It is official. Tough Enough has graduated from "unfair" to rigged.
First, Patrick. Then, Mada. Now, Gigi. It is absurd that the frontrunners are all gone based on nothing more than a popularity contest.
This is not "America's Favorite Girl Next Door." After having won most of the competitions thus
far, Gigi did not belong in the "bottom three" for the past two weeks.
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Daniel Bryan placed Gigi in the bottom three for a bogus reason each time. The female contestant who has demonstrated the most potential should not have been placed in danger of elimination over what essentially were teachable moments for a newcomer.
For once, I agreed with Paige; despite any burning desire to reach the WWE, Gigi and the other rookies still have a realistic fear of injury (Bryan's critique of Gigi last week).
His decision was even more unjust this week, especially considering the fact that the contestants have not received a specific "face v. heel" training. Having her face elimination for reverting
to a more sassy character during her ring entrance and initially being booed (instead of cheered) by the audience consisting of NXT stars was illegitimate.
Gigi had cut a promo before, but this was her first time practicing storytelling in the ring. The storyline involved her facing Tanner (in a relatively well-performed match) after he had cheated
on her and had broken her heart.
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It seems obvious that the real motivation was to eliminate the frontrunner so that Sara Lee, despite being the weakest performer left, would have a better chance of winning in the end. Now
that the last two females are Amanda and Sara Lee, realistically, what are Amanda's chances of winning?
Chelsea (eliminated last week) had been the best wrestler among the female contestants, but that was only because she enjoyed the advantage of prior training. Gigi has been a more balanced contestant, and on Tough Talk, the judges confirmed that she would be more marketable for WWE (especially for the European audience).
Seeing that Tough Enough "losers" such as the Miz have been much more successful in the industry than Tough Enough winners, even today's revamped show seems to be a waste of time, in the name of so-called called reality television.
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