WWE fans who have been following Tough Enough now know who is going to be competing in the final stage of the show after the most recent, dramatic episode.
With three males and only two females (Amanda and Sara Lee) remaining in the competition, the "bottom three" would automatically consist of Josh, ZZ, and Tanner. Still, the episode presented a mix of the expected and the unexpected.
During the episode, each contestant had to introduce a finishing move and convince the coaches that it would be suitable. Amanda used a variation of the Stratusfaction, which was pretty good for a rookie.
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Sara Lee needed several attempts, but she used an arm bar. The coaches selected the move after talking about Ronda Rousey's judo background and MMA success.
"DON'T GET BIT BY THE GATOR GRIP!"
ZZ's finishing move, the Gator Grip, was the most unique. Although it is a great concept that draws from his own personal experience in Louisiana, an opponent would have to sell both the flapjack setup and the application of the Gator Grip effectively. Nevertheless, the coaches seemed to be impressed.
Tanner told the coaches that he wanted to fly, especially since it would set him apart from ZZ and Josh. Tanner struggled with using his eyes and facial expression to sell emotion, but he executed a cross-body block from the top rope well.
After Josh's "Yeti call," which Booker T told him the live crowd would want to take a moment to participate in, Josh debuted the A-Bomb: a running power slam.
The coaches told him that he was easily the best contestant in terms of cardio and overall physical ability but still lacked the ability to change his facial expression. Unfortunately for Tanner, ZZ has demonstrated charisma from the beginning, and Josh has evolved from the "sleeper" to the beast of the current competition.
It was no surprise that ZZ would make it to the finals. Yet, it was Josh, not ZZ, who dominated this week's audience vote. Tanner was sent home when he received the fewest votes.
Next week, the WWE universe will vote for the two Tough Enough winners. The show airs next Tuesday at 8:00 PM on USA Network.