May 31, 2011
WWE Tough Enough: Show's finalists determined
By MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling
Tonight on WWE Tough Enough: We are down to three. With only Luke, Jeremiah and Andy remaining, the pressure is really on. The three are put through the paces on the total package of what it takes to be a WWE superstar and have to perform in an extremely crucial skills challenge with one of them going home after. The remaining two move on to the live finale next week.
At the house, Luke and Jeremiah are acting like idiots because they are the two of the last one's standing — the only two not in the bottom three. Andy comes back to the house and he is mad. Jeremiah and Luke are sitting on the couch getting tanked while Andy goes to bed.
The three come to the gym and are told there is no theme and the trainers are just going to throw things at them. Bill DeMott says all they want to see is the best they have. He says all three of them are showing they possess something that has the makings of a WWE superstar.
Now they show them start to falter. Everyone is having a tough time, except maybe Luke. Jeremiah and Luke collide when one of them (presumably Jeremiah) is supposed to be going up for a leap frog. Instead, they both duck down. This leads to DeMott noting Jeremiah has everything, but his in-ring isn't quite there yet.
The remaining three contestants are taken to a photo studio with a car and The Miz. He tells them press and promotion is a big part of the daily life of a WWE superstar. They are going to be shooting for the cover of WWE Magazine and they are taken to get cleaned up.
Luke looks like a natural out there. Miz says Andy looks like a good ol' boy. He says he hopes Andy can get out of that shell and if he doesn't, WWE will eat him alive.
And out comes Jeremiah, complete with his front teeth in. Then he takes them out and Miz freaks out, loving it.
Austin tells them that was the glamour part of their day and DeMott and Booker T are waiting for them.
Back at the gym and Luke notes there's three of them left and three trainers, so there's always a pair of eyes on them. Booker says he can only bring them to the water, he can't make them drink. Trish Stratus tries to help Andy be more upright, noting that when she's in the ring, she tries to act like she's six feet tall.
From there, Andy gets going and he and Luke go and Luke hits him with a picture-perfect dropkick that makes even DeMott smile.
Jeremiah notes that, being the least experienced, he really has to step it up. DeMott notes he needs to slow it down and digest everything that's thrown at him.
Luke says the energy in this session was electric. The trainers seem generally happy with all three of them.
Austin then takes the three of them to the local children's hospital. Austin notes WWE always likes to give back and this is part of it.
They go and meet some kids. All three are touched by being there. Austin says he couldn't be more proud of them for how they handled being there. Jeremiah and Austin do magic tricks for the patient they go to see, with Jeremiah moving his false teeth in and out.
It's time for the skills challenge. Austin notes at the end of the day, someone is going home. They have to do sequences of things they have done throughout the nine weeks there. We see some clips of that. Stratus notes Andy is showing them he can play the role of a big man in the ring.
Jeremiah slams his heavy bag the wrong way, so to improvise, he comes off with a twisting elbow and hits it how he should. We then see him mess up a hip toss and Austin notes that things seem to be catching up to him now.
The final three head back to the house to pack their bags. Jeremiah seems to be confident about his big elbow, although DeMott noted when it happened that you can't do it 300 times a year. Luke says he's done the best job of proving he can be the next WWE superstar.
They arrive back at the training facility and step into Stone Cold's ring.
To start, Austin tries to pit them all against each other. Jeremiah says he's the strongest person mentally and emotionally there, especially more than Andy, who scoffs at this despite it being absolutely true. He and Austin talk about divorces when family comes up. Luke says he really turned it on here and dropped a mean elbow today. He and Austin banter back and forth. Austin asks him about Jeremiah and Luke says simply that Jeremiah was getting help from him, so Jeremiah's win is his win.
Now Austin pits Jeremiah and Luke against each other. Then he goes to Andy and asks him if he's going to cry again. Austin tells him he lacks charisma and Andy tells him he has a mean streak a mile long. Austin asks Andy if he thinks Luke has any potential in the business and Andy says zero. Luke almost busts out laughing. Andy calls him a weasel. This is high comedy, here. Luke is mostly complimentary toward Andy when asked how he thought he performed in the skills challenge. Austin asks Andy to respond and he says he doesn't give a f--- what Luke thinks.
Austin moves to Jeremiah and says he left a pile of s--- in the ring today.
Austin tells all three of them they put up a hell of a fight. He tells Jeremiah he represented himself well and out-performed his skill level, but the skill level has now passed him by and he's going home. Austin affords him the ability to hand over his belt instead of having it taken from him, telling him he's proud of what he accomplished. He notes to Luke and Andy that this "green rookie" came very close to eliminating both of them.
Now he addresses Luke and Andy. He says the next time they see each other will be at the FCW Arena in Tampa, Fla., where they will have a five-minute exhibition with each other in front of WWE brass and a live audience. The person with the best performance wins the contract.
Then Austin calls for some beers and has a beer bash with them in the ring.