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- WWE Superstar David Otunga was recently interviewed by The Chicago Tribune. Here are some highlights:

His WWE character and fiancee Jennifer Hudson:
“I created this character of all the stereotypes of being a reality star, and my fiancee being more famous than I am. They assume this guy is living off her. If that’s what people don’t like, that’s who I’m going to be. That’s totally not me. It’s the one thing that bothers me in real life. It drives me crazy.”

Being perceived as a bad guy:
“Perception does become reality, and it’s too hard to explain the story to every person. It’s got to the point now where it bothers me so much, I’m trying to desperately get away from that. I try to avoid red carpets now.”

WWE’s John Laurinaitis’ comments on Otunga:
“What immediately jumped out at me was David’s charisma. He dressed well, he spoke well, he had that ‘it’ factor. He was a student of the game.”

  • scooter

    @Devil_Rising
    first and foremostyes it is a disgrace if guys arent pushed on their wrestling abillity but wrestling abillity is only part of what it takes to be a success. mic skills ARE important!
    Look at CM Punk he is an outstanding wrestler, is incredible on the stick and has that weird homeless jesus look which makes him stand out!
    then take a guy like tyler black/seth rollins again he’s an outstanding wrestler but he’s just so god damn aweful on the mic seriously if you were vince mcmahon would you push a guy who you couldn’t count on to carry a storyline?
    I agree with a lot of what you said but come on you honestly believe having a good look and being a good talker means nothing?

  • Devil_Rising

    “What immediately jumped out at me was David’s charisma. He dressed well, he spoke well, he had that ‘it’ factor. He was a student of the game.”

    The part you need to read into right there folks, the ONLY part, is “he dressed well, he spoke well.” That’s all they care about in WWE. Either that, or you have to be 6’6″ and MASSIVE, like Batista’s kid brother from Nexus. It’s actually rather amazing that they’ve employed and pushed guys like CM Punk and Bryan Danielson as long/much as they have. Or Evan Bourne, etc.

    Point being, WWE doesn’t value wrestling ability, they value a look, and “charisma”, I.E. the ability to be a loud jackass on the mic.

  • Rucdogg

    I like Otunga, I hope they push him when he gets back from “injury”.

  • cheesehandler

    a student of what game?…duck duck goose

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