In case you didn’t know, WWE has resurrected their Tough Enough reality series for a sixth edition on USA Network. The competition to turn ordinary people into future WWE Superstars through an intense and compressed training program has had a rocky history, with seemingly more failures than success stories, especially among those chosen as winners of their respective seasons. However, a surprising number of Tough Enough alumni who didn’t necessarily make it all the way to the winner’s circle have still gone on to have at least moderately successful careers related to professional wrestling. But who has truly made the most of their Tough Enough experience? Keep reading to find out!
10. Ivelisse Velez
Ivelisse came into the fifth season of Tough Enough as a strong contender, but was forced out of the competition once an injury prevented her from performing. WWE signed her to a contract with their developmental league, and she spent several years as a featured performer, at one point managing current WWE Diva Paige. Unfortunately, she was released from her contract in 2012 amidst rumblings of issues with (recently released) head trainer Bill DeMott. After becoming a free agent, Ivelisse made several appearances for TNA and other independent promotions before settling with Lucha Underground. In a promotion where inter-gender matches are possible, Ivelisse has shown her skills against both men and women, while teaming with Son of Havoc (himself a former Tough Enough competitor) and Angelico, eventually becoming the inaugural Lucha Underground Trios Champions.