World Wrestling Entertainment held a Media Day Wednesday in Los Angeles to promote their revival of the reality series Tough Enough, which returns April 4 on USA Network, and announced some of the now-14 (up from the originally announced 12) contestants vying for a one-year contract.
Here are nine of the confirmed contestants and their backgrounds:
- Current Miss USA and former Raw guest host Rima Fakih.
- Matt Cross, known as M-Dogg 20. He debuted in 2001 and was part of a tag tean that fought Vance Archer and Curt Hawkins on a 2010 episode of Superstars.
- Christina Crawford, sister of current WWE Diva Alicia Fox (real name Victoria Crawford) and a former star in Florida Championship Wrestling.
- Bobby Robinson, known on the Maine independent circuit as Golden Boy. He is featured in a commercial for the show, saying he'll do whatever it takes to win the contract.
- Erik Watts, a California-based independent wrestler known as Big Nasty.
- Juliet The Huntress, 22-year-old independent wrestler of Puerto Rican descent from Chicago who made her pro wrestling debut in 2005.
- Ryan Howe, known as "The Rock 'N' Rebel" Diamond Steel (Yeah, that's a winning name). He is the one with the long blond hair that host Stone Cold Steve Austin taunts about his hair.
- Andy Levine, a former lineman at Florida International University.
- Michael Zaki, born in New Jersey, but living in Tampa and holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and a degree in criminal justice (However, I think the black belt serves him much better than the sheepskin ever will). He has wrestled independently for two years.