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Awesome Kong recently recalled her time during WWE Tough Enough Season 2. She was rejected at the audition by the veteran color commentator Jim Ross citing her physical size.



Awesome Kong recalls the interaction with Jim Ross

On this week’s “Insight with Chris Van Vliet,” Awesome Kong talked about her Tough Enough audition. She recalled the audition and what the contestants were told to do. She said:

“They told initially that we had to come up with a promo and then come up with some physical stuff in the ring. When they had us do the physical stuff, they told us we had to do a kip-up, which I had to learn what that was,” she began.

“When we got in the ring, they had me do the physical stuff first, rolling around, jumping jacks, and we had to do the kip-up last. So you’re blown up and then have to do this difficult move. By the time that came around, I hadn’t impressed anyone. I was a fish out of water.”

She then discussed how JR was not interested in roping in due to her physical attributes and believed she doesn’t have a future in the squared circle:

“When it came time to do the promo, I was proud of my promo because I had come from acting. I can’t remember the whole promo, but the last line was ‘Hell has no fury like a woman scorned.’ I was proud of myself, but it was like crickets. All the judges were like, ‘We don’t know what to do with this.’ J.R. was like, ‘Okay, bye.’ I was like, ‘What? I’m not going anywhere. I just dragged my raggedy ass from L.A. and through the mountains to get here and I spent my last check on a suite. I put it all in because I’m going to be a millionaire. I’m like, you need to ask me one or two questions’”

“J.R. asked me some questions. I can’t remember the first one but it was a snarky one. But then Bob Holly was there and he said, ‘No, I find her interesting and I want to ask her some questions.’ That engaged the rest of the judges and we got to talking.”

“J.R., bless his heart at the time said, ‘I’m sorry. I don’t think a girl your size can make it in wrestling. You are too big to make it in wrestling and will never make it.’ I was like, ‘What?’ He said, ‘You will never make it in WWE. You are too big.’ He was gracious enough not to use the word fat, but I didn’t think I was fat. I thought I was thick. J.R. said that to me on national TV, so I had to clap back, but we are friends today and we have reconciled.”

On interacting with J.R. later:

“He didn’t remember me, but had heard about it from interviews I had done, so I’m sure people would have brought it up to him. The first interaction was at the Cauliflower Alley Club and he was very happy that I had proved him wrong. Not only that, but he advocated for my signing to WWE. Him, Stone Cold, and Mick Foley personally contacted Vince McMahon.”

Kong did sign with WWE and had a decent run as Kharma. She eventually worked in different indie promotions and had a noteworthy stint with IMPACT Wrestling. She also made appearances under AEW and eventually hanging up the boots.

Barry Russell
Barry Russell
A dedicated pro wrestling follower for more than a decade

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