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Is she ‘Tough Enough’ to win?

Contributing Writer

Published: Sunday, April 24, 2011

Updated: Sunday, April 24, 2011 17:04

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Christina Crawford is competing with 13 other aspiring wrestlers on  reality TV show Tough Enough for a contract with the WWE to be a Superstar or a Diva.

But the person she would like to take the title  from is the same person who inspired her to be a Diva in the first place — her sister, Victoria — better known as current WWE Diva, Alicia Fox.

"I would love love love to win that title one day," Crawford, a senior interpersonal organization communication major, said. "But it would be the best if I could take it from my sister."

Ever since her sister was hired with the WWE, Crawford wanted to follow in her footsteps. She said the show is a once in a lifetime opportunity that she can't pass up.

"What started my dream of working with the WWE was when my sister got hired, but I was too young at the time to apply," Crawford said. "My dream was to go to school and then I would try out for the WWE."

Crawford, 22, is excited that she might get the chance to work with her sister.

"She is on the main roster and I haven't gotten the chance to work with her yet," Crawford said. "But we do hang out together and it's great moral support."

The moral support comes in handy when Crawford and the other contestants are learning basic skills and exactly what it takes to be a WWE superstar.

The show's host, Stone Cold Steve Austin, and the other trainers — Hugh Morrus, Booker T and Trish Stratus — test the contestants' skills each week to see how well they've been learning the lessons.

One of the most important things the trainers teach the contestants is how to avoid getting hurt. Even though wrestling is staged and for entertainment purposes only, the injuries are real.

"I am not worried about injuries because the training environment is always safe," Crawford said. "The trainers are helping us learn to build and to protect our body."

The three contestants who perform worst are put into the bottom three where the trainers decide which will be sent home. Once someone is chosen, he or she is asked to leave the facility.

Austin is known for being a strong personality in the WWE, and Crawford said that on the show it is no different.

"He is extremely intimidating, but you are just starstruck when you first meet him and you forget all of that," Crawford said. "It's amazing for a legend like him to share his knowledge with us."

Crawford's Zeta Tau Alpha sorority sister Amber Dumas hopes to see all of Austin's teaching pay off so she can see Crawford take the stage as a Diva.

"I could never do what she is doing and it just proves how much she wants it just by being there,"  Dumas said. "I see her in the future as a WWE Diva and I will [be] excited to see when she wrestles her sister."

Said Stephanie Casas, another of Crawford's sorority sisters: "Her older sister has been a Diva since I've known [Christina] and I know she's always looked up to her. Christina is an amazing person and I know she has worked hard to be where she's at."

Tough Enough airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on the USA Network.

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