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Ronnie Aaron "Ron" Killings (born January 19, 1972) is an American professional wrestler better known by his ring name, R-Truth (previously K-Kwik and Ron "The Truth" Killings). He's wrestled in TNA and currently WWE. His career started in 1997.A rundown of his career can be found at The Other Wiki.
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However, on TNA's fifth PPV, July 17, 2002, he cut a promo which ended, "I'm not an angry black man. I'm just the damn truth - and the truth will no longer be denied."
Scary Black Man: Though he's less scary than any insane professional athlete has the right to be, he still managed to scare most of the Raw roster to get them to vote "no confidence" on Triple H.
Anti-Humor: Truth pulled one during his Survivor Series 2011 promo in which he had the crowd expecting him to explain his conversation with a bunch of pigeons, since he's WWE's Cloudcuckoolander. The MSG crowd gave him an ovation for the hilarious bait-and-switch.
"I yelled to those pigeons, I said, 'Hey pigeons! The Rock and Cena are gonna lose tonight!' You know what those pigeons said?...Nothing. They're pigeons. Pigeons don't talk. All they do is crap!"
The Artifact: "The Truth" moniker originally came from a Malcolm Xerox gimmick he had in TNA. After turning face he kept The Truth, even after rejoining the WWE. Apparently he got/stole the name from Truth Martini, even though he has a completely different gimmick.
Character Development: Before his heel turn, Truth was a bland face who rapped, then he lost out on a Championship opportunity and turned heel and lost all his marbles. Now he's back as a face, but still has his Cloudcuckoolander mannerism. And he's all the better for it.
Composite Character: R-Truth's latest face run saw him bring back a few of the dance moves he refused to do for most of his heel run. Also, he went back to a subtly flashier in-ring style whereas his heel run saw him use a slightly more aggressive moveset. Essentially, Truth's latest face run is Nutcase!Truth's promo work meshed with Rapper!Truth's in-ring mannerisms.
Face-Heel Turn: Performed one after he lost a Championship opportunity to John Morrison who had goaded him in to a match with the contendership at stake, and went from a happy go lucky guy who raps to the audience to a raving mad conspiracy nut.
Heel Face Return: Upon returning from his Wellness Policy suspension, R-Truth seems to be OK with Little Jimmies.
Heel-Face Turn: In TNA, being opposite of Vince Russo will bring that on really quick.
Hoist by His Own Petard: In the weeks building to his match against John Cena at Capitol Punishment, Truth had been antagonizing Cena's fanbase, even throwing a cup of soda/water in a fan's face. During the match, Truth had Cena down and decided to bully a kid at ringside, drinking from his collector's cup. The kid would throw the liquid in Truth's face, distracting him long enough to get thrown back in the ring and get hit with the Attitude Adjustment for the three count.
Kid-Appeal Character: As a face. Part of his Face-Heel Turn involved Truth saying he would no longer dance and smile for the "Little Jimmys". Following his face turn a couple months later, he is accompanied to the ring by Little Jimmy.
Considering this was after his Heel-Face Turn but he was still taking up residence in crazy town, one week he did a standard "wrestler cuts a promo while talking to the camera" spot that played in the corner while he walked to the ring. The trope is inverted though, because while it's generally assumed that the wrestler involved is addressing the fans/his opponent, Truth stops mid-sentence, gets a confused look on his face, and asks, "Wait, who am I talking to?"
Non Sequitur: Half the stuff that comes out of Truth's mouth on camera makes no freaking sense at all. Doesn't stop it from being hilarious, though.
Not So Different: Ricky Steamboat took Ron Killing's rantings in TNA personally, feeling Truth was either criticizing the job he was doing or being racist against the fans. Ron Killings instead said that Ricky Steamboat should be able to relate to everything Ron Killings had an issue with, that it was a shame Steamboat never got a shot at the WWF Championship despite having matches people stilled talked about to that very day and that TNA was doing the same to Killings. After hearing him out, Steamboat agreed with him.
Older Than They Look: He's in his early 40's. For perspective, he's older than Edge and The Rock, and younger than Triple H.
One-Letter Name: R-Truths first name is "R". At least if you believe what a raving lunatic are saying. This was during a segment between R-Truth, Vince McMahon and Steve Austin with R-Truth coming out in a Confederate costume with the content to secede from the WWE Universe.
Real Life Writes the Plot: Awesome Truth was split up after R-Truth was hit with a Wellness Policy violation, which was played out with Miz deciding that Truth had outlived his usefulness. Obviously, upon his return, R-Truth would be looking for revenge, which meant one of the hottest heels in the company had to do a Heel-Face Turn in order to align himself against The Miz.
Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After returning from being injured by The Miz, he proceeds to beat the stuffing out of him... Then stop JUST short of taking him out so he can stretch it out over several weeks, telling Miz as much to his face.
Sanity Slippage: Oh so very much with his Heel turn in 2011. Even if a viewer could think it was something else, announcers and people fighting him will tell you directly that R-Truth has lost it. And he was still insane after turning face. Well, for a few months at least. Now he's back to his old self.
Unexplained Recovery: After being blown up by MacGruber on Raw, leaving nothing but his shoes, R-Truth showed up on NXT without explanation.
Uncle Tomfoolery: Played straight, then subverted, then double-subverted in the course of a single year. Truth's heel turn in the spring of 2011 was partly prompted by his desire to stop acting hammy for the fans like a stereotypical black comedian. But now that he's back to being a face again, the drawl and the double-takes and the other minstrel-like qualities seem to have not only returned, but are being taken Up to Eleven. At least he's a Badass minstrel.
Continuity Nod: The bottle comes from the angle that originally turned him heel. As part of John Morrison's promo against Truth, JoMo claimed that R-Truth's stamina was down because of his smoking habit. Truth was caught at one point during his match drinking from a water bottle. Later that same episode, when he beat down John Morrison, he used the water bottle for the first time.
With John Morrison. After Morrison took his spot in a WWE title PPV match, Truth took him out of commission for several months.
And again with The Miz, who decided a few weeks before that Truth had outlived his usefulness and assaulted him on the steel ramp, giving Truth a concussion note in kayfabe, of course. Another example of Real Life Writes the Plot here - Truth was sent on a Wellness Vacation. that put him out of action for a month.
Wolverine Publicity: He did the main promo for Hell In A Cell 2013 despite not being on the card. The only sense to make of it was the "hell" in the title and Truth's tendency to paraphrase the Bible "The Truth, Has Set Me Free".