"Stone Cold" Steve Austin Set To Host WWE Tough Enough

Jason Taylor@jtay59Correspondent IJanuary 29, 2011

Entertainment Weekly is reporting that "Stone Cold" Steve Austin will be hosting the re-birth of WWE's reality contest series, Tough Enough.

The show will premiere on the USA Network on Monday, April 4, 2011, after Monday Night Raw.

Among his many accolades in World Wrestling Entertainment, Austin was a six-time WWE Champion, and the only three-time winner of the Royal Rumble match. Austin won back-to-back Rumble matches in 1997 and 1998, and completed the trifecta with his third Rumble victory in 2001.

Austin retired from WWE in 2003 due to various knee and neck injuries that he endured during his career, and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2009.

Alumni from Tough Enough have gone on to make major strides in WWE. Despite being the runner-up in the million dollar contest, Mike "The Miz" Mizanin has gone on to win the the United States Championship twice, along with co-holding the WWE and World Tag Team titles. The Miz currently rules the roost on Raw as the WWE Champion.

John Morrison has gone on from winning Tough Enough III to winning the ECW Championship, co-holding the WWE and World Tag Team Championships and capturing the Intercontinental Championship on three occasions. Morrison is the only Tough Enough winner currently wrestling in WWE.

Josh Mathews has parlayed his appearance on Tough Enough to become the longest tenured WWE employee from the entire cast. Mathews signed with WWE in 2002, and has held positions as an interviewer and announcer on various WWE shows such as ECW, NXT, Velocity and Superstars.

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Mathews is currently the play-by-play announcer on Smackdown.


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