Craig Wilson, Brian Damage and Jamie Lithgow
The WWE roster is filled with “superstars” at every level. There are the main roster guys who regularly appear on Raw and SmackDown, those who are used as glorified jobbers and those who are barely used at all. In this series of pieces, we will take an individual wrestler barely used and decide if they are worth keeping or should they be let go. Today we decide if we Book or Cook R-Truth.
Craig: It’s somewhat surprising that it’s taken this long to get to R-Truth, really… There is, however, no doubting his longevity as he has been with the WWE for years and, despite the little the company have done with him, avoids every roster cut and is used regularly on TV.
Now he occupies a role as partner to Goldust in Golden Truth. Although it appears that R-Truth is more focused on catching Pokemon than competing in in-ring competition.
So, is catching Pokemon and being somewhat amusing on Swerved enough or is the end nigh for the two-time former TNA Champion and one time WWE Tag and US Champion? Or is it best to end his run as a singles competitor?
All that and more in this latest instalment of our Book or Cook series.
Brian: R-Truth is at the tail end of his career. He is already 44 years old and even though he can still “go” in the ring, he is old in terms of wrestling years. With that said, why get rid of him now? He is entertaining as heck as a member of the Golden Truth. While I don’t see the team winning tag team gold, ever, I still see incredible value in the comedic foils of the duo.
He and Goldust have now become what Santino Marella was for all those years. They are a comedy act to break up all the seriousness of the broadcasts. In my opinion, there is nothing wrong with that at all.
Jamie: He has some funny moments, but would anyone even notice if R-Truth just stopped showing up? I get that he and Goldust are fulfilling the ‘entertainment’ aspect of ‘sports entertainment’, but I just don’t take them seriously at all as wrestlers. New Day are funny, but are also taken seriously. Being unable to recall any outstanding R-Truth match, my lasting memory of him will likely be when he tried to cut a promo and a hype a match that he wasn’t even booked in. Either that, or forgetting what town he is in.
Craig: I struggle to come up with anything memorable really, bar the silly comedy stuff mentioned in my first piece. I do take Brian’s point though, is there any requirement to cook him when he might well be cooking his own in-ring career in a few years anyway. As a worker, I can’t see him having any other role in the company than the one he occupies now, right?
Jamie: It’s a cliched term these days, but R-Truth is what he is. I – and presumably many others – don’t take him seriously as a title contender, but he’s more interesting to watch than many other active members of the WWE roster. Given that he rarely appears on PPV, no longer poses a threat to any title and is not afforded an excessive amount of TV time I’d actually say that I don’t mind him hanging around. When’s he’s retired and all fans remember of him is that he was a bit of an idiot then at least he will have been remembered. To put that into context, I currently have no abiding memory or reason to keep the likes of Alberto Del Rio, Sin Cara or Sheamus in my short term or long term memory.
Brian: The thing about R-Truth is he has a purpose within the company. Not every wrestler can be a title contender or a champion. What Truth and Goldust provide at this point is entertainment and as long as they remain entertaining I say book em! He really isn’t wasting a roster spot with his antics as far as I’m concerned, so let them continue to do all their comedic bits.
Jamie: I’d agree, book him as he is. No more, no less.
So there we have it, we don’t see much in the long-term for him as he closes in on winding down his wrestling career. What do you think? Is there more gas left in R-Truth’s tank? If so, leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
You can read all previous ‘Book or Cook?’ pieces here.