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''Tough Enough'' is a reality show developed by Wrestling/{{WWE}} where participants compete to win a WWE contract and be the next WWE Superstar. It originally aired in 2001 on Creator/{{MTV}} for three seasons, but was dropped. Its fourth season was integrated into ''[[Wrestling/WWESmackDown SmackDown!]]'' in 2004, after which the series was cancelled until 2011, when it was revived once more with Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin as the host. In 2015, ''Tough Enough'' was revived again, this time with Wrestling/ChrisJericho as the host.

Several of the competitors from ''Tough Enough'' have been employed by the WWE despite not being the overall winners of their respective seasons, and not all of the winners are still employed by WWE.

Notable ''Tough Enough'' competitors include:

* Maven Huffman - ''[=TE1=]'' winner (notable for being "[[RememberWhenYouBlewUpASun That Guy Who Won Tough Enough]]" and for his elimination of Wrestling/TheUndertaker at the 2002 ''Wrestling/RoyalRumble''; employed from 2001-2005).
* Nidia Guenard - ''[=TE1=]'' winner (notable for being the valet of cruiserweight star Jamie Noble and for her angle where she was blinded by Wrestling/YoshihiroTajiri; employed from 2002-2004).
* Chris Nowinski - ''[=TE1=]'' competitor (notable more for his post-retirement success as a [[GameBreakingInjury concussion expert]]; mostly remembered for his infamous debate with Wrestling/ScottSteiner and his participation in "''That'' Jackie Gayda Match"; employed from 2002-2003).
* Josh Matthews - ''[=TE1=]'' competitor (worked commentary; longest-employed ''TE'' alum from 2002-2014).
* Linda Miles - ''[=TE2=]'' winner (briefly repackaged as "Shaniqua," a valet of the Basham brothers; employed from 2002-2004).
* Jackie Gayda - ''[=TE2=]'' winner (of "''That'' Jackie Gayda Match" infamy and wife of [[Wrestling/TheWorldsGreatestTagTeam Charlie Haas]]; employed 2002-2005).
* Matt Morgan - ''[=TE2=]'' competitor (worked in Wrestling/{{TNA}} as "The Blueprint"; employed from 2003-2005).
* Kenny Layne - ''[=TE2=]'' competitor (currently works in Wrestling/RingOfHonor as Kenny King; wasn't employed by WWE after his time on ''TE'', and went to the indies afterwards).
* [[Wrestling/JohnMorrison John Hennigan]] - ''[=TE3=]'' winner (repackaged as MNM's Johnny Nitro, then as singles star John Morrison; most decorated ''TE'' alum with five tag titles, three IC titles, and the ECW Title; he was considered its most successful alum until The Miz surpassed him; employed 2004-2011).
* Matt Cappotelli - ''[=TE3=]'' winner (career was postponed indefinitely due to a brain tumor).
* Daniel Puder - ''[=TE4=]'' winner (only made one appearance after winning; wrestled at the ''Royal Rumble''; famous for an incident with Wrestling/KurtAngle; was released in OVW, employed 2004-2005)
* [[Wrestling/TheMiz Mike "The Miz" Mizanin]] - ''[=TE4=]'' competitor (first ''TE'' alum to win the WWE Championship; employed 2005-present).
* Justice Smith - ''[=TE4=]'' competitor (appeared as Gladiator "Justice" in the 2008 revamp of ''Series/AmericanGladiators''; wasn't employed by WWE).
* [[Wrestling/{{Ryback}} Ryan Reeves]] - ''[=TE4=]'' competitor (repackaged as first [[Wrestling/TheNexus Skip Sheffield]], then as Ryback following an injury; employed 2004-2007 and 2008-2016)
* Nick Mitchell - ''[=TE4=]'' competitor (repackaged as "Mitch" of the Spirit Squad; employed 2004-2007).
* Andy Leavine - ''[=TE5=]'' winner (competed in FCW prior to competition, returned there after winning, but released after nearly a year; employed 2010-2011 and 2011-2012).
* [[Wrestling/{{Cameron}} Ariane Andrew]] - ''[=TE5=]'' competitor (of "Melina vs. Alicia Fox" infamy; signed to FCW shortly after elimination, repackaged as Cameron Lynn; was a Wrestling/BrodusClay dancer and remained employed after Clay was released; employed 2011-2016).
* Christina Crawford - ''[=TE5=]'' competitor (Wrestling/AliciaFox's sister; competed in FCW prior to competition, returned there after elimination; employed 2010-2011 and 2011-2012).
