Kipp Christianson

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Kipp Christianson
Born (1974-09-30) September 30, 1974 (age 42)
River Falls, Wisconsin
Residence Minneapolis, Minnesota
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Eli Cottonwood
Kip Christianson
Tobias Downer
Billed height 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m)
Billed weight 330 lb (150 kg)
Billed from River Falls, Wisconsin
Trained by Steve Keirn
Debut 2008
Kipp Christianson
Personal information
Born (1974-09-30) September 30, 1974 (age 42)
River Falls, Wisconsin
Nationality American
Listed height 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Listed weight 268 lb (122 kg)
Career information
High school River Falls High School
College Arizona State University (1992)
College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University (1993-1997)
Position Center
Career history
Charleston Lowgators (2004) Sioux Falls Skyforce
Yakama Sun Kings
Basketbal Pezinok
Kaposvári KK
BC Neptūnas
Xinjiang Flying Tigers
Karşıyaka Basket
Milwaukee Bucks
Charleston Lowgators
Dallas Mavericks
Rain or Shine Elasto Painters

Kipp Christianson (September 30, 1974) is a part-time American professional wrestler and former basketball player. He is best known for his time in WWE, where he wrestled under the name Eli Cottonwood.

Christianson competed on the second season of NXT. His "pro" was John Morrison. He was the second rookie eliminated from the season. He returned to NXT in 2012. He was with Bray Wyatt for a short time. He asked for a release from WWE in June, 2012.On an independent wrestling show Christianson announced his retirement as a wrestler on July 10, 2014.

In February 2016 on Facebook Christianson announced that he came out of retirement and can wrestle part-time only.

On February 14, 2016 he wrestled at Independent promotion in Minnesota.

Basketball career[edit]

Christianson attended River Falls High School and later St. John's University in Minnesota. While attending St. John's, he averaged 20 points and eight rebounds, and in his junior season there, he led the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in field goal percentage. During his basketball career, Christian played in several countries, including Lithuania and China. He played in the International Basketball Association and Continental Basketball Association, for both Quad City Thunder and Sioux Falls Skyforce. He attended a camp for the Milwaukee Bucks in 1998, and played for the Dallas Mavericks team in the NBA Summer League. On March 16, 2004, he signed a ] contract with the Charleston Lowgators.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Kipp Christianson began competing in Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) in 2008 under his real name. In August 2009, his name was tweaked to Eli Cottonwood, and he utilized a gimmick of being recently reintroduced to society from the Kelloggs Sanitarium. He spent most of his time defeating opponents such as DJ Gabriel, Tyler Reks, and Max McGuirk. He soon aligned with Aksana and turned face.

On June 1, 2010, it was announced that Cottonwood would be part of the second season of WWE NXT, with John Morrison as his storyline mentor. He debuted on the June 8 episode of NXT, teaming with Morrison to defeat Titus O'Neil and Zack Ryder. Christianson's performance in the "Talk the Talk" challenge on the July 6 edition of NXT earned him a clip on the following episode of E! Television's episode of The Soup in the "What your Boyfriend is Watching" segment.

Personal life[edit]

Christianson graduated from St. John’s University with a bachelor's degree in psychology. He is married to Tabatha, and they have a daughter Clover. He has a step son name Anthony from his wife Tabatha's previous relationship before marriage.

Christianson owns half of an independent wrestling promotion Florida Hardcore Wrestling (FHW) In Palm City, Florida.

In wrestling[edit]

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