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YMMV: WWE Tough Enough
Author's Saving Throw: The winners of Season 3 could be seen as this. Given that in Season 2 they broke their "One male winner, one female winner" tradition and picked two females instead, they decided to go with two male winners to even it up.
Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Some of the weekly challenges really have absolutely nothing to do with being a WWE superstar. Highlights include cheerleading, waiting on tables wearing rollerskates, getting chased by attack dogs and playing basketball against a team of midgets.
Rule of Funny: They are, however, very, very entertaining and some, such as the attack dog and obstacle course, are used to help determine the physical condition of the contestants. Others, such as the waiting tables and midget basketball, are done simply for the coaches entertainment as the contestants tend to fail miserably and hilariously at them.
During the running-the-ropes drill, Jeremiah's prosthetic two front teeth came out. The trainers stared at them in surprise when they realized just what they were.
Stone Cold: Get your teeth out of my ring.
To add to the hilarity, Bill DeMott initially thought they were his.
During the Tough Enough Finale in front of the Raw Audience, while Bill DeMott was talking.
Audience Member: "Thank you for freshening up tonight!"
DeMott: "You're welcome!"
"My favorite match is Melina vs Alicia Fox." Wrestling fans who weren't exploding in rage were probably on the ground laughing when they heard this.
From the highlight reel on the last episode of Season 3: Scott slapping Ivory's butt while she is lying face down a beach chair saying "Say my name."
Elimination Houdini: Stone Cold makes a point to defy this trope in the case of both Rima and Ryan. In Rima's case, she would have been in the bottom three for the third week in a row so he eliminated her without picking two others for the bottom three. Same case with Ryan in the next episode.
Not to mention Austin's feud with Booker T, which involved the infamous supermarket brawl.
Narm/Tastes Like Diabetes: Ariane's crocodile tears saying she'd given up her job and home to be on the show. Stone Cold had a similar reaction to the fans'.
Older than You Think: Season 4 (a.k.a. the $1,000,000 Tough Enough) was mostly held at Smack Down tapings in front of a live audience where contestants would take part in challenges (some mundane as dressing up and seducing Hardcore Holly) before asking fans to vote for them online. Add the Fleeting Demographic Rule, and you pretty much have NXT. Ironically, both featured Ryan Reeves (a.k.a. Skip Sheffield).
Even older than that. The $1,000,000 Tough Enough was pretty much a male version of the Diva Search that had been running for two years.
Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Needless to say there was an outrage when Ariane announced she'd been signed when the first episode aired. However she's gotten quite a few fans for herself from people who have seen her FCW work or else just like what she's doing on TV.
Once Eric was eliminated from the show he buckled down and worked hard to improve his conditioning and got good reviews for a lot of his matches.
Tear Jerker: Definitely Martin's elimination. He came in on crutches saying that the doctors wouldn't allow him to continue. He would have gone through the show with a fractured ankle if the doctors had let him. Stone Cold gave him the distinction of hanging his own belt up, rather than taking it from him.
What makes Luke infuriating is that he's a selfish prick who's extremely annoying... but also happens to be the single most talented competitor of Season 5, and therefore really can't be called a Creator's Pet or an Elimination Houdini.
Christina as well due to perceived coddling from the part of the trainers and preferential treatment from trainers despite not doing all that well in anything (Ivelisse being told to "suck it up" and tough it out through a sprained knee while Christina's sprained ankle was treated as a big deal is probably the biggest example). Her timing always seemed off which would often result in botched moves that tended to get blamed on who she was with (usually AJ) instead of her and in at least one instance (Ivelisse) actively led to injuring someone else which later caused that person to be eliminated while Christina herself suffered no backlash.
Except Christina was punished for the injury and sent to the bottom three that week. Ivelisse had also been given preferential treatment before her injury (i.e. Martin helping her carry a bag during the obstacle course). Christina upped her game for the next two weeks and became a lot more competent in the competition, being the only one to show actual personality during the skills challenge. And the week of her injury she didn't step up and so was eliminated. Bill DeMott showed blatant favoritism amongst all the contestants, which is why he blamed AJ.
Smurfette Breakout: Out of the recent season which featured five female contestants against 11 males, Arianne, Christina and Ivelisse got signed while Andy was released a year later. Arianne became the first to debut on TV (as one of Brodus Clay's dancers) while Ivelisse became the first to debut in a wrestling role (on NXT).
What an Idiot: Jake & Kenny, the male finalists from the second season. After it was announced that Linda & Jackie were the winners instead of one male & one female, they promptly complained about it & subsequently shot their chances of being signed by the WWE in the foot through their display of arrogance. Luckily for Kenny King, Ring of Honor and TNA both went on to like him.
The Woobie: Any of the contestants that have to leave due to injury.
Eric, whose severely mentally handicapped brother was his prime motivation for competing in Tough Enough.