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The third season was won by John Hennigan and Matt Cappotelli. Hennigan, who wrestled for two years under the name Johnny Nitro, is now wrestling on WWE's Raw brand as John Morrison. He is a former ECW Champion and was the first Tough Enough contestant to win a major championship in WWE. He is a three-time Intercontinental Champion, and he has held both the WWE World Tag Team Championship and the WWE Tag Team Championship, making him the most successful Tough Enough winner. Cappotelli was developing his talent further in the WWE development territory Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW), but was diagnosed with a brain tumor in December 2005, forcing him to step away from wrestling and relinquish his OVW Championship. The tumor was removed in 2007, although it is unknown whether Cappotelli will return to professional wrestling.

Melina Perez tried out for Tough Enough III and made it to the final 25, but was cut from the competition. During the tryouts, however, she met John Hennigan and they eventually began a romantic relationship. She now works for WWE as Melina on the Raw brand and became the first-ever Tough Enough contestant to win the WWE Women's Championship, a title she has held three times. Additionally, Melina is also the first-ever Tough Enough contestant to win the WWE Divas Championship, making her the most successful female Tough Enough contestant to enter the WWE. Both Shawn Daivari and Daniel Puder are seen on film during audition episode. Both made it to the final 75, but were cut before they could make it to the training facility. Both men later went on as performers for the WWE.



  • Chad
  • Eric
  • Jamie
  • Jill
  • John (winner)
  • Jonah
  • Nick
  • Justin
  • Kelly
  • Lisa
  • Matthew (winner)
  • Rebekah
  • Scott

Order of Elimination:

  • Episode 2: Jill quit after the very first day of training. The trainers were all annoyed and labeled her as a "quitter" because she never put forth her best effort.
  • Episode 3: Lisa left because she decided wrestling wasn't the right career for her (see below).
  • Episode 4: Chad was cut because of his lack of ability to keep up the pace with the rest of the group.
  • Episode 5: Rebecca left because she had a family emergency back at home and could not continue to pursue this competition.
  • Episode 6: Nick was cut because he had a shoulder injury and he lacked the ability to perform certain tasks in the ring.
  • Episode 7: Scott was cut because of his lack of ability to keep up with the rest of the group.
  • Episode 8: Kelly was cut because she had a serious back injury and she was beginning to fall behind everybody else in terms of learning new moves.
  • Episode 11: Justin was cut because he lacked aggression in the ring as well as a competitive spirit.
  • Episode 14: Jamie, Eric and Jonah were eliminated and Matt and John were announced the winners of Tough Enough III.

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" Gaburick 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, and was even allowed to assist with the pyrotechnics 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.

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WWE Tough Enough episodes
WWE Tough Enough I
Casting SpecialWelcome to the JungleJason CrumblesIf You Can't Stand the HeatDispatching DarrylTears Idle TearsA No-Win-Ski SituationDropping Like FliesThe Vicious CircleTiming is EverythingThe Rules of the RoadNo Hill Too Tall, Nor Water Too DeepThat's Not the StoryThe Beginning
WWE Tough Enough II

Casting SpecialReality CheckIt's Hard To Be HumbleNow Thats' HumiliatingAll about personalityRaw RewardsGut Check TimeHot Tub TroubleInspired PerformanceAfrica or Bust!African DreamHeart and DeterminationThe Final EvaluationWho Will Be Crowned Champion?

WWE Tough Enough III
Are You Tough Enough?This Is Not A Game Show...Jonah Makes A Real ImpressionThe Meat Of CompetitionFight For Your DreamsLearning To AdaptJonah Pulls A Fast OneA Trip To IcelandOn Foreign GroundReaching New HeightsGuess Who's Coming To DinnerHard Knocks And HeartbreakThe Nature Of The BusinessOf Endings And New Beginnings
WWE $1,000,000 Tough Enough
Million Dollar Tough Enough
WWE Tough Enough V
Get Your Teeth Out of My RingFive for FlinchingBad Day. Real Bad Day110 Pound Elephant in the RoomDon't Mistake My Kindness for WeaknessIt's Getting Down To Nut Cuttin TimeRunning with WolvesI've Been Bamboozled and FlabbergastedNow We Face the RattlesnakeMay The Best Man Win
WWE Tough Enough VI
Boot Camp or BustSwamp StoriesWho Are You?One Man ShowSwallow Your Pride, It's Good For YouRemember To Be The BestSpinning A YarnThere's No 'I' in TeamFriend Or Foe?A Champion Is Crowned
WWE Tough Enough contestants
WWE Tough Enough I
Bobbie Jo AndersonChris NiflorChristopher NowinskiDarryl CrossGreg WhitmoyerJason DayberryJosh MatthewsMaven HuffmanNidia GuenardPaulina ThomasShadrick McGeeTaylor MathenyVictoria Tabor
WWE Tough Enough II
Aaron LewisAlicia MartinAnni KingDanny CarneyHawk YounkinsJackie GaydaJake SokoloffJessie WardKenny LayneLinda MilesMatt MorganPete TornatoreRobert Savhalet
WWE Tough Enough III
Chad • Eric • Jamie • Jill • John Hennigan • Jonah • Justin • Kelly • Lisa • Matt Cappotelli • Nick • Rebekah • Scott
WWE $1,000,000 Tough Enough
Chris NawrockiDaniel PuderDaniel RodimerJustice SmithMike MizaninNick MitchellRyan Reeves
WWE Tough Enough V
A.J. KirschAndy LeavineAriane AndrewChristina CrawfordEric WattsIvelisse VelezJeremiah RiggsLuke RobinsonMartin CasausMatt CapiciooniMichelle DeightonMickael ZakiRima FakihRyan Howe
WWE Tough Enough VI
Alexander FrekeyAmanda SaccomannoChelsea GreenDaria BerenatoDianna DahlgrenGabi CastrovinciGiorgia PiscinaHank Avery Jr.Joshua BredlMada Abdel HamidPatrick Clark, Jr.Sara LeeTanner SaracenoZamariah ZZ Loupe
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