Welcome back to The Wrestling Times! It has been a while since we last spoke about WWE Tough Enough. Since then, Martin Casaus was forced to quit as a result of fracturing his foot, and AJ Kirsch and Christina Crawford were both eliminated. AJ was because of his performance level, and Christina for not showing any charisma. So let’s discuss The Final Three: “Silent Rage” Andy Leavine, “Cool Hand Luke” Robinson, and “MMA” Jeremiah Riggs.
Andy has really started loosening up both in and out of the ring. He doesn’t wrestle as stiff anymore, which given his size and power is a good thing. At 6’5, Andy has the physical attributes that the trainers have been wanting to expose; when he listened to Trish Stratus and started wrestling with an upright posture to show that he’s big and tall, Andy started looking and acting like the real deal.
But, like “Stone Cold” Steve Austin said, Andy is mentally weak. He cannot take criticism, or else he starts to swell up and cry. How is that going to look to the other WWE Superstars in the locker room if he starts to cry over a dispute? This business would eat him alive. He has to stop using his wife and daughter as a crutch because that’s what’s really holding him back from performing at his highest. ~ Maybe if he had a drink, he’d toughen up.
Luke has the highest probability of winning this competition because of his look. He has the pretty boy face, washboard abs, and arrogance to match. As far as Luke Robinson is concerned, WWE is the place for him. Because if you look at guys like Alex Riley, Dolph Ziggler, John Morrison, Justin Gabriel, the locker rooms are filled with his type. And the cover shoot, Luke nailed it. He was in his element, which is flaunting off his million dollar smile, and his baby blues.
Luke found his swagger while wrestling Andy, delivering a 6-foot-high drop kick, which had Bill DeMott grinning from ear to ear. But he’s only as good as when he’s considered the Alpha Male, any other time, his attitude and sportsmanship is piss-poor. There’s also an insecurity surrounding Luke, illustrated by his nervous laugh, or twitch. What are you hiding, Cool Hand Luke?
Jeremiah Riggs is the most charismatic sonovabitch since Jeff Hardy. But unlike the Enigma, there is nothing quiet or mysterious about Riggs, he’s outspoken and is not afraid to do anything. He’s a strong conditioned athlete, confident of his appearance despite not having some teeth, and unwilling to back down from a challenge.
In the skills challenge, Jeremiah placed the bag wrong and when he got up to the top turnbuckle, he let loose an insane corkscrew so as to connect with the elbow. He found a mistake and he fixed it. But like the trainers said, could Jeremiah fix his mistakes every night of the year? Jeremiah, if anything, is innovative. He has the charisma, and dare-devil style that would have fans clamoring to buy tickets and hit the merch stand.
Problem is, he’s still green, his pacing is too fast, and his dare-devil antics (without the seasoned experience) will severely hurt someone. He also decided to follow underneath Luke’s guidance, instead of seeking out the trainers to work on his pacing and perfecting his moves.
So from the beginning, there was always the strong likelyhood that Jeremiah wouldn’t win WWE Tough Enough, but he came damn close. If he continues wrestling, since he only started training this year, then there’s a strong possibility that Jeremiah Riggs may end up captivating the world. ~ And without any case of drug issues, he shouldn’t have a problem with the Wellness Policy, also unlike The Enigma.
That’s it for this post. Next Monday, Luke and Andy showcase their wrestling skills inside of FCW’s ring on a live edition of WWE Tough Enough. Who will win the contract? Silent Rage or Cool Hand Luke? Please jot down your responses in the comment box, or send me a line on twitter. My twitter handler is WrestlingTimesX. There are also some nifty share buttons on the bottom: Spread the word!