Ava Knight Eliminated from WWE “Tough Enough” Tryouts

by David P. Greisman

Ava Knight won’t be competing on reality television to become a pro wrestler.

Knight, who is one of the best female boxers in the world, had been one of 40 finalists for the upcoming season of World Wrestling Entertainment’s “Tough Enough,” a reality series in which athletes and other aspiring pro wrestlers strive for a spot on WWE’s roster. She was one of more than 11,000 men and women who sent in audition videos.

She went to a tryout Wednesday to narrow down the finalists to the 13 contestants for the television show. Alas, she didn’t make the cut and was among the 10 people eliminated on the first day of the tryouts.

“Champion Boxer Ava had a great tryout but went down swinging tonight in eliminations,” wrote the WWE Tough Enough account on Twitter.

Knight took the elimination in stride.

“Not mad tho!!” she tweeted. “During the process I saw the fire these guys had for this & I frankly didn't feel it. My [heart] is boxing.”

Highlihgts from the tryout will be shown on the streaming WWE Network on Tuesday, June 16, at 8 p.m. Eastern Time. This season of “Tough Enough” will then premiere on USA Network on Tuesday, June 23, at 8 p.m. Eastern Time.

Knight, 26, is 13-2-3 with 5 KOs. She fought for titles at 115 and 118, losing to Ana Maria Torres in 2009 and fighting to a draw with Kaliesha West in 2011. Knight ultimately went on to win world titles at 112. She lost a decision to Ibeth Zamora Silva in 2013 and then came back last November, outpointing Guadalupe Martinez.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Bigg Rigg on 06-12-2015

[QUOTE=sicko;15782326]She got more press for this than she did when she was Champion :nonono:[/QUOTE] And that's why she gave it a try to begin with. Womens boxing gets no love. UFC and WWE give the girls a lil air time…

Comment by SlySlickSmooth on 06-12-2015

[QUOTE=Barcham;15780499]Pretty sad when a pro boxer can't make the cut for a women's wrestling reality show.[/QUOTE] She probably wasn't as willing to learn to take professional falls and slams for fun. Didn't have the passion as other competitors who grew…

Comment by sicko on 06-12-2015

She got more press for this than she did when she was Champion :nonono:

Comment by TaurusJ27 on 06-12-2015

I wonder what kind of signature wrestling move such as Hulk Hogan's famous leg drop would she had used to finish off opponents if she had made the cut?

Comment by heathen on 06-11-2015

[QUOTE=Tyler_Durden;15780540]What's sad about that exactly? She's a pro boxer not a pro wrestler.[/QUOTE] right

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