Tucker (American wrestler)
Tucker in June 2018
|Birth name||Levi Rolla Cooper|
|Born||July 24, 1990|
Clackamas, Oregon, United States
|Residence||Orlando, Florida, United States|
|Professional wrestling career|
|Billed height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Billed weight||320 lb (150 kg)|
|Billed from||Hubbard, Oregon|
|Trained by||WWE Performance Center|
|Debut||January 24, 2015|
After signing with WWE in 2018 and was assigned to their developmental brand NXT, he has since teamed with Otis as part of Heavy Machinery. They were promoted to WWE's main roster in 2019. They disbanded in 2020 as a result of the WWE Draft.
Cooper attended North Marion High School where he was a successful amateur wrestler. He wrestled at collegiate level for Portland State University, California State University, Bakersfield and Arizona State University, and placed 8th at the NCAA Wrestling Championships in 2011, earning him All-America status. At ASU, he earned a degree in accounting from the W. P. Carey School of Business.
Professional wrestling career
Early career (2013–2016)
In 2013, after graduating college, Cooper signed a contract with WWE and was assigned to the WWE Performance Center, where he took the ring name Tucker Knight. He made his professional wrestling debut at an NXT live event in Starke, Florida on January 24, 2015, facing Tye Dillinger in a match that resulted in a no contest. He made his television debut on the July 1 episode of NXT, working as an enhancement talent in a loss to Baron Corbin. Knight continued to make sporadic televised appearances as an enhancement talent throughout the remainder of 2015 and the start of 2016.
Heavy Machinery (2016–2020)
In July 2016, Knight formed a tag team with Otis Dozovic, calling themselves Heavy Machinery. The duo participated in the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic tournament, and they made their television debut on the October 19 episode of NXT, losing to the team of Austin Aries and Roderick Strong. The duo returned and had their first televised victory on the March 29, 2017 episode of NXT, defeating the team of Jonathan Ortagun and Mike Marshall. On the July 12 episode of NXT, Heavy Machinery unsuccessfully challenged The Authors of Pain (Akam and Rezar) for the NXT Tag Team Championship. In March 2018, Heavy Machinery once again participated in the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic tournament, but were eliminated by The Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford) in the first round. At the Greatest Royal Rumble event on April 27, 2018, Knight made his first televised main roster appearance, entering the Royal Rumble match at number 24 and eliminating Drew Gulak before being eliminated by Big E. On the December 19 episode of NXT, Heavy Machinery wrestled their final match on NXT, defeating Blake Howell and Danny D'Accardo.
On December 17, 2018, it was announced that Heavy Machinery would be debuting on the main roster. They debuted on the January 14, 2019 episode of Raw, interrupting an interview between Alexa Bliss and Paul Heyman. The following week on Raw, they defeated The Ascension (Konnor and Viktor) in their in-ring debut. In February, his ring name was shortened to Tucker, while Dozovic's ring name was shortened to Otis. The duo made their pay-per-view debut at WrestleMania 35, where they both competed in the André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal, but neither would win the match. As part of the Superstar Shake-Up, Heavy Machinery was moved to the SmackDown brand. At Stomping Grounds on June 23, Heavy Machinery faced Daniel Bryan and Rowan for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship, but were unable to win the titles. The following month at Extreme Rules, Heavy Machinery again competed for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship, this time in a triple threat tag team match involving Bryan and Rowan, and The New Day (Big E and Xavier Woods), which The New Day won. At Crown Jewel on October 31, Heavy Machinery competed in a tag team turmoil match, but were eliminated by The New Day. At Survivor Series, Heavy Machinery participated in an interbrand tag team battle royal, which was won by Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode. At Elimination Chamber on March 8, 2020, Heavy Machinery competed in the namesake match for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship, where the champions The Miz and John Morrison retained.
Singles competition (2020–present)
At the Money in the Bank pay-per-view on May 10, Tucker's partner, Otis, won the Money in the Bank ladder match, earning him a world title match at the time of his choosing. In September, The Miz and John Morrison tried to steal Otis' Money in the Bank contract, but they failed on multiple attempts. During the 2020 WWE Draft, Otis remained on the SmackDown brand, while Tucker was drafted to the Raw brand. The trial over the Money in the Bank contract commenced on the October 23 episode of SmackDown, with John "Bradshaw" Layfield, serving as judge and ordering that Otis would defend his Money in the Bank contract against Miz at Hell in a Cell.
