WWE: Did R-Truth Set the Foundation for the Reality Era?
Hey Bleachers. My name is PS Singh and this article is about R-Truth and why he is the dark horse of the new era of WWE, the Reality Era.
Ever since the Reality Era of WWE began (June 27, 2011) the biggest topic here on Bleacher Report has been one man, CM Punk. Punk is credited by pretty much everybody for being the man who started the Reality Era, just as Stone Cold Steve Austin is credited for being the man who caused the Attitude Era.
Obviously there is good reason for this, as Punk did indeed technically start the Reality Era. But there was another man who set all this in motion.
One man who, weeks before CM Punk's shoot, was talking about conspiracies going on in the WWE, how executives of the company were holding him back, and talking about how John Cena and Vince McMahon were at the head of these conspiracies.
That man's name is Ron Killings, or as he is known in the WWE, R-Truth.
Let me take you all back to this year's April. R Truth had for the first time in his career, become the No. 1 contender for the WWE Championship. He did this by beating Dolph Ziggler and John Morrison and tying with John Cena in a Gauntlet match, making him eligible to face Cena and WWE Champion The Miz in a triple threat Steel Cage match at Extreme Rules.
This victory seemed to come out of nowhere. Truth was 39 years old at the time and had been used solely as a jobber-to-the-stars for the past few months. Many expected him to be in the match just so Cena or Miz could win without making either of them do the job.
But then, after losing his spot to his friend John Morrison on Raw, Truth would shockingly snap and brutally assault Morrison, turning heel in the process.
R Truth's heel turn fairly well received at first, but to be honest, no one really cared that much. We expected Truth to feud with Morrison, lose, then go back to jobbing.
But then, R Truth would cut a great promo the following week on Raw, stating that he was done with all the fans and basically done being a "good R Truth."
This promo also gave us the birth of R Truth's now-famous "Little Jimmy" references as well as the catchphrase "Don't boo me, you should be booin yourselves." It was at this point that Truth was starting to really turn some heads within the IWC.
Because for the first time since coming to WWE, he had an interesting character. He had become a deranged psycho, who blamed his failures on a conspiracy against him spun by WWE Executives.
After Morrison was injured following an attack by Truth, Truth would start a feud with none other than "The Ultimate Underdog" Rey Mysterio.
He cleanly beat Rey at Over The Limit and then, the following night on Raw, he defeated John Cena by countout. On this same episode of Raw, R Truth's conspiracy theory would reach its height.
He invaded WWE merchandise stands and destroyed much of John Cena's merchandise, stating that John Cena was the reason the conspiracy against him in WWE.
To myself and many others, these conspiracy theories made R Truth's character even more interesting. The following week, he interrupted Mr. McMahon and Steve Austin on Raw, wearing a Confederate uniform (awkward).
He insinuated that McMahon was behind the conspiracy theories, before apologizing for embarrassing a fan the previous week, to become the No. 1 contender for the WWE title.
How much credit should R Truth receive for the creation of the Reality Era?
But when I looked over the shoot promo, I realized that what Punk said about Cena and about how he had been held down by WWE Executives, was actually in a way similar to R Truths conspiracy theories from the past weeks.
They both stated that they WWE executives were holding them down, that John Cena was only at the top because he was a propaganda tool (R-Truth)/an ass-kisser (CM Punk).
Obviously, Punk made a lot more of an impact, but one must wonder, what if R Truth's well received conspiracy theories were one of the things that Mr. McMahon the idea to let CM Punk to speak his mind that fateful night?
Ultimately, should R Truth be credited at all for helping found the Reality Era?
Regardless of the answer to this question though, I believe Truth's gimmick perfectly complements the new era, and I think his star will shine brighter in the Reality Era than it ever has before.
Well, that's it for this article, remember to like it if you did, leave a comment expressing your own opinion and become a fan if you want to see more of my work.
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