DAVID OTUNGA WWE PERFORMANCE CENTER NEWS
Name
David Otunga
Real Name
David Otunga
Date of Birth
April 7, 1980
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Debut
2009
Undertaker
Good news for wrestling fans who hope that the Undertaker remains in the industry in some sort of capacity after retirement. The legendary performer has agreed to work as an adviser for the WWE developmental program. He will make the occasional trip to the WWE Performance Center and provide evaluations and advice to the performers and the trainers.
October 24, 2014
Kevin Steen
After finishing off his commitments, Kevin Steen has now officially reported for duty with WWE. The former ROH champion posted on Twitter that it was his first day at the WWE Performance Center. While he is viewed as one of the best performers on the independent wrestling circuit, the belief is that management will keep him in developmental, so he can simplify his in ring style to suit the audience.
August 25, 2014
Kenta Kobayashi
Even though he had already established himself as one of the top performers overseas, Kenta Kobayashi is actually being sent to the developmental program by WWE. Management wants him to change up his style a bit and adopt the slower pace style that the company prefers. No word yet on how long Kobayashi will be required to stay down at the WWE Performance Center.
July 12, 2014
Brock Lesnar
Earlier in the week, it was revealed that Michelle McCool had visited the WWE Performance Center to help train some of the developmental divas. That led to speculations that Undertaker was there as well. Contrary to the rumors, he was not there. The legendary performer has largely stayed away from the business since his match against Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania 30.
June 26, 2014
Michelle McCool
While she still has every intention of being a stay at home mother and wife, Michelle McCool decided to get out of the house on Monday. She made a visit to the WWE Performance Center. No word yet on why she was there this time around, but she has been known to drop in and help do a little training with the developmental divas. Her appearances always spark rumors of a return to WWE, so don't be surprised if the chatter increases over the next few days.
June 24, 2014
Adam Pearce
To the average WWE fan, Adam Pearce is not a household name, but to those in the industry, however, he's definitely a familiar face. The longtime independent wrestling star was spotted backstage at Payback 2014. The belief is that he was a guest of the company, as he has been helping to train some of the developmental wrestlers at the WWE Performance Center.
June 2, 2014
Alex Wright
A couple of weeks ago, Alex Wright was brought to the United States by WWE to work as a guest trainer at the WWE Performance Center. While the company was doing a tour of Europe, William Regal was sent to the wrestling school that Wright owns to check things out. Rumors have it that WWE wants to maintain an ongoing working relationship with Wright, in an attempt to find new talent from Europe.
May 26, 2014
Alex Wright
After a dozen years of staying away from the United States, Alex Wright made a special trip to America as a guest of WWE. Management flew him in from Germany and had him acting as a guest trainer at the WWE Performance Center. After retiring as an in ring performer himself, Wright opened up a successful wrestling school and started a promotion.
May 14, 2014
Rock
The Samoan presence in WWE has just gotten a little bit stronger, as Savelina Fanene is now under a developmental contract with the company. She is related to the Rock and does have an athletic background. Savelina recently noted on Instagram that she had moved to Orlando, where she will be training for the next year at the WWE Performance Center.
May 10, 2014
Yoshi Tatsu
Even though he is no longer touring with the company or being utilized on television, Yoshi Tatsu continues to work really hard, perfecting his craft at the WWE Performance Center every week. Management loves his attitude and determination, so they rewarded him with a spot at Wrestlemania 30 last night. Tatsu was a surprise entrant in the battle royal.
April 7, 2014
Sarita
Long known as one of the best female performers in Canada and Japan, Sarita has never really been on the radar for WWE. That has changed as of late, as the former TNA knockout spent a week at the WWE Performance Center, doing various tryouts for the company. A veteran performer like Sarita could really help out the divas division.
March 24, 2014
Brodus Clay
After spending some time down at the WWE Performance Center, Brodus Clay is now back on the road. He worked a live event over the weekend in Atlantic City, where he did a quick dance off segment with the Great Khali, another performer who has been off the road for a couple of weeks. No word on a television return for Clay yet.
March 24, 2014
Vince McMahon
In a subtle move, WWE has begun phasing out the logo that they have been using for the last several years. They are replacing it with the logo for the WWE Network, which Vince McMahon reportedly likes more. The company recently pulled the switch at the WWE Performance Center and are expected to do so with Monday Night Raw and Smackdown soon.
March 21, 2014
Michelle McCool
In a rather interesting move, Michelle McCool was spotted training at the WWE Performance Center this week. She was helping some of the developmental performers out. Some are speculating that she is interested in becoming a trainer for the company, while others think that she might just be helping out because her husband, Undertaker, is working Wrestlemania 30.
March 13, 2014
Kevin Steen
Earlier this year, it was reported that Kevin Steen, the longtime ROH star, would be doing a tryout for WWE, and it has now been confirmed that he will be doing so at the WWE Performance Center from March 24 to March 26. Several other independent wrestling stars are scheduled to be doing tryouts that week as well.
February 28, 2014
Nick Dinsmore
In a show of resilient he is, Yoshi Tatsu refuses to give up on his dreams of being on the main roster with WWE again. He has been spending extra time with Nick Dinsmore, one of the lead trainers for the company, at the WWE Performance Center, working on his stamina and gaining some pointers on how to present his character on television.
February 15, 2014
Antonio Cesaro

There are speculations that Antonio Cesaro and John Cena coudl be working a feud together in the near future, as the two stars were spotted working out together at the WWE Performance Center. Cesaro received a slight push from management this week by being added to the main event at Elimination Chamber 2014.

February 1, 2014
Yoshi Tatsu

As many already know, Yoshi Tatsu is no longer on the road, and he has not been utilized regularly at live events in quite some time. He has been doing some training down at the WWE Performance Center, and he's now also training developmental wrestlers as well.

January 30, 2014
Yoshi Tatsu

While he has not been seen on television in quite some time, Yoshi Tatsu is still with WWE. The Japanese wrestler has been training with the company at the performance center. Tatsu has been working closely with Dusty Rhodes on improving himself as a character.

January 16, 2014
Terry Funk

Former NWA World Heavyweight Champion and Texas legend Terry Funk was recently brought in to work as a guest trainer at the WWE Performance Center.

December 5, 2013
David Otunga
According to Star Magazine, David Otunga is preparing for a full time return to WWE in the near future. They did a feature where his wife, Jennifer Hudson, was upset with the decision because she does not want her husband to be away from the family for extended periods of time, which is something required of WWE performers. No word yet on when Otunga will return to television, but it is expected to be very soon.
May 29, 2014
David Otunga
In a rather interesting move, David Otunga left New Orleans on Monday and was not in attendance at Monday Night Raw this week. Many were under the impression that he would have worked the show since he was given a spot at Wrestlemania 30. It does not appear that WWE has Otunga involved in long term television plans.
April 8, 2014
David Otunga
Since he had not been seen on Monday Night Raw in quite some time, a lot of fans questioned whether or not David Otunga was under contract with WWE. Those queries were answered last night when Otunga worked the Wrestlemania 30 battle royal. It was a reward from the company for his work as an ambassador. Otunga routinely makes appearances for WWE still.
April 7, 2014
David Otunga

While his cohorts were in Las Vegas unveiling the new WWE Network, David Otunga represented the company in Los Angeles at the People's Choice Awards, where the movie "The Call", starring Halle Berry, was nominated for Best Thriller, which was won by Now You See Me.

January 9, 2014
Kenta Kobayashi
"He just signed with us. I was there when he had his tryout at the WWE Performance Center and I met with him there. We've been working on this for a while. His training will start when he gets here. The thing is, you can be a big star anyplace else in the world. That gets you in the door. What you do once you get here is a whole different ballgame. He's no different than anybody else once he walks through the door of the Performance Center." - Triple H on how Kenta Kobayashi will be treated in WWE
July 17, 2014
CJ Parker
Yesterday, news broke out that Tough Enough was being brought back and being aired on the WWE Network. Now, some details are swirling around. Rumors have it that the company will be filming the series at the WWE Performance Center. Some of the lesser known developmental wrestlers like CJ Parker, Sylvester Lefort and Travis Tyler are also rumored to be a part of the show as well.
May 2, 2014
Alberto Del Rio
While he continues to train hard at the WWE Performance Center, there has been some doubt as to how far Ricardo Rodriguez will be able to go as a wrestler. He already has the personality to make it work, but there are some fears that some fans will not be able to see past him as just being a manager and a sidekick for Alberto Del Rio.
March 11, 2014
Bill DeMott
A picture of Hulk Hogan visiting the WWE Performance Center. Also pictured are Nick Dinsmore, Bill DeMott, Dusty Rhodes, Normal Smiley and former WCW star Terry Taylor.
February 22, 2014
Kenta Kobayashi
It has been a couple of weeks now since he was at the WWE Performance center, and it looks like a developmental contract will not be offered to Kenta Kobayashi. When he returned to Japan and downplayed the tryout, many were under the impression that the company was not interested in bringing the international star on board.
February 19, 2014
Bayley
Scotty 2 Hotty spent some town down in WWE NXT this weekend, where the veteran performer made an appearance and helped to train some of the developmental wrestlers at the WWE Performance Center. He also posed for this picture with Bayley and posted it on Twitter.
February 9, 2014
Kenta Kobayashi