At the event on October 25, Tucker betrayed Otis by hitting him with the briefcase, thus turning heel and disbanding Heavy Machinery in the process. In a backstage segment afterwards, Tucker explained his actions, saying that he carried their team, and claimed that Otis could not function without him, and was subsequently attacked by Otis for his betrayal. On the November 9 episode of Raw, Tucker would win the 24/7 Championship to claim his first championship within the company, but quickly dropped it to Gran Metalik seconds later.
Championships and accomplishments
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- "3/29 Moore's NXT TV Review: Kassius Ohno vs. Elias Samson in a Loser Leaves NXT Match, Johnny Gargano vs. Dash Wilder vs. Akam, Heavy Machinery in action, Ember Moon and Asuka contract signing for NXT Takeover: Orlando". Pro Wrestling dot Net. March 29, 2017. Retrieved June 15, 2019.
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- Powell, Jason. "WWE Crown Jewel results: Powell's live review of Brock Lesnar vs. Cain Velasquez for the WWE Championship, Seth Rollins vs. Bray Wyatt in a Falls Count Anywhere match for the WWE Universal Championship, Braun Strowman vs. Tyson Fury, Lacey Evans vs. Natalya". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved October 31, 2019.
- Benigno, Anthony (November 24, 2019). "Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode won a cross-brand Tag Team Battle Royal (Kickoff Match)". WWE. Retrieved November 24, 2019.
- Powell, Jason (March 8, 2020). "WWE Elimination Chamber results: Powell's live review of Shayna Baszler vs. Asuka vs. Ruby Riott vs. Liv Morgan vs. Sarah Logan vs. Natalya in an Elimination Chamber match for a shot at the Raw Women's Championship at WrestleMania 36, Smackdown Tag Title Elimination Chamber match". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved March 8, 2020.
- Benigno, Anthony (March 8, 2020). "SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Miz & John Morrison won the SmackDown Tag Team Title Elimination Chamber Match". WWE. Retrieved March 8, 2020.
- Garretson, Jordan (May 10, 2020). "Otis won the Men's Money in the Bank Ladder Match". WWE. Retrieved May 10, 2020.
- Powell, Jason (May 10, 2020). "WWE Money in the Bank results: Powell's review of the Climb The Corporate Ladder MITB matches, Drew McIntyre vs. Seth Rollins for the WWE Championship, Braun Strowman vs. Bray Wyatt for the WWE Universal Championship, Bayley vs. Tamina for the Smackdown Women's Championship". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved May 10, 2020.
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- Powell, Jason. "10/9 WWE Friday Night Smackdown results: Powell's review of the 2020 WWE Draft night one, Bayley vs. Sasha Banks for the Smackdown Women's Championship, The Fiend vs. Kevin Owens, Big E vs. Sheamus in a Falls Count Anywhere match". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved October 9, 2020.
- Powell, Jason. "10/12 WWE Raw Results: Powell's live review of the 2020 WWE Draft night two, Dual-Brand Battle Royal for a shot at the Raw Women's Championship, Kevin Owens vs. Aleister Black in a No DQ match, Seth Rollins says farewell to Raw, Mustafa Ali's first promo as Retribution's leader". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved October 25, 2020.
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- "Miz Wins Money In The Bank Briefcase, Tucker Turns On Otis At WWE Hell In A Cell". Fightful. October 25, 2020. Retrieved November 26, 2020.
- Powell, Jason (November 9, 2020). "11/09 WWE Raw Results: Powell's live review of Drew McIntyre, Kofi Kingston, and Xavier Woods vs. Randy Orton, The Miz, and John Morrison, Raw Women's Champion Asuka vs. Nia Jax in a non-title match, Jeff Hardy vs. Elias vs. Matt Riddle in a second chance qualifier for Team Raw at Survivor Series, Ricochet vs. Mustafa Ali". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved November 10, 2020.
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