As of this writing it seems as though the WWE is considering taking a second look at some Tough Enough talent that were both eliminated and didn't make the show. This tells me that they have realized they need some new faces down in NXT especially if NXT will become a touring brand next year like the WWE. Also this may this help reconcile some wrong doings when the show was going on as the fans made some crappy choices of who should be eliminated during the season.
Below are some contestants they should take another look at:
- Patrick: By far one of most gifted prospective talents in the competition and should have made it a lot further then he did. Patrick was the "most together" contestant on the show, but also had the biggest ego and though you don't how much of that was him and edited to be shown like that. Patrick definitely deserves a second look from WWE.
- Tanner: he reminds of Dolph Ziggler as both wrestlers came into the company as he came to the company with complete knowledge of the in-ring skills. Dolph got signed right out of college and now has become one of the best in-ring workers in the company. Tanner seems very similar to Dolph in the aspect that both of them had know prior in ring experience. Though Tanner may never reach the point Dolph has in the ring, and I think Tanner showed a good potential on the show.
- Daria: based on in ring skills I do believe that she was the top of the competition and still don't know how she didn't win the show. Either way she deserves another shot at making it because if Eva can get a contract then anyone can. No but seriously Daria was by far the best women on the show in ring wise and only has room for improvement if given the chance to improve.
- GiGi: As far as personality GiGi takes the cake and the tops the list in this aspect, because it seemed like her personality on the show came natural to her and that is the best time of talented wrestler to have. Much like Sarah Lee was a very nice, respectable, and lacking the ability to show negative emotions on the show. Just like those qualities came natural to Sarah, the ability to be a "heel" seemed to come natural to GiGi.
All of these prospective possibilities have the opportunity to improve and grow to the potential they displayed on the show if given the opportunity to do so. I just hope they don't make a mistake by bring back people who don't deserve the opportunity and would wasted. I think this also could prove that the show will not be returning at all after the wash this season was.
Rumors have been spreading for the last few weeks about a new member of the Total Diva "reality show" as someone will replacing Naomi for the 25 time as it seems like every other season she gets the boot from the show. Well I know who you all are thinking is getting the spot on Total Diva and No it's not going to Sara Lee even though she won the show. The show's runner-up Amanda will be taking Naomi's spot on the show either this season or next season I am not really sure. Is this a joke? She lost the competition and yet within a few weeks of the show ending she is getting a contract, really are you kidding me. When I thought they had a great opportunity to change the stigma that goes along with winning the show and they go and do something like this.
Amanda shouldn't be anywhere near WWE sanctioned programing, because she lost a show that could have given a contract with the company. Now I will say that at this point I am not to sure if this is confirmed or not, but the writing seems to be on the wall and the change seems to be very likely. This not only drops the importance even lower for winning Tough Enough, but also it makes it meaningless to be on Total Divas as if it meant anything to begin with. Amanda joining Total Diva is almost as bad a joke as management thinking Eva Marie has any talent to be successful wrestler. What a waste they could have given Naomi's spot to I don't know someone who has a contract with the company or even someone with talent, well then again that would Eva would need to get the boot from the show. All this teaches you is that you really don't have to win most competitions as if your even average you will still get rewarded and be given more opportunities then the winner. What a ***** Joke!!!!
I am well aware that normally I live tweet Tough Enough much like I do for Raw, and ROH but considering this was the finale I wanted to save my thoughts for this post instead of repeating myself. For those who may not be aware tonight was the finale of this season of Tough Enough and I don't care if I stand alone in saying that I am glad the season is over. In one season WWE ruined my favorite WWE show for, because of how bad this re-launch was. Everything they changed didn't help the series become better it changed it for the worse and made it look to much like every other talent show on TV today. The production value and the look of the show made it feel like just another WWE show and the judges were an unneeded addition the show.
As for those who won the show that being Josh & Sara Lee, well I am not disappointed. After hearing what Triple H said about the winners that "It's all about who the WWE Universe connected with the most." I do believe that their were better choices to win the competition on both sides, but I am excited to see what the future holds for both Josh & Sara within the ranks of the WWE.
As everyone is aware about two months ago the WWE officially re-launch the once popular "reality show" Tough Enough which followed 13 hopeful contestants on their path to becoming the next WWE superstars and divas. I have mentioned in other posts in this section of the site that I was a big fan of Tough Enough and that this series was my favorite show produced by WWE. However, that was before this season happened because everything including my opinion of the show has changed due to how bad this season has been. Let me just put it this way if something is your favorite show would you willingly miss it three weeks straight or would you at least try to watch it. See for the last three weeks I haven't seen Tough Enough, but then tonight I decided to give it another try.
