The popular WWE Tough Enough series is set to be revived, according to reports, and will be shown on the USA Network for the fifth season. Reports say that it will be shown on Monday nights, alongside Monday Night Raw, either before or after the longest weekly-running episodic television series in history. Tough Enough is a reality program where participants compete against each other for a chance to be WWE’s next biggest star. The winner of every season gets a guaranteed contract by World Wrestling Entertainment. The competitors who are on the show are picked by the WWE trainers, and are the best wrestlers that no one has heard of yet.
The original Tough Enough series ran from June 2001 until December 2004 on MTV and UPN. The original three seasons saw two winners every season, with the fourth season airing on SmackDown, and the only season with a sole winner. Tough Enough has proven to be a success in the past, resulting in multiple seasons and good ratings. The wrestlers who were recruited to appear on the show, after impressing with an open tryout, lived in a house together (much like The Ultimate Fighter), and trained in WWE’s training facility. To make the show more interesting, WWE’s biggest superstars made the trip to talk to the rookies, and show them what it’s like to compete in a wrestling ring. There was also at least one elimination every episode. No word yet whether WWE will continue this format.
The show has also introduced us to some of the current stars in the WWE such as: John Morrison (Season Three Winner), Mike “The Miz” Mizanin (Season Four Runner-up), Maven (Season One Winner), Christopher Nowinski (Season One Participant), Josh Mathews (Season One Participant), and Skip Sheffield (Season Four Participant). Morrison is the only winner in Tough Enough that is still competing in the WWE. There is a good chance that the new competitors in season five of the show might make a big impact on the WWE landscape in the years to come after the show airs, so look out for the new talent.
Once WWE Tough Enough is officially revived, it is likely that WWE NXT will be dropped. Currently, NXT is in its third season but has been dropped from Syfy programming earlier this month, and can only be seen on WWE’s website. The third season is the first Divas season and because of NXT’s low ratings on Syfy, there have been talks of axing the show for quite some time now.