Full Name David Daniel Otunga Sr.
Born April 7, 1980
David Otunga was born in Elgin, Illinois. He has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and later
graduated from Harvard Law School, passing Illinois’ Bar Exam. He would then work in a law
firm for a while. During this time he would also venture into acting. However, in 2008, David
Otunga signed a contract with WWE and joined their development territory, Florida
Championship Wrestling. He was also a part of the first-ever season of NXT. During this time
NXT was more of a reality show than the wrestling show it is at the moment.
David Otunga came in second in his season of NXT.
David Otunga was part of the Nexus faction which debuted on Raw and took apart all the
stars in the ring as well as those outside the ring. The invasion was hugely successful and
remains one of the high points of WWE from that time. The Nexus were seemingly an
impregnable force of NXT rookies, until they were defeated in a seven-on-seven matchup
against WWE stars.
David Otunga would continue as part of the now slightly deflated Nexus and would perform
in the New Nexus led by CM Punk. During this time he also held the tag team titles twice.
Following leaving the Nexus, Otunga adopted a new gimmick where he took inspiration from
his actual past as a Harvard Law Graduate. During this time he would be legal advisor to
John Laurinitis. During this time Otunga also wrestled by sparingly, and lost matches more
often than not.
Since 2015, David Otunga took on more of a non-wrestling role in WWE, where he was part
of the pre-show panel. In 2016 he joined the commentary team of SmackDown alongside
John Bradshaw Layfield and Mauro Ranallo. He went to Raw the following year in exchange
for Byron Saxton. Since then he has been replaced on the commentary team, and is back to
being a pre-show panelist.
David Otunga was also married to Jennifer Hudson since 2008 and had a child with her.
Since then, in 2017, it was announced that the couple had split up.