Just when the WWE Universe thinks that a news story cannot be topped, Vince McMahon finds a way to keep everybody talking. In the last hour, McMahon dropped a bombshell on Twitter that shook WWE programming for the foreseeable future.
— Vince McMahon (@VinceMcMahon) January 15, 2015
Of course, there are more details other than Vince McMahon’s breaking news announcement. In 2014, rumors about Tough Enough returning were swirling about the WWE Universe. There were no reports that confirmed the return of one of WWE’s most-successful shows. With this confirmation, WWE fans shouldn’t expect the same Tough Enough they watched four years ago.
“It was noted that the show will undergo a completely new format, with elements that will make the show more live and interactive with the fans.
It was reported a few months ago that WWE was planning on bringing Tough Enough back, only for the news to surface later that those plans were nixed due to WWE making budget cuts at the time.”
WWE’s Tough Enough didn’t always have names that never surfaced after their television debut. There were men and women that proved they had it in them to make it after Tough Enough.
- Nick Mitchell (Mitch from the Spirit Squad)
- Nidia Guenard
- Chris Nowinski
- Jackie Gayda
- Josh Mathews
- Matt Morgan
- Maven Huffman
- Melina Perez
- John Morrison
- The Miz
- Kenny King
- The Boogeyman
Some of them went on to have great WWE careers. The Miz and John Morrison are arguably the most successful to ever come out of Tough Enough. When the revival was being talked about last year, Stone Cold Steve Austin, former host of Tough Enough in 2011, was linked in the conversation about returning with the former reality show.
Right now, it might work that way, but there is no way to know until Austin comments on the situation. He currently is the host of his own reality show, called Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge. The contestants compete in various challenges on his ranch on the CMT network.
Overall, Austin distanced himself from the WWE, until the famous podcast between him and Vince McMahon a few months ago. If Austin were to return and host the new season of Tough Enough, then ratings would already be high. Total Divas doesn’t have any problems getting high ratings for that reality show.
WWE is very successful in branding their secondary programming. Total Divas is very successful and is currently in Season 3. The WWE Universe should expect that show to go another few seasons at least. Tough Enough returning adds another layer of WWE TV that isn’t Raw or Smackdown.
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