There was a lot of hype surrounding the return of Tough Enough with 13 hopefuls battling it out to earn a $250,000 WWE contract.
One male and one female competitor will stand out from the rest of the pack and the WWE Universe will vote for their winners.
But judging by the episode earlier this week, it’s fair to say Tough Enough simply isn’t a wrestling show like many thought it would be.
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Tough Enough is the show where we crown a worthy winner who has the potential to go out and be the next huge WWE superstar, but this week the WWE Universe voted out the favourite to win and the competitor who had the most passion and desire to win, Patrick Clark Jr.
Sure, he had aspects to his game which irritated fans, but there are competitors still on the show who are not as experienced or as passionate about the business as he is.
Now it feels like Tough Enough has simply become a popularity contest, and it’s not about crowning a winner. So it comes as no surprise that Tough Enough is coming under scrutiny.
This isn’t how you find a future star of the WWE.
This week the judges – Daniel Bryan, Hulk Hogan and Paige – placed ZZ, Patrick and Josh in the bottom three. It was a surprising bottom three considering all three of them stand a chance of winning.
It was more upsetting to see that no judge decided to use their save, as Patrick went home, and left in competitors who have had little to no improvement in the five weeks they have been on the show.
FOLEY NO LONGER A FAN
It’s clear that it came as a shock. The reaction by the audience in attendance spoke volumes whilst The Miz even argued with the judges over the elimination and their refusal to save Patrick.
They maintained that he would be in a WWE ring one day, and that’s true as it can also be said that losing Tough Enough gets you further in the WWE as we’ve seen with the likes of Ryback and The Miz.
Fans aren’t the only one who have had their say on the controversial elimination. Mick Foley has said on his official Twitter account that he’s officially done with Tough Enough.
He mentioned how Tough Enough has now become a popularity contest and the format of the show may not be corrupt, but it’s certainly flawed.
He also messaged the eliminated Patrick himself, saying he made the mistake of treating Tough Enough like a wresting show.
NO DEVELOPMENTAL CONTRACT...YET
Reports have since emerged claiming that Patrick has turned down a developmental contract from the WWE, as reported by The Wresting Observer.
However he has denied those claims, stating no contract has been offered as of yet but it does look as if the WWE will look to sign him up.
At only 19 years of age he has all the time in the world to make his own decision. He can either take the deal from the WWE if it does ever come around, or he can do what Daniel Bryan and many others do and impress in the indies.
Bryan highlighted how he was signed by the WWE at 18 and released by the age of 20, and as we know the rest is history.
Patrick has options. The independent scene will certainly be tempting, and we can be sure he will be in a WWE ring one day.
Now that Tough Enough has lost it’s most passionate competitor, all eyes will turn to Mada, Josh, Tanner and ZZ to impress.
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