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Chris Jericho named host of WWE’s new Tough Enough

Chris Jericho’s ties with WWE have only grown stronger. Y2J has taken over as the wrestling organization’s go-to WWE Network interviewer of choice, replacing “Stone Cold” Steve Austin on the podcasts. Well, Jericho is also supplanting the Texas Rattlesnake on another show: WWE announced today that Jericho is the new host of Tough Enough, which launches on the USA Network on Tuesday, June 23.

Jericho won’t be alone. He’s being joined by an all-star panel of Hulk Hogan, Daniel Bryan and Paige.

Tough Enough was WWE’s first reality TV series, taking wannabe wrestlers and putting them through the ringer to see if they had what it takes to be a WWE Superstar. Not many did. Here’s how the latest incarnation of Tough Enough will work:

Unlike anything on television today, the lightning-fast hour of entertainment and competition will include live results every week, giving fans worldwide the power to decide who stays and who goes the very same night. Each week, one cast member will be eliminated until one man and one woman are considered “Tough Enough,” with each earning a one-year, $250,000 WWE contract.

Trainers for this season are WWE legends Booker T, Billy Gunn and Lita. Not sure from that list who will play the bulldog trainer, a la Bill DeMott and Taz.

Also slated to make cameos on the show are Vince McMahon, Triple H, Stephanie McMahon and John Cena.

WWE’s press release says the organization has received submissions from people in 113 countries. For more info on how to be a part of the show, see WWEToughEnough.com.

The WWE Tough Enough app, of course there’s an app, will be available to download for free on Monday, May 25. Fan voting will also take place via text in the U.S., Twitter @WWEToughEnough, the WWE app, and the websites.

About Brian Fritz

Brian Fritz
Brian is the owner and editor-in-chief of Between The Ropes. He has also covered wrestling and MMA for The Orlando Sentinel and AOL Fanhouse and currently is a contributor for Sporting News. You can email Brian at btrfritz@gmail.com.

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