David Otunga
American professional wrestler; lawyer
David Otunga
David Daniel Otunga, Sr. is an American lawyer, professional wrestler, and former reality television actor. He is signed to WWE, appearing on the Raw brand under his real name. He's a two-time WWE Tag Team Champion, having one reign each with Michael McGillicutty and John Cena. He was the runner-up on the first season of NXT. Otunga was also the last original member of The Nexus and The New Nexus.
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I'm Gonna Be (310 Miles): This Week In Daily Giving
Huffington Post - 4 months
In 1987, The Proclaimers claimed they'd walk 500 miles, and then 500 more, just to fall down at your door. While this song is a request of road trip takers and wedding reception guests, it also correlates to a 310-mile trek that a dedicated woman is on in northeast region of Duluth, Minnesota. Running over a marathon a day, Shawna Jo'Weaver is committed to carrying on insightful conversations about our freshwater lakes and the impact human activity is having on them. We at The Pollination Project are humbled to be able to provide seed grants to individuals bringing up awareness all across the globe, from lakeside trails to farming fields. We welcome you in helping us congratulate our seven most recent grantees ready to take on the world! Shawna Jo'Weaver, 310 Miles Project, Duluth, Minnesota, USA. Along a 310-mile trail run, campfire conversations with sustainability leaders are hosted to discuss the dangers Lake Superior faces due to human activity. David Odunga and Simon ...
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Interview: David Otunga enjoys WWE analyst role -- for now
Chicago Times - almost 2 years
David Otunga has remerged on WWE programming after 10 months away, only now the Chicago lawyer-turned-WWE Superstar has taken on a different role with the company than the one he was accustomed to. The muscular Otunga has been squeezing into suits and v-neck sweaters the last four weeks for his...
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Jennifer Hudson Flaunts Black Bra at Carnival Live Performance
Just Jared - about 3 years
Jennifer Hudson flashes her black bra while performing at Carnival Cruise Lines’ Carnival Live held at Cutting Room on Wednesday (January 22) in New York City. “My new video for #ICantDescribe premieres this Thursday!! Get a sneak peak now on @Yahoo,” the 32-year-old actress tweeted the day before with a video. Check out the video below! PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Jennifer Hudson Over the weekend, Jennifer and her fiance David Otunga were spotted celebrating Michelle Obama‘s 50th Birthday at the White House. FYI: Jennifer is wearing a Isabel Marant jumpsuit and Saint Laurent boots. Jennifer Hudson – ‘I Can’t Describe’ Teaser 25+ pictures inside of Jennifer Hudson performing at Carnival Cruise Lines’ Carnival Live…
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Interview: WWE's David Otunga featured on 'Muscle & Fitness' cover
Chicago Times - over 3 years
It’s great to see a Harvard Law graduate with an Oscar-winning fiancee and the physique of a bodybuilder finally catch a break.     
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Bossip - almost 4 years
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Interview: 'The Call' star David Otunga finds himself in the center of the ring
Chicago Times - almost 4 years
David Otunga had little time to order food Friday during lunchtime at Howells & Hood in the Tribune Tower — not with his hectic press tour running late and a live TV appearance up next — so the Elgin native and WWE Superstar settled for just a drink.
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WWE 'Superstars' results and reactions from Feb. 28: Junk is on a Roll
Cageside Seats - almost 4 years
WWE's Superstars came streaming over HuluPlus last night as usual, for reasons we can only hope to someday discover. Its mix of "maybe you've been living in a cave since Monday" and "for those who can't wait until Saturday morning to see some kid-friendly wrestlers win" wasn't exactly what I was in the mood for this week, but let's see how it goes. Brodus Clay and Tensai defeat Epico and Primo in approximately eight minutes via pinfall • I like the idea of Clay and Tensai a lot more than the execution. Mostly because Brodus makes me want to power down my laptop. He mocks the deposed Lord's walk on their way in, and Big T (as the more annoying half of the announce team, Matt Striker, calls him) acts annoyed by this and the pre-match dancing. Sweet T (as the Funkadactyls call him) is wearing a new black singlet with red kanji on the front, and it's a much better look than the the red plastic trunks. • Tony Dawson, the bearable half of our commentating pair, tel ...
