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Rap and roll for R-Truth
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun


R-Truth strikes a pose at Fan Axxess in April in Houston. Photo by Mike Mastrandrea

As a kid, a wide-eyed Ron Killings idolized Ric Flair and Dusty Rhodes. He wanted to be like his larger-than-life wrestling heroes.

As he grew up, he also found out he had some musical talent. Now, Killings, with the name R-Truth, is combining his wrestling skills with musical talent, leaning on his inspiration from rappers like Tupac and Lil Wayne.

R-Truth will be on one of wrestling's biggest stages tomorrow, at WWE's Survivor Series pay-per-view. He's understandably pumped up.

"It's a survival of the fittest, a time when you have to bring your A-game," says R-Truth, who will team with Kofi Kingston, MVP, Mark Henry and Christian against Randy Orton, Cody Rhodes, Ted DiBiase Jr., CM Punk and William Regal at Survivor Series.

The match will be another in a list of highlights for R-Truth, who earlier this year won a Slammy award for Best Musical Performance. His What's Up entrance theme has helped make him a huge hit with fans.

"When the lights are on and the music hits, it's like a thousand shots of adrenaline," says R-Truth. "What you see out there is what you get. R-Truth, that's Ron Killings. It's me."

He says being part of last year's Tribute to the Troops was something he'll never forget.

"I really felt the warmth and the love," he says. "(The troops) really deeply appreciate it. And they expressed that with tears, hugs and cheers."

AROUND THE RING

A press conference for the Hulkamania tour of Australia got bloody when Ric Flair carved up Hulk Hogan. Now that's old school! ... Great to see Rowdy Roddy Piper as RAW's guest host on Monday.Upcoming hosts include Jesse Ventura, Mini-Me (Verne Troyer) and Mark Cuban ... It looks like TNA will run a show in Calgary on March 27, Wrestlemania weekend.

RELATED LINKS

  • R-Truth bio and story archive

    Tim Baines is the Sports Editor for the Ottawa Sun and can be emailed at Tim.baines@sunmedia.ca.