2002 News


MTV's WWE Tough Enough 2 Crowns New Champions
May 30, 2002
STAMFORD, CONN./NEW YORK, May 30, 2002- After 12 episodes and stiff competition among 13 worthy competitors, Linda Miles of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Jackie Gayda of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, were named the winners of WWE Tough Enough® 2 to conclude the season finale, broadcast live on MTV from The World® , World Wrestling Entertainment® ’s complex in New York City’s Times Square.

The winners of Tough Enough® 2 get an opportunity sought by many WWE® fans, to become WWE® Superstars. Maven, the male winner of the first Tough Enough® , is a regular performer on WWE SmackDown!® and is a three-time WWE® Hardcore Champion. Nidia, the first female winner, is continuing her training at Ohio Valley Wrestling in Louisville, and has appeared occasionally on WWE® programming.

WWE Tough Enough® 3 is already in the works. The casting call for WWE Tough Enough® 3 ends this week, and is expected to draw more than 5,000 applications from people hoping to be chosen as one of the 13 competitors on the popular MTV series. Tough Enough® Trainers and WWE® Superstars Al Snow® (WWE Tough Enough® 1 and 2) and Ivory® (WWE Tough Enough® 2) will again run the contestants through their paces. WWE® Superstar Hugh Morris® will be the other Tough Enough® trainer. WWE Tough Enough® 3 is expected to air on MTV this fall.

MTV Networks owns and operates the cable television programming services MTV: Music Television, MTV2, Nickelodeon/Nick at Nite, TV Land, VH1, CMT: Country Music Television, and TNN, as well as The Digital Suite from MTV Networks, a package of thirteen digital services, all of which are trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks also operates and offers joint ventures, licensing agreements and syndication deals whereby its programming can be seen worldwide.

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Media Contact: Gary Davis, WWE, 203-353-5066, cell 203-722-2620
Jennifer DeGuzman, MTV, 212-258-7175

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