According to a report from PWInsider, WWE has signed Tough Enough contestants Daria Berenato and Mada Abdelhamid to developmental contracts. Both wrestlers are said to have reported to the Performance Center on Tuesday.
Both contestants were fan favorites who were eliminated in controversial fashion. Daria, who is an MMA fighter, was eliminated in Week 3, despite fellow contestant Dianna quitting in the same episode. Mada, who began blowing people away with his charisma and ability halfway through the season, was eliminated in Episode 6 when The Miz (who was replacing Hulk Hogan), in his first week as a judge, used his save for Amanda, thus dooming Mada.
In addition to the actual Tough Enough winners Josh and Sara Lee, who each received $250,000 contracts, WWE has signed finalists ZZ and Amanda to developmental deals, with Amanda joining the cast of Tough Enough in its next season.
WWE has also reportedly signed Tough Enough fan (and pro) favorite Patrick Clark to a developmental deal. If the reports about Patrick, Daria and Mada are all correct, WWE has now signed exactly half of the 14 series participants to contracts. Keep in mind that these developmental deals are all worth significantly less than the contracts the two winners received.
These contract offers are essentially no-brainers for WWE, as they have nothing to lose by giving developmental deals to people they've already exposed to WWE fans for three months. They have also, not coincidentally, signed the contestants that were the most popular or that fans and pros alike insisted had the most promise. The only semi-outstanding omissions so far are Chelsea and Gigi. Don't be surprised if they end up with contracts as well.