Boy was that a mistake, if you followed my "commentary" on twitter then you would know that I wasn't speaking very highly of anyone in competition and the show in general. Well I take that back I did praise both GiGi and Tanner after their match on the show which was a part of this weeks challenge. Fact is the two of them and Josh were the bright spots of the show for me. There is no doubt that if GiGi messed up by being a heel instead good guy for her match then yeah that's bad, but grounds for elimination Nope!! (someone will know what I am referencing right here)
The low point of the show for me was when ZZ and Sara board line lied on camera when they said that they didn't depend on the popular vote. Bull*** you don't depend popular vote if it wasn't for the fan vote both ZZ and Sara wouldn't be in the competition right now and people who actually deserve to have made it this far would have been here instead. That is why I think it was mistake to allow the fans to have say in who stays and who goes in the competition, because at this point this show has become a Popularity Contest rather then a search for the next WWE superstar & diva which means this show has been a waste.
The problem is they believed that they needed to change the show to get interest, well I hate to you but the concept wasn't they that was broken. How about the fact that in Six Season of the show not one Winner has accomplished anything in the WWE. I mean just take Season 5 winner Andy Levine who was actually from NXT. Andy won the competition then went back to NXT and was never seen again. Why? because he got release less then a year after he won the show. Why? Bother doing the show if you have not intention of keeping the winner/s and if you have NO!!! Plans for the winner after the show ends. So it wasn't the concept that needed tweaking it was this idea that WWE never "pushes" the winners of Tough Enough they rarely end up accomplishing anything or even staying with the company for a long period of time.
The problem with this show is at this point the damage has been done and it is time to cut ties and run far away from the show idea in general. The host brings nothing to the show and the judges just over complicate things and make the show all the less real. Fact is this why the fans shouldn't have a say, because they make everything a popularity contest and this isn't a popularity contest it is suppose to be a competition to find the next WWE superstar and diva and I think they are doing the opposite; they are instead finding the next flop and failure in the WWE. I was a fan of this show because it gave "opportunity" and to see the joke the show has become is a damn shame and very unfortunate for everyone. Because whoevers wins the show would have won a meaningless competition.
That's right!! The only contestant that was on the show that had actual experience prior to his time on Tough Enough is now taking Indy bookings. Last week I spoke about how the people got it wrong when they eliminated Patrick instead of two guys who have consistently been in the bottom 3 for weeks. This show isn't a popularity contest and having the fans pick who stays and who goes is going to make it very tough to stop it from becoming one. Even though I had become a "critic" of Patrick's recently that is only because I felt like he did was talk about how he was a fan and nobody else was.
Well that came back to bite him as Tough Enough isn't just about being a fan as it is also becoming a WWE superstar and last time I check you can't become a WWE superstar on just knowledge of the wrestling business. If you could I would be WWE Champion by now (Just saying). Patrick was the best male contestant on the show and now the men side is very weak and unproven. To many of the guys haven't shown that they deserve to still even be apart of the competition at this point and I am looking at ZZ & Josh to be specific.
I'm in no way surprised that Patrick is taking Indy bookings this soon after being eliminated if anything it's incredibly smart for him to do as he can capitalize on just being featured on National TV for a month, and not only that seen on the Network by millions. Also who could forget his time on National TV was in primetime which is just icing on the cake. In reality this elimination is a blessing for Patrick and just lose for WWE as he could have had bright future with WWE. You may say he still can, but if he gets signed then what is the point of Tough Enough.
I would like to wish Patrick all the success in the world and want to give him this message: "I hope you have all the success in the world so you can rub it the face of those who didn't believe in you."
I am well aware of the fact that I chose to close this section of the site about two weeks ago, but I will say that if it wasn't for many questionable eliminations week to week then this section would still be gone. However, much like everyone else I have something to say regarding the most recent episode of Tough Enough.
