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Chris King: The R-Truth Shall Set You Free

R-Truth has become one of WWE’s most watched performers in 2019, but it’s really just the latest portion of a career full of high jinks and hilarity.

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R-Truth has become one of WWE’s most watched performers in 2019, but it’s really just the latest portion of a career full of high jinks and hilarity.

It’s more like R-Truth will make you laugh your ass off! Truth believe it or not, has been wrestling for shade below twenty years. He has knocked every opportunity that he’s sunk his teeth into out of the park. Truth is widely known for his vibrant and hysterical personality, but he’s never had an issue turning up the volume on portraying an angry serious competitor. He’s currently the NINE-TIME 24/7 Champion, that kind of success doesn’t happen overnight. So let’s take a wild ride into the wacky brain of R-Truth!

R-Truth Debuts In WWE As K-KWIK 

Truth made his WWE debut on November 13, 2000-edition of Monday Night Raw is War under the moniker of “K-Kwik”. Truth rushed down to aid Road Dogg during his one-on-one match with William Regal. Shortly after Truth and Road Dogg began a partnership, and the dynamic duo began rapping to a signature piece of theirs titled “Getting Rowdy”.

Truth participated in a traditional four-on-four survivor series match; alongside the mini-version of D-Generation X, (Road Dogg, Billy Gunn, and Chyna) vs. The Radicalz (Eddie Guerrero, Chris Benoit, Dean Malenko, and Perry Saturn). Unfortunately, Road Dogg was suspended by the company and would be released from his contract in January of 2001. Truth would defeat Raven for the Hardcore Championship but, would lose it immediately to Crash Holly under 24/7 rules. Hmmm, sounds extremely similar to his current position in WWE. In 2002, Truth would be released by WWE.Truth spent six years in TNA where we won tag team Championships, as well as making history as the fourth African-American World Heavyweight Champion. He left TNA as a two-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion. In 2008 he would make his return to WWE.

The Truth, The Whole Truth And Nothing But The R-Truth

Truth would make his re-debut on August 29, 2008- edition of Smackdown under his dubbed name R-Truth where he defeated Kenny Dykstra. Unfortunately for him, he got lost in the shuffle and would not be involved in any meaningful feuds.Fast Forward to February 2010, Truth had his first World Heavyweight Championship match at 2010 Elimination Chamber. Where the World Heavyweight Champion The Undertaker defended his title against Jericho, John Morrison, Rey Mysterio, CM Punk and himself. Truth would celebrate another first a month later at WrestleMania XXVI, where he would join forces with Morrison. The duo would challenge ShoMiz (The Miz and Big Show), for the Unified Tag Team Championships in a losing effort. Later that year; on May 24, 2010-edition of Raw Truth would win his championship since her return to WWE, where he would topple Miz to claim the vacated United States Championship.He would lose the US title a few weeks after; he would invoke his rematch clause at 2010 Fatal-4-Way where he both competitors would put on a great performance, but the wily Miz would reverse Truth to get the pin to keep the title. At 2010 SummerSlam in the main event, The Nexus (Wade Barrett, Justin Gabriel, Heath Slater, David Otunga, Skip Sheffield, Michael Tarver and Darren Young) faced Team WWE (John Cena, Edge, Chris Jericho, Bret Hart, R-Truth, John Morrison and Daniel Bryan) in a 7-on-7 elimination tag team match.In 2011, Truth would have an incredible year.

On April 11, 2011-edition of Raw; both R-Truth and John Cena would be named number-one contenders for the WWE Championship at Extreme Rules via double disqualification, after Miz and Alex Riley attacked them during a number-one contender’s gauntlet match. On the following week’s Raw, Truth’s former tag team partner Morrison would doubt his ability to compete for the richest prize in the industry. They would face each other, in a one-on-one contest where Morrison would take his spot. Immediately after the match, Truth ruthlessly attacked him turning him heel.

One week later; Truth would give a scathing promo to the WWE Universe unloading years of frustrations, for being overlooked and not receiving championships. He vowed to stop captivating the audience. At Extreme Rules in the main event, Truth prevented Morrison from escaping the cage and ultimately cost him the WWE title. After a short feud with Mysterio, claiming that he was robbing him of the WWE championship. Their blow-off match with occur at Over the Limit pay-per-view where Truth would get the victory. Truth became incensed and relentless; in his pursuit over the WWE title, and his jealousy for Cena’s success.

