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Niko Bogojevic (December 21, 1991) is an American professional wrestler and former amateur wrestler. He is currently signed to WWE, where he is working in their developmental branch NXT under the ring name Otis Dozovic, where he is one-half of the tag team known as Heavy Machinery. He previously worked for NRW Pro Wrestling under the ring name Dozer. He has also worked for the National Wrestling Alliance and Ultra Championship Wrestling-Zero.

Amateur wrestling

Bogojevic is re-known in the State of Wisconsin for being one of the most decorated Amateur wrestlers in state history.

Professional wrestling

Early career

Bogojevic wrestled early matches in the Colorado promotions Ultra Championship Wrestling-Zero and NRW Pro Wrestling, using the ring name Dozer. During this time, he won the NRW Charged Championship and won the 2015 Rookie of the Year Award.

WWE (2016-present)

NXT (2016-present)

On April 16, 2016, Bogojevic announced on his Twitter account, he had signed with the WWE and would begin training in its NXT program. His debut match was on the July 8th edition of NXT Live, teaming with Adrian Jaoude in a tag match won by The Authors Of Pain (Gzim Selmani & Sunny Dhinsa). He won his first singles match on July 16, defeating Steve Cutler. His second singles victory followed after he defeated Patrick Clark during the July 21st edition of NXT. Dozovic quickly formed a tag team with Tucker Knight beginning on July 22, where they were defeated by TM-61 (Nick Miller & Shane Thorne). The team continued to wrestle over the course of August and September.

Heavy Machinery (2016-present)

Dozovic and Knight officially became known as Heavy Machinery on October 1, 2016 for the remainder of the year wrestled under this team name. On October 13 Heavy Machinery joined the first round of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Tournament where they were eliminated by the team of Austin Aries & Roderick Strong. The following year on February 24, 2017, Heavy Machinery had their first title match challenging the The Authors Of Pain (Akam & Rezar) for the NXT Tag Team Championship. Although they did not succeed in winning the titles, they met The Authors Of Pain the following month on March 17, but were again defeated by the champions. Three months later on June 15, Heavy Machinery challenged The Authors Of Pain in a second rematch but did not succeed in winning the titles. They lost again two nights later in a title rematch on June 17. They continued meeting The Authors Of Pain in a succession of title rematches during the remaining course of June and into July resulting in the champions successfully retaining their titles against Heavy Machinery. On August 25, Heavy Machinery met the new Tag Team Champions and members of team SAnitY Alexander Wolfe & Killian Dain, but did not succeed in winning the titles. On November 30, Dozovic and Tucker Knight joined a 20-Man Battle Royal won by Trent Seven. By December 16, Heavy Machinery finished 2017 with a victory defeating Steve Cutler & Wesley Blake.

Heavy Machinery returned on January 11, 2018 to join a Fatal Four-Way No. 1 Contendership match for the NXT Tag Team Titles involving Riddick Moss & Tino Sabbatelli, Steve Cutler & Wesley Blake and the winning team Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford). On February 2, Heavy Machinery joined the first round of the 2018 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic where they were eliminated by the Street Profits. On February 16, Heavy Machinery joined another Fatal Four-Way No. 1 Contendership match for the NXT Tag Team Titles where they were defeated by The Forgotten Sons (Steve Cutler & Wesley Blake). On the March 4th edition of NXT, Dozovic and Knight had their title match challenging The Undisputed ERA members Bobby Fish & Kyle O'Reilly but did not succeed in winning the titles. On April 8, during the fourth day of the WrestleMania Axxess event, Heavy Machinery had another title opportunity to win the PROGRESS Tag Team Championship belts held by the British promotion's defending champions team Grizzled Young Veterans (James Drake & Zack Gibson. Although they defeated Drake and Gibson, Heavy Machinery did not win the tag titles due to the victory being won by disqualification. During the April 11 NXT Tapings, Heavy Machinery wrestled two tag matches, one against the War Raiders (Hanson & Rowe) and the other against Riddick Moss & Tino Sabbatelli.

Personal life

Bogojevic attended Colorado State University-Pueblo, studying Recreation. While training at the USA Olympic Training facilities he was trained and mentored by Olympic Gold Medalist Rulon Gardner. His full name is pronounced NEE-koh BOH-goh-yay-vich.

In wrestling

  • Finishing moves
    • World Strongest Slam
    • Dozer Bomb (Corner slingshot splash)

Championships and accomplishments

  • 2015 NRW Rookie of the Year
  • NRW Charged Championship (1-time)
  • Wrestled in the only Iron Man match in the history of the State of Colorado on March 19th, 2016
  • Amateur Wrestling Accomplishments
  • 2-time USA Wrestling Cadet All-American
  • 2007 Fila Cadet Greco-Roman national champion
  • 3-time USA Wrestling Junior All-American
  • 2009 USA Wrestling Junior Greco-Roman national champion
  • 2010 Wisconsin State Champion
  • Undefeated 48-0 Senior Record
  • 2010, Ranked #13 in Wrestling's USA Magazine's Best High School Wrestlers
  • Superior High School's All-Time Leader in wins (135)
  • 2014 Team USA Greco-Roman Roster Member
  • 2014, Bronze Medal at Pan-American Games (Mexico City, Mexico)

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