David Otunga's WWE experience is seen by some as a missed opportunity but this obviously depends on who asks. The former Nexus member wrestled his last fight in 2015 and has since appeared sporadically on WWE Pay per View preshows and occasionally as a WWE programming commentator.
During Arn Anderson's ARN podcast discussing Bragging Rights' 2010 Pay-Per-View, Anderson revealed some thoughts on why Vince McMahon continued to keep David Otunga on WWE's payroll.
Arn Anderson on David Otunga
David Otunga has been married to singer Jennifer Hudson for nine years and the two only separated in 2017.
Arn Anderson revealed that Vince McMahon has considered not releasing Otunga to allow WWE to persuade Jennifer Hudson to perform on the big stage. WrestleMania. The former WWE legend in fact reported that there was really no plan regarding Otunga and the only reality is that WWE tried to use Otunga to get his wife (at the time) to perform on a show at WrestleMania.
Here are his statements over the course of his podcast: "When I saw Otunga I noticed that he was as good as anyone else. He was a handsome and pleasant guy, but he was nothing special and didn't seem to impress. I think behind closed doors Vince thought Otunga it could be used to allow Jennifer Hudson to sing the American national anthem at WrestleMania.
It wasn't disrespecting David, but simply the goal was to keep him happy and exploit him. I believe that in a hypothetical conversation with Jennifer, Vince would have said 'Jennifer you are a world-class pop star. You are one of the best and you don't need to be involved in the world of wrestling, but your husband is trying to get involved in this world.
"The adventure of WWE's Kanye West, nickname of the wrestler during his time in the federation, lasted between 2010 and 2014. Otunga first signed a developmental deal with WWE to train in FCW back in 2008 before making his debut on the game show version of NXT in 2010.
He made his main roster debut in 2010 as part of Nexus and he wrestled a full-time schedule through 2012. He only wrestled a handful of matches from 2013 until his last match on a house show against R-Truth in 2015. Since 2015, he’s been brought in for the Kickoff shows and occasional announcing work. David Otunga and Hudson split up in 2017 so the odds of seeing Hudson participate on a WWE show are much less now.