WWE No Way out 2012 Results: Brodus Clay Defeats David Otunga

Courtesy: WWE.com
Courtesy: WWE.com
Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistJune 17, 2012

Brodus Clay's undefeated run since adopting the Funkasaurus gimmick continued at No Way Out by beating David Otunga on the YouTube pre-show.

Clay has been featured in mostly squash matches over the past couple months with his dance routine being a bigger focus than anything he's accomplished in terms of wrestling. Even Vince McMahon got into the act on Raw by dancing with the "Funkadactyls," Cameron and Naomi.

Perhaps his recent move to SmackDown paired with the pay-per-view victory over Otunga is a sign things are finally starting to progress for Clay. He has proven enough over the past couple months to deserve a midcard run for awhile.

He started showing more of a mean streak recently, which normally signals a character shift on the horizon. That's good news for Clay because there was no way he would be able to progress without some changes.

That said, he still needs to prove himself in the ring. He's a raw talent, but has shown good athleticism for a big guy and should be able to add more versatility to his wrestling given more time.

As for Otunga, the loss proves he's still stuck in his current role as John Laurinaitis' right-hand man and it doesn't look like that will change in the near future. Like Clay, he's still working on his in-ring ability, but the weekly appearances on Raw and SmackDown have helped increase his stock.

Eventually he'll need to go back out on his own if he wants to have success as a singles superstar, though. Laurinaitis' run as general manager is going to end eventually, and Otunga has until that point to show he deserves a push.

All told, it was a good start to the show and helped two wrestlers who would have otherwise been left off the card get a chance to shine.

Now it's just a waiting game to see if the win provides a much-needed boost for Clay.


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