For two straight weeks, undeserved eliminations have occurred on WWE Tough Enough.
As the most charismatic contestant and the overall frontrunner to win the competition, Patrick should have been saved by one of the judges last week. One "off" week should not have sealed the fate of the person who had dominated the physical challenges and the promo.
Mada has the look and the intensity of a WWE superstar, but this week, he was eliminated.
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The bottom three consisted of Mada (Miz's selection), ZZ (Paige's selection), and Amanda (Daniel Bryan's selection). ZZ received 48% of the audience's "save" vote, Mada received 39%, and Amanda received only 13%.
Miz used his "save" during his debut week as Hulk Hogan's replacement judge and chose Amanda. This eliminated Mada, despite the results of the audience vote.
Miz said he placed Mada in the bottom three for blaming ZZ for his shortcomings this week. Miz explained that such behavior could cause someone's injury in the ring.
Whereas, Miz defended Amanda against her critics. He stated:
"I think that a WWE diva has a look, and they have a fiery side. And they have a connection with the WWE audience."
Paige immediately voiced her disapproval of Miz's decision, interrupting his explanation and calling him an "idiot." Her criticism obviously did not sit well with Miz, but he managed to avoid conflict until new Tough Talk host Byron Saxton interviewed Mada about the fairness of his
Then, Paige claimed that Miz made two major mistakes, and she and Miz argued about his decision. In reference to Amanda, Paige also stated that "People think she sucks."
Things cooled down when Saxton changed the subject and began asking the other contestants questions. Miz declined to make a final comment at the end of Tough Talk and said to Paige: "I don't know if I want to say anything anymore 'cause you're just going to yell at me."
After referring to ZZ's "Patrick shrine" as "creepy" on tonight's episode of Tough Enough, Paige made the overstatement that Patrick no longer exists now that he has been eliminated.
Throughout the competition, Paige has been incredibly and hypocritically hard on the contestants, especially the females. She has also been quite obnoxious, telling them to get out of "her ring" and to get off "her stage."
Although people are free to disagree and tensions might boil over, a modicum of professionalism and respect must remain. If Mada, as a Tough Enough contestant, could openly express himself to ZZ about work ethic and desire without being insulting, a WWE superstar and judge should have been able to do the same.
Maybe, the objectives of this week's episode were to surpass or at least match last week's shocker and to overshadow the WWE's blackout of Hulk Hogan.