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Their combined weight tips the scales at nearly 700 pounds, they’ve informed the NXT Universe of their fondness for steaks and weights, and their offensive repertoire is, well, different.

Most of all, Tucker Knight & Otis Dozovic, the team collectively known as Heavy Machinery, are all about having fun.

“I think we just have more fun than any other tag team, and that’s our main thing,” Knight said. “We just go out and enjoy ourselves.”

Knight and the ever-eccentric Dozovic have made quite the early impression on the NXT Universe since their recent splash into the tag team picture. With all eyes focused on the NXT Tag Team Title Ladder Match between The Authors of Pain and #DIY this Saturday at NXT TakeOver: Chicago, you had better believe Knight & Dozovic will be keeping close tabs on the result.

“We want everyone to know that we wanna challenge the top dogs, win the tag team titles and prove we are the best in NXT,” Knight said.
Heavy Machinery

So just who exactly are Tucker Knight and Otis Dozovic? For starters, they are two men with rich amateur wrestling backgrounds. Tucker, a former NCAA All-American, was ranked as one of the top heavyweights in the country from 2011-13, during which time he attended California State University, Bakersfield, Arizona State and Portland State University

After going 48-0 in high school competition, the 330-pound Dozovic won a gold medal at the 2011 Junior Pan-American Games and a bronze medal at the 2014 Pan-American Games in Greco-Roman wrestling. Dozovic was even a prospect for the 2012 Summer Olympic team, an opportunity that allowed him to train with SmackDown LIVE Superstar and NXT alum Chad Gable.

“We pride ourselves on being big men who can go inside the ring,” Dozovic said. “Just because our team name is Heavy Machinery doesn’t mean we’re gonna wear hard hats. We are two guys built like brick walls, and we are gonna run you over.”

Outside of the duo’s imposing size and obvious athleticism, it is Dozovic’s animated demeanor that has caught the eye of many throughout the NXT Universe.

“I’ve been this way all my life,” he said. “In the past I was hired for coaching jobs at amateur wrestling camps just to hype up the wrestlers and get them going. I’m laid-back, but when it comes to competition, it’s a different story.”

Knight echoed his partner’s sentiments.

“I used to get in trouble growing up for being too animated and celebrating too much when things went well,” he said. “Now we do something sweet and we get to celebrate in our own way. It’s especially fun hanging with Dozy (Dozovic) outside the ring. He’s always making funny faces and funny noises. I like to joke that he’s got his own language called Dozinese because sometimes people have a hard time understanding what he’s saying.”

Jokes aside, Knight & Dozovic have displayed a mutual complementary chemistry that so far has brought them plenty of success. According to Knight, that chemistry is the x-factor that separates them from the pack.

“I think that we have an energy that no other team currently has,” he said. “We want to prove to everyone, including ourselves, that we are the best tag team in NXT. The quicker we can do that, the better.”
Heavy Machinery

Did You Know? Heavy Machinery fun facts

Favorite food
Tucker Knight: Burger, fries and ice cold soda

Otis Dozovic: 15 Buffalo wings, mashed potatoes and gravy, meatloaf, steak and baked beans

Favorite movie
Tucker Knight: “Good Will Hunting”

Otis Dozovic: “Friday the 13th”

Maximum squat, bench press and deadlift
Tucker Knight: 365-pound bench, 500-pound squat, 500-pound deadlift

Otis Dozovic: 475-pound bench, 610-pound squat, 710-pound deadlift

Misc.
Tucker Knight has an accounting degree from Arizona State University.

Otis Dozovic’s great-grandmother use to wrestle in carnivals under the name “Cattle Kate.”



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Lacey Evans may be one of the newest additions to NXT’s Women’s division, but her entry into the world of sports-entertainment is both inspiring and heartwarming. Find out how the proud mother and former Marine turned into an NXT Superstar.

WWE.COM: You started at the WWE Performance Center a year ago. What has the experience been like to train and perform under the WWE umbrella?

LACEY EVANS: Amazing! (The trainers) really push you to do your best. They are always there for anything you need, but for the most part, they expect you to take the initiative and I love that about this company. It is different from the life I’ve lived because everything in the Performance Center is top-notch. The medical care, gear, training equipment and facility are the best in the world. I came from a background where I had to share everything with seven other siblings. From hand-me-downs to sleeping in tents, we had to make what we had work. With WWE, they give you everything you need to perform at your best.

WWE.COM: You have a very unique background as a former Marine. Tell us about the time you spent serving our country.

EVANS: I served for five years. My MOS (Military Occupational Specialty) was Military Police 5811 with a secondary MOS Special Reaction Team 5816. I loved the Marines. I loved being a police officer and I loved the non-stop challenges that I had to face. I graduated as the company’s highest shooter out of boot camp. From there, I had MCT (Marine Combat Training), where I graduated as squad leader, receiving a Meritorious Mast award. I was in charge of an entire squad for 30 days. It was my job to keep accountability, task out jobs to complete missions and make sure we were all on the same page before responding to scenarios that were put in front of us.

From there, I went to my MOS training. By the end of the nearly year-long stay in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., I graduated top of my entire class as the Honor Graduate and was stationed at Parris Island, S.C. My job was to make sure the base entrances were secure, that people entering were scanned and cleared and that people within the bases were safe and abiding by the rules set forth by the Marine Corps. I became part of the Special Reactions Team (Military SWAT), where after my training, I became the assistant breacher. My duties during this time were responding to active shooter and hostage situations, barricaded suspects, terrorist threats, suspicious packages and felony stops, to name a few. I also graduated with a bachelor’s degree in health administration management. Before leaving the Marines, I was the Training Non-Commission Officer, where it was my job to set up all training scenarios each week that my unit would partake in. I was in charge of all administrative and logistics of getting the training planned, scheduled and the accountability for the Marines involved.

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