For those not old enough to remember WWF/E programming back in 2001 NXT was not the first of its kind. WWE had previously tried four times to find a unique way of introducing new wrestlers into their current roster of well established names. From 2001-04 WWE ran a reality TV show called Tough Enough. In it regular people with non-wrestling backgrounds were trained and prepared for a career in pro wrestling. Each week someone was eliminated and the last two contestants would win a contract with WWE. Despite this little detail many losers still went on to become wrestlers.
This article will be looking at the contestants successful enough to get a wrestling career after their stint in the show was done. It will not be looking at those who decided to call it quits when it was over or those that barely made any impact.
Before I begin lets talk about Tough Enough: Season 1. At a time where reality TV was becoming a big sensation it made sense to capitalise. What better way to get the fans behind a wrestler than to show that they to could become one if they were physically healthy.
Problems raised from the fact none of the contests (bar one) had any prior wrestling experience. This meant they did not know the life or the strain their bodies would take. The show was supposed to eliminate one contestant every week but usually an injury occurred and forced the more competent athletes off the show.
Despite the show not going quite as expected it was successful enough to warrant another season.