27 Facts About David Otunga


David Otunga is an original member of The Nexus and The New Nexus, being the only member present through the entire duration of the stable in every incarnation.


David Otunga was born in Elgin, Illinois, to father Moses, a Kenyan, and a European American mother, Billie, both of whom are educators.


David Otunga graduated from Larkin High School and later earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Illinois.


David Otunga later graduated from Harvard Law School in 2006, passing Illinois' bar exam.


In 2007, after his niece submitted his audition tape, David Otunga was chosen to be a contestant on I Love New York 2 and given the nickname "Punk".


David Otunga became one of the final three contestants in the competition, before being eliminated on the series' penultimate episode.


David Otunga has since starred in the 2013 thriller film The Call.

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David Otunga made a guest appearance as himself in the 13,110th episode of General Hospital.


In November 2008, David Otunga signed a developmental contract with World Wrestling Entertainment and was assigned to its development territory, Florida Championship Wrestling.


David Otunga made his debut on May 29,2009, under the ring name Dawson Alexander, in a six-man tag team match.


David Otunga teamed with Barry Allen and Jon Cutler to defeat Abraham Saddam Washington, Derrick Bateman and Camacho.


On February 16,2010, after numerous dark matches on both Raw and SmackDown, it was announced that David Otunga would wrestle on the first season of NXT under his real name, with R-Truth as his storyline mentor.


David Otunga was the fourth member of The Nexus eliminated, when he submitted to Chris Jericho, and The Nexus went on to lose the match.


About a month later, David Otunga started to rebel against Barrett with the rest of Nexus behind him.


David Otunga then started a new storyline, focusing on his law background, as John Laurinaitis advised him to help disgruntled wrestlers plan a lawsuit against Triple H, WWE's chief operating officer.


David Otunga obtained his first win since returning to singles competition on the January 13,2012, episode of SmackDown, defeating Santino Marella.


At No Way Out, David Otunga lost to Brodus Clay via count out.


The next night on Raw, David Otunga teamed with Big Show and John Laurinaitis in a 3 on 1 handicap match.


David 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, David Otunga delivered a low blow to Brodus Clay as Clay was fighting Big Show.


David Otunga was put into a match against Big Show, which he lost.


David Otunga managed Alberto Del Rio at Night of Champions in his match with Sheamus for the World Heavyweight Championship which Del Rio lost, At Survivor Series, Otunga was made a part of Team Ziggler, filling in for the injured Cody Rhodes.


David Otunga's last singles match was a loss to Ryback.


David Otunga returned to television on February 2,2015, doing the Raw Pre-Show.


Now rarely an in-ring performer, David Otunga replaced Alex Riley as one of the hosts of the weekly Raw pre-show on the WWE Network.

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In June 2016, David 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.


Seven months after meeting singer and actress Jennifer Hudson, David Otunga proposed marriage on Hudson's 27th birthday in 2008.