Rookie Contests: Does it even matter in the 'E Part 1
by, 07-29-2011 at 04:42 AM (2215 Views)
WWE has always been a fan of new talent, but especially a fan of gaining cheap ratings by having talent competitions like Tough Enough which first started in 2001 to WWE NXT which is fairly recent recovering from the fallout of the travesty which was the new ECW.
The fans would vote for who they would want to win in both of these contests. I have been a wrestling fan since the early 2000's when they started this trend for new talent as the old talent were just beginning to phase out into the last generation and I have witnessed the federation as it dipped into the PG era that it is. I've noticed something odd about these contests, in every single one of them... the one who ends up winning the hearts of the fans (and their votes) to win the contest, in all irony, loses everything.
It seems to me that no matter what the people want, it fails in comparison to what Vince wants. This has proven true almost every time that a contest like this occurs.
Volume 1: Tough Enough
Lets take Tough Enough Season 1 in 2001. The winners were: Maven and Nidia, yes they had a decent run playing low card roles without any serious push. Maven eventually became a squash and Nidia a slutty blind redneck? They of course were eventually future endeavored never to be seen again in televised wrestling. On the OTHER hand, the chosen ones that Vince deems fit who are in this case Chris Nowinski and Josh Matthews have been employed by the 'E ever since and still retain jobs today without any threat of being fired.
Season 2 followed by the same accord when Jackie won to start her career along with... whats her name? Linda? never heard of her. Miss Jackie had less of a career than the winners that preceded her, as an escort mostly that barely wrestled for about a year in 2004. She did meet Charlie Haas which I guess is good. They both eventually got future endeavored, Charlie twice even... But on the other hand, Matt Morgan was hired by Vince and had a more decent career before being misused and st st st st stuttering... Even so, winning the contest isn't the only way to get in, in fact, its better to lose apparently
John Morrison is the only Tough Enough winner in the WWE to amount to any sort of accolade... thats a little sad, he won Tough Enough III
SmackDown's Tough Enough in 2004 is the most proving ever of my point in the fact that these rookie contests have nothing to do with the people voting or what they want in general, it is simply a way to get cheap ratings and search for talent while they're at it. The winner, Daniel Puder, has amounted to the least when compared to the other contestants. Daniel Puder won this "million dollar contract" but its not worth much when your whole career consists of you getting eliminated out of a Royal Rumble in less than a minute. I don't assume he made much. Whereas we see Nick Mitchell becoming part of the Spirit Squad, Marty Wright, who didn't even make the freaking contest, become the Boogeyman, Ryan Reeves, come back in NXT and becomes part of the Nexus, and of course, the RUNNER UP Mike Mizanin or in 2011 terms, the Awesome former WWE Champion... i guess it really does suck to win...
Why I even wrote this blog is because who is this guy Andy Levine? He just won the latest season of this series, but is that a blessing or is it a curse. Will he amount to anything? 5 out of the 6 winners will likely disagree with you from their "future endeavors"
If I were in one of these contests, I guess it would be better for me to suck up to Vince rather than the people because IT DOESNT MATTTER WHAT THEY WANT! Vince reigns supreme!