Ron Killings (a.k.a R-Truth) has had more than his fair share of gimmicks throughout his career, but perhaps his current role as the WWE's Flavor Flav-esque hypeman has truly worn out its welcome.
Truth has been a fan favorite for the past couple of years for the 45 seconds it takes for him to "perform" his way to the ring.
From bell to bell he can work as good as anyone. But where is this character heading, and more importantly, is there any room for him in the new WWE main event roster?
Attire: Baggy Jeans with....is that CHALK on the side? C'mon man! A baseball batting glove? Kris-Kross style braids? Wrestling in jewelry?
I don't know if he is breaking all the rules, attempting to stand out, or just plain out of touch, but this superstar is only ever going to be as legit as he looks.
Not only is his look outdated, but there really isn't a demographic available that can relate to this guy, on first glance.
Ring Entrance: After the Undertaker's 17-minute Ring Entrance, R-Truth arguably possesses the most popular ring entrance in the WWE.
I must admit that when I first saw his ring entrance, I quickly turned my eyes away and cringed in awkwardness. I had never seen such awkward inexplicably epileptic dance moves.
But my younger sister thought the song was hilarious, and I soon became fascinated with it as well. WWE's PG audience is clearly drawn to this call and response lyrics and he's fun to watch, in an entertaining way.
But this entrance has absolutely worn out its welcome, and that was highlighted this past month when the now easily-annoyed Michael Cole begin to bury Truth's entrance week after week on Raw.
I think I speak for all fans when I say "ENOUGH ALREADY!" Two weeks ago, Truth debuted a new song, hoping to rekindle that spark.
The reality is that Truth's song isn't the only thing that needs re-packaging.
Personality and Mic Skills: Besides saying "[Insert city here] What's up!", we haven't heard much from Truth this past year. He seems to have small spats with other stars as they pass him up on their way to the top (see. Miz.....How in the world did Truth let Miz "injure" him right before Money In The Bank, cause him to miss his shot at the MITB prize, and never get a revenge match???)
Truth never says much on the mic, because it seems as if he doesn't have much to say. He has an argument, a disagreement, a quarrel with another star, but never seems to care enough to pursue it.
He had some good moments in the weeks leading up to SummerSlam as he joined to Team WWE, but the whole time, I was scratching my head thinking, "Well okay, but what is his purpose?" That about sums it up. What is Truth's purpose?
Is his character just a rapper who is focused on making music and keeping the crowd happy? Does he have legitimate beef with another star that he would like to pursue through a PPV or two? Is there a title that he has his sights set on?
(He had a brief run with the US Title, and seemed to care less that he lost it, and never really pursued it, which de-valued both Truth and the Title itself).
I know the funny dynamic entertaining personality is there somewhere, but will WWE finally highlight the good, and eliminate the "I'm cool with everyone" attitude?
Future and Possible Changes: HEEL!!!! I know this is an easy fix (especially when you mention what can be done about refreshing John Cena), but I think a heel turn might do him some good. I don't know that he is a natural heel, but he can still try and play one on TV, right?
Being a heel would force him to have targets, whether it be individuals he has beef with, or a certain piece of gold he covets.
He's not over enough to be ready for main event status, but he is one good solid feud away....the worst thing the WWE can do is put him with another mid-carder like Ted Dibiase or John Morrison to let them struggle along together, never progressing.
Perhaps a long, heated feud with a star like Chris Jericho or Edge, to get him over the right way. The second worst thing WWE can do is throw him in a heel stable like Nexus, so he can be lost in the shuffle all over again, and receive little to no mic time.
He needs to shine, he needs to talk, he needs to show some long-term anger and aggression and PASSION.
Or he could just keep rapping his way back to WWE Superstars....