Tough Enough
Pilot/Casting Special

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Kim: B+ | 1 USERS: A+
Pilot/Casting Special

When the WWF announced that they would be teaming with MTV to air a reality show about wrestling, I knew it was the recapping job of my dreams. I mean, reality shows on MTV? Check. Wrestling? Check. So I begged and begged Wing to let me do it. And she was all, "Well, I don't know. I mean, dude, we cancelled WWF Smackdown, and we didn't want to tell you at the time, but your recaps were...well, they sucked." And I was like, "I promise this will be better. There are auditions! Like Popstars!" And she was like, "[Sigh.] I guess. But don't screw up, Reed, or there will be hell to pay. Hell to pay!" So I'm scared. ["That is basically how it went down, except I usually curse a lot more than that." -- Wing Chun]

The show begins with a wrestling montage that looks suspiciously like the openings of both Raw and Smackdown, as on-screen text tells us that there will be thirteen contestants, but that only two will win the grand prize -- a guaranteed contract with the WWF.

Once that's out of the way, we get to see all our favorite WWF superstars: Triple H, Kurt Angle, Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock. Kurt Angle walks out of a door wearing a t-shirt that says, "I'll Make You Tap Out!" What a lame slogan. Kurt asks us whether we've ever wondered what it would be like to be a WWF Superstar. Um, not really. Another superstar montage follows: The Dudley Boyz, Grandmaster Sexay (hey, didn't he just get fired?), Edge. The Hardy Boyz walk down a hallway. Matt tells us that for some of them, "it takes several years to earn the right to call [themselves] WWF Superstars." Wisely, they don't ask Jeff to do more than walk and chew gum -- that's about all that he can handle. I know he's pretty, but he's not the best speaker. Chris Jericho tells us that thirteen men and women will have the chance to see if they have what it takes to make it in the WWF. Montage: Lita, and the same shot of Edge we saw a moment ago. Chyna tells us that two of the contestants will win WWF contracts. Triple H growls that this is "a hell of an opportunity," and that the contestants had better not take it lightly. Triple H tells us that the current superstars don't take it lightly, so they "will all have a hand in their training." Good thing this was filmed before Triple H got injured, huh? The Undertaker tells us that it all began with each potential contestant sending in a three-minute video.

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Tough Enough




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