This week, Tanner was voted off Tough Enough, leaving two male finalists (Josh and ZZ) and two female finalists (Amanda and Sara Lee). Next week, the season concludes as the WWE Universe
votes for one male winner and one female winner.
Obviously, WWE is fully aware of the backlash against the competition. This week, the judges expressed their appreciation for ZZ's personality and his "mind "for creating a character, but they really laid into him about his weak cardio and the fact that. They criticized him for not working as hard as the other contestants and for not showing significant improvement over the past nine weeks.
Josh lost almost 40 pounds of excess weight while Tanner put on 17 pounds of muscle. Daniel Bryan commented that Amanda and Sara Lee were also "killing it" in the gym while ZZ completed
a cycle of exercising a little, followed by walking around for a while.
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Daniel Bryan shocked the studio audience by electing not to use his "save," even though he was the only judge who still had one left. It was also the last episode in which a "save" could be used.
After a long hesitation, Bryan said he would trust the WWE Universe. Could he have truly been depending on the majority of fans to make the right call or secretly protecting the chances of either ZZ (the fan favorite up until this week) or Josh (the winner of this week's vote and the most balanced of the remaining contestants)?
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Sara Lee was the weakest link yet again, and she admitted to Byron Saxton on Tough Talk that she felt Amanda was better than her at this point in time. She qualified her comment, stating that she would catch up with Amanda when provided with more time for training after Tough Enough.
When Saxton interviewed Amanda, she asserted that she hoped fans would see that she has been portraying a character on Tough Enough and see that she is a "real diva" because she
knows how to turn the character off and on. She also accused Sara Lee of being a "ring rat" posing as the "girl next door."
Sara Lee denied the allegation, and she remarked that despite her shortcomings, at least she knows how to connect with the fans. However, Tough Talk raised the issue that getting a reaction from the fans, love or hate, is more important than just being liked.
Finally, someone associated with Tough Enough actually called it a popularity contest on the air. Tanner agreed when Tough Talk host Byron Saxton asked him about that perception the competition.
Next week, the final four contestants will don their full ring attire and compete in the squared circle before the final vote is cast.
After ZZ has lost his normally wide margin of votes this week, the same thing might happen to Sara Lee in the series finale. Two weeks ago, the Tough Enough winners seemed to be a foregone conclusion, but the actual results will be much more interesting, now.