WWE To Revive Tough Enough
World Wrestling Entertainment and the USA Network are set to bring back Tough Enough, the reality show in which viewers are able to see the participants try to do what it takes to become part of the WWE.
Unlike NXT, Tough Enough was entirely unscripted and the participants really were competing for a WWE contract – those on NXT are already signed to the WWE via developmental deals as they are usually brought up from their Developmental territories such as Florida Championship Wrestling, though with Tough Enough the contracts were guaranteed for a year.
The various seasons of Tough Enough saw various winners, but many of those who tried out would later go on to enjoy recognition in the WWE or elsewhere, such as John Hennigan (Morrison), Josh Lomberger (Mathews), Mike “The Miz” Mizanin, Christopher Nowinski, Kenny Lane (King), Matt Morgan, and Melina Perez.
Jim Ross has commented on his blog about it’s return (amongst other things), saying that as a fan of the genre, he would be more inclined to watch it than he would NXT.
When NXT was originally announced, my hope was that it would basically be Tough Enough but with a different name, but as it didn’t turn out that way, I’m happy that my hope for it to be brought back is coming true.
Tough Enough is expected to be run in tandem with Monday Night Raw, and for a taste of what you can expect from Tough Enough, see the videos below.