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Eli Cottonwood

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Career History

In The Beginning:

  • Kipp Christianson attended high school in River Falls, Wisconsin..
  • 1997: Kipp Christianson graduated from St. John’s University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology..
  • ~~~~Kipp also played basketball St. John’s University and was considered to be a very talented player..
  • Kipp Christianson played basketball for the NBA (National Basketball Association) developmental league
  • Kipp Christianson also international basketball at the professional level for Asian and European leagues..
  • Kipp Christianson worked as a basketball coach for St. John’s University and for the University of Wisconsin
  • 2008: Kipp Christianson signed a World Wrestling Entertainment developmental contract.
  • Florida Championship Wrestling – Kip Christianson:
  • 2009: Kipp Christianson was placed on the FCW roster page and named “Kip Christianson”
  • However, when he made his Florida Championship Wrestling debut he was re-named “Eli Cottonwood”.
  • Florida Championship Wrestling – Eli Cottonwood:
  • Eli Cottonwood’s gimmick is that he is a lunatic who escaped an asylum..
  • July 15, 2009–Florida Championship Wrestling: Eli Cottonwood defeated Fred Rosser.
  • August 20, 2009–Florida Championship Wrestling: The 7 ft Eli Cottonwood defeated Fred Rosser.
  • October 8, 2009–Florida Championship Wrestling: Skip Sheffield defeated Dylan Klein by DQ after Cottonwood attacked Sheffield.
  • November 5, 2009–FCW: Mr. FCW defeated Eli Cottonwood by DQ when Cottonwood refused the referee’s instruction to stop..
  • November 12, 2009 – FCW: Eli Cottonwood defeated Dino Carter.
  • December 12, 2009 – FCW: Aksana showed up looking like she had been roughed up and reunited with Eli Cottonwood (A voice over the sound system said next time Eli wouldn’t be so lucky).
  • February 18, 2010–Florida Championship Wrestling: Eli Cottonwood & Skip Sheffield defeated Tyler Reks & Johnny Curtis.
  • February 25, 2010–Florida Championship Wrestling: Percy Watson defeated Johnny Curtis after distraction from Eli Cottonwood.
  • February 25, 2010–FCW: Eli Cottonwood defeated Johnny Curtis in a Grudge match (Curtis attacked Cottonwood after the match).
  • March 11, 2010–Florida Championship Wrestling: Eli Cottonwood defeated Ray Leppan.
  • March 18, 2010–Florida Championship Wrestling: Eli Cottonwood defeated Jacob Novak.
  • March 25, 2010–Florida Championship Wrestling: Eli Cottonwood defeated FCW champion Alex Riley by DQ.
  • April 1, 2010–FCW: Alex Riley defeated Eli Cottonwood in a No-DQ match to retain the FCW Heavyweight title.
  • April 8, 2010–FCW: Leo Kruger & Curt Hawkins & Jackson Andrews defeated Bo Rotundo & Duke Rotundo & Eli Cottonwood.
  • April 29, 2010–Florida Championship Wrestling: Jackson Andrews & Curt Hawkins defeated Wes Brisco & Eli Cottonwood.
  • May 5, 2010–Florida Championship Wrestling: Team FCW defeated Team NXT in a 7-on-7 Tag Team Match.
  • ~~~Team FCW = Leo Kruger & Bo Rotundo & Joe Hennig & Eli Cottonwood & Alex Riley & Tito Colon & Hunico..
  • ~Team NXT = Skip Sheffield & Michael Tarver & Justin Gabriel & Darren Young & Heath Slater & Wade Barrett & Curt Hawkins..
  • May 13, 2010–FCW: Justin Gabriel & Heath Slater & Eli Cottonwood defeated Alex Riley & Joe Hennig & Wade Barrett ..
  • May 27, 2010–FCW: Eli Cottonwood defeated Rudy Parker (After the match, WWE Superstar Shad Gaspard attacked Cottonwood).
  • World Wrestling Entertainment – NXT Season 2:
  • Eli Cottonwood was paired with John Morrison for the second season of WWE NXT..
  • June 1, 2010–WWE NXT: John Morrison introduced his NXT Rookie Eli Cottonwood, like a “giant redwood tree”..
