Wrestling: WWE Tough Enough
Are you...?Tough Enough
is a reality show developed by WWE
where participants compete to win a WWE contract and be the next WWE Superstar or Diva. It originally aired in 2001 on MTV
for three seasons, but was dropped. Its fourth season was integrated into SmackDown!
in 2004, after which the series was cancelled until 2011, when it was revived once more with "Stone Cold" Steve Austin
as the host.
Several of the competitors from Tough Enough
have been employed by the WWE despite not being the overall winners of their respective seasons, and not all of the winners are still employed by the WWE.
Notable Tough Enough
- Maven Huffman - TE1 winner (notable for being "That Guy Who Won Tough Enough" and for his elimination of The Undertaker at the 2002 Royal Rumble; employed from 2001-2005).
- Nidia Guenard - TE1 winner (notable for being the valet of cruiserweight star Jamie Noble and for her angle where she was blinded by Yoshihiro Tajiri; employed from 2002-2004).
- Chris Nowinski - TE1 competitor (notable more for his post-retirement success as a concussion expert; mostly remembered for his infamous debate with Scott Steiner and his participation in "That Jackie Gayda Match"; employed from 2002-2003).
- Josh Matthews - TE1 competitor (worked commentary; longest-employed TE alum from 2002-2014).
- Linda Miles - TE2 winner (briefly repackaged as "Shaniqua," a valet of the Basham brothers; employed from 2002-2004).
- Jackie Gayda - TE2 winner (of "That Jackie Gayda Match" infamy and wife of Charlie Haas; employed 2002-2005).
- Matt Morgan - TE2 competitor (worked in TNA as "The Blueprint"; employed from 2003-2005).
- Kenny Layne - TE2 competitor (currently works in TNA as Kenny King; wasn't employed by WWE after his time on TE, and went to the indies afterwards).
- John Hennigan - TE3 winner (repackaged as MNM's Johnny Nitro, then as singles star John Morrison; most decorated TE alum with five tag titles, three IC titles, and the ECW Title; he was considered its most successful alum until The Miz surpassed him. employed 2004-2011).
- Matt Cappotelli - TE3 winner (career was postponed indefinitely due to a brain tumor).
- Daniel Puder - TE4 winner (only made one appearance after winning; wrestled at the Royal Rumble; famous for an incident with Kurt Angle; was released in OVW, employed 2004-2005)
- Mike "The Miz" Mizanin - TE4 competitor (first TE alum to win the WWE Championship; employed 2005-present).
- Justice Smith - TE4 competitor (appeared as Gladiator "Justice" in the 2008 revamp of American Gladiators; wasn't employed by WWE).
- Ryan Reeves - TE4 competitor (repackaged as first Skip Sheffield, then as Ryback following an injury; employed 2004-2007 and 2008-present)
- Nick Mitchell - TE4 competitor (repackaged as "Mitch" of the Spirit Squad; employed 2004-2007).
- Andy Leavine - TE5 winner (competed in FCW prior to competition, returned there after winning, but released after nearly a year; employed 2010-2011 and 2011-2012).
- Ariane Andrew - TE5 competitor (of "Melina vs. Alicia Fox" infamy; signed to FCW shortly after elimination, repackaged as Cameron Lynn; was a Brodus Clay dancer and remains employed after Clay was released; employed 2011-present).
- Christina Crawford - TE5 competitor (Alicia Fox's sister; competed in FCW prior to competition, returned there after elimination; employed 2010-2011 and 2011-2012).
- Matt Capiccioni - TE5 competitor (well known on the independent circuit as "M-Dogg 20" Matt Cross, returned to the independent circuit after elimination; wasn't employed by WWE).
- Rima Fakih - TE5 competitor (the reigning Miss USA going into TE5; wasn't employed by WWE).
- Ivelisse Vélez - TE5 competitor (eliminated from TE following injury, signed to FCW after the competition, repackaged as Sofia Cortez; employed 2011-2012).
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