On May 30, 2011-edition of Raw; after a count out victory over Cena, R-Truth would get into a scuffle with a little boy and his on-screen father where Truth threw a soda in the father’s face. Per the Anonymous Raw General Manager; Truth would finally get his one-on-one WWE championship match at Capitol Punishment, as long as he publicly apologized for his disgusting actions.On June 6, 2011-edition of Raw; Truth interrupted Stone Cold Steve Austin and the CEO of WWE Vince McMahon in the most humorous and entertaining manner, cosplayed in a Confederate soldier uniform singing a song dubbed “Little Jimmy” to describe all the kids in the crowd.

I believe this was the first time we got to witness a “gimmick” that would tailor to his charismatic and amusing personality for years to come.At 2011 Capitol Punishment Truth was put to the ultimate test against long-time workhorse and then-WWE champion Cena in the main event for the WWE title. Despite not winning the championship, Truth shined and impressed in the first one-on-one championship contest of his WWE tenure.

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In the summer of 2011, Miz and Truth joined forces under the name “Awesome Truth”; and wreaked havoc on pay-per-views, and interrupting WWE championship matches, with both rebels believing there was a “conspiracy” preventing Truth and Miz from gaining championship opportunities. This feud would culminate into a HUGE tag team match pitting Truth and Miz vs. the recently returned “People’s Champion” The Rock and his WrestleMania XXVIII opponent Cena at the 25th Anniversary of Survivor Series.https://youtu.be/EopoVZZiOZwIn my personal opinion, I believe this year assisted Truth morphing into the loveable and comedic character we’ve come to admire.

The Highlight Reel Of R-Truth’s Most Memorable Moments in WWE

On May 20, 2019-edition of Raw; WWE legend Mick Foley unveiled the Brand-new 24/7 Championship, which was reminiscent of the Hardcore Championship back in the Attitude Era.

Where the title can be defended anytime or anywhere that a WWE official is present to count the pinfall. Almost immediately; the WWE Universe hated with a passion for the appearance of the title, and the silliness of multiple champions being crowned within a matter of minutes.However each passing week; Truth has elevated the 24/7 title with his ridiculous antics to dodge the flood of superstars chasing after him, with the hope of becoming the next 24/7 champion. While there have been other 24/7 champions; almost every episode of Raw and SmackDown Live ends in the same manner with R-Truth and his partner in crime Carmella, fleeing the scene and escaping with his coveted prize.Let’s go back a few weeks ago when 205 Live General Manager Drake Maverick began hunting for Truth to win the 24/7 Championship in perfect time for his real-life wedding day. On the Raw before his wedding; Maverick cleverly outsmarted Truth cosplayed with a wig to resemble Carmella, rolled him up and won the 24/7 Championship. In the most shocking turn of events, Truth crashed Maverick’s big day and won back the title.

On this past week’s Raw, we experienced a very special 24/7 Edition of Miz TV where R-Truth and Maverick were allotted a good amount of television time. They competed in an impromptu match, that only lasted under a minute when Truth retained his 24/7 title.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; that with the right superstar holding the 24/7 Championship it could become meaningful, and that’s exactly what we are seeing here. Truth has taken a terrible concept and transformed it into one of the most entertaining segments every week.

I believe the next step is for R-Truth and Maverick to receive more airtime to have a “real” one-on-one contest, and hopefully one day we shall see the WWE 24/7 Championship defended on pay-per-view!


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AJ’s Thoughts: Five Potential Returns

With Trips in charge and already starting to bring back some people that didn’t work in Vince’s picture, AJ got an idea. Who else could we see on the horizon radar?

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With Trips in charge and already starting to bring back some people that didn’t work in Vince’s picture, AJ got an idea. Who else could we see on the horizon radar?

With everything going on with WWE, the one thing we have all been hyped about are all of these returns. Dakota Kai made her return at SummerSlam alongside Io and Bayley and now on last SmackDown, Karrion Kross and Scarlett made their returns in a big way against Drew McIntyre and showed the Hourglass to The Bloodline.

With all of that, there have been things in the pipeline saying Triple H’s foot isn’t off the pedal so these are 5 returns from either NXT, main roster or even Try-Outs that I would love to see happen with the new regime.

