WWE issued the following press release today regarding Tough Enough.
World Wresting Entertainment Announces $1,000,000 Tough Enough To Find The Next WWE Superstar
Winner Receives A WWE Talent Contract Worth up to $1 million and the Recognition of Being Tough Enough to be a WWE Superstar
STAMFORD, Conn., August 24, 2004 – World Wrestling Entertainment is bringing back the highly successful Tough Enough. The reality program that drew top ratings for MTV on Thursday nights will be a special part of WWE SmackDown!, and this time WWE will award someone a WWE talent contract worth up to $1 million.
After selecting the eight finalists for the $1,000,000 Tough Enough, the official competition will be held weekly on WWE SmackDown! on UPN (Thursdays, 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT) beginning this October. The eight contestants will train with Tough Enough Trainer Al Snow, and then appear on WWE SmackDown! to undertake specific tasks to show why they are worthy to be Tough Enough Champion. Each week, a contestant will be eliminated based on fan voting leading up to the finale on December 16 when the winner is declared.
“We are looking for someone to be the next The Rock or Triple H, someone with a great look, physical strength and charisma, who’s interested in becoming a WWE Superstar,” said WWE Chairman Vince McMahon. “Each week, these eight contestants will have to impress me and the millions of fans of WWE SmackDown! to prove that they are truly Tough Enough to be part of an elite group of WWE Superstars. In the end, only one of these contestants will be able to make that claim.”
“Tough Enough was a terrific program for us when it was on MTV,” said Kevin Dunn, WWE Executive Producer. “It exposed us to a wider audience in a memorable way. People kept asking when we would do another Tough Enough. We wanted to do something that would keep the franchise fresh as well as further promote our Thursday night showcase, WWE SmackDown!, and our TV partner, UPN. We think the one million dollar Tough Enough will fill the bill in an exciting and innovative way.”
People interested in competing in the $1,000,000 Tough Enough can send a VHS containing 1 minute of material to WWE to demonstrate why they should be considered for the $1,000,000 Tough Enough. Tapes should be sent to: $1,000,000 Tough Enough, PO Box 1395, Stamford, CT 06904.
Deadline for submissions is midnight Wednesday, September 8. Applicants must be male, and age 20 or older. For more information, go to wwe.com.
Tough Enough competitors will be selected from three regional casting events held this Fall in Los Angeles, Miami, and Dallas, where potential competitors will be evaluated on athleticism, charisma and personality.