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FCW Sunshine: Eli Cottonwood

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Topic/Subject: Today, I will be showing a match that involves a man that is a mustache giant.

Wrestler: “The Mustache Giant” Eli Cottonwood.

Background Information: Eli Cottonwood is billed from River Falls, Wisconsin. He attended River Falls High School and later St. John’s University in Minnesota.

While attending St. John’s, he averaged 20 points and eight rebounds, and in his junior season there, he led the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in field goal percentage.

During his basketball career, he played in several countries including Lithuania and China. He played in the International Basketball Association and Continental Basketball Association for both Quad City Thunder and Sioux Falls Skyforce.

He attended a camp for the Milwaukee Bucks in 1998 and played for the Dallas Mavericks team in the NBA Summer League. On March 16, 2004, he signed a contract with the Charleston Lowgators.

He began competing in Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) in 2008 under his real name. In August 2009, his name was tweaked to Eli Cottonwood and he utilized a gimmick of being recently reintroduced to society from the Kelloggs Sanitarium.

He spent most of his time defeating opponents such as DJ Gabriel, Tyler Reks, and Max McGuirk. He soon aligned with Aksana and turned face.

On June 1, 2010, it was announced that he would be part of the second season of WWE NXT with John Morrison as his storyline mentor.

He debuted on June 8, 2010, on an episode of NXT, teaming with Morrison to defeat Titus O’Neil and Zack Ryder.

His performance in the “Talk the Talk” challenge on July 6, 2010, on an edition of NXT, earned him a clip on the following episode of E! Television’s episode of The Soup in the “What your Boyfriend is Watching” segment.

After competing in the second season of NXT, he went back to FCW.

He was with Bray Wyatt for a short time in FCW and later asked to be released from the WWE in June 2012.

After he left the WWE, he went to the independent circuit. On an independent wrestling show, he announced that he would retire as a wrestler on July 10, 2014.


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He is good friends with professional wrestlers like Travis Tomko and Corey Graves. He currently owns a yoga/gym business called Kipp’s Life Flip in Las Vegas since June 14, 2015 and currently owns half of Florida Hardcore Wrestling since January 20, 2014.

My Thoughts: Eli Cottonwood was a very interesting individual. Even though he’s not great in the ring, great on the mic, or doesn’t really have a presence about him, he did have the size that Vince McMahon likes with him being 7 foot tall and he has a solid character with the reintroduced to society character which I find interesting. Mustache!

Video: This video contains a match between Eli Cottonwood and Max McGuirk on September 20, 2009.

My Thoughts: This was a solid squash match from Eli Cottonwood here as he got to show his strange character in this match.

I like how when he came out to the ring, he looked like exactly what his character was supposed to be and that was a man that just came back from society to a whole different form and for that, I appreciate that. Nice presentation.

The match itself wasn’t anything special as it was just a showcase of showing Eli Cottonwood’s character in FCW. His chokeslam to Max McGuirk looked quite devastating.

Solid squash match from Eli Cottonwood here that showcased his character well.

Now, I don’t think Eli Cottonwood isn’t anything special. I mean sure, he’s seven foot tall and all, but other than that, he doesn’t have anything else much. He didn’t have much of a presence about him as he doesn’t look intimidating with his size. He had a solid character in the beginning with being brought back to society, but then they made him into a mustache giant and that completely ruined him. He doesn’t really have any charisma and he’s not very good in the ring. Plus, even though he’s seven foot tall, I can’t take him seriously with a face like that, I just don’t.

Instead of being a wrestler, he could have been a bodyguard with a mask to make him somewhat intimidating, but other than that, he wasn’t anything special. However, I do admire him for giving up professional basketball to try professional wrestling, but it just didn’t work for him. Despite that, I wish him the best outside of wrestling. Mustache!


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