USA Greenlights WWE Reality Series


The World Wrestling Entertainment will pin down USA Network's Monday night prime-time block in April with the debut of a new wrestling-based competition reality series.

The series, WWE Tough Enough, will serve as the lead-in to the USA's live WWE Monday Night Raw series, according to network officials. The one-hour Tough Enough series will debut April 4 at 11 p.m. before settling into its regular 8 p.m. timeslot.

Tough Enough, which originally aired on MTV, will pit a group of 12 individuals looking to become the next WWE Superstar or Diva, according to the WWE. The contestants will live and train together under one roof and will battle each other in a series of unique challenges. Each episode will conclude with an elimination of one of the contestants, with the final episode pitting last two remaining contestants.

In a joint statement, Chris McCumber, USA Network executive vice president, marketing, digital and brand strategy and Jeff Wachtel, USA Network president original programming & Universal Cable Productions co-head of original content said the network is "thrilled to tag team with the WWE in bringing Tough Enough back to television. By focusing on both the physical and the performance challenges of becoming a Superstar, the show will shine a new light on what it takes to truly make your mark in the WWE universe."