1. Johnny Gargano

Now this is a name that people have been saying, “Maybe Impact or MLW” but, what about a return? Gargano didn’t renew his contract, most likely to be with his family which is a valid and amazing reason, will never disrespect that. If he were to return, there would be a handful of great reasons. Maybe a singles run with the Intercontinental or United States but with Ciampa getting limelight in the main roster from RAW, what if we get a tag team reunion?

WWE is hurting for Tag Teams and what better than to scare off The Bloodline, loosen  the stranglehold of championships with some Do It Yourself action. DIY reunion could be amazing, especially with newer faces showing up to get championship aspirations like Kross and Ciampa. Want to break the hierarchy? Do It Yourself.

2. James Storm

This one is a little bit weird and off. On one hand, who doesn’t love the Tennessee Cowboy, Jimmy James Storm? On the other, he is 45 and getting some nagging injuries as of late. So why would I say Triple H should bring James Storm back and give him something for the main roster? One of the things I said for Gargano, we have a lack of something and The Usos might need to watch two things in the rearview.

Watch your Money and your Alcohol.

Beer Money showing up in WWE would be amazing in my personal opinion. The Bloodline jump Roode, someone in a hoodie or jacket comes up and jumps them to even the fight and as soon as one Uso remained in the ring, the figure goes down and the old stomping goes off and we hear “BEER…” and Roode looks around and gets hyped up and shouts, “…MONEY!”

3. Big Cass



Since his departure from WWE, he has done something I have said since they split him off from Enzo. Take him through the Kevin Nash School of How To Big Man. ROH and Impact are great examples that he actually cleaned up and worked on what he has to do to be good in the ring. He can work the microphone, he can work the ring so we got a new big boy to take on the WWE once again.

Now I could have said Enzo and Cass to rejoin but, I’m sure the antics of Enzo will get Cass in deep water along with the fact that I already made two tag team predictions, we don’t need another. Cass brings a lot to the table and was kind of unproven in WWE because he was just the big enforcer to the more charismatic Enzo. Give this man about six months in the ring and you have your next MASSIVE problem in the IC or US Championship scene or even more.

4. Bronson Reed



The big man from down under is a former NXT North American Champion. He looked to have a good push going with that championship but he got release. If you wonder where he went… he actually made a pit stop in Impact Wrestling as JONAH with the most fire theme song in recent history I swear… I will link the theme song and Trips… please. Get rights to this theme song. I will be a bigger Bronson Reed fan.

Bronson to me is the weird man in all of this but, I think with Triple H involved, he could get something going for him with a good singles champion run or a big threat to go through like a gatekeeper of sorts. Big boy with a great amount of athleticism? Can’t really hate on that considering the last time we saw athletic bigger people were Keith Lee and… what was that one guy? Sherman Tank with a Ferrari Engine…?

5. Bray Wyatt

And the last one is the obvious one in all of this. Yes… we have Judgment Day as the somewhat supernatural dark group but we know the true successor of the supernatural and that is “The Eater of Worlds”, “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt. This time around, I don’t think we will get the Jekyl and Hyde, Mister Rogers gimmick. I believe this time around we get full darkness and mayhem. We get the darkness and the theory of reverting back to your prime.

To make a refresher… Miz went back to being the cocky narcissist after fighting The Fiend. Finn turned back to the Prince and much more. With guys like Edge returning, maybe we see the return of the Heel Ultimate Opportunist, maybe a Fiend fight with AJ Styles to get the TN-AJ perhaps. Possibilities are endless and with a great mind like Wyatt for character and execution, I think Hunter will pick up the phone and Let Him In.

– There are clearly others that I could say, or maybe even didn’t think about, but hey, that’s the Chairshot way of Always Using Your Head. Those are just five returns that could happen and hopefully you read this before RAW or SmackDown and who knows if I get any of these right, maybe I missed an obvious one or maybe we get a giant signing that nobody thought possible. Let me and all of Chairshot know!


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King’s Greatest Hits Of Jeff Hardy

As he battles his demons, Chris King looks at some more positive moments in Jeff Hardy’s career!

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I’m sure by now you’ve heard the disturbing news that former WWE superstar and recent AEW signee Jeff Hardy, was arrested again for multiple charges including a DUI.  Hardy has had a hard and tragic road of recovery throughout the years in multiple wrestling promotions.

