with $1 million prize, Tough Enough returning as part of WWE’s Smackdown.

with $1 million prize, Tough Enough returning as part of WWE’s Smackdown.
Rumors that the WWE’s Tough Enough would return for a fourth season, although not on MTV, have been confirmed, as the WWE is now casting for the show. Although the series will now feature a $1 million prize, sort of, it will apparently not air as a typical reality series. Instead, after casting is complete, “8 finalists will go on to train as professional wrestlers and participate in a series of challenges to be taped and broadcast on WWE’s SmackDown! television programming throughout the fall”; SmackDown! airs Thursdays on UPN. Elimination of the eight will be left up to viewers, and the last person standing will get “a WWE talent contract worth up to $1,000,000 (US dollars). The talent contract provides for, among other things, $250,000 per year over a four year term and will be subject to WWE standard terms and conditions,” according to the casting web site. Applications are being accepted now from men living in the US who are at least 20 years old. The new series was announced during last Thursday’s SmackDown. The new format isn’t sitting well with some fans: On ProWrestling.com, Linda Robin writes, “I cannot understand why in the hell the next Tough Enough winner will be paid one million dollars. … Also why the hell are they going to ruin Smackdown by incorporating Tough Enough into the show?” Others are commenting about the distributed prize; as Pro Wrestling Torch says, “the winner will have ‘earn’ their prize money over the course of four years. That said, $250,000 is much more than most first year wrestlers make, but by the fourth year, if they catch on, the winner could be making considerably more, or if the winner hates the lifestyle, he may quit before that and it sounds like he would not get the rest of the money.”

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