Fact is that Patrick got eliminated on the show this week even though two of the weakest contestants and consistent bottom three finishers were right there with him. It seems like every other week ZZ had been in the bottom three of the competition and yet he is still here when can we say enough or how about Josh being back in the bottom three. Last time I checked if a future wrestler or an aspiring WWE superstar is cocky, and has somewhat of a character already with tons of potential that is a good thing. However, the WWE Universe doesn't agree otherwise Patrick wouldn't have gotten eliminated. A few weeks ago I made mention to the fact that I thought Patrick was weak and "one dimensional", but that doesn't mean I don't think that Patrick wasn't the best guy in the competition I just thought he needed to show more before being sold the farm.
This and other eliminations have lead me to believe that the fans shouldn't have the final say on who goes home on the show like they do (or did) in a lot of if not all of the singing shows. Tough Enough has to be looking for the most entertaining person in the ring and not just the person who is liked by the most people with no bearing on their actual talent. If the WWE isn't looking to use Tough Enough to their advantage then they are wasting their time by doing this competition. See though I am one of the many members of the WWE universe that has enjoyed voting, I wouldn't not being able to vote if it meant to improve the show.
Tough Enough would be so much better they wouldn't have allowed the WWE universe to cast their votes and have the final say on who lasts in the competition. The old saying is that "If isn't broke don't fix it." In my book certain parts of the Tough Enough show needed to be changed, but other specifics about the show didn't need to be changed, but was changed. I believe that too much has been done wrong this season to save this season from known as one of the worst season of the shows history which is unfortunate, because done right this could have been a turning point for the shows legacy among the WWE fans. The winner of the competition will be a long term project as none of these contestants are ready to be given the farm right out of the gate. However, time isn't really on the WWE's side because their roster is the weakest it's been in years and adding some more depth wouldn't be a bad thing. Look forward to next week to see the next awkward twist for this lackluster season of the formerly good reality TV show through the WWE.
Though the show has just begun and most would say that give plenty of things to write about. However, I feel differently about this as I believe this show is to early to post predictions of who will win and so I am shutting down this section for a few weeks. Which is something I am thinking about doing with some other sections much like I did prior with the How I Would Book it section before I brought it back, so this could be just the start.
Now with that out the way let's get onto my thoughts so far on this season of Tough Enough. In my opinion thus the fans gotten it right when it comes to the eliminations on the show. I also think that early favorites have shown up and those who may not make it that far have also been seen, but in one week everything can change. Below I give my thoughts on some of the contestants:
Alex: "Knowledge doesn't matter" is the quote that this competitor will be remembered for and the ignorance he showed on the show by saying that statement. Speaking of Alex, I disagree with both Hogan & Daniel as I think it is not just important to the history of WWE I think it's important to the history of wrestling in general. Not only is it important to know who Andre The Giant, but it is also important to know who Verne Gagne & Johnny Valentine are as well. If you don't those guys then do some research, because you just proved my point. All and all that statement showed the ignorance some of these competitors have and why I happy that Alex is gone.
Patrick: After his "shoot" on Tanner on the first episode he immediately became my favorite, because I feel like he told the truth and I respected him for that. As you want someone to win the competition who isn't afraid to speak his mind and has the ability in the ring to back it up and Patrick did that this week after doing a lot of talking last week. As said I believe it's to early to predict who will win the competition, but at this point I definitely think that Patrick is a favorite to win.
Diane: Look I know it's a reality show, but when she said "I should be home playing my wedding" I knew she didn't belong. I mean Raw is already half looking like High school with the "bickering couples" of Rusev/Rae & Lana/Ziggler so Tough Enough doesn't need to be just as bad. Especially with people who willing say they don't want to be here and from what I have heard get their contract changed so they could see their fiancé. Give Me A BREAK!!!!!!! I don't a shit if she is engaged or not she is in a competition to become a diva in the most "prestigious" company in the wrestling world and yet she wants to plan her wedding or be with her fiancé then let her go then as she doesn't belong on the ****** show then in my opinion. (I don't care if you don't like what I just all you have to do is read the underlined part and if you don't respect it, I don't really care about your opinion then, because you don't respect mine and I mean that I really don't care) I guess it's pretty clear to see that by far I hate Diane and can't wait for her not to be on the show anymore.
This wont happen and if it does their is something wrong, but what if she wins the competition and goes the road for 300 days a year is she going to bitch and have her contract changed again. Honestly I would tell her NO and that if she wanted to have a different contract then she should've left the competition and let someone else who actually deserved the contract get the opportunity.
As the newest season of Tough Enough kicked off earlier this week we still have the opportunity to take a look back at some of the trainers from the past seasons of Tough Enough. Thus far we have gazed back at the most known trainer of the series in Al Snow and also looked back at a not so known trainer for the series in Chavo Guerrero. Were do we go now with the series well here is your answer.
