WWE and USA Network revealed the 40 finalists selected from more than 11,100 submissions for WWE Tough Enough on WWEToughEnough.com.
The 40 finalists will advance to a WWE Tough Enough Mini-Camp at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando from Wednesday, June 10 through Friday, June 12, culminating with the announcement of the final 13 contestants.
The journey of the final 40 will be chronicled on a WWE Network exclusive, Tough Enough Competition Special, which airs Tuesday, June 16 at 8/7C.
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WWE Tough Enough, which premieres Tuesday, June 23 at 8/7C on USA Network and around the world, is hosted by WWE Superstar Chris Jericho, who will be joined by a panel of judges including WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan, WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan and WWE Diva Paige.
This season will combine the can’t-miss excitement of live television with reality-show drama, as WWE hopefuls vie for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become the next WWE Superstar or Diva. 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.
Throughout the competition, the contestants will be trained by WWE legends Booker T, Billy Gunn and Lita. Contestants will also come face-to-face with WWE icons including WWE Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Vince McMahon; Executive Vice President, Talent, Live Events & Creative, Paul Triple H Levesque; Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon; and WWE Superstar John Cena, among others.
The revolutionary WWE Tough Enough App is now available for download. This app will provide an unprecedented fan experience before, during and after the show by enabling fans to vote for who stays and who goes with results calculated in real-time during the final minutes of each episode. The app will also include contestant bios and video and social updates as the competition unfolds throughout the week.