WWE bad guy David Otunga feels left out when publications cover sightings of his fiancee, Oscar winner and fellow Chicago native Jennifer Hudson, but don’t mention that he was at the restaurant or store as well – at least that’s what he told me when I met him during Wrestlemania weekend in Miami.
Was he joking?
Probably. But just to be safe, I ask that sources now mention if there was a ridiculously jacked dude standing nearby when sending in a Hudson sighting. Oh, and if you see someone who looks like Otunga working out at an X Sport Fitness in Chicago, chances are it’s probably him.
“I work out at X Sport Fitness every day,” said Otunga, who was surprised nobody has reported any sightings of him at the gym.
Awk-ward: I’ve never known how wrestlers can stare each other down in the middle of the ring with their faces inches apart and not crack a smile. I always figured I would burst out laughing four seconds into a stare down just like I do every time I’m in a situation where I’m not supposed to laugh and would then take a few deep breaths before saying, “OK, OK, OK. For real this time.”
But much like most of Chris Rock’s movies, stare downs aren’t as funny as you'd think.
I asked WWE Superstar and former United States Champion Dolph Ziggler if we could stare each other down for a photo and learned stare downs are more awkward than anything. The whole thing lasted about five seconds, but it felt way longer. That’s probably because I was having what is really just a staring contest with a guy I’d never met before.
Once it was over, Ziggler said “I thought you were going to crack.” The truth is I never came close. The only thoughts that crossed my mind were A) This is weird B) This is really weird C) Dolph smells like Barbasol shaving cream. Still, thanks to Dolph for being a good sport about the whole thing.
On the record: “If I didn’t do that Wrestlemania stuff, I would’ve lost my house.” – Boxing legend Mike Tyson jokes about his Wrestlemania appearance in 1998 during his induction into the WWE Hall of Fame.
“Just won my match at #Wrestlemania with @realkellykelly.amazing experience.and ps-that was eve’s makeup on my pants-let’s not get cray cray.” – "Extra" co-host Maria Menounos tweets about the mysterious stain on the back of her white pants following her Wrestelmania match Sunday.
Hit my music: If I were a wrestler (which we now know would never happen because the stare downs would be too awkward for me), I would pick DMX’s “X Gon' Give it to Ya” as my theme song. It might be old, but it still gets me hyped up after all these years. WWE Champion CM Punk? He picked Living Colour’s “Cult of Personality” as his song, but he did consider A.F.I.’s awesome “Miseria Cantare.”
“I thought about it,” Punk told me last month when I interviewed him at The Bongo Room in Wicker Park. “I wasn’t sure I could get it done. (A.F.I.) has a rough relationship with their record label. But you never know. Before my career is done, you’ll probably see it.”
No shirt: I was on a mission last week to buy my first WWE t-shirt in over a decade. It didn’t need to be a t-shirt I would wear to the bars or anything, just something I could wear at Wrestlemania Sunday and maybe in my next Chicago Tribune column photo.
Unfortunately, I didn’t find any t-shirt I liked. Not one. And that’s why I’m asking WWE to step its t-shirt game up. You gave us this classic Macho Man t-shirt, this Rock t-shirt and this DX tshirt -- which I wore while getting a girl’s number at Gurnee Mills mall in high school, one of my most unlikely accomplishments to date – and now it's time for a new generation of great t-shirts.
Better get moving, WWE. Extreme Rules takes place at the Allstate Arena April 29 and me with nothing to wear.