Japanese star Kenta Kobayashi, the wrestler who made the Go 2 Sleep finisher internationally famous, could be signed to a developmental deal with WWE soon. He was recently spotted at the WWE Performance Center, where he was given a tryout by officials.

January 28, 2014
Knuckles Madsen

”There are quite a few trainers and classes. There are a lot of vultures flying around there who will take the move if they like it so I was careful. I just worked with the great trainers. At the performance center, there is a man there who is just great. Norman Smiley, he is a surgeon in the ring. It was incredible. I would love to say I could do The Big Wiggle so I am going to yeah, I can do the wiggle.”

January 18, 2014
Christopher Daniels

"I saw that he had the work ethic to make it work. A lot of times it's just a matter of getting that opportunity. It's funny that the example of what he is and what Daniel Bryan is, goes against the grain of what the WWE is trying to do. It seems very rare that they take guys off the indies anymore. You know they've got the Performance Center and they want their wrestlers to start from there at the bottom. It's almost like they're trying to grow wrestlers in a petri dish and then you look at guys like Punk, Bryan and Antonio Cesaro who worked all over the world on the independent scene and it seems like they're doing well for themselves and making it in the WWE system despite not being brought up in the WWE system."

November 30, 2013
Diamond Dallas Page

While visiting the performance center, DDP taught his unique brand of yoga to the various developmental wrestlers under contract with WWE.

November 23, 2013
Diamond Dallas Page

Triple H and Bill DeMott extended an invitation to Diamond Dallas Page to visit the performance center, and the former WCW champion has decided to take them up on that offer.

November 21, 2013
Kane

Kane visited the WWE performance center for the very first time.

November 21, 2013
Christina Vargas

Christina Vargas spent less than a month training at the WWE Performance Center before quitting the company, and the developmental diva has now explained that the biggest reason why she asked for her release was because she felt unwanted there.

September 28, 2013
David Otunga
When Jennifer Hudson told the media that she was not pleased with idea of David Otunga leaving the family for extended periods of time by returning to a full time schedule with WWE, many were under the belief that it was just for public relations. However, there are those that believe that it might be a legitimate thing, as Otunga has yet to hit the road again. WWE is said to be interested in a return.
August 13, 2014
David Otunga
About a month ago, it was reported that David Otunga was on his way back to WWE. He revealed those plans to the media, but those plans have yet to surface. It is being said that management simply has not come up with a story for him to make his return to Monday Night Raw and Smackdown. Some are speculating that he could be a mystery entrant into the upcoming Intercontinental Championship battle royal at WWE Battleground 2014.
July 8, 2014
Zack Ryder
Earlier in this week, Zack Ryder revealed to fans that WWE is no longer selling his merchandise. The belief is that it is a part of the company's plan to diminish his name value for when they decide to release him from his contract. Since the start of the year, Ryder has only been utilized eight times on television, all of which were losses. He hasn't had a victory on Monday Night Raw or Smackdown since December of 2012, when he pinned David Otunga on Raw.
July 5, 2014
David Otunga
On Valentine's Day weekend, David Otunga and his wife Jennifer Hudson decided to check out a concert featuring Keith Sweat. The couple were surprised backstage with a visit, so they psted this picture on Twitter to show everyone.
February 19, 2014
David Otunga

There are rumors that David Otunga has been having relationship issues because his fiancee, Jennifer Hudson, constantly keeps changing the wedding date. The singer also has publicly stated that she will only get married when she wants to.

December 23, 2013
David Otunga

David Otunga revealed through Twitter today that a family member is ill. He attached a very sentimental and strong message with the tweet.

