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Episode Summaries & Updates
Tough Enough September 17 Update: Harvard Chris’ Storyline, Taylor in Japan, and More!, by Mike DeGeorge: What are your favorite Tough Enough competitors up to these days? Find out now how Taylor is doing in Japan, how (Harvard) Chris Nowinski is doing in his storyline, and much more!
Tough Enough September 10 Update: Hugh Morrus a Trainer for TE3; Jackie, Harvard Chris, and Matt in the OVW; and More!, by Mike DeGeorge: Mike is back with more news on the previous and upcoming WWE Tough Enough series. We find out more about one of the trainers and Lance Storm (shown at right), who will be appearing as a guest. And we look back to see what some of the previous contestants are up to now.
Tough Enough August 19 Update: Maven Out Longer, Nidia Getting Better, Linda & Jackie Apartment-Hunting, by Mike DeGeorge: Looks like the doctors missed a few things in Maven's ankle. Whoops! He'll be out longer, but Nidia is making inroads. And Linda and Jackie have hit the road to Louisville. Read all about it, right here, right now.
Tough Enough July 29 Updates: Matt & Nidia in OVW, Taylor’s Debut, and No Jackie Slams, by Mike DeGeorge: Mike once again brings us up to date on what some of your favorite WWE Tough Enough contestants from the first and second series are doing. Matt and Nidia were featured in the last OVW Summer Sizzler show, Maven is still MIA, and we have a review of Taylor's first match. But no Jackie bashing!
Tough Enough Updates: Matt, Josh, Nidia, Jackie, and More!, by Mike DeGeorge: It's time once again for an update on all your favorite (and not so favorite) Tough Enough contestants. If it's happening in wrestling, Mike has it covered!
Tough Enough Updates: Jackie, Harvard Chris, Nidia, and More!, by Mike DeGeorge: Jackie is still terrible, and so is Nidia's storyline. Harvard Chris is still doing well, and various others from both Tough Enough casts have been making progress all over the place. And what about the contestant who got a little too friendly with a judge?! Read on to catch up!
Tough Enough Updates: Harvard Chris Doing Well, Maven Gets an Action Fig, and More!, by Mike DeGeorge: Harvard Chris from the first show is doing well, Maven is recovering and has his own action figure coming out, and many other members of the Tough Enough crowd are popping up all over the wrestling world. Don't miss this update!
WWE Tough Enough: Updates on Harvard Chris, Nidia, Jackie, and More, by Mike DeGeorge: It's time for another round of post-Tough Enough updates. Could Nidia be getting a decent storyline? Could Harvard Chris actually be turning into a good wrestler? Could Jackie actually only have won due to her, um, physical assets? All this and more!
WWF Tough Enough: The Reunion Special, by Dale Sherman: Both casts of Tough Enough were back for a special reunion program. Did personalities change? Did those who were least-liked learn anything? Or are the Darryls and Alicias still the same? Dale fills us in on all the details.
WWF Tough Enough 2: Post-Finale Update, by Mike DeGeorge: It's only been a week, but already there is news on the Tough Enough 2 front -- plus more on the Tough Enough 1 winners as well. Jackie and Linda waste no time in getting into fights. Maven is injured but, um, consoled. Nidia turns “heel” and gets some good play. Lots of action!
WWF Tough Enough 2: No Episode, So Here’s Some News, by Mike DeGeorge: Well, there was no WWF Tough Enough episode broadcast last week, which was kind of surprising news. But anyway, here are some updates on contestants from both seasons 1 and 2.
WWF Tough Enough Update: Nidia’s Career So Far, by Dale Sherman: While we've seen quite a bit of male Tough Enough 1 winner, Maven, we haven't seen too much of Nidia, the female winner. What has she been up to? How has her development been going? And how did she end up on the bad side of the OVW's worst female villain?
Looking at Tough Enough’s Look Back, by Mike DeGeorge: Before WWF Tough Enough 2 begins next week, they took "A Look Back" at the first series, including highlights of and interviews with winners Maven and Nidia. Also included: An update on many of the first season's competitors.
