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Killings was born in Atlanta, Georgia but raised in Charlotte, North Carolina.His family was poor and both Killings and his father sold cannabis to try to make ends meet.In 1999, he debuted in NWA Wildside as K-Krush, where he was awarded the newly created NWA Wildside Television Championship on December 12.At the urging of Rick Michaels, Killings sent a promotional videotape to the World Wrestling Federation.Killings also continued dealing drugs in order to help his music career financially and was arrested, spending 13 months incarcerated.

In subsequent months, Killings feuded with Sports Entertainment Xtreme before turning into a heel once again by attacking Jarrett on March 19.Killings eventually began using his own name, referring to himself as Ron "The Truth" Killings.Killings defeated Ken Shamrock for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship at NWA-TNA 8 on August 7, thus becoming the first-ever, and to date only, recognized African-American NWA World Heavyweight Champion in history, and the fourth African American in professional wrestling history to win a World Heavyweight title.Killings immediately established himself as a heel by harassing NASCAR drivers Sterling Marlin and Hermie Sadler until he was attacked by Brian Lawler.

Later that same evening, he participated in the Gauntlet for the Gold match, but was eliminated by Malice.

Killings is a former one time United States Champion and a one time Tag Team Champion as R-Truth, and a two time Hardcore Champion under the ring name K-Kwik.