David Otunga

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David Otunga

Otunga at a WWE live event in London, England on November 11, 2011
Ring name(s) David Otunga
Dawson Alexander
Billed height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Billed weight 229 lb (104 kg)
Born April 7, 1980 (1980-04-07) (age 35)
Elgin, Illinois
Resides Chicago, Illinois
Billed from Hollywood, California
Trained by Tom Prichard
Norman Smiley
Debut May 29, 2009

David Daniel Otunga, Sr. (born April 7, 1980) is an American professional wrestler, lawyer, and actor. He is currently signed to the WWE. He is a two-time WWE Tag Team Champion; winning it once with John Cena and once with Michael McGillicutty. He was a member of NXT season 1 and was a member of the professional wrestling stable The Nexus.

He is married to actress Jennifer Hudson.[1]

Early life[change | change source]

Otunga is the son of a Kenyan father, Moses, and white American mother, Billie, both of whom were educators.[2][3] He is the youngest of three children.[2] He grew up in Elgin, Illinois. Otunga graduated from Larkin High School in 1996, with mostly A-grades.[4] Otunga holds a Bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Illinois.[4] Following his graduation, he moved to New York, where he worked at Columbia University as a lab manager in a cognitive neuroscience center.[4] He later attended Harvard Law School, and passed the bar exam in Illinois .[2][5] Following his graduation, he worked for the Sidley Austin LLP law firm.[2]

Championships[change | change source]

  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    • PWI Feud of the Year (2010) (The Nexus vs. WWE)[6]
    • PWI Most Hated Wrestler of the Year (2010) (as part of The Nexus)[7]
    • PWI Rookie of the Year (2010)[8]
    • He was ranked #84 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2012.[9]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Jennifer Hudson Engaged to Boyfriend David Otunga". People. http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20225699,00.html. Retrieved 2014-06-12.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Pang, David (2011-03-22). "David the Goliath". Chicago Tribune. p. 1. http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/ct-live-0323-david-otunga-profile-20110322,0,4088452.story?page=1. Retrieved 2011-03-23.
  3. "David Otunga, Chicago, Illinois". Kenyan Jewels. 2009-02-10. http://alusainc.wordpress.com/2009/02/10/david-otunga-chicago-illinois/. Retrieved 2010-07-18.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Pang, David. "David the Goliath". Chicago Tribune. p. 2. http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/ct-live-0323-david-otunga-profile-20110322,0,4088452.story?page=2. Retrieved 2011-03-23.
  5. Lat, David (2007-10-12). "He Feels Pretty, Oh So Pretty". Above the Law. http://www.abovethelaw.com/2007/10/he_feels_pretty_oh_so_pretty.php. Retrieved 2010-02-20.
  6. "Achievement Awards: Feud of the Year". Pro Wrestling Illustrated. http://prowrestlingillustrated.blogspot.ca/2011/01/achievement-awards-feud-of-year.html. Retrieved 2015-4-26.
  7. "Achievement Awards: Most Hated". Pro Wrestling Illustrated. http://prowrestlingillustrated.blogspot.ca/2011/01/achievement-awards-most-hated_17.html. Retrieved 2015-4-26.
  8. "Achievement Awards: Rookie". Pro Wrestling Illustrated. http://prowrestlingillustrated.blogspot.ca/2011/01/achievement-awards-rookie.html. Retrieved 2015-4-26.
  9. "Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) 500 for 2012". The Internet Wrestling Database. http://www.profightdb.com/pwi-500/2012.html. Retrieved 2015-4-26.
  10. "WWE Tag Team Championships - John Cena & David Otunga (October 24, 2010 - October 25, 2010)". WWE. http://www.wwe.com/classics/titlehistory/wwetag/20101024. Retrieved 2015-4-26.
  11. "WWE Tag Team Championships - David Otunga & Michael McGillicutty (May 23, 2011 - August 22, 2011)". WWE. http://www.wwe.com/classics/titlehistory/wwetag/25017726. Retrieved 2015-4-26.
  12. "Saluting the Slammys". WWE. http://www.wwe.com/shows/raw/archive/12132010/mainarticle. Retrieved 2015-4-26.
  13. "WWE.com Exclusive Slammy Awards 2011". WWE. http://www.wwe.com/shows/raw/2011-12-12/exclusive-slammy-awards-2011. Retrieved 2015-4-26.

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