Only WWE Tough Enough’s third installment, and already someone quit. And by episode’s end, another one was sent home. That’s what I call stiff competition.
Welcome back to The Wrestling Times. Last week’s post had mentions of Ryan Howe as a pansy; well, this week, he grew a set and stood up to “Stone Cold” Steve Austin like a man. So you know the drill. Let’s discuss–are you ready?–Reality Television!
Before we get into the “episodic” trilogy that was Mickael and Ryan, let’s talk a little bit about Michelle Deighton. Miss eleven-years, who left her husband and little girl to pursue a life long dream of being a WWE Diva, quit this past episode. Was it because she wasn’t tough enough? Well… she wasn’t in the cardiovascular condition needed for this business, but it wasn’t because of that. They say everything changes when you have kids; Michelle is a mother, priorities in her life have definitely changed. Her dream may have once been to be a WWE Diva, but it no longer seems important anymore.
To be a professional wrestler, one has to be willing to make certain sacrifices. More often than not, the sacrifice tends to be family. Steve Austin has two daughters, hasn’t wrestled in years, and is just now getting to know them. Michelle is not willing to make the same sacrifice, for good reason, because her daughter is her life now. She wants to be present in her life, and be a part of all the milestones. So when Michelle quit, she quit for the right reasons. Every kid needs a mommy and a daddy.
The Bottom 3 were: Rima Fakih, Mickael Zaki, and Ryan Howe. This marked Rima’s and Ryan’s second Bottom 3 summons. Rima was able to power through the morning run, even outrunning Mickael and Ryan, but her biggest failure was her technique. She really doesn’t know a damn thing about wrestling, and that can get her opponent hurt. However, and what eventually saved her, she asked Bill DeMott for some one-on-one assistance. That even surprised me. In The Wrestling Road Diaries, Bryan Danielson talked about training seminars, how he wished more people would take advantage and get as many questions answered and techniques shown to them as possible. Rima is now on the right track.
Now, as for Mickael, he’s been trouble since day one. He incited an argument with the aspiring Divas, and has been a complete a–hole to Ryan. Wrestlers have to share the locker rooms with a lot of people, and with Mickael the way he is, no one would have wanted to work with him. The moment when it was obvious that Mickael was leaving wasn’t his weak promo against Ryan, it happened during the cheerleader competition. Mickael thought it was too feminine, and wondered what his friends’ would say if he went back to Jersey. He had, at that moment, subconsciously accepted defeat. To be in the business, there is no what if I fail, only what is my next step going forward?
For Mickael to lose a promo battle against Ryan was a justifiable ending to their feud, spanning since the premiere. Mickael kept sh–ing on Ryan, giving him a hard time, that when it came time to man up, Ryan shut him out of the competition.
Ryan Howe is not in this competition because it’s a fall back plan, he’s tired of wrestling in front of 200 people, and wants to show the world who Ryan Howe is. That promo blew me away, and you smarks out there can cry all you want about “oh, it’s scripted,” whether or not it’s scripted, anyone can memorize, but not everyone can deliver a promo.
As for Jeremiah Riggs, he is still my favorite to win this. His positive reaction in donning the cheerleading tights, and his “I want to know more about her!” reaction to Stacy Keibler continues to add to his character.
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