It’s true. This is not a mirage. There will be no second coming. Miss USA Rima Fakih has been eliminated from WWE Tough Enough.
Welcome back to The Wrestling Times. After showing zero signs of improvement, Rima has indeed been eliminated from competition. And the skills and agility challenges are highlighting the remaining contestants’ weaknesses. So you know the drill. Let’s discuss–are you ready?–Reality Television.
It takes a big person to admit they need help; it takes an even bigger person to admit that they don’t have what it takes. Rima asked for help, last week, from Bill DeMott. What she got was a midnight crash course everything wrestling basics, and the cold realization that her body can’t handle it.
When told to take a back bump, she eased her way into it. When she was bodyslammed, her body couldn’t react fast enough to get right back up. When she attempted a School Boy roll up, she hurt herself.
There’s a difference when fans jeer that John Cena and Batista can’t wrestling, as opposed to seeing Rima clueless inside of the ring. The first is mostly an issue of technique, while the latter is not knowing jack squat! Rima saying that she wants this, doesn’t want to quit, but not being physically able to do what is asked of her, is just not enough to make it in the business.
Frankly, Rima was accurate in saying that she lasted longer than people gave her credit for–I’m one of them. She should have been eliminated from Day One because she wasn’t just green as grass, she was a civilian. Know those caution signs WWE likes to throw up every now and then: “Please, Dont Try This at Home”? It’s especially meant for people like her, who can seriously hurt themselves. Rima doesn’t know the fundamentals on administering the moves safely; hence why, she almost fractured her arm when trying to School Boy DeMott.
I’ll give her this: Rima is pretty, and a people person. That’s great, she can have Maria Kanellis’s old job of backstage interviewer, while she secretly trains to be an in-ring performer.
As for the remaining nine contestants, agility and skills really started to weed out who would stay for another episode or two. Luke and Jeremiah proved this week to be the alphas when it comes to agility, and Christina Crawford nicely represented the girls (although she needed leverage from the bottom rope). Though, when it came time for the Skills Challenge, where knowing technique meant the difference of succeeding or being cut, both Luke and Jeremiah got cut.
Jeremiah is considered green as grass because he hasn’t fully grasped the rhythm and dance of professional wrestling. The former MMA fighter is in the process of adjusting his fighting style (real combat) to translate in the wrestling ring. But what his MMA background has brought to the table is his agility and his toughness. That will go far if he continues to work on his in-ring performance.
Luke… Damn. There is no doubt that Luke is the poster boy who WWE would want representing them. He’s handsome, athletically gifted, and could probably cut a mean promo. Problem is, he’s too selfish. He doesn’t place much consideration over the safety of his opponents. A word that Luke should keep in mind is collaboration. When two or more wrestlers compete inside of the squared circle, they must work together to achieve a match. Luke needs to tone down his arrogance, humble himself, and start working with others.
Martin Casaus, winner of two consecutive Skills Challenge, is starting to stand out from the pack. Is it safe to place him in the top three?
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