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.