Nidia Guenard, the inaugural winner of WWE’s Tough Enough, in 2001, recently spoke to Fightful about her experience on the show.
On how she was presented, Nidia explained:
“It was so funny. I remember watching the first few episodes when it seemed like there was something going on with me and Chris Nifong. It was so edited. He looks like he was in a boy band. That was a completely different episode. ‘I love N’Sync.’ The way they pieced it together, I was like, ‘Aw, dammit. They’re making it seem like I have a crush on him.’ It was two completely different episodes. They’d ask me questions like, ‘What kind of music do you like? Or what kind of bands?’ So you have to, ‘Oh, I like N’Sync. I like pop.’ So, they pieced it together. They knew what they were doing.”
The 41-year-old advised WWE had told her she was a natural during try-outs so expressed her surprise at being portrayed on the show as an underdog:
“They were like, ‘You’re like a duck in water.’ I was like, ‘Oh, cool.’ But, then in the show it wasn’t portrayed that way. So, towards the later season, I remember Josh, Maven and I would go eat and I was just like, ‘Man, Maven. You’re looking pretty good. I’m not looking so good.’ They’re like, ‘Just give it a second, maybe it’s an underdog type of angle that they’re going with.’ ‘Cause we’re watching it and we didn’t know who was going to win at the end. So, you’re watching the entire show. You’re seeing how they’re portraying you, and you’re like, ‘It’s not looking very good, guys.’ Not to sound arrogant, but I thought I was better. Then when you see yourself being portrayed as really struggling, it’s like, ‘That’s not really accurate, but dammit. It’s not looking so good.’ But, it worked out.”
Nidia co-won the first season of Tough Enough with Maven and debuted on WWE television on the June 6, 2002 episode of SmackDown. She soon formed an on-screen relationship with Jamie Noble and the pair were a highlight of the blue brand before Nidia was drafted to Raw in early 2004. She was cut from her contract at the end of the year.
Nidia wrestled some bouts on the independent circuit before quietly retiring in 2005.
You can watch the full interview with Nidia here.