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Ron Killings / R-Truth

REAL NAME: Ron Killings
BORN: Charlotte, N.C.
6' 1", 230 pounds
ALIASES/ NICKNAMES: K-Krush, K-Kwik, The Truth

Ron "The Truth" Killings has come a long way in his career. Once a tag team wrestler in WWE better known for his rapping than his wrestling, Killings gained much more respect, not to mention the NWA World Championship, by heading south to NWA-TNA.

Jackie Crockett was responsible for introducing Killings to the world of wrestling. After Killings approached Crockett to try and convince him to invest in Killings' music career, Crockett took the young man to several WCW shows and pointed him towards the PWF. After some initial training with the PWF, Killings gained the attention of a former co-holder of the NWA World Tag Team titles, Manny Fernandez who, along with George South, the Italian Stallion and Chris Hamrick, helped prepare Killings for his wrestling career, which began in 1997.

After wrestling in the PWF, Killings spent some time in NWA Wildside where he was known as K-Krush. After winning the TV title from A.J. Styles in November 1999, Killings was convinced by fellow wrestler Rick Michaels to send a tape to the WWE. Obviously, the WWE liked what they saw because Killings was soon signed to a developmental deal and assigned to Memphis Championship Wrestling.

After winning a battle royale on April 12th, 2000 (eliminating Jerry Lawler), K-Krush, as he was still known, won the MCW Southern Heavyweight title. But Lawler would get the last laugh, wrestling as Masked Man #1 to defeat Killings for the belt on May 24th. A second Southern Heavyweight title reign would come at the expense of Joey Abs on August 19th.

After working some dark matches for the WWE, Killings, his name changed to K-Kwik, began appearing on their telecasts and was soon teamed with the Road Dogg. The pair even performed their own entrance theme, entitled "Gettin' Rowdy".

The team wasn't too successful, however, losing at the Survivor Series (with Chyna and Billy Gunn against the Radicals) and at Armageddon in a Fatal Fourway match, which was won by Edge and Christian. Things soured even more later on when the Road Dogg was released and, a short time later in 2001, so was Killings.

It wouldn't be until the spring of 2002 that Killings would turn up again, when he signed to compete for the Jarretts' NWA-TNA organization. Wrestling as K-Krush (at least initially), Killings would be booked as a heel, battling Brian Christopher, brutalizing Norman Smiley and even clashing with race car driver Hermie Sadler.

None of that matter by August 7th, 2002, however, when Killings (wrestling under his own name once more) defeated Ken Shamrock to become the first African-American to win the NWA World Championship. A week later, Killings would team with Jeff Jarrett to take on A.J. Styles and Jerry Lynn in a match where the NWA Tag Team titles were held up.

Meanwhile, Killings was more intent on retaining the NWA World title and, until November, was successful, defending against Lynn, Low-Ki, Curt Hennig and Scott Hall. It would take interference from Vince Russo (under a mask as Mr. Wrestling III) to help Jeff Jarrett upend Killings for the belt.

After the title loss, Killings continued to compete in TNA, with several matches with BG James, his former tag team partner. but also took some indy dates as well, battling Hermie Sadler once again on several occasions.

After appearing to be upset with TNA, Killings turned heel when he attacked Jeff Jarrett in March, 2003 and brought in Nelson Frazier (the former Viscera). Soon, however, Killings began to form an alliance with Konnan and later reunited with BG James. The trio would become known as 3-Live Krew.

After several dark matches, the Krew made their pay-per-view debut in mid-August, defeating Sinn, Vampire Warrior & Devon Storm. After a few weeks of battling some of the top teams in NWA-TNA, 3-Live Crew's team of James and Killings faced NWA World Tag Team Champions Johnny Swinger and Simon Diamond. The match went to a no contest, with the titles held up. A week later, in a six-man tag match, the Krew defeated Simon/Swinger and Glen Gilbertti to win the Tag belts.

