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© 2010 World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved. River Falls' native Kipp Christianson is now appearing on the current season of World Wrestling Entertainment NXT, a cross between reality television and WWE wrestling that can be seen locally on the Syfy cable network each Tuesday at 9 p.m.

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When Kipp Christianson played high school basketball his senior year in River Falls in 1992, he was 6-feet, 8-inches tall and, as he says, "...lucky to weigh 200 pounds."

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Today, he stands a shade over 7-feet and weighs slightly over 300 pounds as "Eli Cottonwood" -- the persona he has adopted as a wrestler with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).

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Bob Burrows
Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.
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