As you maybe able to tell from the pictures above the trainer I am speaking of for this part is Bob "Hardcore" Holly. Another superstar who later in his career became very known for his time on Tough Enough. Bob was a part Seasons 1-3 of the series thus becoming one of the longest tendered trainers next to Al Snow, Ivory, & Taz.
Bob actually was a late product of the territory system and would start in the wrestling industry as a part of the Alabama territory. Around 1992 he would on to Smokey Mountain Wrestling under the name Hollywood Bob Holly. As a part of the WWE's craze at the time of bringing in jobbers who had gimmicks and Bob was one of them as he was Sparky Plug the Nascar Driver. It wasn't until late 1998 that Bob would actually incur his first bit of success as a member of the WWE and that was a member of the Job Squad which was lead by Al Snow.
Following the end of the Job Squad in early 1999 Bob had his first taste of singles gold in WWE and he liked as he would hold the WWE Hardcore Title another 5 times in his career. Fast forward a few years to around 2002 when Bob got his neck legitimately broken during a match with Brock Lesnar on Smackdown, and Bob would then comeback in late 2003 for a short lived feud with Brock for the WWE Championship. Bob would of course come up short, and now fast forward again to near the end of his run in the WWE things came full circle. Well for most of 2006 and a little of 2007, Hardcore was a part of the ECW Brand which is where he fought a brutal Extreme Rules match against RVD. In the late fall of 2007 Hardcore would return on the Raw brand after a few months off nursing some injuries and would slowly end up forming a team with Cody Rhodes; the two would end up becoming Tag Team champions which would end being the first and last championship that Bob held in his WWE tenure.
In June of 2009 it was announced that Hardcore had been released from his WWE contract after a 15 year tenure with the company. Though Bob was tough and sometimes a little rougher in the ring then others I felt that adds some realism to the product in the ring that maybe been a little lacking nowadays. Also I felt that Bob was perfect for Tough Enough cause I thought he was the type that'd make you earn your spot.
The day is finally here tonight WWE Tough Enough returns to the USA Network for the first time in 4 years as a totally repackaged concept. One of the brand new parts of the show this coming season is the idea of having trainers and a host of the show as two different people unlike it was in Season 5 with Steve Austin holding both roles as head trainer & host. Now Chris Jericho is just the host of the show and Booker, T, Lita, & Billy Gunn are the trainers of the show while they have also added judges for the show who are WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan, Former Divas Champion Paige, & Former World Champion Daniel Bryan.
Now the only part of the show that is still uncertain with me is the idea of how the judges will influence the show, I have heard that you will see similarities between other competition shows like Voice or America's Got Talent and Tough Enough which is cool. The reason I believe that this idea would work is it makes Tough Enough more of a competition and less of a reality show.
The final 13 have been determined the barracks are set, the stage has been and the time has been saved. Tomorrow at 8PM EST live on the USA Network Season 6 of Tough Enough kicks off. I have been looking forward to this for a long time because as I have mentioned before I love this show.
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At first this section was projected to close at the start of the new season, but because of a lot of fan fare I have chosen to keep this section open. I will continue to post over the course of the competition and will do updates as the show progress, until the end.
From the head trainer to one of the more obscure trainers to have a part in the series. The trainer I will look back at today is Chavo Guerrero. Though most of you probably didn't know Chavo actually was a trainer in Season 2 of Tough Enough back in 2002 when he was first breaking into the WWE.
Chavo if I remember correctly was the trainer that could most recently be related to Booker, T from more recent seasons of the show as in Chavo was there or not there throughout the season, because of WWE obligations. In my opinion because of his family lineage in the business he would seem like the perfect teacher, but was still an active wrestler unlike the other trainers who were either semi-active or retired for the most part well outside of Bob Holly. Though Chavo may not be remembered for his time on Tough Enough, now he might be.
Tough Enough Moment: Chavo was in the ring during the training when Season 2 contestant Jackie Gayda was training with another contestant and severely injured her knee. I do believe Chavo was first to tend to Jackie following the injury taking place.
Though being new to the company around the time he was a trainer on Tough Enough, Chavo would stay under contract with WWE until 2011 after 9 years with the company. Over his tenure he would become a multi time Tag team champion and a multiple time Cruiserweight Champion as well.