At No Way Out, Otunga lost to Brodus Clay via count out.
The next night on Raw, Otunga teamed with Big Show and John Laurinaitis in a 3 on 1 handicap match.
Following the match, he was punted in the skull by Orton.
On the May 23 episode of Raw, Otunga teamed with fellow Nexus member Michael Mc Gillicutty to win the WWE Tag Team Championship from Kane and The Big Show with the help interference from fellow New Nexus members Mason Ryan and Punk.
About a month later, Otunga started to rebel against Barrett with the rest of Nexus behind him.
After the group disobeyed direct orders and walked away from Barrett, Otunga told Barrett to rehire Cena the following week or be banished from Nexus.
On the April 16 episode of Raw, Otunga unsuccessfully challenged Santino Marella for the United States Championship.On February 16, 2010, after numerous dark matches on both Raw and Smack Down, it was announced that Otunga would wrestle on the first season of NXT under his real name, with R-Truth as his storyline mentor.Young defeated Otunga in a rematch on the following week's broadcast, thanks to interference from Young's mentor, CM Punk.On the April 5 episode of Raw, Otunga put himself in a tag team match with John Cena for the Unified WWE Tag Team Championship against Sho Miz (Big Show and The Miz).Later in the match, however, he refused to tag in and walked out, allowing Sho Miz to retain.After CM Punk left the New Nexus when his WWE contract expired on July 17, Otunga and Mc Gillicutty competed against Santino Marella and Zack Ryder on the August 1 episode of Raw without any Nexus gear or armbands, and with all Nexus logos removed from their Titan Tron, effectively signaling the end of the New Nexus.