Not too long ago, Hardy walked out on WWE after they were rumored to have offered the former world champion to go to treatment for his substance abuse issues. Hardy refused and said that he was better but, as we saw the demons are still lurking and got the best of him again.

I have seen some nasty comments and even some distasteful memes about the AEW superstar and felt compelled to go against the grain. Instead of kicking a man when he’s down, I’m going to put together a greatest hits for the “Charismatic Enigma.”

Jeff Hardy & The TLC Match

Everyone can say that Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon helped innovate the iconic ladder match and you are right, but Jeff Hardy and his death-defying stunts changed the concept of the match forever. The Hardy Boyz vs. The Dudley Boyz vs. Edge & Christian and their iconic TLC match should have their wing in the Hall of Fame. The risks all six superstars took for the adoration of the crowd could have ended all of their illustrious careers. In the words of Vince McMahon, It’s such good shit!

Jeff Hardy Earns The Undertaker’s Respect

On the July 1st, 2002 episode of Monday Night Raw, Hardy delivered the performance of a lifetime nearly winning the WWE Undisputed Championship from The Undertaker in an incredible ladder match. The young up-and-comer was faced with his greatest task yet, challenging for the most prestigious title in sports entertainment. Hardy showed that without a shadow of a doubt he deserved to be in the main event scene, but came within minutes of defeating Taker. At the time of the match, Hardy was still finding his footing as a singles competitor and earned the respect of the champion and legend.

Swanton Bomb From The Heavens

When I think of the daredevil Jeff Hardy, I can’t help but think of this one crazy-as-hell stunt. At WWE One Night Stand 2008, Hardy faced off against the juggernaut Umaga in a falls count anywhere match. This match was so insane as both superstars fought into the parking lot. Hardy is one of the craziest and bravest superstars, hit a Swanton Bomb off a damn stage truck onto Umaga. It’s one of the wildest things you’ll ever see.

Hardy Wins The WWE Championship 

In 2008, Hardy finally made his way to the main event title picture alongside partner Triple H. HHH was Hardy’s mentor in some sort of way which led to the daredevil achieving his lifelong dream of becoming WWE champion. At the 2008 Armageddon pay-per-view, Hardy would face HHH and longtime rival Edge in a triple-threat match for the title. In what was a great match between all three superstars, Hardy delivered a Swanton Bomb to Edge to win the illustrious championship.

Straight Edge Problems For Hardy

The following year, Hardy found himself in the way of young-up-and-comer CM Punk who is looking to make an example out of him. Punk had won the Money in the Bank briefcase for the second year in a row and took advantage of Hardy to win the world title. What started as mutual respect between both superstars changed drastically, when Punk started throwing jabs at Hardy for his drug and substance abuse real-life issues. Punk would form his infamous stable known as the Straight Edge Society. This is a very underrated feud and you should go back and watch it in its entirety. The promos are gold.

The Hardy Boyz Return To WWE

Both Matt and Jeff Hardy found success in multiple other wrestling promotions including Ring of Honor, and TNA during their time away from WWE. Both brothers were struggling with their vices and made poor life choices but straightened up their act over the years. In 2017, the Hardy Boyz would face longtime rivals The Young Bucks in ROH. The following night the adored tag team would make their incredible return to WWE at WrestleMania 33. Matt and Jeff would be named the final team in the Fatal 4-way ladder match for the Raw Tag Team Championships. The pop these two received was insane and very much deserved. They would go on to win the match and win the titles to capitalize on their momentum.

Jeffery Nero Hardy Makes AEW Debut

From 2017-to 2022 Jeff Hardy would find himself pigeonholed in the mid-card title picture. He would have feuds with a plethora of superstars including Samoa Joe, and Randy Orton. Orton and Hardy had a nasty Hell in a Cell match back in 2018. Earlier this year, Hardy was seen running around after the 24/7 Championship, which was disappointing to see. After being genuinely unhappy in WWE, Hardy would make his AEW debut on the March 9th episode of AEW Dynamite. Hardy would come to the aid of his brother and longtime partner.

This week news broke that Hardy had been arrested for multiple charges including a DUI. While it’s easy to beat a man while he’s down, how about we uplift and try to encourage him to get the help he needs.

As a longtime wrestling fan, I have the utmost respect for Hardy and wish him the best of luck in his battle with addiction.


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