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WWE NXT Universe: The unofficial handbook, 2013 edition
Cageside Seats - about 4 years
It's been a little while now since we last checked in with WWE NXT, so we're very excited to start talking about it again every week here at Cageside Seats. Before resuming coverage with the second show of 2013, let's check in on what you might have missed. Quite a few NXT roster members have shown up on Raw and SmackDown recently; among the things that make the show such an interesting offering, is seeing where these newcomers came from, how their former homes address their promotion in-story, and scouting out who may get the call next. (See what we did there?) NXT began as a uniquely pro wrestling version of a reality show, with "Rookies" competing in challenges and matches to earn a spot on the main roster. All of the competitors were, in actuality, already signed to WWE contracts. The first season produced one of the more memorable angles of the current era in the Nexus, and launched several careers of varying degrees of success; including current Intercontinenta ...
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Jennifer Hudson: I'm Done Losing Weight!
US Magazine - over 4 years
Jennifer Hudson lost more than 80 pounds after she teamed up with Weight Watchers in 2010 -- and that's more than enough for the "Spotlight" singer. PHOTOS: Jennifer Hudson's amazing slimdown Gracing the December cover of Redbook, the Chicago native says she's finally at peace with her body. "I'm at the weight I want to be," Hudson says proudly. "But I hear all the time, 'Don't lose any more weight, you need to stop.' People are under the impression that I'm still losing but I'm not." PHOTOS: How stars stay slim Hudson -- who has a son with her fiance, Harvard Law graduate and WWE wrestler David Otunga -- admits that she sometimes forgets that she's no longer a size 16. "I'm getting used to my new self more than anything else," the Academy Award winner explains. "I got used to being plus-sized and knowing how to be that, whereas this is like, 'Okay, who am I?' I keep thinking that I probably need an extra-large or a large and the stylist is like, 'No, you need a medium or a ...
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Cageside Seats Week in Wrestling: Oct. 14 to Oct. 20
Cageside Seats - over 4 years
Welcome back to the Cageside Seats Week in Wrestling. This week, we saw titles switch hands in both WWE and TNA. TNA held their biggest show of the year in Bound for Glory, while WWE delivered their usual weekly docket of programming en route to Hell in a Cell next weekend. Let's get right into the results for this week! WWE: Raw (Oct. 15) Big Show defeated WWE Tag Team Champion Daniel Bryan. Alberto Del Rio defeated Brodus Clay. The Prime Time Players defeated Team CoBro. Ryback defeated the team of David Otunga and Dolph Ziggler. WWE United States Champion Antonio Cesaro defeated Justin Gabriel in non-title action. WWE Tag Team Champion Kane defeated Matt Striker. WWE World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus defeated Wade Barrett in non-title action. WWE Divas Champion Eve defeated Layla to retain her title. Rhodes Scholars defeated Primo & Epico. Kofi Kingston defeated WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz in non-title action. Be sure to read ...
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WWE 'SmackDown' results and reactions from last night (Oct. 5): Punk invades SmackDown
Cageside Seats - over 4 years
WWE SmackDown came back into our lives last night (Oct. 6) on SyFy. The main event featured a doozy of a match between WWE Champion CM Punk and Money in the Bank briefcase holder Dolph Ziggler. Big Show and World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus confronted each other and had matches during the night as well. Oh, and the odd-couple known as Team Hell No found their way onto the show, too! Let's get to business! The main event of the night featured CM Punk and Dolph Ziggler, continuing from Ziggler walking out on Punk in their tag match against Team Hell No on Monday night. As expected, it was a great match between two of the best workers in the WWE (and maybe wrestling in general) today. If this becomes something down the line, I'd be willing to spend my Sunday nights watching Ziggler and Punk go blow-for-blow. But for now, taking the main slot of one of the best wrestling shows on television will do. Sheamus and Big Show had a confrontation to start the show. It was pret ...
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WWE Smackdown results and reactions from last night (Sept. 14): Ain't that a kick in the head!
