Rookie: David Otunga
NXT Record: 6-5
Highest Poll Ranking: Second
NXT Position: Second
Current Status: Legal counsel to the Executive Vice President of Talent Relations and Interim General Manager of RAW, Mr. John Laurinaitis
Otunga would have been a spot lower just a week ago. Even then, Otunga's rise to prominence is probably the most surprising.
During NXT, a lot was made of his lack of ring ability in contrast to his quality physique and generally accepted charisma.
Otunga was part of the Nexus and also the New Nexus and won tag gold with John Cena and Michael McGillicutty. Once on his own, however, he floundered as he did not have the ring ability to carry his own in a match.
Fortunately for everyone, around the time of the walkout angle, Otunga took his natural place of a legal advisor to the collected heels. The angle dissolved quickly, as did any organization among the heels, but Otunga thankfully kept the character makeover.
For the next several months, he would shun ring competition for coffee and toadying and occasionally taking beatings when he arrived on SmackDown.
This was going well enough, but things are even better for David, as after a few turns as a sacrificial lamb, Otunga has just beaten former ECW and Intercontinental Champion Ezekiel Jackson on consecutive nights in the growing GM vs. GM feud.
Pro Corner: R-Truth
R-Truth has had a resurgence of popularity but not had any tangible results.