To wrestling fans, Maven Huffman is the bald guy who eliminated the Undertaker from the 2002 Royal Rumble and engaged the flamboyant Goldust in the Hardcore Championship. Born Maven Klint Huffman on November 26, 1976 in Chantilly, Virginia, Huffman usually goes by the name Maven in professional wrestling circles. Very few people know that he was a former middle school teacher before his appearance in the 2001 WWE and MTV reality show Tough Enough used to find new WWE stars. In the professional wrestling circuit, Huffman's biggest break came in 2004 after beating three-time World Heavyweight champion Batista, after which he went on to have a moderately successful career. The WWE let him go in 2005 citing decreased revenue.
In 2006, Huffman was cast in VH1's reality show The Surreal Life season 6. The show featured celebrities who were said to have been past their primes and put them in a Hollywood Hills mansion for two weeks, all while being followed by an unforgiving camera that aimed to capture their every move. The unique thing about Huffman's inclusion into the cast is that, for the first time, the initial six celebrities got the chance to choose a seventh roommate from five former reality TV stars. In an interview, Huffman said he got the phone call from a The Surreal Life's casting director a month or so after he stopped wresting. Hesitant at first, he finally agreed to do it after a chat with friends. After filming, though, he revealed he still keeps in touch with a majority of the cast, specifically Smash Mouth frontman Steve Harwell, actor Sherman Hemsley, and actress Andrea Lowell. In season 6, the cast was made to shoot a music video, produce and broadcast a live news program, host their own talk show, and participate in a battle of the bands competition.
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