Following his WWE release, Levi Cooper, formerly known as Tucker, has opened up about how he was “lied to” on multiple occasions during his time in WWE.
Speaking with WrestleTalk, Cooper spoke of the split of Heavy Machinery, saying he was told ahead of the Draft that there would be a soft split of the pair, before being called in last-minute for the actual break-up of the tag team.
“I was never told (about the split) really. The first time I found out that it might happen was at TVs the day that we did the Talking Smack segment (for the draft), I found out a couple of hours before that, ‘Hey we’re gonna do this Talking Smack thing where they’re gonna say that like…’, but it wasn’t like a hard split really, because they were just putting us on different brands and they were kayfabing everybody on what was up. And then a few weeks later we do the El Gran Gordo thing with Otis in a mask pretending not to be Otis, and then I think the split happened two days after that.”
Cooper detailed how he found out he would be betraying his partner, saying he felt like it was last-minute so he wouldn’t question the decision.
“I wasn’t booked that day, the day the split happened, I wasn’t booked to be on the show that day. And then I got a call at like 1:00 in the afternoon saying, ‘Hey, we need you to come to the arena’. I’m like, ‘Okay…’. And then I wasn’t even told until, I don’t even know, like 3:30 or 4:00 what was gonna go down. And that plan changed a couple of times, and looking back on it, I don’t know this, but I’m very sure, I feel confident that the way that it happened was so that I wouldn’t ask a bunch of questions, and so that I would kinda be frazzled into doing it, which is exactly what ended up happening.”
Tucker, whose WWE run following the split of Heavy Machinery saw him turn up on RAW with a different look only to lose within minutes to Ricochet, spoke of the other “last-minute decision” which saw Otis win Money In The Bank, and said he doesn’t have any actual answers because he didn’t get any.
“So honestly I didn’t really get any answers on that (plans for Otis’ Money in the Bank run) either. I think that Otis getting the briefcase was a real last minute decision, I believe, I don’t know that either. The truth of the matter is, no I don’t really have any set answers, I didn’t get any, I feel like I was definitely lied to straight to my face on multiple occasions.”
As to whether there were post-split plans for Tucker, Levi Cooper said RAW Underground seemed to be the plan, but then that storyline was also nixed and that he can only guess as to anything else.
“I do believe that there was potentially plans for me to do Raw Underground, and that was kind of the initial plans for me on the split. And then kind of in the mix, Raw Underground became not a thing anymore, but the split still happened and then there was nothing there for me, and I believe that’s a possibility. But I don’t know what actually happened with that, and that’s basically the information that I have and the best guesses I can make at this point.”