Coming off of the best season in Tough Enough history, I was ecstatic when the WWE announced the return of Tough Enough. Little did I know that the only things not returning were everything I liked about the previous season.
It was clear from the preview that this show had nothing to do with finding the next big WWE star, a big difference from last season. Last season’s show was filled predominately with independent and developmental pro wrestlers. There are only two independent wrestlers this season, lost in a sea of MMA fighters, former college athletes, and fitness models. Anyone who believes that a new star is coming out of this show is fooling themselves.
The casting is some of the worst in Tough Enough history. Quite frankly I can’t remember who is who and for the few names I do remember, I couldn’t tell you anything about their backgrounds. In previous seasons the cast had more personality, more distinctive characteristics, and more complexity. This season while aesthetically improved, have been unable to stand out sans a goofy alligator wrestler that is probably the only cast member with any chance of making it out of the show to a WWE ring.
The meat of the show is unwatchable. These “competitions” would be great if the idea of the program was to crown the next American Ninja. Yet at a time when the WWE is celebrating Dusty Rhodes, they are trying to convince me that the next big pro wrestling star is going to come out of a boot camp competition. The reason I enjoyed the last season of Tough Enough so much is that the majority of the drills and competitions were all related to pro wrestling. What a novel concept? Without any kind of character depth, I have no interest in watching a bunch of jocks and fitness models run stadium stairs.
This isn’t just my opinion. The ratings indicate that most viewers feel this way. The ratings have been dramatically decreasing by the week and with good reason. Fans want the Tough Enough show they got last season, not this watered down vehicle for reality television. Until this show reboots, I am out!