* Matt Capiccioni - ''[=TE5=]'' competitor (well known on the independent circuit as "M-Dogg 20" Matt Cross, returned to the independent circuit after elimination; wasn't employed by WWE).
* Rima Fakih - ''[=TE5=]'' competitor (the reigning Miss USA going into ''[=TE5=]''; wasn't employed by WWE).
* Wrestling/IvelisseVelez - ''[=TE5=]'' competitor (eliminated from ''TE'' following injury, signed to FCW after the competition, repackaged as Sofia Cortez; employed 2011-2012).
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!!This show contains examples of:
* AllThereInTheManual:
** You have to look up Christina's bio away from anything ''Tough Enough''-related to learn that she's the sister of Wrestling/AliciaFox.[[note]]Christina goes by her given last name of Crawford.[[/note]]
** Andy and Christina competed in FCW prior to the competition.
* AscendedExtra: A few of the contestants (notably Andy, Christina, AJ, and Ivelisse) were in the background for the early episodes of Season 5 but received more screen time as the season went on.
* AngryBlackMan: Inverted and double subverted in Season 5. Bill [=DeMott=] was definitely the meanest of the trainers but Wrestling/BookerT would snap and be just as tough when he felt like it.
* BadassNormal: Jeremiah Riggs, a former MMA fighter, had no wrestling training prior to Season 5. Yet his fitness was top notch and he picked things up shockingly quickly.
* BeautyContest: Rima Fakih in Season 5 entered the competition as the reigning Miss USA.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Wrestling/TrishStratus definitely, and Matt Cross was put up for elimination almost entirely on her suggestion. Ryan also showed his mean streak when he was pit against Mickael.
* BittersweetEnding: Season 5 ended with the fan favorite Andy winning...only to get a stunner from Stone Cold and slap from Wrestling/VinceMcMahon. He would later get suspended for failing a drug test, and quietly released.
* BlackDudeDiesFirst: Thankfully nobody died on the show but a double subversion came in the first episode of Season 5. Eric seemed like he was going to be eliminated only for Stone Cold to eliminate Ariane instead.
* BreakTheHaughty: Patrick Clark, a Wrestling/{{CZW}} wrestler who was also the first graduate of Maryland Championship Wrestling's academy alongside ROH Top Prospect Lio Rush was eliminated in Season 6 after placing in at the top three weeks in a row for his perceived failure to learn the value of humility.[[note]] Apparently, he learned his lesson, as WWE eventually gave him a contract and he now wrestles in NXT. [[/note]]
* ButtMonkey: Every season had one. In particular, Ryan (Season 5) never really stood a chance once he garnered the name "Skidmarks".
* CanonDiscontinuity: John Morrison's guest appearance in Season 5, which ignored the fact that he ''won Season 3''.
* CompanionShow: Season 6 had ''Tough Talk'', which happened to be [[MorePopularSpinOff more popular than the actual show]].
* DesignatedGirlFight: Didn't happen until Christina and Ivelisse were the last two girls, and after that incident it never happened again.
* {{Determinator}}: Could be said for most of the eventual winners and a large number of the runner ups. This was averted with Rima "Miss USA" Fakih in Season 5. Everyone agreed she had the mental drive and a determinator-style desire to win, but she simply wasn't able to keep up with the physical demands of the competition, and was eliminated in the fourth episode.
* DrillSergeantNasty: Most of the trainers adopted this persona during the show. Most notably Wrestling/{{Tazz}} in Season 1, [[Wrestling/BobHolly Hardcore Holly]] in Season 2, Bill [=DeMott=] in Seasons 3 and 5, Wrestling/KurtAngle in Season 4, Stone Cold in Season 5, and Wrestling/BillyGunn in Season 6.
* EarlyBirdCameo: The audition episodes of the earlier seasons saw a number of auditionees who failed to make it as a finalist but eventually ended up with WWE contracts such as Wrestling/{{Melina}}, Shad Gaspard, [[Wrestling/KiaStevens Kharma]], [[Wrestling/{{Boogeyman}} The Boogeyman]], Daivari and ''[[Wrestling/WWERaw Raw]]'' ring announcer Justin Roberts.
* EpicFail:
** Season 1:
*** Darryl Cross was the very first man eliminated in the season ''(and thus, the entire series)'' after falling out during aerobic exercises by claiming he caught the flu on the plane ride to the show's location, [[MoodWhiplash goofing off]] after Wrestling/TripleH's very serious speech about commitment to the business, acting very immaturely to the trainers and the other contestants, and complaining under his breath when Wrestling/AlSnow called him out on a botched move, prompting Snow to shout, [[TakeThat "I don't take that from my ten-year-old son, and I'm sure as hell not taking it from you!"]]
