Parents' Guide to

WWE Tough Enough

By Matt Springer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Wrestler wannabes amp up drama, drinking in reality contest.

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More than an actual WWE series, Tough Enough seems more like a gateway show into the WWE for people who aren't wrestling fans. Though it's got its share of quasi-dramatic conflict and trashy behavior, it's almost restrained compared to the typical soapy adult circus that is World Wrestling Entertainment. Of course, that assumes degrees of trash -- on the reality scale, Tough Enough is far more sensationalized than The Bachelor or the Real Housewives franchise, but not nearly as scandalous as Jersey Shore.

Tough Enough trots out all the classic reality tropes -- faux drama, brutal competitions, heartbreaking stories of folks who just want to find fame and fortune to help their family and friends. It offers a very real sense of the physical and emotional toll on the lives of wrestlers and does a great job of spotlighting how hard they have to work for the fleeting thrill of performing before 15,000 fans a night. Like most reality series, it offers little redeeming value aside from its platitudes endorsing hard work and commitment, and there is questionable behavior that parents will want to watch for. Ultimately, the contestants and trainers on the WWE's reality series are actually better behaved than Snooki and JWoWW. Who saw that coming?

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