November 16, 2013
Jinder Mahal

John Cena wins Royal Rumble 2013 by last eliminating Ryback. Other contestants in the match include Antonio Cesaro, Bo Dallas, Brodus Clay, Chris Jericho, Cody Rhodes, Damien Sandow, Daniel Bryan, Darren Young, David Otunga, Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre, Godfather, Goldust, Great Khali, Heath Slater, Jinder Mahal, Kane, Kofi Kingston, Randy Orton, Rey Mysterio, Ryback, Santino Marella, Sheamus, Sin Cara, Tensai, The Miz, Titus ONeil, Wade Barrett and Zack Ryder.

January 27, 2013
Hornswoggle

Alberto Del Rio won Royal Rumble 2011 by last eliminating Santino Marella. Other participants in the match include Alex Riley, Big Show, Booker T, Bray Wyatt, Chavo Guerrero, Chris Masters, CM Punk, Curtis Axel, Daniel Bryan, David Otunga, Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre, Ezekiel Jackson, Great Khali, Heath Slater, Hornswoggle, Jack Swagger, John Cena, John Morrison, JTG, Justin Gabriel, Kane, Kevin Nash, Kofi Kingston, Mark Henry, Mason Ryan, R Truth, Randy Orton, Rey Mysterio, Sheamus, Ted DiBiase, Tyler Reks, Tyson Kidd, Vladimiz Kozlov, Wade Barrett, William Regal, Yoshi Tatsu and Zack Ryder.