Cageside Seats - over 4 years
WWE Smackdown aired last night (Sept. 14, 2012) and it featured the continuing saga of the Brogue Kick and the path of destruction it has left behind. Also, Randy Orton was in action and Sheamus squared off with Daniel Bryan, as we set up... Let's cut that out and get right in to the reactions: Sheamus fought with Daniel Bryan in the main event. It was prefaced in the opening segment, where Alberto Del Rio, Ricardo Rodriguez, and David Otunga presented more evidence as to why the Brogue Kick should be illegal. They brought Christian in, who despite respecting Sheamus, agreed with the trio. Bryan came out and said he was a surprise victim of the kick at Wrestlemania. Thus, we had last night's main event. The setup was great and adds some fun to Night of Champions. The match was just as good, with Sheamus tapping Bryan with the Texas Cloverleaf. Good fun here, folks. A little more on Alberto Del Rio's part here; the guy is setting up this match well and is playing a pre ...
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Jennifer Hudson Turns 31! Celebrate With Her Best Looks Through The Years
Best Week Ever - over 4 years
Jennifer Hudson sure has come a long way from placing 7th on Season 3 of American Idol way back in 2004! The soulstress got her start singing in a small church choir in the South Side of Chicago and now she’s an Oscar winning actress, Grammy winning singer, spokesperson for Weight Watchers and Mother to adorable son David! A lot sure has happened to the star over the past 8 years; from dominating her role as Effie White in Paramount Picture’s Dreamgirls, to rocking the stage with fellow VH1 Divas in 2011. As her life has changed so has her look. From her humble beginnings on Idol to her recent dramatic weight loss, J-Hud sure knows how to explore her fashion horizons and we all can’t deny that she looks great doing it! You go girl! I’m sure sexy fiance WWE fighter and Harvard Law graduate David Otunga would agree. With a wedding date set for the near future, and a career that won’t stop we can’t wait to see what this superstar will do next! Head to the gallery below to check out her ...
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WWE SmackDown: Could Christian/Ziggler Match Lead to Fatal 4-Way at No Way Out?
Bleacher Report - over 4 years
This preview is Spoiler-Free, so until SmackDown airs tonight, please leave the comments Spoiler-Free as well. Thank you in advance! As Dolph Ziggler continues to try to prove he is ready to make it on his own, he has had two very good non-title matches with Sheamus. Although he lost both matches, he had several near-falls in both encounters, and the matches were of the quality that proved Ziggler can perform at a main event level. Tonight, the Show Off gets a non-title match against another SmackDown champion, Christian. Cody Rhodes is still due for an Intercontinental Championship rematch with Christian, and Ziggler has been trading quips with Jack Swagger ever since the dissolution of their tag team. In much the same way that director Guy Richie (Snatch and Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels) can intertwine multiple stories to lead up to a brilliant, single conclusion, perhaps WWE Creative will do the same with these four upper-midcard superstars. It's not hard to imagine: ...
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The Passion of the Commentator: John Cena bullying Michael Cole sends the wrong message
Cageside Seats - over 4 years
Photo via WWE.com. It's one of those strange things about adulthood when you first come to terms with the fact one of your childhood idols is a complete toolbag. When I was seven-years-old, Hulk Hogan was the biggest thing in the world. He was perfectly in tune with the culture that surrounded him and like Arnold Schwarzenegger, he was a real life cartoon character, the embodiment of the philosophy that bigger is better. He was one of the icons of a decade when capitalism was morphing into its ugly step-sister, corporatism. The character of Hulk Hogan reflected the best values of his era, old fashioned American values brought to the masses with savvy new marketing. The real life Hulk Hogan embodies the worst of his era, selfishness and ego driving an irrational need of attention and personal gain, even if it meant destroying everything around him. But the point has to be made, back in 1988, with the preaching of prayers, vitamins and exercise, plus always fightin ...
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WWE Raw Results 5/28 CM Punk vs Daniel Bryan
Baltimore Sports Report - over 4 years
This recap and analysis of WWE’s Monday Night Raw are the personal opinions of the writer. The author of this article is a former promoter, writer, and referee in the wrestling industry. You won’t find analysis as accurate as this anywhere else on the internet. WWE Monday Night Raw Results 5/28/12 from New Orleans Raw begins with a patriotism video of Memorial Day.  A video that probably got more time than the Diva’s will tonight.  Then it’s Recap Video #1 of the evening.  The all too predictable Cena vs Big Show feud is re-visited.  It’s only a week old, but apparently it needs recapped.  5 minutes of Raw has been wasted before the show has even started.  It’s going to be another long night. The Big Show comes to the ring.  He is wearing a suit and smiling.  He comments on how he is smiling.  He attempts to spin it into why being a face was bad for his career.  I really haven’t heard a good reason as to why Big Show turned heel yet.  It’s like they inevitably wanted to do it, s ...