** The first three eliminations in Season 5 were all cases of the contestants completely destroying themselves:
*** In episode 1, Ariane shot herself in the foot in every way possible, and seriously pissed off Stone Cold during the elimination ceremony (see TooDumbToLive below).
*** Episode 2, Matt was given an opportunity to demonstrate his in-ring abilities. After telling Trish that he was known for flips and high flying, he failed to demonstrate anything in a session in the ring. Stone Cold chose to eliminate him for not standing out from the pack.
*** Episode 3, Mickael not only failed to understand why he was in the bottom three to begin with, but when put in a promo duel with his hated archrival Ryan, he choked horribly, while Ryan gave a promo worthy of ''Raw''.
* {{Expy}}: Contestant Mada Abdelhamid to established wrestler Tomasso Ciampa.
* FanDisservice:
** Jeremiah's strip tease in Season 5.
** ZZ had a couple of instances in Season 6, taking off his trunks in a hot tub in Week 1, not to mention his less-than-flattering "M'erica Zane" costume in Week 3. That said, the costume isn't even the reason.
* FiveTokenBand: Justified, since they come from all over America.
* FourGirlEnsemble: Of the girls in Season 5 Ivelisse was the mannish one, Ariane the childish one, Christina the pretty one and Rima the TeamMom. Michelle was not featured as much and did not interact with the others.
* GameBreakingInjury:
** Ivelisse Velez in Season 5 suffered a leg injury after a miscue in the ring with Christina. She tried to keep going, but the leg swelled up and Stone Cold was forced to eliminate her. She later said that it had been for the best, as she could have done serious permanent damage had she stayed on.
** Martin Casaus from Season 5 also fractured his ankle during a drill, and was forced to withdraw from the contest immediately.
** Averted however with Jackie Gayda from Season 2, who suffered an ankle injury and still won the contest.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Season 5's Luke and Jeremiah.
* {{Hypocrite}}:
** Season 4 saw a challenge in which Wrestling/TheBigShow ripped into the contestants for being handed an opportunity without paying their dues. Many though ill of the fact that this came from the man who's very first wrestling match saw him defeat ''Wrestling/HulkHogan'', in the main event a pay-per-view (''WCW Halloween Havoc 1995''), to win the WCW World Heavyweight Championship.[[note]]Hogan had defeated the Big Show, then known as The Giant, in a Sumo Monster Truck match prior to the main event. In the main event itself, The Giant won by disqualification. However, a pre-match stipulation meant that the title changed hands.[[/note]]
** Trish criticized Ariane for constantly pulling up her pants in the ring (even saying that it was her biggest pet peeve). Many fans had pointed out that she had her own share of in-ring wardrobe adjustments. In this case, Trish was referring to Ariane doing it while trying to run the ropes at the same time.
** Billy Gunn's comments to ZZ about not taking the contest seriously after the latter came up with his comedy "M'erica Zane" gimmick in a character-creating competition. Gunn's problems with ZZ stem from more than just that.[[note]]It had more to do him being constantly disappointed of ZZ's overall fitness and performance in the challenges.[[/note]] However, one could be forgiven for thinking ill of this particular critique considering it's coming from the man who was once known as ''Mr. Ass''.
* HiddenDepths:
** Michelle eventually quit the show to spend time raising her daughter.
** Before the show, Ariane worked as a behavior therapist for autistic children.
* ImprobableAge: One of the judges in Season 6 was Paige, who was only twenty-two at the time, yet has been wrestling since she was thirteen. Thus it can be a little surprising to see her tear into the contestants, most of whom were older than her.
* InSeriesNickname / EmbarrassingNickname : Bill [=DeMott=] liked giving them to contestants:
** Memorably, Ryan was referred to as "Skidmarks".
** Martin Casaus (Season 5) was initially tagged as "Donny Osmond" by [=DeMott=], but by the fourth episode the trainers made a specific point of no longer calling him that, in recognition of his excellent performances.
** Others include Tumbleweed (AJ), Miss 11 Years (Michelle), Miss USA ([[CaptainObvious Rima]]), CoolHandLuke ([[CaptainObvious Luke]]) and Evey (Ivelisse). Ariane also got labeled "Powder Puff" before her elimination.
