‘Monday Night Raw’ star David Otunga talks about ‘WrestleMania’

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As ‘Monday Night Raw’ fans know, this Sunday is the biggest wrestling pay-per-view event of the year, WrestleMania XXVIII. In the second of a five-part Q&A with WWE superstars, David Otunga talks about what the event means to him.

WrestleMania is the Super Bowl of pro wrestling. Do you feel more pressure to have a good match Sunday than any other time of the year?

David Otunga: Yes. Absolutely. WrestleMania truly is our Super Bowl. It’s the time that you dream about. I have been imaging my WrestleMania moment forever and I have built it up so much in my head that I want it to be perfect. You are going to have so many eyes watching you – it’s the best of the best. The pressure is on to have a really good showing.

What is your favorite moment in WrestleMania history?


Without a doubt, when Hogan slammed Andre the Giant at WrestleMania III. That was huge for me. I remember being a kid watching a VS tape and watching it over and over again. It was just so cool to see your hero do something that was seemingly impossible. It was an awesome feat of strength.

If you could transport any wrestler from history, in the prime of his career, to face you at next year’s WrestleMania, who would it be and why?

I am going to say Andre the Giant. He was the original giant. He was unbelievable. I think that would be an awesome dream match.

If you were ever inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame one day, who is the first person you thank?

WHEN I AM INDUCTED, the first person I will thank is my dad. He was the one who would take me to all the WWE events as a kid. He used to watch it with me on TV. He really supported my passion for it as a kid and it was something that we did together. I always think about him. He passed away before I got into law school. I imagine him watching me in WWE now living my dream.

Twenty years from now, when people are looking back at your career, what do you hope they say?

I hope they say, ‘Wow. He was one of the greatest of all time. There was never anybody like him before and there will never be anybody like him again.’


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WrestleMania XVIII is available on pay-per-view this Sunday. Contact your local cable TV or satellite provider for more information.