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William Balfour Found Guilty in Jennifer Hudson Family Murder Trial
Dr Jay's - almost 5 years
In 2008, Jennifer Hudson‘s mother, older brother, and 7-year-old nephew were brutally murdered by William Balfour, the estranged husband of the American Idol alum’s sister, Julia. Nearly four years later, Jennifer and her family can finally start to heal from the pain of that day, as a jury found Balfour guilty of three counts of first-degree murder in a Chicago courtroom yesterday. According to E! Online: “The singer, sitting with fiancé David Otunga, her sister, Julia Hudson, and other family members, sat silently as the verdict was read into the record.” “At 2 p.m., Central Time, the judge received a note from the jury stating that they were split, but still trying to reach a decision. Not long afterward, however, came the announcement that the verdict would be read at 4:30 p.m., and police began amassing in the hallway outside the courtroom.” Not long after the verdicts were read, a statement from Jennifer and her sister was released, thanking God and everyone that pla ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of David Otunga
  • 2016
    Age 33
    On July 19, following the 2016 WWE draft, Otunga was announced to join the SmackDown commentary team on a full-time basis, alongside Mauro Ranallo and John "Bradshaw" Layfield where he serves as the babyface color commentator in contrast to JBL's heel color commentary.
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    In June 2016, Otunga left his position on the Raw pre-show panel, where he joined the commentary team alongside Tom Phillips for both Superstars and Main Event.
    More Details Hide Details On the June 23 episode of SmackDown, Otunga would temporarily replace Jerry Lawler on the SmackDown commentary team, after Lawler was suspended by WWE.
  • 2015
    Age 32
    Following this, he offered his legal services to former New Nexus teammate Curtis Axel regarding his Royal Rumble 2015 controversy.
    More Details Hide Details Now rarely an in-ring performer, Otunga replaced Alex Riley as one of the hosts of the weekly Raw pre-show on the WWE Network.
    Otunga returned to television on February 2, 2015 doing the RAW Pre-Show.
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    Otunga did not make any WWE appearances again until he returned to live events on January 9, 2015.
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  • 2014
    Age 31
    Otunga returned on April 6, 2014 in the André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania XXX and was eliminated by Big E.
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  • 2013
    Age 30
    Otunga competed in the 2013 Royal Rumble match entering at #9 but was eliminated by Sheamus.
    More Details Hide Details His last singles match was a loss to Ryback. Since then, he has been doing promotional work for WWE backstage. Otunga returned on October 28 when he conducted an interview for WWE.com after Big Show sued WWE and Triple H for defamation, discrimination and wrongful termination of contract.
  • 2012
    Age 29
    He obtained his first win since returning to singles competition on the January 13, 2012, episode of SmackDown, defeating Santino Marella.
    More Details Hide Details He captured back-to-back wins against Ezekiel Jackson on the February 20 episode of Raw and the February 21 episode of Super SmackDown. On the March 12 episode of Raw, it was announced that Otunga would be the captain of Laurinaitis' team for the battle for control 12-man Tag Team match at WrestleMania. Team Johnny was victorious at WrestleMania XXVIII. On the April 16 edition of Raw SuperShow, Otunga unsuccessfully challenged Santino Marella for the United States Championship. Otunga took leave from WWE television from April 23 to May 14 to be with his fiance, Jennifer Hudson, during the murder trial of William Balfour in Chicago. At No Way Out, Otunga lost to Brodus Clay via count out. The next night on Raw, Otunga teamed with Big Show and John Laurinaitis in a 3 on 1 handicap match. Before the match started, Big Show walked out on Otunga and Laurinaitis. Otunga walked out as well during the match, because Laurinaitis had refused to tag himself in, allowing John Cena to make Laurinaitis submit. The next week on SmackDown, Otunga delivered a low blow to Brodus Clay as Clay was fighting Big Show. He returned to Raw on August 20 to confront General Manager AJ Lee. He was put into a match against Big Show, which he lost. On September 3, Otunga was seen with Alberto Del Rio, who told Matt Striker that his client (Del Rio) won't talk to him.
