Nidia Lynnette Guenard (born March 12, 1979) is an American retired professional wrestler. She is best known for winning the reality television series Tough Enough in 2001 and for her subsequent appearances with the World Wrestling Federation/World Wrestling Entertainment (now WWE) from 2001 to 2004.
Nidia in 2002
|Born||March 12, 1979|
Houston, Texas, United States
|Professional wrestling career|
|Billed height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Billed weight||125 lb (57 kg)|
|Billed from||Mayagüez, Puerto Rico|
|Trained by||Al Snow|
Professional wrestling careerEdit
World Wrestling Federation/EntertainmentEdit
Tough Enough (2001)Edit
Guenard won a year's contract with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) after she co-won the first season of Tough Enough, a show meant both to be a "WWF Superstar" talent search, and a semi-documentary of the difficulties of being a trainee professional wrestler.
Ohio Valley Wrestling (2001–2002)Edit
Guenard made a few appearances on WWF episodes in 2001 before being sent to the Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) promotion, with whom WWE had a talent-development agreement. While in OVW she feuded with Victoria.
Guenard debuted on the SmackDown! brand on the June 6, 2002 episode, in a backstage segment with The Hurricane (who was her on-screen ex-boyfriend) and Jamie Noble. Noble and Guenard then became an on-screen couple undergoing a "trailer trash" gimmick. They were both playing as heels, with Nidia leading Noble to several wins, due to interference during the matches. At the King of the Ring she led Noble to winning the Cruiserweight Championship from The Hurricane. She then began to feud with SmackDown! Diva Torrie Wilson leading to many solo and mixed tag team matches with Guenard and Noble against Wilson and various other cruiserweights, including Funaki, Billy Kidman, Rey Mysterio, and Brian Kendrick.
On the October 16, 2003 episode of SmackDown! Guenard was blinded by Tajiri during a match between Tajiri and Noble, after which Tajiri spewed his "Black mist" onto her face (this version of the mist was only ever seen in this instance). Storyline-wise, this encounter resulted in a physical 'injury' to Guenard. After recovering, Guenard started appearing at ringside with sunglasses on, to 'sell' the after effects of her injuries. During this time, Noble would throw Guenard in front of various opponents at a match's climax, to both save himself and let him later accuse them of "hitting a woman", etc. Later in this storyline, Rey Mysterio revealed to Guenard that Noble was exploiting her in the aforementioned manner, resulting in Guenard turning against Noble and becoming a fan favorite in the process. The two feuded, culminating in a match at No Way Out in which Noble had to wear a blindfold. True to character, Noble cheated to win as he removed his blindfold during the match.
Guenard was drafted to the Raw Brand on March 22, 2004. She became a face and claimed to be excited that she was drafted to Raw, where she can compete for the WWE Women's Championship. She made her debut match on the March 29, 2004 episode of Raw, defeating Molly Holly. She then tag teamed regularly with Stacy Keibler and Victoria against heels Trish Stratus, Gail Kim, Molly Holly and Jazz. With the shift to Raw also came a change in character, as Guenard's Hispanic heritage was played up; to this effect, she was no longer billed as being from the South but instead she was billed as being from Puerto Rico and she no longer spoke English during promos, instead speaking Spanish in a quick and angry fashion. Guenard was released from her WWE contract on November 3, 2004 along with several other performers, in a routine purge of talent.
Guenard worked several wrestling matches post-WWE, including versus Gail Kim for Mexico's Toryumon and for Australia's World Series Wrestling. In addition, she worked for TNA overseas "a few times." In a ClubWWI.com interview, she said they were fun to work for, but she liked her freedom from wrestling, in general. She also wrestled for Northeast Wrestling (NWE), where she feuded with Jackie Gayda.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
- "Nidia Profile". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved April 27, 2008.
- Ryan Murphy (April 1, 2015). "Where Are They Now? Nidia". WWE.com. WWE. Retrieved September 12, 2018.
- "WWE SmackDown! Results June 6, 2002". Retrieved November 9, 2007.
- "WWE PPV Wrestling King of the Ring 2002". Archived from the original on June 29, 2012. Retrieved November 9, 2007.
- "WWE SmackDown! Results September 19, 2002". Retrieved November 9, 2007.
- "WWE SmackDown! Results February 20, 2003". Retrieved November 9, 2007.
- "WWE SmackDown! Results February 27, 2003". Retrieved November 9, 2007.
- "WWE SmackDown! Results April 17, 2003". Retrieved November 9, 2007.
- "WWE SmackDown! Results July 10, 2003". Retrieved November 9, 2007.
- "Nidia Women's Wrestler Profiles". Retrieved November 9, 2007.
- "About Dave".
- "From Pro Wrestling to Culinary Arts". CulinaryInstitute.edu. March 30, 2010.
- Shields, Brian; Sullivan, Kevin (2009). WWE Encyclopedia. Dorling Kindersley. p. 224. ISBN 978-0-7566-4190-0.