In what was the most well-executed heel turn I've seen in quite a while, R-Truth turned heel on RAW, following a loss to John Morrison and the loss of his WWE title shot. Every aspect of the turn was great, and although it may have happened due to the Creative team's uncertainty over the Extreme Rules main event, it was nevertheless a memorable moment.
R-Truth's rapper gimmick was annoying, and while it may have grown on some, I felt his act had become stale and Truth could never make it to the main event level with it. Evidenced by the creative team replacing him with Morrison in the Extreme Rules main event. I'd been hoping for his heel turn for a long time.
His heel turn was excellent. R-Truth didn't attempt any flashy moves, just vicious knees to the head of Morrison and his finisher. The addition of the controversial smoking bit only made it better. The smoking even gave Truth real heat. Anti-smoking activist Patrick Reynolds has demanded a public apology from him.
Truth's emotions were fantastic, defending his actions by stating that, "You did this John". Morrison was the best choice to turn him against, as they have history together, even teaming at WrestleMania XXVI. Morrison also sold the attacks like a champ.
The real genius of this heel turn is what it sets up for R-Truth's future. Now that he has broken away from his fan-pleasing gimmick, he has the chance to break through the glass ceiling.
Truth is in a position to become a main event-level heel, I can only imagine the heat he gained from attacking one of the WWE Universe's (and IWC's) fan favorites. It's timing was great, as Truth can stand out from the pack, with the only other main-event heels being Miz, CM Punk and Alberto Del Rio, whereas if he stays on RAW he would be crushed under the weight of John Cena and Randy Orton.
Will R-Truth Receive a Main Event Push?
R-Truth has a ready-made program with Morrison whether or not he wins at Extreme Rules. Even if he is drafted to SmackDown (which is in desperate need of talent) he can have entertaining feuds with babyfaces he couldn't feud with before. I think he'd have a better chance of winning a world championship on SmackDown, which brings me to my next point:
R-Truth will win a world championship this year.
As I've said before, the WWE has no choice but to let the WWE youth movement into the main-event scene. With top stars plagued with retirement, injuries and annual holidays, the main-event feuds will fall flat unless fresh faces are introduced into it. While R-Truth isn't exactly part of the youth movement, at age 39, he would still be a newcomer to the main event.
R-Truth should, and as of Monday, has been positioned to rise to the top in Miz-like fashion. He has good in-ring ability, a good look, decent mic skills as long as his character isn't a bumbling idiot and now he has a great heel persona.
I'm a firm believer that the events of this week's RAW were the beginnings of R-Truth's main event push, and barring he (or the Creative team) does anything stupid, it should be a resounding success.
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