Current WWE 24/7 Champion, R-Truth, has opened up about the reason why he nearly quit professional wrestling.
Talking on The New Day: Feel the Power, the former NWA World Heavyweight Champion opined that while his dream was to reach the then WWF, it was the realisation of said goal that also led him to contemplate walking away.
When R-Truth signed for the World Wrestling Federation in 1999, he spent a large amount of time in a developmental territory in Memphis, Tennessee. Seeing no way out of the system, Truth spoke about he was discouraged and was ready to hang up his boots:
“The overwhelming feeling, I just embraced it and took it head on. Road Dogg saw me in developmental. I was about to quit because I was in developmental for almost nine months – they told me I would be there for six months. I was there for nine months and it didn’t seem like anything was working out. I was running out of money, I was sleeping on Daniel Bryan and Spanky – Brian Kendrick’s – and Shooter Schultz’s floor. I was ready to quit. I was discouraged because I was doing something new and different. It wasn’t a typical street. I was questioning myself. It was a whole different route that I embraced, and it was not paying off. It was not giving me what I thought I would have. I’m not a big wrestling star, so I was discouraged and ready to quit.”
Informing management of his decision to pursue another career, R-Truth says that he was talked out of quitting by Terry Golden who promised him that if he hung on and towed the line, he would be on television within the following month:
“Back then, it was Kevin Kelly, and Bruce Prichard, and Terry Golden, and I told them that I’m not re-signing. I’m done; I’m going back home, and Terry Golden was like, ‘You’re going back home to what? To do what?’ I wasn’t going to go back to the streets, but I didn’t know what I was going to go back to. I just felt that it was too overwhelming. It was too much for me. It wasn’t working out. Nothing was paying off, and Road Dogg came to the TV taping and saw me rap going out. I think I wrestled Jerry Lawler that night. When I came back to the locker room, two or three guys told me Road Dogg was asking about you. I said, ‘Road Dogg of DX?’ They said, ‘yeah’. Got in the locker room, and we all know Road Dogg. Road Dogg came to my face and said, ‘Was that you dancing and rapping to the ring?’ I said, ‘Yeah.’ He said, ‘Do you want to be my tag partner?’ I said, ‘Man, I was about to quit. I don’t think this is for me. I think I bit off more than what I can chew.’ He said, ‘I’ll tell you what – I know you have been discouraged. You give me one month and I will have you on TV.’ I said, ‘Alright.’
It happened in less than one month. They were coming up with the idea of me and Road Dogg in New York at [The World], and it happened in less than a month. I was making my RAW debut.”
The match R-Truth is referring to occurred on November 11, 2000, when he, Road Dogg and Billy Gunn defeated The Radicalz. However, Truth, as K-Kwik had made his WWF television debut before that on the November 16, 2000, SmackDown. He had also competed at Survivor Series on November 19.
If you would like to listen to the rest of the interview, which covers R-Truth’s prison sentence, his time in the NWA and his various tag teams in WWE, then you can subscribe to The New Day: Feel the Power now.
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h/t for the transcription: Wrestling Inc.