5 Most successful stars to come out of Tough Enough
When Tough Enough first graced our screens way back in 2001, the objective of the show was to create new ‘superstars’ for the WWE roster. Yet six seasons later, how many bona fide ‘superstars’ have been created? Certainly not as many as WWE would have hoped for, but that’s not to say that it’s been a complete failure. There are former contestants that have found success since featuring in the competition whether that be in WWE or elsewhere.
Participants such as Daniel Puder and Andy Leavine failed to impress despite winning their individual seasons, but this article will look at 5 contestants from the Tough Enough franchise who have gone on to forge decent careers for themselves in the wrestling business.
Where better to start than with the inaugural winner of Tough Enough, Maven Huffman.
Maven, along with Nidia, was announced as Tough Enough Season 1 co-winner in September 2001 and went on to have a fairly successful career. Although he never became a top star, his 4-year tenure with WWE did include some memorable moments, none more so than eliminating The Undertaker from the 2002 Royal Rumble match.
It could be argued that Maven never really reached his full potential, especially after being named PWI’s 2002 Rookie of the Year, but three Hardcore Title reigns and some high profile feuds make Maven one of the most successful participants to come out of WWE Tough Enough.