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Tucker Knight
Tucker Knight NXT.jpg
Knight in April 2017
Birth nameLevi Rolla Cooper
Born (1990-07-24) July 24, 1990 (age 29)
Clackamas, Oregon, U.S.
ResidenceOrlando, Florida, U.S.
Ashley Cooper (m. 2016)
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Tucker Knight[1]
Billed height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)[1]
Billed weight297 lb (135 kg)[1]
Billed fromHubbard, Oregon[1]
Trained byWWE Performance Center
DebutJanuary 24, 2015

Levi Rolla Cooper[2] (born July 24, 1990)[3] is an American professional wrestler currently signed to WWE, where he competes in their developmental territory NXT under the ring name Tucker Knight.[4]

Early life[edit | edit source]

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.[5]

Professional wrestling career[edit | edit source]

Cooper joined WWE after graduating college in 2013.[6] He was assigned to the WWE Performance Center and took the ring name Tucker Knight.

Knight made his professional wrestling debut at a NXT live event in Starke, Florida on January 24, 2015, facing Tye Dillinger. He made his television debut on the July 1, 2015 episode of NXT, working as an enhancement talent in a loss to Baron Corbin.[6] Knight continued to make sporadic televised appearances as an enhancement talent throughout the remainder of 2015 and the start of 2016.

In July 2016, Knight formed a tag team with Otis Dozovic, calling themselves Heavy Machinery. The duo participated in the 2016 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, losing in the first round 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 Mike Marshall and Jonathan Ortagun.[7] Knight made his first televised main roster appearance on 27 April 2018 at WWE's Greatest Royal Rumble event in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, entering the namesake match at #22 and eliminating Drew Gulak before being eliminated by Big E.[8]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Tucker Knight". WWE.
  2. Gallivan, Joseph. "NXT, please! From Hubbard, Oregon to WWE". joomlakave.com. Retrieved 2018-06-08.
  3. "Levi Cooper Profile - Arizona State University Official Athletic Site". Arizona State University.
  4. Gallivan, Joseph. "NXT, please! From Hubbard, Oregon to WWE". Portland Tribune.
  5. "The Improbable Journey of Levi Cooper". mudmosh.com.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Hawkins, Phil. "Hubbard native shows talent, potential in WWE".
  7. "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". 29 March 2017.
  8. WWE Greatest Royal Rumble results, recap, grades: Lesnar-Reigns controversy, Strowman stands tall

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