Ron “The Truth” Killings has had a no-doubt Hall of Fame wrestling career that has spanned over two decades. However, despite many accolades, he is rarely brought up when discussing the greatest wrestlers of the last twenty years. I believe it’s a huge oversight many wrestling fans have. Therefore, let me tell you why R-Truth is wrestling’s most underrated wrestler.
R-Truth is the real deal
The best gimmicks are the ones based in reality because they add to the believability. Unlike his childhood hero, John Cena, the rap game is not a phase for R-Truth. When he was young Truth spent 13 months in incarceration for selling drugs in order to support his music career. R-Truth was then discovered in a halfway house and started wrestling. Most wrestlers make up origin stories that aren’t half as interesting. R-Truth has been around so long that fans forget that he wrestled guys like Eddie Guerrero and used to hang out with Tupac.
R-Truth is an ageless wonder
Pick your metaphor because R-Truth is the Paul Rudd, Jamie Fox, Mario Lopez, or the John Stamos of wrestling. The man doesn’t seem to age. He has retained his athleticism and looks through time. I’ve never been able to do a jumping split. R-Truth can do one at 48. As a result of his Benjamin Button disease, R-Truth has been one of the most consistent workers in the wrestling business. He still looks so good that fans forget that his WWE debut happened on November 13, 2000, episode of Raw is War, working with William Regal and Road Dogg. To put that in perspective R-Truth’s Mixed Match Challenge partner, Carmella, had just turned 13 at the time.
R-Truth can play any part
It doesn’t matter what type of drama that you’re staging because R-Truth is equally comfortable in a comedy or tragedy. His comedic chops are certainly second to none. He’s also believable when it’s time to get serious. R-Truth has been a heel multiple times in his career but is also one of the best babyfaces of today. I believe he deserves far more main event opportunities because of his underrated versatility.
R-Truth is hilarious
I know that I already mentioned his comedy chops but it bears repeating. Everyone, including Brock Lesnar, is corpsing when he’s in a segment with R-Truth. Imagine a triple threat between R-Truth, Toru Yano and Colt Cabana 🤤. I don’t recommend downloading Tik Tok, but I do recommend the hilarity of R-Truth’s account. His game show is also worth a watch. However, R-Truth does not only elevate himself with hilarity. The best wrestlers also use their skills to help create other stars. For example, Truth has done this by elevating Carmella during the Mixed Match Challenge or getting the whole locker room on television every week with the 24/7 title. R-Truth makes the most of the opportunities for himself and others.
He’s a World Champion
R-Truth has won the 24/7, United States, Tag Team and Hardcore Championships. He hasn’t won the big one in the WWE, but he’s won a far more prestigious world title in my opinion. R-Truth once wore the Ten Pounds of Gold, the NWA World’s Heavyweight Championship. Regardless of which title you think is the pinnacle, R-Truth’s accomplishment shouldn’t be overlooked. It has been estimated that there have been less than 30 black World Champions in every major promotion in pro wrestling’s history. An unsettling fact that should make us question not only WWE’s booking but wrestling as a whole. It should make us appreciate the wrestlers who broke the glass ceiling more. It should make you question why R-Truth is wrestling’s most underrated wrestler.
I really believe fans should appreciate R-Truth more while he is still competing. He’s put in the work like Kofi, has experience like Orton and maintained his athleticism like Styles. Although I’m sure he’s happy with his career, I’d love to see R-Truth win a World title in the WWE.