New Season of 'Tough Enough' to Reportedly Air on the WWE Network

Sharon GlencrossContributor IMay 4, 2014

Per a recent report, it looks like wrestling reality show Tough Enough will be coming back—this time on the recently launched WWE Network.

As Bryan Alvarez notes in this week's F4W Newsletter (subscription required), WWE is currently planning to show a new season of the show—which last aired in 2011—later this year on its new channel:

Tough Enough is returning this year on the network. It's supposed to be different from past seasons, but there are no details explaining why as of yet. It's slated to be one of four reality shows on the network next year along with Legends' House and two new shows.

While Tough Enough may make for decent entertainment, it has always been rather patchy at finding new talents. In fact, its track record leaves a lot to be desired.

Only The Miz and John Morrison managed to emerge as genuine stars from the show's earlier seasons. Most of the winners (including Maven Huffman, Jackie Gayda, Linda Miles and Daniel Puder) never lived up to the hype and are mostly out of the business now.

Season 5 in the spring of 2011 was meant to be an ambitious revamp of the show. Helmed by head coach Steve Austin, the show aired on the USA Network right before Raw. Despite the hype, it didn't exactly do any favors for the overwhelming majority of the contestants.

Winner Andy Levine floundered in developmental for a while before being released from his deal. Indie talent Ivelisse Velez showed potential—and even made it fairly far in the competition—but she exited the company soon after. (She did have a short run in TNA last year, though.)

Luke Robinson and Jeremiah Riggs sank back to oblivion after the show, too, which was a shame because both had real talent and personalities—more so than Levine, in fact. (Faith in Austin's judgement of wrestling talent was another casualty of this program.)

Hilariously, only Ariane “Cameron” Andrew—who became notorious on the program for her alarming lack of knowledge about the wrestling business—is still on the roster.

In fairness to her, she has actually turned into a somewhat decent women's wrestler. She must have been studying all those classic Alicia Fox vs. Melina bouts.

Can Tough Enough still succeed when fans know it's probably not going to create the next big star or even someone who will still be on the roster after a year or so?

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