Several stars from Tough Enough have inked developmental deals with the WWE, and reported for duty this week at the promotion’s training facility, according to an Oct. 21 report from Cageside Seats. Daria Berenato and Mada Abdelhamid, two of the show’s most popular cast members, are the latest to sign with the WWE.
Both were voted off the show before the final round. Berenato was eliminated in Week 3, while Abdelhamid was eliminated in Episode 6. As most WWE fans know, Josh Bredl and Sara Lee reigned supreme on Tough Enough, winning $250k contracts to compete in the world-renowned pro wrestling promotion.
Most fans were led to believe only the winners of the show would be awarded WWE contracts. As it turned out, almost all the cast members from Tough Enough signed on with the WWE.
Tough Enough finalists ZZ and Amanda recently inked their name to paper, and Daria joined the fold with Mada this week. With the addition of Berenato and Abdelhamid, the WWE has signed seven of the 14 cast members from the show.
Did the WWE make the right move bringing them aboard? There’s no doubt about it. WWE Universe had a chance to take a look at the young, up-and-coming talent during the show. They were exposed to the next wave of WWE superstars over a full three-month span.
Since the promotion gave each of them significant air time on national television, it was a no-brainer to sign more than just the winners. No word yet on when all the new signees will make their debuts on the WWE main card roster.