  • 2011
    Age 28
    In January 2011, Barrett was exiled from Nexus and CM Punk took over his spot as the leader of the group.
    More Details Hide Details While Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater chose not to follow Punk's orders and left Nexus, Otunga agreed to take his initiation test, a beating from the Big Show, and remain with the group. In late February, it was announced that Punk would face Randy Orton at WrestleMania XXVII, with each member of The Nexus facing Orton to win the right to accompany Punk to the ring in the weeks leading up to WrestleMania. Otunga faced Orton on the March 7 episode of Raw, but lost. Following the match, he was punted in the skull by Orton. Otunga was absent from television for over a month, returning on the April 11 episode of Raw with the other New Nexus members, and preventing Orton from earning a WWE Championship match. On the May 23 episode of Raw, Otunga teamed with fellow Nexus member Michael McGillicutty to win the WWE Tag Team Championship from Kane and The Big Show with the help interference from fellow New Nexus members Mason Ryan and Punk. They made their only successful title defense against The Usos on the July 29 edition of SmackDown. After CM Punk left the New Nexus when his WWE contract expired on July 17, Otunga and McGillicutty competed against Santino Marella and Zack Ryder on the August 1 edition of Raw without any Nexus gear or armbands, and with all Nexus logos removed from their TitanTron, effectively signaling the end of the New Nexus.
  • 2010
    Age 27
    On February 16, 2010, after numerous dark matches on both Raw and SmackDown, it was announced that Otunga would wrestle on the first season of NXT under his real name, with R-Truth as his storyline mentor.
    More Details Hide Details He made his debut on the inaugural episode of NXT on February 23, quickly defeating Darren Young. Young defeated Otunga in a rematch on the following week's broadcast, thanks to interference from Young's mentor, CM Punk. After the match, R-Truth tried to offer his support, only to be shoved away by a frustrated Otunga, resulting in Otunga turning heel. R-Truth took exception, confronting and brawling with Otunga backstage. On the March 30 episode of NXT, Otunga won an 8-man over the top rope battle royal against the other NXT Rookies to earn the right to guest host Raw the following week. On the April 5 episode of Raw, Otunga put himself in a tag team match with John Cena for the Unified WWE Tag Team Championship against ShoMiz (Big Show and The Miz). Later in the match, however, he refused to tag in and walked out, allowing ShoMiz to retain. On May 11, in the second Pros Poll, he was moved to second place. During the season finale on June 1, Otunga came in second place overall in the competition, losing out to Wade Barrett.
  • 2009
    Age 26
    On August 10, 2009, Hudson gave birth to the couple's first child, a boy named David Daniel Otunga Jr. In April 2012, Otunga fulfilled the dreams of a young Haitian refugee affected by the 2010 Haiti earthquake by bringing him backstage to WrestleMania XXVIII and arranging a meet-and-greet session with all the wrestlers.
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    He made his debut on May 29, 2009, under the ring name Dawson Alexander, in a six-man tag team match.
    More Details Hide Details Otunga teamed with Barry Allen and Jon Cutler to defeat Abraham Saddam Washington, Derrick Bateman and Camacho.
  • 2008
    Age 25
    In November 2008, Otunga signed a developmental contract with World Wrestling Entertainment and was assigned to its development territory, Florida Championship Wrestling.
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  • 2007
    Age 24
    In 2007, after his niece submitted his audition tape, Otunga was chosen to be a contestant on I Love New York 2 and given the nickname "Punk".
    More Details Hide Details He became one of the final three contestants in the competition, before being eliminated on the series' penultimate episode. Otunga has since starred in the 2013 thriller film The Call. Otunga made a guest appearance as himself in the 109th episode of General Hospital.
  • 1998
    Age 15
    Otunga graduated from Larkin High School in 1998, with a perfect 4. GPA.
    More Details Hide Details Otunga earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Illinois. Following his graduation, he moved to New York City, where he became a laboratory manager in Columbia University's Cognitive Neuroscience Center. He later graduated from Harvard Law School, passing Illinois' bar exam. Following his graduation, he joined the Sidley Austin law firm.
  • 1980
    Age -3
    Born on April 7, 1980.
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