After losing the Tag Team titles to Red Shirt Security (Kevin Northcutt and Legend) on January 28th, 2004, Killings began to make his way back towards the NWA World Championship. In March 2004, he won a 10 Man Gauntlet match to become the #2 contender to the World title, but lost a four corner bout to Raven (the match also included A.J. Styles and Abyss) that would have made him the top contender for the title.

Despite this setback, and losing an April 28th title match to Styles (who had won the title earlier), Killings rebounded a month later to win a Deadly Draw match that included Raven, Styles and Chris Harris to regain the NWA World Championship. The reign as champion lasted but a few weeks before Jarrett won a "King of the Mountain" match to strip Killings of the title.

Killings would get his rematches against Jarrett but also focused on 3-Live Krew who soon regained the Tag Team titles. The Krew were locked in a feud with Team Canada in various matches, even getting help from Dennis Rodman during a bout in July, 2004. On December 5th, at the Turning Point pay-per-view, Team Canada's duo of Bobby Rude and Eric Young upended 3-Live Krew to win the NWA World Tag Team Championship.

While Killings may have started 2005 off with a victory in a six-man tag match (3-Live Krew defeat Chris Daniels, Kazarian & Michael Shane at Final Resolution on January 16th), expect to see him back in singles action throughout the coming months.

Killings got another shot at the NWA title at NWA Cyberspace on February 5th, 2005 but came up short against Jarrett and also failed in his quest to gain the X-Division title as part of the Ultimate X match at Destination X.

Killings would reunite with his 3 Live Krew comrades, James and Konnan but also teamed with Diamond Dallas Page to take on Monty Brown and the Outlaw (Kip James) at Hard Justice.

Killings would take some independent dates, but would return to TNA to once again clash with Kip James, who had been stirring up trouble within the ranks of 3 Live Krew. Killings would later accept Kip James as a member of 4 Live Krew only to watch Konnan attack both Kip and BG James during an 8-man tag match at Turning Point.

Washing his hands of the whole affair, Killings returned to singles competition, although he would team with Team 3-D against Team Canada and Rhyno against America's Most Wanted.

With two World Championships already to his credit, his days as a mid-carder working WWE Heat seem further and further behind him.

Or so it seemed. Killings’s TNA appearances would gradually decline until they became almost non-existent. By the summer of 2006, Killings, if he did wrestle, would find himself primarily on dark matches.

He would return to some prominence by wrestling in the Fight for the Right tournament during the autumn, but he didn’t advance all that far. He never got put into any hot angles and near the end of the year got injured. In late June 2007, Killings would quit TNA.

But in less than two months, he came back and started a tag team storyline with suspended NFLer Adam “Pacman” Jones. Jones did little more than spray paint “PAC” on other wrestlers’ backs, but with Killings carrying the team, they would beat Kurt Angle and Sting at No Surrender to win the TNA Tag Team titles.

Killings and Jones would successfully defend the titles a few times on Impact, but at Bound For Glory, Killings would team with newcomer Consequences Creed to take on A.J. Styles and Tomko.

But Killings and Creed lost the titles, and Killings essentially disappeared thereafter until December when news emerged that Killings had worked out a deal to be released from his TNA contract. Killings had apparently embarrassed Jeff Jarrett when he no-showed a New Japan-TNA show in Tokyo the previous month.

In July 2008, he resurfaced in WWE on Smackdown as R-Truth, with the company not acknowledging his past as K-Kwik. He performs his theme song, What's Up!, as he walks through the crowd to the ring.

He has found the ladder to success blocked continually, however. At Cyber Sunday in October 2008, he was voted in as the opponent to face United States champion Shelton Benjamin (over Festus and Montel Vontavious Porter), but lost, and the match was relegated to the free preview show. Perhaps the highlight so far of his second tour with the WWE is winning the Slammy Award for the Best Musical Performance in 2008.

- compiled by John Milner and Richard Kamchen



RON KILLINGS / R-TRUTH STORIES

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  • Nov. 21, 2009: Rap and roll for R-Truth
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