. At TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs, Clay faced Woods' partner, R-Truth and continually punished Truth instead of going for a win, so Tensai left in protest and Clay lost the match. At Extreme Rules 2014, R-Truth faced Alexander Rusev with his partner Xavier Woods in a 2-on-1 Handicap match, but they lost to Rusev. At Battleground, R-Truth competed in a 19-man battle royal for the vacant WWE Intercontinental Championship but failed to win the match. On July 28 edition of Raw, R-Truth broke the undefeated streak of Bo Dallas. After the match, Dallas assaulted R-Truth. On the September 12th edition of Smackdown, Truth would be Dolph Ziggler's "stunt double" as R-Ziggler for the night in response to having The Miz having Damien Sandow as his stunt double; both Truth and Ziggler would defeat Miz and Sandow in a tag team match that night and again three days later on Raw. On the September 19th edition of Smackdown, R-Truth managed a victorious Sheamus and Dolph Zigger, who competed in a tag team match against their respective rivals, The Miz and Cesaro. At Night of Champions, R-Truth managed Dolph Ziggler and although Ziggler lost the match, he regained the belt the next night on Raw.
At the Royal Rumble, Truth entered at number, facing off with The Miz. When number 3 and surprise entrant Bubba Ray Dudley entered the ring, they formed a brief alliance, preforming The Dudley Boyz' signature moves, including the Dudley Death Drop, before Dudley eliminated him.
On the March 2 episode of Raw, R-Truth was officially added to an Intercontinental Championship ladder match at Wrestlemania 31, on March 29, 2015. At Wrestlemania 31, Daniel Bryan won the ladder match defeating the other 6 competitors.
On the April 3 episode of Superstars, Truth defeated Harper. On the April 27 episode of Raw, Truth took part in the 2015 King of the Ring tournament, defeating Stardust in the first round. The following night on the WWE Network, Truth lost to Bad News Barrett in the semi-finals. The following week on Raw, Truth was unsuccessful to defeat Stardust after Truth opened Stardust's bag, which turned out to be spiders, one of Truth's fears. The feud with Stardust would conclude on the WWE Payback pre-show, when Truth defeated Stardust. Truth participated in the Elimination Chamber (2015) match for the vacant Intercontinental Championship, but was eliminated by Ryback, who later won the match. In the following weeks, Truth mocked Barrett, wearing his royal crown and cape. Truth defeated Barrett at Money in the Bank (2015) pre-show. At the Battleground pre-show, Truth faced Barrett in a "Battle for the Crown" match, where if Barrett lost, Truth would be receive Barrett's crown. Truth, however, failed to win the match, ending their feud in the process. At the 2015 Slammy Awards ceremony, Truth won the "LOL Moment of the Year" Award.
On the January 7, 2016 Raw, Truth announced that he was entering the 2016 Royal Rumble. Truth would be eliminated from the Royal Rumble match after bringing a ladder into the ring and climbing it, incorrectly believing the match to be a Money in the Bank ladder match, as the other match participants looked on. Upon realizing his error, Truth was then unceremoniously thrown out the ring by Kane, thus failing to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. The following week on Raw and SmackDown, Goldust would approach Truth and propose they form a tag team, to no avail. Truth faced Bubba Ray Dudley on the March 21 episode of Raw in a losing effort before Goldust came to aid Truth. At Wrestlemania 32, Truth entered the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal in a losing effort. For a number one conteder's tag team title tournament, on the April 13, editon of SmackDown, he was scheduled to team with Goldust for the match but was replaced by Fandango due to a refusal to team with Truth by Goldust. A week later, Truth aligned himself with Tyler Breeze due to Goldust's alliance with Fandango. On the May 2 episode of Raw, Breeze defeated Goldust after an interference by Truth. A week later on Raw, Truth defeated Fandango with Breeze in Truth's corner. On the May 12 episode of SmackDown Truth and Breeze faced Goldust and Fandango. During the match, 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. Truth attempted to rescue Goldust from the attack, only to get beaten down by the two along with him. The next week on Raw, Truth and Goldust debuted as the Golden Truth against Fandango and Breeze 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. On July 19, at the 2016 WWE Draft, R-Truth, along with Goldust, was drafted to Raw. On the October 31, 2016 episode of Raw, R-Truth, along with Goldust, participated in a battle royal for a spot on Team Raw's male superstar Survivor Series team. The next week, they were announced to be on Raw's tag team Survivor Series team, but lost to Primo and Epico later in the night to lose their spots.