The Tough Enough winners were crowned last week, with Josh and Sara Lee picking up the $250,000 WWE contracts.
The season wasn’t the huge success many expected it to be.
One thing that definitely let the show down was the format, with many believing the right contestant didn’t win.
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It was the WWE Universe who played a big role in voting for the winners, Josh was probably a deserving winner whilst the judges and coaches on the show displayed their disappointment in Sara Lee being crowned the winner.
However, the WWE have put up a poll on their website, asking fans to vote for who they believe deserves a second chance with the WWE.
Whether they actually go through with pursuing the winners of the poll remains to be seen. There’s a chance it’s an ordinary poll with no actual outcome.
On the other hand, the WWE may look to see who the WWE Universe wants in the WWE, before bringing them into the Performance Center and turning them into future WWE superstars or divas.
As of this writing, over 40,000 votes have been cast and Mada is storming into the lead, with 72% of the votes.
In second place with 9%, is Patrick. You can also cast your vote here.
If the WWE are serious about giving somebody a second chance, here are the contestants I believe deserve that chance.
Patrick will definitely be in the WWE one day. He has age on his side and moving to the WWE today might not be the best thing for him.
Daniel Bryan highlighted that going to the independent scene helped him become the superstar he is today. Maybe this is what Patrick should do.
Go out, hone his skills and make a name for himself before arriving to the WWE with a big name as well as experience. That way he won't need to go through the whole process again.
At the same time, the WWE probably wouldn’t want to lose someone with so much potential. He’s exactly the kind of person they would want in the Performance Center.
He has the knowledge and the passion, and they can take their time with him on his journey. This is a project definitely worth investing in.
Mada is what somebody like Vince McMahon loves to see in a WWE superstar.
He has a great monster-like look about him and he showed massive improvement on a weekly basis during his time on Tough Enough.
Many believed Josh – who won the competition – was in Mada’s shadow. Perhaps if Mada wasn’t voted off the show earlier then he may just have won the competition.
Mada is currently leading the poll. He understood the character building aspect involved in the WWE and he excelled in that department.
He too would be a valuable asset to the WWE Performance Center. He and Patrick have also been teaming up on the independent scene in the past few weeks.
Tanner finished in third place, losing to ZZ and Josh.
At the start of the competition, Tanner was seen as a favourite as his impressive athletic ability was on display.
However, as the competition progressed, it became clear that he struggled in the personality department.
He made it clear that he was going to attend acting classes so he can improve on those weaknesses.
I do believe Tanner deserves a second chance with the WWE.
He’s a great athlete, he is often compared to current WWE World Heavyweight and United States Champion, Seth Rollins. They share a similar look, and Tanner can definitely improve on his acting.
He has a good look, he’s athletic and in great shape, and the WWE should look to bring him in now and help him improve.
Amanda was the runner-up in the competition, losing out to Sara Lee.
It was clear that the coaches and judges weren't too happy with this. Sara Lee was often seen as the weakest in the female competition but her popularity with the fans helped her win.
This is why the format was criticised. It was a popularity contest.
Of course, connecting with the WWE Universe is key. However, Amanda made it very clear that she’d be a fantastic heel. That is what let her down unfortunately.
The fact she played a heel throughout the competition meant fans wouldn’t vote for her.
I do think she’s displayed enough to show that she could be the first from everyone in the competition to compete on NXT.
She has a great look, a strong personality and she understands what it means by having a character. She could potentially be a huge asset to the divas division in the future. She may even be the most successful from the women.
At first I thought GiGi would be the one who wins the competition, but she too was voted off sooner than expected.
She’s in a similar situation to Amanda, although she was portrayed as a strong face who dominated every single challenge she was involved in.
It’s clear she has the ability and the look to succeed. She also showed great skill in creating a character for herself, and it’s unfortunate she wasn’t in the final.
The WWE will know what she has to offer. A strong fan base, a great look as well as great ability means she will definitely be on their radar.
The positive thing to come out from this season of Tough Enough is that there were a number of strong contestants.
Although we have our two winners, don’t be surprised to see more of the cast sign deals with the WWE in the future.