Maria Menounos revealed during an appearance on WWE Backstage last night on FS1 that she was originally scheduled to be part of the lineup for WWE Tough Enough, but pitched Sonya Deville to those wanting her on the show, a story confirmed by Deville herself.

“I was in a meeting with USA Network and they were asking me to do Tough Enough at the time, I don’t think I can do this, but I know who can and who would be amazing. We pitched the idea of her coming on, Kevin Undergaro had the call with Sonya and said, I know you’re in MMA, but I think you need to get in wrestling. That was the start of it, she went on Tough Enough, killed it, found a huge passion and love for this and took off from there.”