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Nikola Bogojevic (Serbian: Никола Богојевић; born December 21, 1991) is a Serbian American professional wrestler currently working for WWE where he performs on SmackDown brand under the ring name Otis, previously billed as Otis Dozovic. Bogojevic and Tucker Knight began teaming together in NXT, WWE's developmental territory under the name "Heavy Machinery". Heavy Machinery was promoted to the Smackdown roster in late 2018.

Otis Dozovic
Otis Dozovic NXT.jpg
Otis in April 2017
Birth nameNikola Bogojević
Born (1991-12-21) December 21, 1991 (age 27)
Duluth, Minnesota, U.S.
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)
  • Dozer
  • Niko Bogojevic
  • Otis
  • Otis Dozovic[1][2]
Billed height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[2]
Billed weight330 lb (150 kg)[2]
Billed fromSuperior, Wisconsin[2]
Trained byMatt Yaden[3]
WWE Performance Center[4]
Debut2015

Prior to his professional wrestling career, Bogojevic was a successful collegiate wrestler winning the 2009 Greco-Roman junior Nationals in his weight class, the national title in the 2011 Junior Pan-American Games and a bronze medal in Greco-Roman wrestling at the Pan-American Games and was a prospect for the 2012 Summer Olympics team but was not chosen. Bogojevic was voted the 2017 rookie of the year by the readers of Pro Wrestling Illustrated. To date, Bogojevic is the first Serbian wrestler to ever wrestled for the WWE.

Early lifeEdit

Competition record
Greco-Roman wrestling
Representing   United States
2014 Pan-American Championships[5]
3rd 2010 130kg

Bogojevic was born in Duluth, Minnesota, on December 21, 1991,[6] to parents of Serbian descent. He attended Superior High School, where he was a successful amateur wrestler. He was a champion at the 2009 Greco-Roman junior Nationals.[7] He placed third at the 2009 Junior Freestyle championships.[7] Originally committed to the University of Wisconsin,[7] he wrestled at collegiate level for Augsburg College and Colorado State University-Pueblo. He won the national title in Greco-Roman wrestling at the Junior Pan-American Games in 2011 and a Greco-Roman bronze at the 2014 Pan-American Games.[8] He was at one point considered a prospect for the U.S. Greco-Roman wrestling team at the 2012 Summer Olympics and spent some time training at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado.[9]

Professional wrestling careerEdit

Early career (2015–2016)Edit

Bogojevic trained to become a professional wrestler at the Mercury Pro Wrestling Academy in Arvada, Colorado.[3] He wrestled under the ring name Dozer for several regional promotions in Colorado, including Ultra Championship Wrestling-Zero and New Revolution Wrestling, where he won the NRW Charged Championship.[10]

WWEEdit

NXT (2016–2018)Edit

On April 12, 2016, Bogojevic was announced as one of 10 new recruits to begin training at the WWE Performance Center.[11] He made his debut for WWE at a NXT live event on July 8, 2016, teaming with Adrian Jaoude in a defeat to The Authors of Pain (Akam and Rezar). Later that month he formed a tag team with Tucker Knight at NXT live events. Using the name Heavy Machinery, the duo made their television debut on the October 19 episode of NXT, losing to the team of Austin Aries and Roderick Strong as part of the 2016 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, with Bogojevic now renamed Otis Dozovic.[1][12] 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.[13] On the July 12 episode of NXT, Heavy Machinery unsuccessfully challenged The Authors of Pain for the NXT Tag Team Championship.

Main roster (2018–present)Edit

On the December 17, 2018 episode of Raw, Heavy Machinery were advertised as two of six NXT wrestlers to be moved to the main roster.[14] With the shortened names of Otis and Tucker, they debuted on the January 14 episode of Raw interrupting an interview between Alexa Bliss and Paul Heyman. On the April 16 episode of SmackDown, the team was moved to the SmackDown brand during the 2019 WWE Superstar Shake-Up.[15] At WrestleMania 35, Otis and Tucker competed in the sixth annual André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal, but failed to win.[16] The duo participated at the 51-Man Battle Royal at the 2019 Super Showdown, but they were both eliminated during the match.[17]

Other mediaEdit

Otis Dozovic made his video game debut as a playable character in WWE 2K19.[18]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Wytner, Arya (October 19, 2016). "WWE NXT results: Roderick Strong makes his debut". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved June 16, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d "SmackDown Live: Otis". WWE. Retrieved June 15, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Clark, Ryan (April 16, 2016). "WWE Signs Nikola 'Dozer' Bogojevic - Details - ProWrestling.com".
  4. ^ "Otis Dozovic". Cagematch. Retrieved December 27, 2016.
  5. ^ "Cubans roll at Pan Am Championships, but U.S. wins Greco title - The Open Mat". news.theopenmat.com. July 18, 2014. Retrieved June 15, 2019.
  6. ^ "Nikola Bogojevic". teamusa.org. August 15, 2005. Retrieved September 3, 2016.
  7. ^ a b c "Class of four signs with UW wrestling". University of Wisconsin. December 4, 2009. Retrieved June 15, 2019.
  8. ^ "'Niko' among new recruits at WWE Performance Center". Superior Telegram. April 15, 2016. Archived from the original on April 19, 2016. Retrieved June 15, 2019.
  9. ^ "Former Superior wrestler aims for London Olympic Games". Duluth News Tribune. January 18, 2012. Retrieved June 15, 2019.
  10. ^ a b "NRW Champions". nrwprowrestling.com. Retrieved September 4, 2016.
  11. ^ "Which independent stars just signed with WWE?". WWE. April 12, 2016. Retrieved June 15, 2019.
  12. ^ "Team Aries vs. Otis Dozovic & Tucker Knight (Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic First Round Match)". WWE. October 17, 2016. Retrieved June 15, 2019.
  13. ^ "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.
  14. ^ "WWE announces six NXT stars coming to the main roster". www.pwinsider.com. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
  15. ^ F4W Staff (April 16, 2019). "Full list of WWE Superstar Shake-Up night two roster changes". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved June 16, 2019.
  16. ^ Powell, Jason. "WrestleMania 35 Kickoff Show results: Powell's live review of the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal, WWE Women's Battle Royal, Buddy Murphy vs. Tony Nese for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship". Pro Wreslting Dot Net. Retrieved April 7, 2019.
  17. ^ P., Leon (June 8, 2019). "There Were Actually 51 Competitors in the Super ShowDown Battle Royal, Complete List". PWInsider. Retrieved June 12, 2019.
  18. ^ Cole, Caitlin (December 19, 2018). "Complete WWE 2K19". Rumble Ramble. Retrieved April 23, 2019.
  19. ^ "Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) 500 for 2018". cagematch.net. Retrieved September 19, 2018.
  20. ^ "Full List Of Pro Wrestling Illustrated's 2017 Award Winners". Wrestling Inc. January 12, 2018.