Awesome Truth

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Awesome Truth
Awesome Truth (The Miz (left, in 2017) and R-Truth (right, in 2024))
Tag team
MembersThe Miz
R-Truth
Name(s)Awesome Truth
The Miz and R-Truth
Billed heightsThe Miz: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
R-Truth: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Combined
billed weight
441 lb (200 kg)
DebutAugust 22, 2011
Years active2011
2013
2019
2024–present

Awesome Truth are an American professional wrestling tag team consisting of The Miz and R-Truth currently performing in WWE on the Raw brand. They are a former one-time World Tag Team Champions. Their initial run started in 2011 with both wrestlers performing as villains, before reuniting as heroic characters in 2024.

History[edit]

Formation, dissolution and feud (2011–2012)[edit]

Awesome Truth before a match in 2011

On the August 22, 2011 episode of Raw, Miz and Truth attacked Santino Marella before his match and then proceeded to cut a promo bashing Triple H about not using them properly. The next week, Truth interfered in The Miz's match and both of them attacked CM Punk. On the September 5 episode of Raw, Miz and Truth, now collectively known as "Awesome Truth", challenged Air Boom (Evan Bourne and Kofi Kingston) to a match for the WWE Tag Team Championship at Night of Champions, but were disqualified after Miz assaulted a referee during the match.[1] Miz and Truth were subsequently fired by Triple H the following night on Raw.[2]

At Hell in a Cell, Awesome Truth attacked Alberto Del Rio, CM Punk, John Cena and referees after the WWE Championship match ended. After this, the entire WWE roster came out to find a way into the cell before police officers were able to get the door open and arrest them.[3] On the October 10 episode of Raw, Awesome Truth were reinstated by John Laurinaitis. At Vengeance, Awesome Truth defeated Punk and Triple H in a tag team match, due to interference from Kevin Nash.[4] Later that same night, they attacked Cena during his WWE Championship match with Del Rio, costing him the match and sparking a feud with Cena in the process.[5] On the October 24 episode of Raw, Awesome Truth attacked Zack Ryder backstage just before Ryder would team up with Cena. As a result, Laurinaitis announced a tag team match for Survivor Series, but allowed Cena to choose his own partner, who ultimately chose The Rock. At the event on November 20, Awesome Truth were defeated by Cena and Rock in the main event.[6] The following night on Raw, Cena instigated an argument between R-Truth and Miz, which ultimately led to the team's dissolution as Miz attacked R-Truth with a Skull Crushing Finale onto the stage.[7][8] Following the event, Killings was suspended for 30 days for violating the Wellness Policy.[9]

On the December 26 episode of Raw, Truth returned to attack Miz after the latter lost to Cena via countout, turning Truth face in the process. This was followed by back-and-forth assaults on the two throughout January.[10] Miz and Truth crossed paths in the 2012 Royal Rumble match, with Miz entering at #1 and Truth entering at #3, but Truth was eliminated by Miz, who would go to last 45:39 before being eliminated by Big Show.[11] Both Miz and Truth wrestled for the WWE Championship against CM Punk, Chris Jericho, Dolph Ziggler, and Kofi Kingston at Elimination Chamber, but neither were able to win.[12][13] The two were subsequently in opposite teams at WrestleMania 28, with Truth joining Theodore Long's team while Miz joined Laurinaitis' team in a 12-man tag team match to determine the General Manager of both Raw and SmackDown, in which Laurinaitis' team would win when Miz pinned Zack Ryder.[14]

One-off reunions (2013, 2019)[edit]

On September 21, 2013, Miz and R-Truth faced The Shield (Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins) for the WWE Tag Team Championship on a house show. They won the match by disqualification but did not win the championships since titles do not change hands via disqualification.[15]

In early 2019, Miz was involved in a feud with Shane McMahon and the latter's allies Drew McIntyre and Elias. Miz and R-Truth teamed together on the June 18, 2019 episode of SmackDown in a losing effort against McIntyre and Elias.[16]

Reunion as fan favorites (2024–present)[edit]

In November 2023, R-Truth became involved in a storyline with The Judgment Day, a stable consisting of Damian Priest, Rhea Ripley, Finn Bálor, "Dirty" Dominik Mysterio, and JD McDonagh, in which Truth thought himself to be a member of the stable. This ended when the entire stable attacked Truth in the ring on the December 11 episode of Raw.[17] At Raw: Day 1 on January 1, 2024, Miz hosted an in-ring Miz TV segment with The Judgment Day, but they refused to appear. Truth appeared instead and spoke on behalf of the group. Subsequently, the group confronted Truth over his delusion before Miz defended Truth. Miz and Truth subsequently defeated Mysterio and McDonagh in their first match as a team since 2019.[18] Over the next few weeks, Miz would continue to try and convince Truth that he was not a member of The Judgment Day, despite Truth's protests. At Royal Rumble on January 27, both Miz and Truth participated in the men's Royal Rumble match, where they briefly teamed up and performed their signature Awesome Truth dance, before they were eliminated by Gunther and Priest, respectively.[19] On the following episode of Raw, Truth was attacked by The Judgment Day after they officially declared that he wasn't a member of the group. Miz tried to save him but both were beaten down by the stable.[20]

On the March 18 episode of Raw, Miz and Truth defeated Indus Sher (Veer and Sanga) to qualify for the six-pack ladder match for the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship at WrestleMania XL.[21] At Night 1 of WrestleMania XL on April 6, Truth climbed the ladder and retrieved the Raw Tag Team Championship, giving Truth his first WrestleMania win and the team's first title win.[22] On the April 15 episode of Raw, the Raw Tag Team Championship was renamed to the World Tag Team Championship and the team was presented with new championship belts by WWE chief content officer Paul "Triple H" Levesque and the general manager of Raw Adam Pearce.[23] On the April 22 episode of Raw, Miz and Truth successfully defended their titles in their first title defense against #DIY (Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa).[24] On the June 24 episode of Raw, they lost the titles to Bálor and McDonagh after interference from Carlito, Mysterio, and Women's World Champion Liv Morgan, ending their reign at 79 days.[25]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

References[edit]

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