Fans have been clamoring for it, and after many rumors, it looks like Tough Enough is finally set to return. WWE announced the premiere date for its reality competition show earlier today.
That date is June 27th at 8/7c. It will air on USA television alongside RAW and its newly-stationed brother Smackdown. There was some speculation it might end up on the WWE Network.
For those curious, that’s a Tuesday evening – the same time slot that WWE Main Event used to occupy before being put on a permanent hiatus (note: Main Event still airs overseas). It also keeps WWE on network television for four nights of the week: RAW on Mondays, Tough Enough on Tuesdays, Smackdown on Thursdays, and Total Divas on Sundays.
Tough Enough was a reality TV series that debuted in the early 2000s to find WWE’s next breakout superstar. Former wrestlers Maven, Nidia, Christopher Nowinski, broadcaster Josh Matthews and (perhaps most notably) The Miz all made their debut on the show. After a multi-year hiatus, it came back to television in 2010 with a renewed format and arguably more exciting cast. It aired prior to RAW before RAW turned into a three-hour extravaganza.
Questions still remain about the hosting duties, however. Stone Cold Steve Austin didn’t outright deny he’d come back as host, but questions still remain about his contractual status with WWE (and whether or not this show would conflict with his other reality hit, Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge). Austin hosted the show alongside trainers Booker T (who is still with the company) and Trish Stratus.
In the mean time, for those seeking a Tough Enough fix, old episodes can currently be found on WWE’s streaming service.