** Dianna was referred to as "Princess Diana" by the other female contestants of Season 6.
* InsufferableGenius: Most of the reason that viewers didn't like Luke was that he's the most talented of Season 5's contestants, and ''he knew it''. Worse, he was a ''massive'' prick about it.
* InsultBackfire: AJ Kirsch decided to embrace his nickname "Tumbleweed" and his fans now proudly call themselves Team Tumbleweed.
* IronicEcho: In possibly one of the most bizarre instances of this, Bill [=DeMott=] made fun of Christina's supposed ditziness by saying "pretty bird, pretty bird" on the show. A couple of weeks later, Christina herself posted that on her Twitter account.
* JerkJock:
** Chris Nowinski was presented as this during Season 1, and then made it his explicit gimmick (crossed with Harvard snob) when he made his WWE debut.
** Luke was definitely a natural straight example.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold:
** Despite being a hardass, Stone Cold had some nice conversations with both Michelle, Rima, and even Ryan concerning their eliminations.
** Bill [=DeMott=] was good enough to even work with Rima one-on-one and talk to her at length on whether this was something she'd really wants to.
* {{Joisey}}: Mickael, the much maligned contestant from Season 5 seemed to embody this to 11. This was even lampshaded by his [[ArchEnemy arch rival]] Ryan.
* LicensedGame:
** Subverted with the WWE game, ''WWE Day of Reckoning''. The game has a tutorial mode featuring Al Snow teaching a pair of rookies how to wrestle. As a bonus, the two trainees are clearly modeled after John Hennigan and Matt Cappotelli, the two winners from Season 3.
** An episode in Season 5 showed the contestants visiting THQ, makers of ''WWE All Stars''. They're asked to use the game's create-a-wrestler mode to give Stone Cold an idea of what sort of ring attire and gimmick they'd choose for themselves, as a test of their creativity.
* ManipulativeEditing:
** Lisa in Season 3 disappears from the show, with the trainers telling the contestants that she decided wrestling wasn't the right career for her. In reality, she suffered a psychotic breakdown and had to be hospitalized.
** Matt Cross's scenes were cut down in his two episodes to fit the definition of "the boring guy" and the reason he was eliminated. Among other things this included bumping into his good friend Wrestling/CMPunk while working backstage, and apparently setting himself on fire while in the house.
** Dianna in Season 6 was made to look as though she quit the show because she missed her fiancé. She revealed after the episode aired that one of her friends had been paralyzed following a bar fight and she left to be with them. She was reportedly not happy with the way the show edited things.
* ManlyTears: Luke in the final episode of Season 5 is seen crying when he says goodbye to his mother.
* TheMeanBrit: Played straight with Wrestling/{{Paige}} in Season 6, who was by far the most critical of the judges.
* TheNeidermeyer: Kurt Angle played this role in Season 4, in a deliberate heel move, which gave us the now legendary "MTV Sucks!" line to The Miz.
* TheNicknamer: Bill [=DeMott=] in Season 5.
* NiceMeanAndInBetween: In Season 5 when the trainers were at three, Trish was the Nice - a CoolTeacher who would usually try to encourage the contestants to be creative. Bill of course was the Mean - an incredibly tough DrillSergeantNasty. Booker T was the In-Between - and it was almost lampshaded when he yelled at Ryan "don't take my kindness for weakness".
* OneJudgeToRuleThemAll: Played with in Season 5. All four trainers discussed who's in the bottom three, but they had to appeal to Stone Cold when it came time to choose who's going home.
* PassThePopcorn: Happened with Tanner in Season 6 every time a CatFight popped up.
* PyrrhicVictory: With the exception of John Morrison, none of the winners ever made it big in WWE. Not even the first runner-ups, the sole exception being The Miz.
* RealityTVShowMansion: The contestants stayed at one in Seasons 1, 2, 3, and 5. For Season 6, the contestants stayed at the WWE Performance Center.
