As suspected, one of the things that will be keeping Chris Jericho too busy to do anymore live podcasts on WWE Network is a role as the host of USA Network's new season of Tough Enough, premiering Tuesday, June 23rd
What's more surprising is the panel of ongoing experts who will join him - Hulk Hogan, Daniel Bryan and Paige.
Hogan is Hogan. Love him or hate him, he's the biggest star in the history of wrestling and therefore draws attention while bringing his unique experience to the show.
Bryan offers a different view, mostly in terms of having to overcome a less than ideal size and look, but a very respectable peak in WWE. Plus, his lingering injury issues mean that the current Intercontinental champ isn't doing much in the ring for the company these days.
Paige is intriguing, because she's very young (22). But she grew up in the business with her English wrestling family, and is something of a crossover star with Total Divas. Plus, she has experience in WWE's current Developmental system, which the contestants may end up going through if they win or make an impression on the show.
Here's the press release:
HULK HOGAN®, CHRIS JERICHO®, PAIGETM AND DANIEL BRYAN® HEADLINE NEW SEASON OF WWE TOUGH ENOUGH® ON USA NETWORK LAUNCHING JUNE 23
Series Features Live Voting with Immediate Results
NEW YORK and STAMFORD, CONN - May 7, 2015 - USA Network and WWE announced today that WWE Superstar Chris Jericho will be the host of the highly-anticipated series, WWE TOUGH ENOUGH, and will be joined by a panel of experts comprised of WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan®, WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan® and WWE Diva PaigeTM. The high-octane reality series premieres LIVE Tuesday, June 23 at 8pm ET/5pm PT on USA Network and around the world.*
This season of WWE TOUGH ENOUGH will combine the can't-miss excitement of live television with reality-show drama, as WWE hopefuls vie for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become the next WWE Superstar or Diva. Unlike anything on television today, the lightning-fast hour of entertainment and competition will include live results every week, giving fans worldwide the power to decide who stays and who goes the very same night. Each week, one cast member will be eliminated until one man and one woman are considered "Tough Enough," with each earning a one-year, $250,000 WWE contract.
Throughout the competition, the contestants will be trained by WWE Legends Booker TTM, Billy GunnTM and LitaTM. Contestants will also come face-to-face with WWE icons including WWE Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Vince McMahon; Executive Vice President, Talent, Live Events & Creative, Paul "Triple H®" Levesque; Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon; and WWE Superstar John Cena®, among others.
"These athletes, each with varying skill sets, will be put through a grueling boot camp that will test their physical, mental and emotional limits in a way that the series hasn't done before," said Jessica Sebastian, Vice President of Unscripted Series, USA Network. "Each week, their training and experience culminates in a spectacular live event where they will be put in front of their WWE heroes and an audience of fans. In this reimagined version of WWE TOUGH ENOUGH only the best will survive."
"This season of WWE TOUGH ENOUGH will be the most innovative, unique and engaging series on television," said Kevin Dunn, WWE Executive Producer. "A live global telecast, real-time voting with immediate results, and unprecedented use of digital and social media during and between telecasts will all lead to a groundbreaking viewing experience."
Thoughts on these choices, Cagesiders? Are you more or less likely to watch than you were before this announcement?