Nikola Bogojevic is a 29-year-old professional wrestler from Duluth, Minnesota. Bogojevic is signed with the WWE and performs on SmackDown under the ring name, Otis.
In high school, Bogojevic was an amateur wrestler and was the 2010 285lb undefeated WIAA State Champion. He wrestled at collegiate level for Augsburg College and Colorado State University-Pueblo. At one point, Bogojevic was 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.
Bogojevic started his professional wrestling career in 2015 and wrestled for the promotion Ultra Championship Wrestling-Zero under the ring name, Dozer.
In 2016, Bogojevic was scouted by Gerald Brisco and he signed a WWE contract. Bogojevic was assigned to the WWE Performance Center. He made his debut at an NXT house show in July 2016 where he teamed up with Adrian Jaoude in a losing match against the Authors of Pain.
Around this time, Bogojevic formed a tag team called Heavy Machinery with Tucker Knight. He also changed his ring name to Otis Dozovic. Heavy Machinery made their debut at the 2017 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic tournament and then made their televised debut on NXT in October defeating Austin Aries and Roderick Strong. In July 2017, Heavy Machinery challenged The Authors of Pain for the NXT Tag Team Championship but were unsuccessful. Heavy Machinery competed in the 2018 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic tournament but were eliminated in the first round by the Street Profits.
Otis’ Main Roster Debut
In January 2019, Otis and Tucker were drafted to the main roster and defeated the Ascension at their in-ring debut on RAW. Bogojevic’s ring name was shortened to Otis a month later.
Both Otis and Tucker competed in the André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania 35 but both were eliminated. For the rest of 2091, Otis and Tucker fought in numerous matches for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship but were unsuccessful.
In October 2019, Otis and Tucker were drafted to SmackDown and Otis was put in a romantic angle with Mandy Rose which culminated at WrestleMania when he beat Dolph Ziggler.
In 2020, Otis won the Men’s Money in the Bank briefcase earning him a world title match at the time of his choosing.
On the September 11th episode of Smackdown, Otis and Tucker began a feud with The Miz and John Morrison after they stole the Money in the Bank briefcase from Otis. The briefcase did not contain the Money in the Bank contract though as it was inside Otis’ lunchbox. A week later, Otis was sued by the Miz and John Morrison on the September 18th episode of SmackDown. Otis was told to relinquish the contract but he refused and opted to go to court instead.
Otis and Tucker Disband
As part of the October 2020 Draft, Otis remained on SmackDown. Tucker was drafted to the company’s RAW brand, disbanding the team. But, on the October 19th RAW episode, Otis tagged with Tucker but was disguised under a mask and using the name El Gran Gordo.
At Hell in a Cell, he lost his Money In the Bank briefcase to the Miz, after Tucker betrayed him by hitting him with the briefcase. The following month, after being defeated by Seth Rollins, Otis defeated Dolph Ziggler. He was then confronted by Chad Gable who promised to help him discover his “Inner Alpha.”
Otis at Survivor Series
Otis was announced as the final member of Team SmackDown for WWE’s Survivor Series 2020 event. At Survivor Series, he was eliminated by Braun Strowman and Team SmackDown lost in a clean sweep against Team RAW.
On RAW’s December 10th show, Otis teamed with Chad Gable in a losing effort against The Artist Collective (Shinsuke Nakamura and Cesaro). At TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs, the team of Otis, Chad Gable, Big E and Daniel Bryan defeated Shinsuke Nakamura, Cesaro, King Corbin and The Intercontinental Champion, Sami Zayn in a Eight Man Tag match.
Career Championships and Accomplishments
- New Revolution Wrestling
- NRW Charged Championship (1 time)
- World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)
- Money in the Bank (Men’s 2020)