* ReallySeventeenYearsOld: Marty "The Boogeyman" Wright in Season 4, who was really 40 years old at the time.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech:
** Indirectly delivered by Wrestling/TripleH upon hearing that one of the contestants had hung a Wrestling/{{Goldberg}} poster in his room, to both Goldberg and the contestants, while lecturing the group on the level of commitment they need to be successful as wrestlers. Segues into the very best part of DareToBeBadass. [[note]]"Who are your idols? Who do you look at and say 'that's what I want to do'? Not 'that's the money I want to make', not 'that's the other [=TV=] show I want to be in', not 'that's the spot I want to be in on Leno'. That's the yard. That's the business. That's what I want to do. That's the story I want to tell. You can tell a lot about a guy in this business (from) who he looked up to in this business. ({{Beat}}) Then somebody tells me... one of these guys had a Goldberg poster on his wall that had to be torn off. No big deal to me. I think, 'You know, Goldberg. He's in our business. Hell of an athlete'. The question I ask is: If your biggest idol in this business is a guy that's been in this business for about a year, got everything handed to him, can't have a match longer than four minutes, has not wrestled for probably for more than three months straight because every three months he's got a hangnail, he's got a toothache, he's got a tummy ache, and he's got to take time off, and I wonder where does that mentally put that person? What does that person think about this business? Is it about what we do? Is it about telling a story? Or is it about being a big jacked-up guy that stands in the ring, is fed a bunch of guys who really don't know what they're doing to mow over? He abuses that. What does that say about someone that has no heart for what we do? No guts, no heart. You get injured, you keep going. You get hurt, you keep going. I've had to be carried to the top of the ramp to go to the ring! I've had to be helped up the stairs because I couldn't walk myself to 'em! And I've walked to that ring and I've wrestled for 45 minutes against Wrestling/VinceMcMahon. After he fell thirty-five feet on my leg, his big fat ass almost busted it, and I still went to the ring. I'm not bragging. I'm not that tough. I'm not tougher than anyone else in our business. But I respect our business. I love our business. I put my life on the line every day for our business and I gladly do it, and I'll continue to do it until I can do it no longer. Not for the fame. Not for the glory of it. Not so I can get laid. No other reason than the love of the business (...) But I question the fact that when somebody has a poster of a guy on their wall that can't suck it up enough to continue when he's on top of the business, when he's on top of the company, and they ask him to go, and he says, 'I'm sorry. I can't. I have to sit home for three months. I can't even make it to [=TV=]. I'm sorry, I don't like where the storyline's going, so I can't come in.' I have to question that guy's heart! I've got to question that guy's desire! I got to question whether he just thinks, 'Hell, I'm pretty jacked up. I'm just as big as these guys, so I can stand in the ring with them. As long as they put me over, it don't matter, I'll be a big star. I'll make a lot of money, I'll be famous'. You gotta ask yourself inside where to draw the line. When do you take time off? Do you tape it up and you keep going? Or do you call in sick? (...) You guys have the greatest opportunity in the world, in my opinion, to be in the greatest business in the world. Do not fuck it up. Do not throw it away, 'cuz if you do, you piss on every single person that's come before you. Every single person that's paid their dues, every person that's busted their ass, every single old timer that's busted up and can barely walk, you piss on them.[[/note]]
** Rather than just eliminate the contestants, Stone Cold liked to tell everyone who end up in his bottom three why they suck. Oddly enough, the contestants who end up surviving often got the worst of it as a way of "lighting a fire under their ass".
* RememberTheNewGuy: The Miz in terms of being added as one of the judges for Season 6 after Hulk Hogan was fired by WWE.
* {{Retool}}: The ''$1,000,000 Tough Enough'' (Season 4) pretty much stands out as the most dramatic change to the format. The 2011 revival pretty much restored the show back to the original format but refined the elimination contest with a weekly "bottom three", though its 2015 revival reinserted Season 4's weekly fan voting. Season 6 also introduced a panel of judges in addition to the trainers who could choose to save someone from elimination if they wanted.
* {{Revival}}: Seasons 5 and 6 which aired in 2011 and 2015, respectively.
* TheRunnerUpTakesItAll:
** The most notable example is The Miz, who between the fourth and fifth seasons, managed to become the only ''Tough Enough'' alum to become WWE Champion. For even more added hilarity, The Miz was the one chosen to replace Hulk Hogan as a judge in Season 6, bringing everything full circle.
** Taken to the extreme with with Season 5 where the first contestant eliminated was the first to debut on WWE TV in an active role. Ariane worked under the name "Cameron" until 2016.
** The only real subversion was one of the Season 3 winners, John Hennigan, a.k.a. Wrestling/JohnMorrison. However, his successful career is why people tend to ''forget'' that he had been on the show, let alone one of the winners, because ''Tough Enough'' winners never amounted to much. The most successful winner after Morrison, Maven, is best known for eliminating Wrestling/TheUndertaker from the 2002 Wrestling/RoyalRumble, and his gimmick was basically "that guy who won ''Tough Enough''".
