So Long Miss America

After her training session with Bill DeMott over the first 15 minutes of the show, you knew the reigning Miss America, Rima Fakih, was done.

Her days as a WWE hopeful were numbered.

In spite of her desire and beauty, Fakih wasn’t in the type of shape she needed to be. It showed. On top of that, she lacked the trust in the ring with her competitors that is needed in order to be able to execute properly in the ring. While she still has the potential to be an excellent manager or side-bar announcer for the company, the question remains if she’ll ever be able to get it done in the ring.

She may love the business, but it seems she’s unteachable at this point.

With her off the show, the real competition can begin.

Considering that, it’s nice to see that Andy Leavine, Christina Crawford and Ivelisse Velez are getting more time on TV. For a while, “Tough Enough” was the “Eric Watts and Ryan Howe sucks and Luke Robinson doesn’t” show. Beginning to develop all the characters and induce an emotional response with the audience when they’re on-screen, the show is picking up the pace and getting better because of it.

Speaking of getting better, while the uber cocky Robinson is still the alpha dog in this pack of hopefuls, it’s nice to see Matt Casaus continue to do the right thing and be rewarded for it. After he beat Robinson is an exercise, Casaus attempted to shake Robinson’s hand. After Robinson denied the request at professional courtesy they were both given little rants by themselves.

Bottom line- that segment was good TV that told a story void of fist-pumps and unnecessary drama. As far as the overall show goes, all of these people involved have something to lose and every moment counts. The trainers are great at bringing out the finer points of all the contestants and are still familiar enough with the audience that they are trustworthy and believable.

All in all, “Tough Enough” is on its way to becoming a staple on USA’s Monday night lineup.

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Patrick Hickey Jr. is the Founder, Editor-in-Chief, Master Jedi and Grand Pooh-bah of and is the author of the book, "The Minds Behind the Games: Interviews with Cult and Classic Video Game Developers," from leading academic and non-fiction publisher McFarland and Company. He is currently the Assistant Director of the Journalism Program at Kingsborough Community College and is a former News Editor at NBC Local Integrated Media and a National Video Games Writer at the late He has also had articles and photos published in The New York Times, The New York Daily News, Complex and The Syracuse Post-Standard. Love him. Read him.

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