BYRON-SAXTON.COM • WWE STAR BYRON SAXTON'S OFFICIAL WEBSITE
LATEST IMAGES
112_SD_10102017ej_2469--5e476653a3cd7366c6cd4953f649fc2b.jpg
115_SD_10102017mm_2585--d304bcf1c4d7f73f2ce1aca8310bfe55.jpg
10th_October_2017_mp4_001835181.jpg
10th_October_2017_mp4_001835733.jpg
10th_October_2017_mp4_001836325.jpg
10th_October_2017_mp4_001837061.jpg
10th_October_2017_mp4_001837605.jpg
10th_October_2017_mp4_001838245.jpg
10th_October_2017_mp4_001838813.jpg
10th_October_2017_mp4_001839389.jpg
10th_October_2017_mp4_001829261.jpg
10th_October_2017_mp4_001829781.jpg
10th_October_2017_mp4_001830253.jpg
10th_October_2017_mp4_001830750.jpg
10th_October_2017_mp4_001831309.jpg
Byrons Articles

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.”



HQ PhotosPhotosResultsVideos


Related Links: Screen Captures | WWE Digitals | Watch Smackdown Live
We are in Manchester, New Hampshire and your announcers are John Layfield, Tom Phillips, and Byron Saxton.



HQ PhotosPhotosResultsVideos


Related Links: Screen Captures | WWE Digitals | Watch Smackdown Live
We are in London, United Kingdom and your announcers are John Layfield, Tom Phillips and Byron Saxton.



Byrons Interviews

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.

(more…)



HQ PhotosPhotosResultsVideos


Related Links: Screen Captures | WWE Digitals | Watch Smackdown Live
We are in Fresno, California and your announcers are JBL, Tom Phillips and Byron Saxton.



HQ PhotosPhotosResultsVideos


Related Links: Screen Captures | WWE Digitals | Watch Smackdown Live

We are in Des Moines, Iowa and your announcers are JBL, Tom Phillips and Byron Saxton.



Byrons Interviews

Since joining the ranks of the announce team last October, Kayla Braxton has quickly become a staple of NXT broadcasts. This week, we take a closer look at what brought Braxton to the world of sports-entertainment, as well as the highly inspirational message she has for anyone who reads her story.

WWE.COM: What has your NXT experience been like so far?

KAYLA BRAXTON: Absolutely surreal. If you told me a year ago while I was working in a newsroom that I’d be working for WWE, I would have laughed at you. And now, I can’t imagine myself being anywhere else.

WWE.COM: Let’s talk about that. Tell us about your life before WWE and NXT.

KAYLA: I graduated from Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. with a degree in broadcast journalism. During my time in college, I began to create content for the web. I had a couple digital entertainment shows for the school and also for the city of Nashville. By the time I graduated, I had my sights set on a bigger stage, and that was television. Six months later, I was hosting my own entertainment web and TV segment in the top-20 television market of Orlando. Little did I know how this move to The City Beautiful would eventually set up my career here at WWE.

WWE.COM: How would you compare working in the TV news and entertainment business to WWE?

KAYLA: Coming from a newsroom, where I predominately speak to a camera, to WWE and speaking in front of thousands of people live, it gives me a high. It’s absolutely indescribable. Yes, at times I’ve been nervous, but it was the excited kind of nervous. There are so many eyeballs waiting for you to tell the story of these Superstars they’ve come to watch, and you better do a darn good job if you want to be accepted by the WWE Universe. But I will say, the fans of this company have been so welcoming, so encouraging and so loyal, and I am so honored they have allowed me to be their host and ring announcer for the last several months.

WWE.COM: Let’s go way back to before you started working. What was your upbringing like?

KAYLA: One of the primary reasons I’ve wanted to work in television was to have a platform. When I was 9 years old, my mother went to prison and I entered into the foster care system. Prior to that transition, I lived a very difficult childhood. I was discouraged and put down. I don’t blame my mother because she did her best, but poor decisions led her to poor relationships with men, and they were the ones who were physically and emotionally abusive. I was told I would never be anything or anyone of significance. I began to believe that.

But once I moved into the foster home and was nurtured by my new parents, I realized that I could become somebody, and I wanted to have an impact on kids that went through similar situations as I did. At a young age, I began participating in public-speaking competitions to tell my story. Eventually, I began traveling the country to speak in front of predominant businesses. When I was 17, I spoke in front of President George W. Bush at the White House and then began my college career, which led to my actual career. I want to be an example to anyone I meet that it doesn’t matter where you come from or what negative things people have said to you; we are all on this earth for a reason. Television just gives me a bigger platform to spread that message.

WWE.COM: Now you certainly have the incredible platform of WWE and NXT to spread that message. How did your family and friends react to your new career?

KAYLA: I gotta admit, my parents were a little skeptical at first. They didn’t know much about WWE, and I think when I told them I was going to be working as a ring announcer, they assumed I was saying I was going to be a ring girl who would be holding a sign in a bikini. [Laughs] But they get it now and they are so proud. My foster family was located in a tiny town in Alabama where you can’t even find a stoplight. But you will find a huge following of WWE. My friends that I grew up with have been reaching out to me so excited to see me on WWE Network. It’s definitely a proud feeling for me and, I know, for my friends and family as well.
WWE Image

WWE.COM: What was your initial impression when you attended your first NXT show?

KAYLA: “Wow, these people are passionate!” That’s really the only impression I needed. I consider myself to be very passionate, and when I surround myself with passionate people, I feel right at home. The question I’d like to know is what was the first impression that people had of me at my first NXT show? I had never ring-announced before, and I’m fairly certain I was screaming at the audience through the mic! I even forgot how to say, “The following contest is scheduled for one fall.” But, you know what was so cool? They helped me through it. They applauded. They came up after and hugged me and told me that it’s okay that I messed up and they still wanted me to be there. I instantly felt right at home!

WWE.COM: Not only can we see you on NXT’s road shows, but you’ve also started announcing at SmackDown LIVE events and even participated in your very first WrestleMania. What was that like?

KAYLA: I don’t even have the words. WWE proved that they spare no expense to provide the ultimate experience for its fans. These Superstars are put on one of the biggest stages in the world and given the freedom to live out their lifelong dreams. I was rubbing shoulders with WWE Legends and that is a feeling that cannot be duplicated. I was able to host my first WrestleMania Axxess. One of the coolest parts of that was surprising a few unexpected fans with tickets to WrestleMania. Oh, the emotion! I may have shed a tear or two during those moments. The deep loyalty and love the WWE Universe has for this company was so apparent during WrestleMania Week, and I felt myself falling more in love with the company in those moments.

WWE.COM: Any final words for the WWE Universe?

KAYLA: I want to make the biggest impact I can on this company. I want to be the best host and ring announcer I can possibly be. I want to be the best backstage interviewer I can possibly be. I want to be the best coworker I can possibly be. I want to curate genuine relationships with fans. I want the McMahons to recognize my appreciation for what they’ve created and realize that I am here to positively represent them and the entire WWE Universe. I hope that, during my time here at WWE, I can be living proof that no matter where you come from and no matter your situation, this company brings together people from all over the world and creates a culture where everyone belongs, everyone is welcome and everyone is passionate about the part they play here.

Follow Kayla Braxton on Twitter @KaylaBraxtonWWE.