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: A large amount of contestants left the show due to injuries or realizing they weren't cut out for the business. Six contestants quit in Season 1, three left in Season 2, one left in Season 3, though they said another left as well when she hadn't, none left in Season 4, only one quit in Season 5 and again just one in Season 6.
* SenseiForScoundrels: Stone Cold in Season 5.
* ShamelessFanserviceGirl: Bobbi Jo in Season 1 who admitted right off the bat that she hoped to pose for ''Playboy''.
* SlutShaming: Amanda tried to do this to Sara Lee, claiming she was "playing ring rat".[[note]]"Ring rat" is an industry term for a groupie who likes to sleep with the wrestlers.[[/note]] Wrestling/MickFoley slammed her for it.[[note]]Although he later released [[https://www.facebook.com/RealMickFoley/posts/1238493299514139:0 a retraction and public apology]] when he found out it was just {{Kayfabe}}.[[/note]]
* SpecialGuest: Usually once per episode, a noteworthy WWE wrestler would visit the gym, and give advice to the contestants, and perhaps share anecdotes. In Season 5, the guest star usually gave a lecture that's specific to the theme for the week; for example, Wrestling/TheBigShow visited during "technique" week, and emphasized in his speech that even "[[TheGiant big man]]" wrestlers like himself had to have excellent technique, they couldn't only rely on their physicality.
* SmugSnake:
** Luke (Season 5). Although he won the first two skill challenges, Martin would go on to win the following three. After Martin's second win, he acted graciously while Luke fumed, pouted, and refused to shake Martin's hand. Luke later whined in the confessionals that the trainers had it wrong and that he was clearly superior.
** Tanner in Season 6 started out like this but it eventually died out especially when his main rival Patrick was eliminated.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Not initially in the first season - as there was an almost equal number of males to females, with two female trainers as well. By Season 5, however, there were five females in comparison to seven males. Likewise, there was only one female trainer. Season 6 once again had an equal split of male-female contestants. However, there was only one female trainer and one female judge.
* SpearCounterpart: Season 4 featured entirely male contestants and consisted of weekly skits on ''[=SmackDown=]''. This made it a male version of the Diva Search, which took place on ''Raw'' - featuring a series of women hoping to earn a WWE contract.
* StayInTheKitchen: Not explicitly invoked, but only two of the final nine contestants of Season 5 were female, and both were in danger of undermining each other's chances due to injuries from botched spots and accusations of sabotage. Trish Stratus sat both Christina and Ivelisse down and told them to keep their heads on straight if they planned to survive to the end because "this is a man's game" and petty, cattish behavior wasn't going to do either of them any favors. Both heed the advice. [[spoiler: However, Ivelisse's injury forced Stone Cold to remove her, to the point he ''said'' that was the sole reason he eliminated her.]]
* TitleDrop: In Season 5's episodes.
* TooDumbToLive:
** In Season 5, when Ariane was asked by Stone Cold what her all-time favorite match was, she replied with ''Melina vs. Alicia Fox''.
-->'''Austin:''' (trying to hold himself from strangling her) "Out of all the matches in the history of this business, ''that'' was your favorite?!"
** Alexander's argument with Patrick in Season 6 that knowing WWE history was not important and that "you donít have to know anything about this sport" didn't exactly do him any favors with judges Daniel Bryan and Hulk Hogan nor the public who voted him out.
* TokenTrio: The trainers for Season 5. Bill [=DeMott=] (white guy), Booker T (black guy) and Trish Stratus (white girl but Polish and Greek if you want to be specific).
* {{Unperson}}: As mentioned above, this happened to Hulk Hogan in Season 6 once his racist remarks became public.
* VotedOffTheIsland: Depending on the season, the eliminations were done by the trainers and/or public vote. However...
** NonGameplayElimination: Many of the contestants had quit the show for not wanting the job as much as they originally expected. Season 1 had more quitters than actual cuts by the trainers. WordOfGod gave this as the reason why the revival had a lot more experienced indy wrestlers than the original series. Ironically, two of the most experienced veterans in the Season 5 roster were some of the first to go. Matt was a nine year indy veteran and considered a potential winner early on, but was eliminated in episode 2 for utterly failing when given a chance to show off his veteran skills. Michelle claimed to have eleven years of indy experience, but was so out of practice that she performed worse than many of the beginners, and ended up eliminating herself in episode 3, when she decided that being home with her daughter was more important than a WWE career.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Luke. Was there an episode where he ''hadn't'' taken his shirt off?