In Chris Jericho’s acclaimed sequel Undisputed, he reminisces on the night he won the WWE World Tag Team Championship with Chris Benoit. Jericho had “Stone Cold” Steve Austin trapped in the Walls of Jericho in the center of the ring, but just as Triple-H went to break the hold, he tore his left quadriceps muscle completely off the bone. And despite Hunter’s inability to place any weight on his leg, he completed the match. He even allowed Jericho to place him in the planned Walls of Jericho over the announce table–a move that places considerable stress on the quadriceps.
Welcome back to The Wrestling Times. For obvious reasons, this incredible match will never see the light of day, but still to this day, wrestlers hold Triple-H with the utmost respect for finishing the match with a torn quad off the bone. There’s no secret about it, wrestlers will work through injuries. And it wasn’t just Triple-H, Steve Austin suffered a broken neck as a result of the infamous botched piledriver from the late Owen Hart. He suffered temporary paralysis, but was able to conclude the match by crawling over and rolling up Owen to win the Intercontinental Title as planned. Does enduring and working through injuries make a person tough or foolish? Let’s discuss Tough Enough.
Last week, “Little” Ivelisse suffered a leg injury as a result of Christina’s botched leapfrog. Throughout this week’s episode, Ivelisse was unable to work through the pain without visibly showing that she was hurt. Though the injury ultimately cost her the competition, she was still able to complete the obstacle course, and outlast a number of the remaining competitors in the top rope squatting challenge. It was unfortunate that Ivelisse had to suffer this injury, but she didn’t have that “do or die” attitude needed to survive in WWE’s hectic full-time schedule. She also had considerable trouble lifting and body slamming the 70lb body bag, when her competitors will weigh a lot more.
Ivelisse was one of my favorites to not necessarily win, but at least make it to the final five. It’s just a shame that the contestant who injured her is still in this competition.
The trainers say that Eric had flashes of being a big-time player in WWE. Guessing those flashes didn’t air on television because since Day One, Eric should have been eliminated. The man had the worst conditioning, and lazy attitude that had people scratching their heads, “Why is he still here?” The final straw was Eric’s inability to complete the obstacle course, where he was left dangling for over an hour before Austin called it.
Eric did not come prepared for this competition. I saw no focus, drive, or commitment that would have garnered a vote from me. And though I was slightly distraught over Ivelisse’s elimination, it was reassuring that Eric was also eliminated in Austin’s first Double Elimination call.
“Cool Hand” Luke definitely showed a new focus for this competition as he finally won the Skills Challenge; however, his form in executing body slams was atrocious. For someone who trained under WWE Hall of Famer Tony Atlas, Luke should know how to properly execute a damn body slam.
“MMA” Jeremiah Riggs was seen spitting blood after being on the receiving end of three of Luke’s body slams. Thing about Riggs, he will do whatever is asked of him no questions asked, but he’s still green. He was unable to connect with the flying elbow off the middle rope, and completely over shot the mark when he flew off the top rope. Now Jeremiah, he has what it takes to be in the WWE, he just needs to seriously work on his form and stop seeking wrestling tips from Luke.
If Tough Enough doesn’t pan out, Andy could probably make it onto NXT with relative ease. The man has Undertaker height and body build, which means that there is no excuse for why Andy cannot be comfortable on the top rope. If The Undertaker can tight-rope walk to perform his Old School signature, then Andy can squat on the ropes.
As for “Tumble Weed” A.J., he survived the Bottom 3 Double Elimination. He was able to talk a good b.s. and stay in the competition. Problem is, the trainers will be paying close attention in next week’s episode to see any improvement.
That’s it for this post. With only six contestants left, who do you think is the next to go? And who will win this competition? And if you care to discuss, what are your thoughts on the Double Elimination? Comment, Tweet, do whatcha gotta do. Want to share this post? There are plenty of nifty Share Buttons now available on each of these posts in the comments section.
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