This season of Tough Enough may be in the books with Josh and Sara Lee crowned the winners, but the competition still remains in the news.
Just because you don’t remain successful in the competition doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t be working with the WWE in the future.
You can take a look at The Miz, and even current Intercontinental Champion Ryback, as prime examples. Both Superstars fell short in the competition, but still managed to have a successful future with the WWE.
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Now it looks as if a competitor from this season’s competition may also be working with the WWE.
ZZ SIGNS A DEVELOPMENTAL DEAL
PWInsider are reporting that finalist Zamariah Loupe – better known as ZZ on the show – was at the WWE Performance Center this past Monday afternoon and reportedly sign a developmental deal with the WWE.
If the reports are accurate, this means the four finalists from the show have all been signed up by the show.
Josh Bredl and Sara Lee started training at the WWE Performance Center this month after winning the competition for the $250,000 contracts.
Amanda Saccomanno finished just behind Sara Lee as the runner-up, and it looks as if she’s also now under contract with the WWE.
She’s been seen alongside a number of WWE divas, and has now replaced Naomi on Total Divas.
It’s certainly a bold move on the WWE’s part to throw her into a programme like Total Divas right off the bat. However, she does offer a lot to the company and she could definitely have a very bright future.
SHOULD ZZ BE WITH THE COMPANY?
It’s definitely surprising to hear the news that the WWE have signed ZZ. This is because throughout the competition it looked likely that he was going to win because of his massive fan base, he simply connects with the fans which many stars are unable to do.
Yet the WWE weren’t too high on him.
The WWE even tried to have him eliminated from the competition by painting him in a bad light. Highlighting that his conditioning was poor, that he didn’t really want to win and his weight issues also.
Even though he was in the finals, fans didn’t believe the WWE would actually sign him.
I do think it’s a good move though. The WWE realise that he oozes charisma, guys on the main roster don’t have the ‘it factor’ like ZZ does.
All ZZ needs to do is get into better shape, or at least work on his conditioning so he can compete in matches. It’s easier for him to get in shape than for somebody to find who they are as a character and find a personality, ZZ already has that.
WHO ELSE SHOULD BE SIGNED?
Even though they didn’t win the competition, it’s a good tactic by the WWE to sign up the individuals they believe could offer something valuable in the long term.
Amanda will be a huge success as a Diva and ZZ will definitely add a lot of charisma, as long as he is serious about it all.
There are other contestants who definitely impressed that could have a future with the WWE. There’s always the option to go on to the independent scene, hone their skills before creating a large enough following and skills to succeed in the WWE.
Stars such as Dean Ambrose and Daniel Bryan are perfect examples of this.
Mada and Patrick are two guys I can definitely see in the WWE at some point. They’re already working together on the independent scene and with age on his side, Patrick has the potential to be a huge star.
Whilst Mada has the perfect look, something that Vince McMahon simply loves in a superstar.
Tanner could also be a valuable asset. Where he excels in fitness, conditioning and athleticism, he lacks in charisma and personality.
For the Divas, I can see GiGi in the WWE. Much like Amanda, she has a great look about her as well as good ring presence to potentially succeed.
As for ZZ, the more work he puts in the more valuable he will become. Now it’s all up to him to work his way towards the top.