Actually, I never expected Andy and Luke to make it to the end. Andy was a bit too timid and Luke was anything but. Martin Casaus, who left with a broken ankle a few weeks ago, seemed destined to win Tough Enough. He had the looks, the talent, and the enthusiasm of a winner. However, there were some people who seemed like they'd wandered into an audition for a different show...
After a rash of ankle injuries, the hopeful list was considerably shorter after last week's episode. Christina Crawford had sprained her ankle in the ring. While she might be able to compensate for the injury, she had a hard time overcoming her timidity when it came to doing promos, and Stone Cold eliminated her. Then, although A.J. Kirsch had won the promo challenge, Steve Austin was still down on him, so A.J. was told to pack his ability to be glib and leave his Tough Enough belt behind. For the moment, those still eligible to be Tough Enough are: Andy Leavine, Jeremiah Riggs, and Luke Robinson.
Last week was costly in terms of remaining hopefuls. Before Steve Austin could even consider who would be going home, fate took out two of his best candidates. First, Martin Casaus was eliminated with a broken ankle. A compassionate Stone Cold said he would not take Martin's belt; rather, he would allow him to hang it up himself. That meant a lot to Martin. Then Christina injured her ankle in the ring. As of the end of last week's show, it was unclear whether her injury was severe enough to eliminate her. Depending on the nature of Christina's injury, A.J., Andy, Jeremiah, and Luke may be the only competitors left.
A new day dawned at the Tough Enough House as Trish spent some girl time doing Yoga with Christina. Trish felt that Christina might just have what it takes. Even Bill DeMott was proud of the last girl standing.
Last week Luke Robinson, Christina Crawford, and Ryan Howe made Stone Cold's list of wannabe wrestlers ready to be shown the locker room door. Ryan, who had been a bit of a doofus throughout the competition and a regular member of the bottom three, was told that the third time was not the charm. Buh Bye, Ryan.
Last week Michelle Deighton and Mickael Zaki went home. Michelle left because she missed her little girl, and a surprisingly understanding Stone Cold shared with her how much he misses his own children when he's on the road. Mickael was a different story...
Matt Capiccioni was sent home last week after he told Stone Cold he was waiting for his moment to come. Stone Cold told him his moment had come and gone. Matt was in shock and said he didn't know how to regroup or push on. Here's a tip, Matt: Always have a back-up plan.
Welcome to Episode 2 of "Tough Enough." Last week viewers got to meet Stone Cold Steve Austin's fourteen wannabe wrestlers. By the end of the show, only thirteen were left and the rest were probably thinking twice about life a life in wrestling. Ariane Andrew was the first one sent home, and with good reason. Even on her way out I still don't think she "got it."