  • June 3, 2010–Florida Championship Wrestling: NXT Season 1 defeated NXT Season 2 in a 5-on-5 match..
  • ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~NXT Season 1 = Skip Sheffield & David Otunga & Michael Tarver & Heath Slater..
  • ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~NXT Season 2 = Eli Cottonwood & Husky Harris & Percy Watson & Lucky Cannon..
  • June 8, 2010–WWE NXT: John Morrison & Eli Cottonwood defeated Zack Ryder & Titus O’Neil in a tag team match..
  • ~~~Later that Night; The NXT Season 2 “Pros” beat up their “Rookies” so they wouldn’t do what the NXT Season 1 guys did..
  • June 10, 2010–FCW: The Uso Brothers & Donny Marlow & Broadus Clay beat Hunico & Epico & Percy Watson & Eli Cottonwood.
  • June 21, 2010–RAW: John Morrison w/Eli Cottonwood defeated Zack Ryder w/Titus O’Neil..
  • June 22, 2010–WWE NXT: Eli Cottonwood w/John Morrison defeated Kaval (w/Michelle McCool & Layla)..
  • June 29, 2010–WWE NXT: Eli Cottonwood participated in a “Keg Carry” challenge (which was won by Lucky Cannon)..
  • ~~~~~~~~~Kaval & Michael McGillicutty & Lucky Cannon defeated Alex Riley & Titus O’Neil & Eli Cottonwood..
  • July 8, 2010 – FCW: Kaval & Johnny Curtis defeated Michael McGillicutty & Eli Cottonwood & Rudy Parker in a 2/3 Handicap match when McGillicutty & Cottonwood abandoned Parker..
  • July 13, 2010–NXT: Participated in a Battle Royal including NXT Pros & Rookies, joined by The Nexus (who dominated the match)..
  • July 20, 2010–NXT: Eli Cottonwood and Kaval did an in-ring segment with their “Pros” to hype next week’s elimation by fan vote..
  • July 25, 2010 – FCW: Husky Harris & Eli Cottonwood defeated Percy Watson & Titus O’Neill.
  • July 27, 2010–NXT: Michael McGillicutty w/Kofi Kingston defeated Eli Cottonwood w/John Morrison..
  • ~~~At the end of the night, Eli Cottonwood was eliminated from the competition and attacked Husky Harris on his way out..
  • July 29, 2010 – FCW: Lucky Cannon & Devin Allen & Bill Carr defeated Eli Cottonwood & Jinder Mahal & Jackson Andrews.
  • August 5, 2010 – FCW: Eli Cottonwood defeated Bill Carr.
  • August 19, 2010 – FCW: Eli Cottonwood won the Liviana Classic Battle Royal #2 (last eliminating Bo Rotundo), Eli Cottonwood defeated Alex Riley in the Liviana Classic Final Over-The-Top-Rope Challenge (FCW champion Mason Ryan attacked Cottonwood after the match).
  • August 26, 2010 – FCW: Mason Ryan defeated Eli Cottonwood to retain the FCW Heavyweight title.
  • August 29, 2010 – FCW: Eli Cottonwood (bloodied) won the Monsters Of FCW Battle Royal (Participants: Shad Gaspard, Eli Cottonwood, Brodus Clay, Husky Harris, Titus O’Neill, and Jackson Andrews).
  • August 31, 2010–WWE NXT: Eli Cottonwood sat in the front row with other eliminated rookies for the Finale..
  • ~~~Kaval was announced as the winner of NXT Season 2 – then the seven eliminated rookies jumped in the ring and attacked him!
  • September 9, 2010 – FCW: Brodus Clay & Jackson Andrews & Eli Cottonwood defeated Lucky Cannon & Los Aviadores (Hunico & Epico).
  • September 15, 2010 – FCW: ackson Andrews & Brodus Clay & Eli Cottonwood & Shad Gaspard defeated Big E. Langston & Titus O’Neil & Xavier Woods & Bobby Dutch.
  • September 19, 2010 – FCW: Brodus Clay & Eli Cottonwood & Jackson Andrews defeated Lucky Cannon in a 3-on-1 handicap match.
  • September 23, 2010 – FCW: Titus O’Neil & Shad Gaspard defeated Eli Cottonwood & Jackson Andrews.
  • September 26, 2010 – FCW: Eli Cottonwood & Jackson Andrews defeated Xavier Woods & Bobby Dutch.
  • October 28, 2010 – FCW: Jackson Andrews & Eli Cottonwood defeated Lucky Cannon & Titus O’Neill.
  • December 18, 2011 – FCW: Eli Cottonwood defeats Leroy Parks in a dark match.
  • February 5, 2012 – FCW: Corey Graves & Eli Cottonwood defeated Brad Maddox & Briley Pierce in a non-title match.
  • Eli Cottonwood asked for his released from WWE in 2012.