Although I don’t particularly care to keep count, I would venture to guess that David Otunga and Santino Marella have faced each other in singles matches about five times over the last couple of months.
Most of these matches were set up because of the battle between John Laurinaitis and Teddy Long, and of course, now that Laurinaitis is in control of both Raw and SmackDown, the Santino vs. Otunga saga is continuing as Laurinaitis gives his right-hand man the opportunity to win his first singles title in the WWE.
Now, I like Santino and have no problem with Otunga as a character, but we’ve already seen these two face off a number of times, and none of their matches were any good.
So why did anyone think that that was suddenly going to change on this week’s Raw?
News flash: It wasn’t going to, and it didn’t.
While I will give Otunga some credit for making big strides as a character and for making some minor improvements in the ring, I can’t recall a time in recent memory when his poor in-ring skills were more evident than they were this Monday.
Otunga’s US title match against Santino lasted almost exactly two minutes, but in that short span, he managed to have two incredibly noticeable botches.
Near the end of the match, Otunga had a terrible attempt to take a hip toss in which he managed to make it look like he was taking his first hip toss ever, and earlier in the match, there was a horrendously botched pin attempt, in which Otunga needed to allow Santino to get his foot on the rope but was out of position to do so.
Plus, if we really want to get technical, I’m still not sure that Otunga even knows how to correctly hit his finisher, which is supposed to be a spine-buster variation but looks like he just tosses his opponent to the mat.
I have complimented Otunga a lot recently, but there’s no way in hell I can compliment what he did in the ring on Monday’s Raw.
Come on, dude—you’re working for the biggest wrestling promotion in the world. Have some pride, work on your skills and try to get better.
There are millions of guys who would kill to be in your spot. Yet, you don’t seem to want to make the most of it.
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