January 30, 2011
CM Punk
As many of you already know, CM Punk has finally decided to speak out about his departure from WWE. During that podcast interview, he took some jabs at Ryback, whom he feels is quite reckless in the ring. Ryback has decided to respond. He stated that Punk was fragile and insecure. Ryback also denied that he attempted to hurt people in the ring on purpose. In order to avoid further controversy, however, Ryback deleted his comments.
November 28, 2014
CM Punk
When the two of them were feuding, there were rumors of backstage heat between CM Punk and Ryback. During a recent podcast interview with Colt Cabana, the former world heavyweight champion confirmed those rumors. He stated that he felt that Ryback was purposely injuring him, since it happened so frequently. Punk also thinks that Ryback was abusing steroids, an allegation that will not sit well with WWE officials.
November 27, 2014
CM Punk
Good news for fans who are afraid of CM Punk going to TNA to help them catch up a little to WWE. The former world heavyweight champion stated he will not be signing with the company. It has nothing to do with how he feels about management. Punk simply has fallen out of love with professional wrestling and does not want to be involved in it again. WWE also had him sign a no compete clause.
November 27, 2014
Christian
Since a lot of fans like him and want to see him sticking around with WWE, there are speculations floating around that Christian will take a front office job with the company after he retires as an in ring performer. However, during a recent interview, the former world heavyweight champion shot down those rumors. He flat out stated that he would never work on the creative department.
November 27, 2014
CM Punk
While a lot of fans are under the impression that he walked away from WWE, CM Punk contradicted those beliefs during a podcast interview with Colt Cabana. The former world heavyweight champion was suspended for two months by Vince McMahon. When the suspension was over, he received a letter from management, informing him that he was fired and would no longer receive royalty payments.
November 27, 2014
Sting
One of the reasons why Sting made his debut at Survivor Series 2014 was because management was disappointed with ticket sales. The company leaked the news, in hopes that it would spark some last minute sales. However, those numbers were essentially non existent. WWE also struggled to move discounted tickets that were distributed locally. The concerns were exacerbated by the fact that St Louis is usually a good market for the company.
November 27, 2014
CM Punk
Another thing that was revealed during the podcast interview between Colt Cabana and CM Punk is the fact that the latter was fired by WWE on his wedding day. The former world heavyweight champion revealed that he received a phone call from Triple H a couple of days before the event, so he sent a text message back to let the company know that he was getting married. In response, WWE sent a letter, informing Punk that he was fired.
November 27, 2014
Mick Foley
Earlier this month, it was reported that WWE was going to be in attendance for the comedy show that Mick Foley was doing in Brooklyn. There were even talks that the event was going to be filmed and aired on the WWE Network. However, the company did not show up. Foley came out and apologized to the fans. The former world heavyweight champion stated that there was a misunderstanding of some sort.
November 27, 2014
Jeff Hardy
Rumors were circulating earlier this week that Jeff Hardy was talking to promoters in Canada to work some shows up there. However, Matt Hardy came out and denied the reports. He reiterated that his younger brother only accepts booking through TNA and himself, so that confirms that no promoters have been talking to Hardy. He is expected to be back on the road with TNA very soon.
November 27, 2014
CM Punk
During a recent podcast interview with Colt Cabana, CM Punk revealed some details about why he decided to walk away from WWE. A lot of the issues backstage involved Triple H. Punk feels that HHH never liked him, and he was not treated equally with the other top level performers. The former world heavyweight champion did confirm the rumors about his desire to headline Wrestlemania 29.
November 27, 2014
Sting
Whatever money that WWE spent on bringing Sting on board, has apparently started to pay off. The legendary performer made his official debut at Survivor Series 2014, and that generated a ton of hype with fans across the globe. Many wanted to see if he would become a regular part of the television shows, enough to increase the amount of viewers for Monday Night Raw this week by approximately half a million.
November 26, 2014
AJ Styles
A serious setback has sprung up for Yoshi Tatsu, long regarded as one of the hardest working and passionate performers in professional wrestling. He suffered two broken bones in his neck, and is going to require a good amount of time in rehabilitation. Tatsu noted that he has never been hospitalized prior to this injury. The belief is that the broken neck was suffered during a recent match against AJ Styles.
November 26, 2014
Kane
In order to boost Ryback up to the main event scene, management is going to have him beating some of the upper tier guys in WWE. His next step is Kane, and the company is going to try to give a quick boost to his momentum by pairing the two of them in a Chairs match at WWE TLC 2014. The renewed faith in Ryback comes as a surprise to many, as second chances are a bit hard to come by backstage.
November 26, 2014
AJ Styles
AJ Styles could be coming home soon. Sort of. American fans of the former world heavyweight champion might get to enjoy his work on television in a couple of weeks. New Japan has just signed a television contract with AVS TV, which is owned by Dallas Mavericks owner and noted wrestling fan Mark Cuban, to start airing their shows in the United States. More details are expected soon.
November 25, 2014
Brock Lesnar
As one of the biggest free agents in the industry right now, Bully Ray is constantly asked about his future plans. The former world heavyweight champion stated that he is open to a return to WWE. However, he wants to have a singles run if he does decide to return to the company. Ray stated that he would like to work a match against Brock Lesnar and John Cena, two of the upper tier guys.
November 24, 2014
Hulk Hogan
If there is a spotlight around, then Roddy Piper wants to be in it. The WWE legend watched Survivor Series 2014 last night, and he witnessed the debut of Sting. Sensing an opportunity, he told fans on Twitter that he would gladly work a tag team match with Sting against Hulk Hogan and a mystery partner. Piper also stated that he only needed seven weeks to be physically prepared for the bout.
November 24, 2014
Randy Orton
A lot of fans were under the impression that Randy Orton was going to make an appearance at Survivor Series 2014, especially since he was backstage and the event was taking place in his hometown. Management actually had that planned, but they canceled the idea because they wanted the focus to be on Sting. Orton will still continue his feud against Seth Rollins, but the creative department will have to come up with a different way to reignite that program.
November 24, 2014
Roman Reigns
Roman Reigns made some headlines recently when it was revealed that he was working with an acting coach to improve his mic skills. That gave WWE fans hope that a new main event performer will arise. However, management apparently is not pleased with the amount of progress that Reigns has made. In fact, they even had him taped a promo last night, even though he was backstage at Survivor Series 2014.
November 24, 2014
David Hart Smith
Sometimes in life, speed bumps arise and slow us down. That is the case right now for David Hart Smith. The second generation star has been having trouble breathing throughout the year because of peritonsillar abscess, a complication of tonsils. Smith has been hospitalized on a couple of occasions because of this. The medical has impeded his progress a bit in New Japan, where he had been thriving.
November 24, 2014
Chris Jericho
Since there are a ton of rumors swirling around this weekend about Survivor Series 2014, Chris Jericho took it as an opportunity to tease the internet wrestling community. The former world heavyweight champion joked that he was going to be meeting up with Randy Orton and Sting for lunch, since all three of them are rumored to be at the pay per view tonight. Jericho performed a concert last night in Minnesota.
November 23, 2014