Currently (as of July 7, 2008), the only Tough Enough winner still wrestling for WWE is John Hennigan, wrestling as John Morrison on the ECW brand. He is the first Tough Enough contestant to win a major World Championship in WWE (though Tough Enough I winner Maven Huffman also held for a short period the WWF Hardcore Championship).
|"Casting Special"||June 21, 2001||1|
|With over 4,000 tapes sent into the WWF, 230 hopefuls come to WWF New York to audition for the show, but only 13 are selected to make the trip to Stamford, Connecticut to find out who is tough enough.|
|"Welcome to the Jungle"||June 28, 2001||2|
|The group meets Al Snow, Miss Jackie, and Tori and begin their training. They also meet Tazz, who comes to their house unannounced one morning and forces them to wrestle in the mud and jog behind him while riding in a Hummer.|
|"Jason Crumbles"||July 5, 2001||3|
|Triple H lectures the group about the reality and the integrity of the wrestling business; a reality that Jason decides he is not willing to be a part of and respects too much to waste.|
|"If You Can't Stand the Heat"||July 12, 2001||4|
|Bobbie Jo and Victoria decide that they do not belong in the wrestling business. When Maven and Josh kid around the house, a fire breaks out. Stephanie McMahon takes the girls out to lunch. When Al has to wrestle on SmackDown!, the group scores front row tickets to the show.|
|"Dispatching Darryl"||July 19, 2001||5|
|Darryl can't catch a break when he loses a bet in a game of darts to "Big", Josh, Greg, and Maven and aggravates Chris Nowinski when he asks him for more money to cook dinner for Pat Patterson. Meanwhile, the trainers are not keen on his performance, either in the ring or out of it.|
|"Tears Idle Tears"||July 26, 2001||6|
|After a hard day in the ring, the group realizes that either Shadrick or Chris Ni. are going to be cut. Meanwhile, the kids visit a restaurant staffed entirely by transvestites, who quickly bring Maven, Greg, and Chris Nowinski on-stage.|
|"A No-Win-Ski Situation"||August 2, 2001||7|
|After Kurt Angle visits the group and tells of how he broke into the wrestling business, the kids take a trip to the Bahamas where Chris Nowinski begins to annoy Josh and Paulina suffers a knee injury which forces her to make a tough decision.|
|"Dropping Like Flies"||August 9, 2001||8|
|The Hardy Boyz and Lita visit the group. Meanwhile, Nidia and Josh injure themselves in the ring, while Greg aggravates an old back injury that puts his future in the competition in jeopardy.|
|"The Vicious Circle"||August 16, 2001||9|
|With the troupe feeling bruised and banged up, Al takes their mind off it by introducing them to "the circle game" and bets Chris Nowinski that he can beat him three times with it. After he loses, he must go to Yale University proclaiming that "Harvard Sucks." Meanwhile, Greg's doctor advises him that continuing to wrestle may be detrimental to his health.|
|"Timing is Everything"||August 23, 2001||10|
|When Maven learns that his mother's cancer has gotten worse, he leaves the house for a few days to care for her in the hospital. With Maven away, Josh begins to get lonely and contemplates leaving the competition. Meanwhile, Chris Ni, having earned the nickname "Career Killer", decides that it might not be his time to be a professional wrestler after Mick Foley talks to the group.|
|"The Rules of the Road"||August 30, 2001||11|
|Al takes the kids on a three day trip to Backlash, RAW is WAR, and SmackDown! in order for them to experience what life as a WWF superstar on the road is like where they get a crash course in cutting promos from The Brooklyn Brawler.|
|"No Hill Too Tall, Nor Water Too Deep"||September 20, 2001||12|
|As the competition nears its end, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and Debra visit the kids at home, "Big" holds one more physical challenge for the group at a rock quarry, and Josh must overcome his self-doubt in order to successfully execute a moonsault.|
|"That's Not the Story"||September 27, 2001||13|
|The kids wrestle against each other as Vince McMahon watches from ringside. The chairman has more in-store for the troupe as they are called into his office at WWF headquarters.|
|"The Beginning"||September 27, 2001||14|
|After nine weeks together, through thick and thin, the kids have one final match against their trainers before returning to WWF New York to find out who has earned themselves a WWF contract.|
Order of Elimination:
Melina Perez tried out for Tough Enough III and made it to the final twenty-five, but was cut from the competition. However, she met John Hennigan during the tryouts and they eventually began a romantic relationship. She now works for WWE as Melina on the RAW roster and became the first ever Tough Enough contestant to win the WWE Women's Championship. Both Shawn Daivari and Daniel Puder are seen on film during audition episode. Both made it to the final 75 of auditions, but were cut before they could make it to the training facility. Both men later went on as performers for the WWE.
Order of Elimination:
In the cover story from the October 5, 2002 issue of the Pro Wrestling Torch Newsletter, it was revealed that contestant "Lisa" was removed from the show after what was referred to as a "psychotic breakdown". After being left at the house while the other contestants went out to dinner, she began throwing herself against the walls of the house, eventually breaking into the hidden MTV control room and working her way onto the roof. After being talked down by producers, she was committed to a hospital facility to receive psychiatric treatment. Her parents flew in from New Mexico to pick her up, but she physically attacked them, claiming she did not know them. She then escaped custody inside LAX, shutting down a wing of the airport until she was located. Again, she was hospitalized, but she was able to check herself out shortly after. She then contacted Tough Enough producers, claiming she was ready to return to the show. Producers informed her she had been removed from the competition due to her actions. The other contestants (and, subsequently, the audience) were initially told that Lisa simply decided wrestling "wasn't the right career for her".
Lisa then reemerged in Louisville, Kentucky at the Ohio Valley Wrestling training center, claiming that trainer Al Snow and producer John "Big" Gaburik had sent her for additional training, both in the ring and to learn further about the structure of the developmental territory system. At a series of shows in California in September 2002, she managed to talk her way backstage at a series of house shows, and was even allowed to assist with pyro for the wrestlers' entrances at a TV taping. One source even claimed that she had a face-to-face conversation with Vince McMahon, who was apparently unaware of her status with the Tough Enough program. Soon after, her photograph was circulated to security personnel and she was barred from any backstage areas.
The most notable incident from this competition came on November 4, 2004, episode of SmackDown!, at the Savvis Center in St. Louis, Missouri, during Tough Enough, Kurt Angle challenged the finalists through a Squat thrust competition. The winner was Chris Nawrocki, and as part of the Kurt Angle Invitational, the prize Nawrocki won was a match against Angle. After Angle defeated Nawrocki, Angle asked if anyone else wanted to try. Puder raised his hand and challenged Angle. During the match, Angle and Puder wrestled for position before Angle took Puder down, in the process, Puder locked Angle in a real submission hold, a kimura lock. With Puder on his back, one of two referees in the ring, Jim Korderas, quickly counted three to end the bout, but some observed that during the pin, Puder's shoulders were not on the mat. Puder later claimed he would have snapped Angle's arm on national television, if Korderas had not ended the match. Following the incident, Dave Meltzer gave this comment;
A DVD of this fourth competition was released in 2005.
Other finalists were: