First one where I didn't feel like I knew for sure all three of the bottom three by the half hour mark. (Took a few more minutes.)
Ivelisse (6.5 year pro!) is hurting, letting everyone know she's hurting, thinking about quiting, but not quiting (right away.) She still hates Christina, who has a good week, and the trainers feel like Ivelisse should be hiding her injury.
Erik still has endurance issues and quits without actually quitting on the rope walk challenge. He's clearly a guy who WWE would (will) give a shot to in FCW, but isn't keeping up with the sped up pace of the reality show. Erik hoped he'd recover on the next day's Skill Challenge, but he was doomed as soon as they announced it was a balance and endurance challenge.
AJ is singled out by Trish for not standing out. I didn't even know there was a guy named AJ on this show, so point for Trish. He also completely fails on the skills challenge and the trainers think he's not a superstar so he joins Erik and Ivelisse in the final three. (Andy on AJ: "He's a dweeb and he sucks." Andy!)
On the other side of the table, Jeremiah is shown to be tough ("I've got a pretty big set of balls. I guess a lot of people have seen them in this competition") and does well in the skill competition, but probably broke the bag's ribs on his flying elbow drop. Luke, in between cutting heel promos disguised as interviews, wins the skill competition and is back on top. Martin is barely mentioned.
Austin: "There's no one better to teach focus than John Morrison." (What?) Rope bridge bits seemed less about focus and more about balance, which is maybe something John Morrison could actually speak to. John could also talk about saying scripted lines in a very obvious manner. There's zero mention of John Morrison being a previous Tough Enough winner, which is quite weird. Trish and Morrison do not appear in the same scene, sadly.
In the final three, AJ knows this bit and has his (BS) speech prepared, but Austin would still not pay to see AJ. Erik is mocked for not being able to keep up. Ivelisse is told she wouldn't be in the bottom three if not for her leg, but for her leg, she's abruptly cut without even going back for the other two. Ivelisse is crushed, but at least she's dressed to go out to the club.
But that's because Austin is going back to the other two for a surprise (or not) second cut. AJ is as boring as watching grass, but Erik doesn't want it enough so Austin takes his belt too. Even after cutting him, Austin still says he sees flashes of greatness in Erik.
Next Week: Divas! People get hurt! A tease of an unseen person eliminated via injury.
Originally posted by thecubsfanThere's zero mention of John Morrison being a previous Tough Enough winner, which is quite weird.
Not particularly weird, when you consider that a recent John Morrison greatest-hits DVD didn't have any Johnny Nitro stuff on it. WWE doesn't seem to recognize Johnny Nitro and John Morrison as being the same person (at least, to some extent).
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Was there a reason Eric was allowed to stay as long as he did? The trainers have had zero positive things to say about him. I don't understand when the ones who have independent experience still fail to do basic things, like a leap frog and a body slam.
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Nous ne nous pouvons pas sortir. Andy with the Lugz Zing of the week. The most crushing use of the word dweeb since the collective childhood of those who fell into despair learning Christian lost to Orton... which includes me.
Eric made it this far because he's tall. I mean, he has a great look. Which means he's tall.
I do not like blondes but Ivelisse did a great job of looking delicious. Between all the views of her in Playmate-esque poses while groaning in pain, and the lingering shot (and angle they chose) of Christina climbing the turnbuckle (that booty was like 80% of the screen) I felt like I was watching anime.
Originally posted by thecubsfanAustin: "There's no one better to teach focus than John Morrison."
I wonder how many times the editors sat around doing an audio drop in so it sounded like Austin said "There's no one better to teach nut-cuttin' than John Morrison" and then laughed and high-fived each other. 20? 30?
Originally posted by yamcharulezWas there a reason Eric was allowed to stay as long as he did? The trainers have had zero positive things to say about him. I don't understand when the ones who have independent experience still fail to do basic things, like a leap frog and a body slam.
When Austin said "greatness," he meant "great" like "large."
It's my hope that one of these eliminated TEers takes the loss to heart and focuses to prove everyone wrong. I like that kind of redemption/salvage story, and I wouldn't be surprised if one of them gets a development contract to play that card. Hopefully, if they get that shot, they'll actually have improved enough to fill the role.
"To be the man, you gotta beat demands." -- The Lovely Mrs. Tracker
I particularly enjoyed Austin having to say "John Morrison is the Shaman of Sexy..." on his voice over. Goddamn!
I believe when Morrison's appearance on Tough Enough was shooting it was still February, so the plan to have him and Trish team with Snooki hadn't happened yet. Trish had yet to meet the Cold Shoulder of the Shaman of Sexy.
Austin: "I was one of the best in the world, but I ain't no miracle worker."
Christina was extra cute this episode. Especially the giggling and comments she made when WALKING OVER Eric on the obstacle course. She was also much more confident this week. We are another episode closer to female Harlem Heat! I will miss Ivelisse and her meaty thighs though. I think she's actually gonna get a contract in the near future. She's gorgeous and she really wants to perform in the ring. The leg injury is the only thing that saved Tumbleweed.
TUMBLEWEED HAS ZERO REDEEMING FACTORS TO BECOME A SUPERSTAR. I agree with Andy, he's a dweeb. I agree with Austin, I wouldn't pay money for him to even cut my grass let alone watch him wrestle. Please let him get eliminated next week like during the training in the first fifteen minutes.
Luke is a dickhead. Jeremiah is working his ass off. Minimal Martin this week. What a great show.
Ivee did this cute little face when Bill playfully smacked her after the meeting.
Don't know if we'll see her again in WWE, for someone with 6 years experience, she was sloppy as hell.
Eric lasted as long as he did because they were hoping to light a fire under him. Seems like Austin puts someone good in the lineup each week to try and scare them into motivation. Eric didn't turn it around, so he's gone.
I think Luke, Jerimiah, Martin, and Christina will all make it to a WWE regardless of who wins.
I love this show. The right people are getting eliminated even if you believe the rumors that they told Eric and a few others they were not going to be on the show, so they did not get into shape. Still, Eric has been there for over a month, he should be in good shape. Eric has shown he can work, but his conditioning is terrible. Austin is right about AJ, crack a joke or something. They like Jeremiah and Martin, because they have smiles on their faces and work hard. I don't think Luke is going to win this thing, he will be in the final two or three, but his attitude will kill him. If the WWE believed in tag teams you would think a combination of Andy, Luke, Martin, Jeremiah would be interesting on TV.
Austin helping Vince winning the Monday Night Wars was a pure miracle not some of this Pope John II stuff going on now. If you look at where they were prior to him winning the Rumble. An injured Shawn, no Bret and no other main event guys besides Taker, they were dead in the water. If there was an emmy for best actor on a reality show, Austin would have it locked up by now. Hell, I think this show has a great chance of actually winning best reality show. I also heart Taylor and still think Nadia was a mistake over her.
(edited by lotjx on 11.5.11 0627) The Wee Baby Sheamus.
Originally posted by lotjxI don't think Luke is going to win this thing, he will be in the final two or three, but his attitude will kill him. If the WWE believed in tag teams you would think a combination of Andy, Luke, Martin, Jeremiah would be interesting on TV.
I suspect he'll be held back because of his uncanny resemblance to heel Test.
Erik could also have said to be as nondescript as AJ. If not for his constant inability to bring it (TM), he'd be wallpaper. He stands out on failure. Andy is the same. He's tall. He doesn't get the cameratime Martin and Jeremiah do because he doesn't excel.
But I agree they seem to be cutting the right people at mostly the right time. I still argue Matt should have hung around a bit longer, but he seems similar to AJ in charisma.
"To be the man, you gotta beat demands." -- The Lovely Mrs. Tracker
[quote Matt Tracker Andy is the same. He's tall. He doesn't get the cameratime Martin and Jeremiah do because he doesn't excel.
But that's obviously a trick of showing the right thing at the right time. Andy getting mad and punching stuff around for failing on the toprope was imo done to show he does take it serious and such and doesn't just stand there in the background (unlike Matt before him and now AJ)
I thought it was interesting what Bill said when they reviewed people. He mentioned something about Jeremiah learning the basics but having no other experience and being a danger because of that. Then he said "How long will you let this continue?" To me that meant he feels Jeremiah should be cut soon, because despite his enthusiasm and desire, he is not ready yet for a real in-ring career.
Loved how nice Austin was to Ivee. It seemed to break his heart to let her go.
Call me crazy, but for some reason I see Andy as maybe the one who we see in WWE ring in a couple of years ... some time spent in FCW and he's got that big man look that Vince seems to love ... I like how Bill pointed out that he shouldn't be totally faulted for his failure on the top rope, because he probably wouldn't be going there much in the first place.
Though Martin seems to be the alpha male at this point, he just doesn't have "superstar" written on him to me ... of course I guess he needs a Braden Walker-eqsue name and some black trunks with a tribal design on them before I can make a final decision.
My favorite part of these three episodes was seeing Lex Luger. He just looks so sad to be out there, in some nothing indie fed. You can see it in his face. Sting looks like he's just having a great time doing whatever, but it's killing Lex to be there.