WWF Tough Enough Champion Maven vs. the Undertaker, by Mike DeGeorge: If you didn't look ahead to this "spoiler" material before Thursday night, you can see it now because the match has been shown.
WWF Tough Enough’s Maven Fights Undertaker Again , by Mike DeGeorge: WWF Tough Enough champion Maven is battling The Undertaker on Smackdown Thursday night. Get all the details and info on other Tough Enough contestants right here, right now!
WWF Tough Enough Champion Takes a Beating, by Mike DeGeorge: WWF Tough Enough male champion, Maven, got his first title shot on Monday night. Not only did he see action in the ring, but after the match as well. This is one reality show winner who is seeing a lot of action! But what about the female winner, Nidia? She has finally made an appearance as well. Read all about it right here.
WWF Tough Enough Winner to Be in Title Bout, by Mike DeGeorge: Big News for Maven! You won't believe what the WWF Tough Enough winner is doing next!
WWF Tough Enough: Maven’s First Pay-Per-View and Tough Enough 2 Info, by Mike DeGeorge: Maven, the male winner of WWF Tough Enough, was showcased early in a major pay-per-view bout where he had a definite impact on the outcome. Also, a few more hints about what's coming soon with Tough Enough 2.
WWF Tough Enough Update, by Mike DeGeorge: It’s been quite a while since I’ve updated on the happenings in the world of WWF Tough Enough, and it so happens that there’s quite a bit of news to report. What are the winners, Maven and Nidia, doing? How about some who didn't make it that far, like Josh and Taylor and, yes, even Harvard Chris? Plus, info on Tough Enough 2 and the Tough Enough DVDs.
What’s Next for the WWF Tough Enough Winners?, by Mike ‘Big Fred Machine’ DeGeorge: So what happens with Nidia and Maven now that they’ve won WWF Tough Enough? Let’s take a look forward and also back and these two winners to see what they are really like. And don’t miss Maven’s first match Thursday!
WWF Tough Enough: Interview with Daniel, by Mike ‘Big Fred Machine’ DeGeorge: Daniel made it to the top 25 possible contestants for WWF Tough Enough, but lost out to Josh for making it to those who would actually be on the show. He was one of the few who appeared on the Casting Special and he still keeps in touch with one of the finalists. Find out why Daniel wanted to be a wrestler, what really went on at WWF New York, and what his plans are for Tough Enough 2.
WWF Tough Enough: And the Winners Are…, by Mike ‘Big Fred Machine’ DeGeorge: In a combination of a live show and tapes from the final three days of training (including a big ass-whuppin' match with the trainers vs. the finalists), we find out who wins WWF Tough Enough. Will the others quit trying to pursue their dreams? No!
WWF Tough Enough: Final Predictions, by Mike ‘Big Fred Machine’ DeGeorge: Let's take a look at the rest of the Tough Enough contestants one last time, as I make some fearless predictions and try to one-up The Unbelievable Bloombergini (which really shouldn't be all that hard!).
WWF Tough Enough Casting Special: The Parody, by Dale Sherman: We've seen the action on WWF Tough Enough. Now let's go behind the scenes to see what really (or maybe not really) happened during the casting special!
WWF Tough Enough, Episode 11: Up in the Air, by Mike ‘Big Fred Machine’ DeGeorge: It's all up in the air! The contestants are flipping, the trainers are trying to figure out who should win, and Stone Cold Steve Austin comes for a visit.
WWF Tough Enough, Episode 10: On the Road Again, by Mike ‘Big Fred Machine’ DeGeorge: Our friends take a road trip to see what life as a WWF Superstar is all about. We also see what Chris' home life is like, and Taylor gets sauced. Al Snow gets a Mini-Me, and there's even some high-flying training too!
