IMPACT Wrestling legend ODB has spoken of her relief at not making it to the televised portion of Tough Enough after finishing 25th overall in the first season.
While speaking with Inside The Ropes‘ Lead Writer Gary Cassidy, the four-time Knockouts Champion discussed how she tried the “easy” way to become a wrestler, thinking Tough Enough was the direct route to take.
“Yeah. I didn’t have no wrestling experience when I went there, that was in 2000, but I knew I wanted to become a wrestler. I was like, ‘Oh, the easy way to get in – do Tough Enough.’
“I just didn’t have a lot what I have now and I was just like, “Hey, I’m One Dirty Bitch.” I called myself ODB already.”
ODB went on to say the one major positive she took from Tough Enough was her friendship with Al Snow, who would rely on her to become a foundation of OVW.
“It’s funny because Al Snow, of all the people that interviewed, out of hundreds of people, he remembered me. He kind of led me through my indie career, like he would always, always keep in touch or we’d always be on indie shows together. That’s how I got to OVW.
“I look back, I’m like, ‘Oh, God, thank God I didn’t make it to Tough Enough,’ because who knows where I would be right now.
“Yeah, I would love people for, to say, ‘You know what? ODB kept true to herself, she did her own thing,’ and TNA let me be me and that was frickin’ badass, and no other company would have let me do that at all.”
Thanks so much to ODB for taking the time, and to IMPACT UK & Ireland for facilitating the interview. Fans in the UK & Ireland can catch IMPACT! every Wednesday on IMPACT Plus and on Facebook & YouTube, with the show repeated on 5Star on Friday evenings, and catch all IMPACT PPVs via IMPACT Plus and Fite TV worldwide.