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WWE Tough Enough Finale Recap

by Hans Keller

The show started with a season summary, running through all the eliminations and emotional moments.

Tonight, Andy and Luke will fight, the one impressing the people that matter the most win the contract. Which one will be TOUGH ENOUGH?

Its been a while since the training sessions and Andy talks about sacrificing the life he has with his family to try to make it in the business. He calls this contest the perfect chance to provide. His wife indicates her support for him to win this competition and helps him with keeping in shape. He packs his bags, saying goodbye to his family, saying he’s ready without a shadow of a doubt in his mind.

Camera now goes to Luke, who shows off his party boy style and some of his own workouts, which involve doing what he calls “caveman training”. He also had the benefit of a ring which his friend had set up. He is determined to hunt Andy down. He thanks everyone in his life who sacrificed everything for him to do what he has set out to do, especially his mother. His strategy is simple: to be himself.

Andy and Luke make their way to the Tough Enough ring in FCW, the official development territory of the WWE, greeted by Bill DeMott and none other than Ricky “the Dragon” Steamboat. Ricky talks about people that FCW has prepared such as Sheamus, Wade Barrett and Alberto Del Rio. He hopes that FCW can add one of the finalists to those ranks. Bill tells them they will both have an exhibition match…against DeMott himself. He reminded them that he said he meant it when he said to get to the WWE, they go through him.

Steamboat sees the boys out and lays out his expectations. Then he has both of them work in the ring. Ricky praises Luke’s speed and admits he will have to take some risks while saying Andy might need a little work to slow down.

Coming up: The finalists have their matches, then Stone Cold Steve Austin announces the winner LIVE tonight!

The sun comes up as both guys enter. Luke called this week mentally AND physically challenging. Andy admits having butterflies, saying that either the nuts drop or you run away; and he has no plans on running away. The FCW arena fills as its time for the matches to start. Booker T cuts a brief promo about the show then appears to go on commentary. Next, Bill DeMott makes his way out, who has no plans on relinquishing his spot.

Cut to Richmond, VA and Cole and Lawler on commentary. Lawler says he does not envy the task that Stone Cold is up against.

The matches are up… NEXT!

Back at the FCW arena, the crowd is going wild as Luke talks about how he wants it. Both men are brought out and we are then treated to a montage of both of the fights to the theme of Tough Enough. At the end of that montage, Bill AND Ricky Steamboat shakes both their hands.

Bill enters the waiting room with Booker T. Booker asks if they feel they did their best. Luke felt he could have done better while Andy felt confident. Booker tells them to pat themselves on the back. Bill tells them they will be live on RAW and that he’s proud of both of them.

Coming up NEXT: Stone Cold crowns the winner of Tough Enough

Justin Roberts announces for the crowd to welcome the Tough Enough trainers as we are LIVE for the finale. Bill takes the mic first, saying tonight is the night, much to everyone’s excitement. First out, the eliminated contestants, then the finalists come out. Andy comes out with a “Silent Rage” t-shirt on. Booker congratulates both for making it this far and introduces Austin. (And I LOVE the way he said it too)

Austin takes a good swig of beer before getting a cheap pop. He says he’s proud of everyone and encourages the crowd to give them a hand and a hell yeah. He thanks Bill, Trish and Booker for being his trainers. He talks about what would happen next, about going into the office, but they can’t do that today. He asks Bill his thoughts.

He says both made it through a lot of obstacles and hurdles. If he HAD to pick one, he’d pick Andy. Austin asks Trish next, who goes with Andy as well. Booker T’s time, calls Luke a pretty boy, someone with a future, but he looks at Andy and has two words: IT Factor. Its unanimous from the trainers, but its Stone Cold’s call.

He goes at both guys and then asks Luke what he thinks of Andy. Luke says he showed up to TE with one intention, to be the next superstar, and he gets some boos. Andy gets the mic and some cheers. Andy runs him down under the bus and says Luke does not deserve to be here, to some good cheers. The scene is cut to a limo, OUT COMES THE BOSS!!!!

Enter Vince McMahon, who comes out to a decent pop. It appears the eliminated were cleared out and its just down to Vince, the finalists and Austin. Vince asks for a hug, Austin says How bout a stunner instead, saying they don’t need to hug. Vince introduces himself. Vince asks both what makes them think they can stand in the same ring as HBK, Andre The Giant, Sgt. Slaughter, or even Stone Cold Steve Austin. Andy went to say he would guaran-damn-tee, and Vince cut him off. Luke got the mic and got booed immediately. Vince asks for character traits, Andy says he’s the baddest person in the competition.

continued to the Raw report….

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9 Responses

  1. Miguel Guerra says:

    Zack Ryder vs Kofi Kingston on RAW!!! :) Finally ^^

  2. Hans Keller says:

    I REALLY wish they let us see the full matches. But…oh well.

  3. aag44 says:

    Surprised to see Andy win. Though I didn’t like that he got slapped and stunned at the end. They should’ve let him enjoy his moment rather than use it to generate heat or pops for Mr. McMahon & Stone Cold…

  4. Cody T. says:

    I’m sorry but this is obvious to me. Andy, also known as Kevin Hackman, was in Florida Championship Wrestling no more than 8 months before Tough Enough. So to me, this whole season was designed specifically to push him. What better what, without having to hurt someone elses momentum, to push a new star? You have him win tough enough, have his sob story out there and show that he is a big guy with a heart, and have him win the season over the cocky, arrogant Robinson.

    This whole season was designed to push Leavine and get the fans behind him. And I gotta give it up to WWE, it worked.

  5. Ed says:

    A heel wrestler should have come out or even Nexus & attacked Andy & after the butt whippin should have said “Welcome to the WWE Bitch!” I’m glad Andy won.

  6. E-Ry says:

    I can see your point, Cody, but I still feel Luke was the better competitor. If you watch the shows and the finale, Andy screws up moves several times, when Luke gets them done. The Dragon even said Luke was better in the ring, in so many words of course. I have a lot of respect for Andy, but I just see Luke’s persona working out better in the long run.

    Luke=Miz, Andy=Daniel Puder

  7. mshelez says:

    I really wanted Andy to win and I was quite surprised that he did, because my guys never win on these competition shows. I think I was even more surprised that all the trainers believed Andy was the better when they were giving Luke props from the first show. But there is no doubt in my mind that we will see him again, just like the Miz.

  8. Jon says:

    I have a feeling Luke will be given a contract eventually anyway. Hopefully Jeremiah gets one too. I mean Chris Nowinski, Josh Matthews, The Miz and other wrestlers who didn’t win the previous Tough Enoughs were still given contracts.

  9. Al says:

    Martin was the over all best tell he snapped his ankle and had 2 scews put in to it. He should least get a shot a FCW plus it would set up a great fued between him and Luke? Luke never beat him in anything even when Luke won his first contest Bill Demonte basicaly pushed Martin off the ropes.
    Andy didn’t impress me but I do agree it was a smooth way for WWE to push him and when Vince asked him at the end before the slap he was nervous just like Vince asked?

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