WWF Tough Enough, Episode 9: The Last of the Dead Weight, by Mike ‘Big Fred Machine’ DeGeorge: We know someone will quit in this episode. Is it Little Chris, who just doesn't seem to be getting the hang of it? Is it Maven, whose Mom's bone cancer is getting worse? Or is it Josh, who is really getting homesick after his girlfriend visited last week? OK, so it's not much of a mystery, but Mick Foley came to visit!
WWF Tough Enough, Episode 9: Time to Go Home?, by John ‘Freakboy’ Brodigan: As we get down to the wire, this week's episode of Tough Enough focused on three people who were starting to unravel and wanted to go home. Which one would it be?
WWF Tough Enough, Second Quarter Recap: Uncertainty, by Mike ‘Big Fred Machine’ DeGeorge and Dale Sherman: We're down to six contestants (as they say goodbye to Greg, right), with only two more cuts until the four finalists. Who will make the final four? And what will happen to the two winners after the series is over?
WWF Tough Enough, Episode 8: This Is Getting Really Depressing, by Mike ‘Big Fred Machine’ DeGeorge: More crying than the finale of Temptation Island. And for some of the same reasons.
WWF Tough Enough, Episode 7: The Injuries Mount, by Mike ‘Big Fred Machine’ DeGeorge: As we pass the halfway mark, the contestants are hit with more and more injuries. But on the bright side, as these injuries pile up, the gang are visited by Team Extreme: The Hardy Boys and Lita!
WWF Tough Enough, Episode 7: Psychology, by John ‘Freakboy’ Brodigan: Psychology is the best way to describe this week’s show. Psychology in all the forms that it appears in professional wrestling...and life in general for that matter.
WWF Tough Enough, Episode 6: The Unkindest Cut, by Mike ‘Big Fred Machine’ DeGeorge: This week features a special guest appearance by former WWF and WCW Champion and all-around superguy, Kurt Angle. Watch as our intrepid heroes take a special training mission to the Bahamas. Plus, one of our cast deal with injuries while Josh proves once and for all that he is "DA MAN!"
WWF Tough Enough, Episode 6: Knees and Paradise, by John ‘Freakboy’ Brodigan: We're down to eight contestants trying to find out who is, indeed, tough enough. Of course, when the going gets tough, the tough go to the Bahamas!
WWF Tough Enough, Episode 5: Tears and Drag Queens, by John ‘Freakboy’ Brodigan: Maven gets all gussied up in a drag queen bar, and Shadrick is having problems with his training. One more contestant gets the boot.
WWF Tough Enough, Episode 5: Plenty of Underdogs, but Where’s Simon Bar Sinister?, by Mike ‘Big Fred Machine’ DeGeorge: Answering a lot of people's complaint, this episode focused on training. They're not exactly making a secret out of who will be the next one cut -- it's one of the underdogs. But why is Jackie crying?
WWF Tough Enough: First Quarter Recap, by Mike ‘Big Fred Machine’ DeGeorge and Dale Sherman: After four episodes of WWF Tough Enough (and the Casting Special) we have a much better understanding of what to expect. Let's take a look back and review some of the finer points of what has happened so far and re-evaluate the contestants.
WWF Tough Enough, Episode 4: Al Snow’s B****, by Mike ‘Big Fred Machine’ DeGeorge: During Sunday Night Heat, Al Snow made sure to tell us not to miss "The Bread Incident" on Tough Enough this week. He also says that this was his favorite week of the show. Does this mean we might finally be rid of Darryl? Or does someone (hopefully Greg) just beat him senseless, leaving nothing but stinky shorts and a goofy hat? Let’s find out together!
WWF Tough Enough, Episode 4: Darryl’s Gone!, by John ‘Freakboy’ Brodigan: Yes, it's true, Darryl the whiner is gone! So now they're down to just the people who are serious (well, mostly). And they had a visit with the WWF's Pat Patterson.
WWF Tough Enough, Episode 3: What Is Your Major Malfunction?!, by Mike ‘Big Fred Machine’ DeGeorge: Would Darryl please shut up?
