Tough Enough

In case you haven’t noticed, reality TV has taken over our airwaves. MTV’s The Real World and Survivor started the craze way back when, and today, if you’re watching TV, chances are it’s reality TV.

American Idol, Wipeout, Dragon’s Den, Hell’s Kitchen, The Bachelor, The Ultimate Fighter, Jersey Shore, The Apprentice, Fear Factor, The Amazing Race, Dancing with the Stars, and the list goes on and on and on, and will never cease growing. I know there are plenty of guys out there who have been subjected to train wrecks like The Hills or anything with the word Kardashian in it, in order to make a girlfriend happy.

Some reality TV is obviously better than others, and often times it’s questionable as to just how “real” certain reality shows actually are. Often times a full week is stuffed into an hour of television, in which case the producer is clearly in control of what we’re seeing, and the message we’re receiving.

My favourite reality show of all time is WWE’s Tough Enough.

Whether you’re a fan of professional wrestling or not, Tough Enough is a reality show that can be enjoyed by anybody out there. The show follows aspiring wrestlers who are given the opportunity of a lifetime to be trained by the best in the business, and find out whether not they can hang in a WWE ring. Most come in with little experience, and almost no exposure, and are pushed to the absolute breaking point, as they try to achieve their dream (the ones with other dreams are quickly weeded out).

Not only does Tough Enough offer an intriguing reality aspect that is captivating, it is simply the best way to truly discover the harsh, unforgiving reality of professional wrestling, short of lying down on your back and taking a Hulk Hogan-style leg drop from a 350-pound behemoth, smashing your face open in the process. I’m not bitter, it was a learning experience.

The first season of Tough Enough was my favourite of all of the instalments, but the show recently made a return after being gone for nearly seven years. And this season has been absolutely fantastic.

The trainers this season are Bill DeMott, Booker T, Trish Stratus, and the one and only ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin. Appearances by John Cena, The Rock, Rey Mysterio, Big Show and others really help to keep the show interesting to fans, and allow people to see another, much more professional side to a lot of their favourite wrestlers.

I definitely recommend checking this show out for absolutely anybody who is looking for a show to watch these days, and for non-fans it will be a truly eye-opening experience. Unfortunately, Tough Enough is not being broadcast in Canada this time around, so only those who are savvy with downloading torrents will be able to get their hands on the episodes.

In closing, I’d like to share with you one of my favourite quotes of all time, from the very first season of Tough Enough:

“If you have a question, it had BETTER be a good one, because if it’s a stupid one I will kick your ass in more ways than one.”-Taz

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