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Arn Anderson thinks David Otunga was kept on WWE payroll because Vince McMahon hoped to get Jennifer Hudson to sing at WrestleMania

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On this week's episode of the "ARN" podcast, Arn Anderson and Conrad Thompson look back at WWE Bragging Rights 2010.

Bragging Rights 2010 included a 14-man elimination tag team match between Team Raw and Team SmackDown, Wade Barrett vs. Randy Orton for the WWE Championship and Kane vs. The Undertaker in a Buried Alive match. They also talk about all of the big wrestling news stories that were happening around that time.

Arn was asked why WWE didn’t do more with David Otunga: “I don’t think he got enough reps to see what he was capable of. He looked as good as anybody. He was a handsome guy and a pleasant guy. He had a lot of class about himself. If my opinion matters, and I never heard this said in closed doors, but, I think in the back of Vince’s mind that Jennifer Hudson was going to sing the National Anthem at WrestleMania at some point. No disrespect to David, but that was the goal and to keep David happy during that period, because you’re talking about a coup for WrestleMania, how big would that have been? I’m sure if that was ever presented to her people, they said something along the lines of 'Jennifer, you are a worldwide pop star. You are as hot as anybody on earth. You don’t need to be involved in wrestling. I get that your husband is trying his hand at that. You are somewhere else in some other stratosphere.'”

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Otunga first signed a developmental deal with WWE to train in FCW back in 2008 before making his debut on the game show version of NXT in 2010. He made his main roster debut in 2010 as part of Nexus and he wrestled a full-time schedule through 2012. He only wrestled a handful of matches from 2013 until his last match on a house show against R-Truth in 2015.

Since 2015, he's been brought in for the Kickoff shows and occasional announcing work. Otunga and Hudson split up in 2017 so the odds of seeing Hudson participate on a WWE show are much less now.

You can listen to the entire podcast via your favorite podcast app, including Google Play and Apple Podcasts.

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