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.