As the newest season of Tough Enough kicked off earlier this week we still have the opportunity to take a look back at some of the trainers from the past seasons of Tough Enough. Thus far we have gazed back at the most known trainer of the series in Al Snow and also looked back at a not so known trainer for the series in Chavo Guerrero. Were do we go now with the series well here is your answer.
As you maybe able to tell from the pictures above the trainer I am speaking of for this part is Bob "Hardcore" Holly. Another superstar who later in his career became very known for his time on Tough Enough. Bob was a part Seasons 1-3 of the series thus becoming one of the longest tendered trainers next to Al Snow, Ivory, & Taz.
Bob actually was a late product of the territory system and would start in the wrestling industry as a part of the Alabama territory. Around 1992 he would on to Smokey Mountain Wrestling under the name Hollywood Bob Holly. As a part of the WWE's craze at the time of bringing in jobbers who had gimmicks and Bob was one of them as he was Sparky Plug the Nascar Driver. It wasn't until late 1998 that Bob would actually incur his first bit of success as a member of the WWE and that was a member of the Job Squad which was lead by Al Snow.
Following the end of the Job Squad in early 1999 Bob had his first taste of singles gold in WWE and he liked as he would hold the WWE Hardcore Title another 5 times in his career. Fast forward a few years to around 2002 when Bob got his neck legitimately broken during a match with Brock Lesnar on Smackdown, and Bob would then comeback in late 2003 for a short lived feud with Brock for the WWE Championship. Bob would of course come up short, and now fast forward again to near the end of his run in the WWE things came full circle. Well for most of 2006 and a little of 2007, Hardcore was a part of the ECW Brand which is where he fought a brutal Extreme Rules match against RVD. In the late fall of 2007 Hardcore would return on the Raw brand after a few months off nursing some injuries and would slowly end up forming a team with Cody Rhodes; the two would end up becoming Tag Team champions which would end being the first and last championship that Bob held in his WWE tenure.
In June of 2009 it was announced that Hardcore had been released from his WWE contract after a 15 year tenure with the company. Though Bob was tough and sometimes a little rougher in the ring then others I felt that adds some realism to the product in the ring that maybe been a little lacking nowadays. Also I felt that Bob was perfect for Tough Enough cause I thought he was the type that'd make you earn your spot.
The day is finally here tonight WWE Tough Enough returns to the USA Network for the first time in 4 years as a totally repackaged concept. One of the brand new parts of the show this coming season is the idea of having trainers and a host of the show as two different people unlike it was in Season 5 with Steve Austin holding both roles as head trainer & host. Now Chris Jericho is just the host of the show and Booker, T, Lita, & Billy Gunn are the trainers of the show while they have also added judges for the show who are WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan, Former Divas Champion Paige, & Former World Champion Daniel Bryan.
Now the only part of the show that is still uncertain with me is the idea of how the judges will influence the show, I have heard that you will see similarities between other competition shows like Voice or America's Got Talent and Tough Enough which is cool. The reason I believe that this idea would work is it makes Tough Enough more of a competition and less of a reality show.
The final 13 have been determined the barracks are set, the stage has been and the time has been saved. Tomorrow at 8PM EST live on the USA Network Season 6 of Tough Enough kicks off. I have been looking forward to this for a long time because as I have mentioned before I love this show.
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At first this section was projected to close at the start of the new season, but because of a lot of fan fare I have chosen to keep this section open. I will continue to post over the course of the competition and will do updates as the show progress, until the end.
From the head trainer to one of the more obscure trainers to have a part in the series. The trainer I will look back at today is Chavo Guerrero. Though most of you probably didn't know Chavo actually was a trainer in Season 2 of Tough Enough back in 2002 when he was first breaking into the WWE.
Chavo if I remember correctly was the trainer that could most recently be related to Booker, T from more recent seasons of the show as in Chavo was there or not there throughout the season, because of WWE obligations. In my opinion because of his family lineage in the business he would seem like the perfect teacher, but was still an active wrestler unlike the other trainers who were either semi-active or retired for the most part well outside of Bob Holly. Though Chavo may not be remembered for his time on Tough Enough, now he might be.
Tough Enough Moment: Chavo was in the ring during the training when Season 2 contestant Jackie Gayda was training with another contestant and severely injured her knee. I do believe Chavo was first to tend to Jackie following the injury taking place.
Though being new to the company around the time he was a trainer on Tough Enough, Chavo would stay under contract with WWE until 2011 after 9 years with the company. Over his tenure he would become a multi time Tag team champion and a multiple time Cruiserweight Champion as well.
The competition kicked off late last week behind closed doors at the Performance Center as WWE trainers were pegged with the difficult decision of narrowing the field from the final 40 to the final 13 of whom will be in the competition. See only 13 competitors will be featured on the show that airs on the USA Network for Season 6 of Tough Enough. Before the videos below, I just wanted to say that in past the Tough Enough contestants lived in a house, but this season they will be in something new. In Season 6 the competitors will be living in seemingly a warehouse down at the Performance Center which has been turned into somewhat of an apartment complex and if you don't believe watch the video:
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For those who don't know the Tough Enough tryouts began yesterday at the Performance Center in Florida. Considering the show begins in two weeks on June 23 and it will be the top 13 they need to do some cuts from the current field. Unfortunately for certain talents that is what happened as to my knowledge just 5 talents were cut, but that could've just been the talents they featured in the video their could have been and probably more cuts yesterday.
Being a little honest here the thing really enjoy about Tough Enough is the fact that they are willing to give talents the opportunity to come and work for the WWE. Just seeing how the talents progress over the course of the competition and then after the fact, it's great. Also who could forget following the careers of the people who may not win, but you thought could have won. See that's what makes this competition not only very different, but also one of my favorite shows and ideas from the WWE.
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As the return of the once fantastic reality draws closer we ponder to ourselves about people who were a part the Tough Enough family who are unfortunately no longer a part of WWE. So I sat and though with an idea like this who were would be the best way to start, I decided that Al Snow would be the perfect place to start.
The Tough Enough series began in 2001 as a way for the WWF to find new talent for the company and the show was greeted with much success and fan fair. There was so much success that they continued the show for Season 2 then again for Season 3. For those who don't know the concept of this show is I believe 12 hopefuls compete to decide who will win a WWE contract at the end of the Season. But much like everything else someone has to be the ring leader and for this show the Ring Leader or host or Lead trainer was Al Snow.
At the end of the fourth season of the show Al's name had become a part of the Tough Enough as had been the lead trainer for every season of the show. Al would end being let go from the WWE in 2005 after around 6 years under a WWE contract.
In my book having seen all of the first three seasons of Tough Enough will Al Snow as the leader, I can tell you that as the show progress you can feel the connection that Snow has with the contestants forming. As each contestant leaves you feel as though Snow is losing one of his kids almost. Snow's attachment to the kids in my opinion is what helped make the show so successful in the first place.