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David Otunga

Otunga wrestling in May 2009
Ring name(s) Dawson Alexander, Esq.[1]
David Otunga[2]
Billed height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[3]
Billed weight 240 lb (110 kg)[3]
Born April 7[1]
Billed from Hollywood, California[3]
Trained by Tom Prichard[1]
Norman Smiley[1]
Debut May 29, 2009[1]

David Daniel Otunga, Sr.[1] (born April 7) is an American professional wrestler and former reality television actor. He is currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), working in their developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) and participating in their television show NXT under his real name.[3]


Reality television

Otunga was chosen to be a contestant on I Love New York 2 and given the nickname "Punk". He was eliminated on the 10th episode over George "Tailor Made" Weisgerber and Ezra "Buddha" Masters.

Professional wrestling career

In November 2008, Otunga signed a developmental contract with World Wrestling Entertainment and was assigned to its development territory Florida Championship Wrestling.[1][4] He made his debut on May 29, 2009,[1] under the ring name Dawson Alexander, Esq. in a six-man tag team match where he teamed with Barry Allen and Jon Cutler to defeat Abraham Saddam Washington, Derrick Bateman and Tonga.



On February 16, 2010, it was announced that Otunga would be wrestling on WWE NXT under his real name, with R-Truth as his storyline mentor.[2] He made his debut on the inaugural episode of NXT on February 23, quickly defeating Darren Young.[5] 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. R-Truth took exception, confronting and brawling with Otunga backstage.[6]

Personal life

Otunga is a Harvard Law School graduate.[7] He met singer/actress Jennifer Hudson,[8] and six months later on Hudson's 27th birthday, he proposed marriage.[9] Otunga accompanied Hudson throughout Spring and Autumn 2008 on various promotional events for her debut album. In August 2009, Hudson gave birth to her first child with Otunga, a boy named David Daniel Otunga, Jr.[10]

In wrestling


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  2. ^ a b Caldwell, James (2010-02-16). "WWE News: Complete cast of the NXT show revealed including The Miz mentoring Bryan Danielson". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2010-02-17. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "David Otunga Bio". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2010-02-20. 
  4. ^ Lat, David (2008-11-01). "Musical Chairs: David Otunga to... WWE?". Above the Law. Retrieved 2010-02-20. 
  5. ^ Bishop, Matt (2010-02-23). "WWE NXT: Jericho, Bryan kick off series in style". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 2010-02-24. 
  6. ^ Bishop, Matt (2010-03-02). "WWE NXT: Jericho humbles Bryan again". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 2010-03-03. 
  7. ^ Lat, David (2007-10-12). "He Feels Pretty, Oh So Pretty". Above the Law. Retrieved 2010-02-20. 
  8. ^ Snead, Elizabeth (2008-09-15). "Jennifer Hudson's new reality: She's engaged to David Otunga". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-02-20. 
  9. ^ "Jennifer Hudson Engaged to Boyfriend David Otunga". People. 2008-09-14.,,20225699,00.html. Retrieved 2008-09-14. 
  10. ^ Ritti, Missy (2009-08-11). "Jennifer Hudson Welcomes a Son". People.,,20297229,00.html. Retrieved 2009-08-11. 
  11. ^ Endres, Cody (2010-01-02). "FCW TV Report 9/6: WWE's Developmental TV - Drew McIntyre vs. Yoshi Tatsu, Rotundo Bros. vs. Vance Archer tag main event". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2010-02-26. 
  12. ^ Valvo, Anthony (2010-02-18). "From the Desk of Mr. V #55". WrestleView. Retrieved 2010-02-20. 

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