WWF Tough Enough, Episode 3: Cuts and Headlocks, by John ‘Freakboy’ Brodigan: Somebody sent John 'Freakboy' Brodigan an e-mail claiming to be one of the contestants, saying Brodigan needs to respect the business like they do. But this episode sure doesn't show that respect. Instead, it's a lot of crying about how difficult things are. But at least they got to go to a taping of Smackdown.
WWF Tough Enough, Episode 2: The First Chair Is Removed, by Mike ‘Big Fred Machine’ DeGeorge: There's not much training this week on WWF Tough Enough, but Triple H (left) pays a visit and someone DOES leave the show! This time it really WILL surprise you!
WWF Tough Enough, Episode 2: Game Over, by John ‘Freakboy’ Brodigan: We begin with a complaint that apparently came from one of the contestants. From there, we see what respect is all about. Oh, and let's hope something bad happens to Bobby Jo.
WWF Tough Enough, Episode 1: The Pain Begins, by Mike ‘Big Fred Machine’ DeGeorge: The first episode of Tough Enough spotlights yelling, mud, a runny nose, and lots and lots of falling. Who will be the first contestant voted off? The answer will surprise you! -- Plus a special appearance by new ECW owner Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley!
WWF Tough Enough, Casting Special Recap: The Lucky 13, by Mike ‘Big Fred Machine’ DeGeorge: 4000 people applied to be on WWF Tough Enough. 230 were invited to try out. 25 made it past the first round. Only 13 were chosen for the show. See who they were, how they made it, and who failed.
WWF Tough Enough: Getting Real from the Start, by John ‘Freakboy’ Brodigan: WWF Tough Enough ain't your father’s reality TV show. Instead, it's the story of people who are going to find out what happens when wrestling stops being fake, and starts being real.
Introduction & Background
When Wrestlers Go Good: Have a Nice Day! and Foley Is Good in Review , by Dale Sherman: Wrestler Mick Foley appeared on WWF Tough Enough. He has authored several books and broken new ground in what he's said and how he's said it. If you're interested in wrestling, television, or the entertainment world in general, his books are worth a look.
The Buzz on Professional Wrestling: A Good History of ‘Unreality’ TV, by Mike ‘Big Fred Machine’ DeGeorge: So you're sitting at home watching WWF Tough Enough and you think to yourself, "How can I find out more about the history of pro wrestling?" Well, Scott Keith has the answer for you in his recent book, The Buzz on Professional Wrestling. Make sure you take a look so you can see how the "real" wrestlers made it -- before there was a game show contest to get a contract.
WWF Tough Enough Just the Beginning for Would-Be Wrestlers, by John ‘Freakboy’ Brodigan: Competitors on the new MTV reality show, WWF Tough Enough, will not only have to make it through difficult competition in their attempts to win, but then they will have to earn the respect of wrestlers who have worked for years to get to where they are.
Introducing: The WWF Tough Enough Trainers, by Mike ‘Big Fred Machine’ DeGeorge: As MTV's WWF Tough Enough begins, you don't want to go in without knowing who the trainers are! All are WWF wrestlers and have worked their way through a variety of storylines. Get the scoop before you watch the show.
WWF Tough Enough: Tori, by Mike ‘Big Fred Machine’ DeGeorge: Curvaceous and a good wrestler, Tori will be one of the women's trainers on WWF Tough Enough.
WWF Tough Enough: Jacqueline, by Mike ‘Big Fred Machine’ DeGeorge: She’s a good wrestler, but has a voice like fingernails on a blackboard. Jacqueline will be one of the women's trainers on WWF Tough Enough.
WWF Tough Enough: Al Snow, by Mike ‘Big Fred Machine’ DeGeorge: Al Snow is one of the stranger wrestlers – that's saying something. He carries around a manequin's head that tells him what to do. Wonder how that will play out while he's one of the trainers for WWF Tough Enough.
WWF Tough Enough: Tazz, by Mike ‘Big Fred Machine’ DeGeorge: Tazz has quite an attitude, which could easily be taken out on the contestants of WWF Tough Enough, where he will be one of the trainers.
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