Linda Miles/Shaniqua Biography
Linda Miles first got into the limelight in Rutgers University
where she was part of the Women's basketball team.
After college, and not accepted by the WNBA (Women's National
Basketball Association), Linda Miles decided that wrestling
may be the path she wanted to take. Knowing this, she tried
out for Tough Enough 2 on MTV, and made it into the house. Linda
was a standout in the competition, she was strong, fast, agile
& most of all she was tough. In a very controversial decision,
both Linda Miles and Jackie Gayda walked away with WWE contracts,
beating out the male finalists.
After wining the contest, unlike Nidia (who was one of the Tough
Enough I winners), Linda & Jackie were immediately put on television.
Linda's first match was against her trainer Ivory and she would
have won if not for her co-champion Jackie turning on her (June
8, 2002 on Velocity). This lead to a short feud between the
two, where Linda got the better of Jackie's several times One
match included June 13th 2002 on Smackdown! when Trish Stratus
& Linda defeated Ivory & Jackie Gayda. Both ladies however were
pulled of television and sent to OVW after Jackie Gayda had
a disastrous match.
Matches in OVW included February 5th 2003 when Jazz & Linda
Miles defeated Nikita & Jackie Gayda. Linda returned to WWE
television on June 12th 2003 on Smackdown! as "Shaniqua," the
manager of the Basham Brothers. Linda Miles was very instrumental
in helping the Bahshams with wins, and getting very physical.
She also dominated the women of Smackdown. After issues with
the WWE, she was send back to OVW and on November 12th 2004,
Linda Miles is released from her WWE developmental contract.
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