In an effort to bring some positivity to professional wrestling—and the world for that matter—Cageside Seats and its community will say nice things about people and things in wrestling every single day throughout 2017.
A reminder of the rules: only positivity allowed here. No back-handed compliments, and CERTAINLY NO NEGATIVITY. If you don’t have something nice to say, keep it to yourself, or take it elsewhere. Negative comments will be deleted and you may be subjected to a ban. Cool? Cool.
Today’s subject: seeing it’s been in the news a bit the last couple days, the WWE reality series Tough Enough.
NOTE: This includes the original run from 2001-2004, as well as the two reboots in 2011 and 2015.
I’ll start. It produced a few talents that wouldn’t have found their way to WWE or for that matter in the wrestling business at all. Maven Huffman, the first winner, was a school teacher. He went on to have one of the greatest moments in Royal Rumble history.
Of course, the big one is Mike Mizanin. Would he have landed in WWE without Tough Enough? Probably. Would he have been as successful without Tough Enough? Probably. But it was the kickstart to his career.
Plus Chris Nowinski, Josh Lomberger, Jackie Gayda, Kenny Layne, Matt Morgan, Linda Miles, Matt Cappotelli, John Hennigan, Nick Mitchell, Ryan Reeves, Ivellise Velez, Ariane Andrew, Jeremiah Riggs, and Chelsea Green (to name a few): all of them have or had careers in or outside of the business, and they have Tough Enough to thank for that.
It’s had a bigger influence on the wrestling business than most people think.
Your turn. Say something nice about Tough Enough.
And if you have a suggestion for a future “Let’s Say Nice Things About...”, hit me up on Twitter @notoriouseddie. I promise I won’t bite.