Never been a fan of the concept of Tough Enough because the idea of selecting a group of athletes and putting them through a 10-week course of activities and training doesn’t make someone a pro wrestler.
If I was an old-school wrestler entrenched in the kayfabe, protecting the business, I would hate Tough Enough. While these chosen athletes sleep in comfortable beds in a mansion, wrestlers would, and probably still, sleep in their cars to save a buck as they paid their dues, wrestling for $20 or a hot dog and a warm soda just to get some experience. These Tough Enough kids have world-class WWE legends teaching them the ropes, and they don’t realize how lucky they are.
But again, though the concept is insulting to those who paid their dues, the show is entertaining. ZZ reminds me of Adam Sandler’s character Bobby Boucher in The Waterboy. He’s a lovable funny guy who loves to make people laugh, but can he endure the grind of the road? Can he handle being body slammed? Choke slammed? Thrown through a table? Smacked with a steel chair? Thrown against a stacked ladder? Probably not.
Unlike previous seasons of Tough Enough, this season will have two winners: one of each gender who goes on to get a quarter of a million dollar contract. And out of the potential Divas in the making, Diana had a fantastic look and a strong personality that could have resonated in the WWE. But she went into the competition wholly uncertain. She was focused too much on her engagement, and what the other competitors thought of her; much like Total Divas‘ star Eva Marie. But Diana let it get to her and quit (at least that’s how it was portrayed on the show). What was the point of entering the competition if you didn’t want to do it?
Again, if I was an old-school wrestler, I would be pissed because some of these kids aren’t in it because wrestling is their life, it’s because they want the fame. At least there’s Patrick who’s appreciative of the opportunity. Didn’t think much of him when I first saw him until Week 2. He told one of the competitors, whose name escapes me because he was eliminated and not worth looking up on Google, that this business is about passion. And if you’re passionate about the business, you should do your research and learn about it. No-name contestant said it wasn’t about knowledge, it’s about getting the job done. Word to the remaining competitors, appease the judges. The main judge is Hulk Hogan, a legend in the business who built WrestleMania on his eight back surgeries. His 24-inch pythons paved the way for there to be a wrestling industry. Do not disrespect wrestling legends and say that it doesn’t matter about the history. Because f–k you, there’s the door.
Back to Patrick, brother. I liked him in Week 2, but he irked me in Week 3. He’s turning into a little mark too high on his own praise. It’s one thing to be confident, but don’t go around thinking you’re above anyone. Because that makes you an a–hole.
Oh and sweet, delicious Sara Lee chocolate swirl cake. Okay, that was weird. She reached the Bottom 3 two weeks in a row. Paige is really gunning to light a fire under her ass. She’s a very beautiful girl, but she comes off as a regular person and not a television star. She’s the girl you would take to a wrestling show, but not so much believability in seeing her throw down in the ring.
When she was asked to be mean in her ring entrance, she thought about being mean, and probably felt that she was being mean. But what she needs to comprehend is pro wrestling is partially live theater. You have to show the kids in the nosebleeds your character. You have to use body language and facial expressions that show off what you are feeling and what your character is about. Look at Kevin Owens at the Beast in the East special. His facial expressions when he stood at the top of the ramp and begrudgingly walking to the ring showed the non-English speaking Japanese fans that his character didn’t want to be there, and that he sure didn’t give a damn if they knew it.
Again, I may not be a fan of the concept but it does make for entertaining television. Who’ll be Tough Enough to earn that contract and be prepared to train every g–damn day at the performance center to earn a spot on NXT or WWE television?
Who are your picks to win WWE Tough Enough?
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