Paige on Which WWE TE Judge Will Be the ‘Simon Cowell’, Hulk Hogan Talks TE Opportunity, More


– WWE Tough Enough judges Paige and Hulk Hogan recently spoke with to promote the return of the show on Tuesday night. The full interview can be found at this link. Below are highlights:

Hulk Hogan on taking his role seriously:

“This is placed as an immediate opportunity, but they won’t last long even if they do make it through Tough Enough and are picked as the next WWE superstar if they are a poser. I can tell you if they are not for real, they will not last long. Once you get in the schedule is brutal, the lifestyle is brutal. I’ve seen John Cena go from India to California and back to Japan and then ‘Good Morning America’ on no sleep and wrestle and get a workout done. There is the choice if you are going to eat, sleep or do a workout. Of course, John works out and then he will eat and worry about sleep later. It might be postured as an immediate opportunity, which it is. However, if they don’t want to fit into the lifestyle, and if they don’t want to work hurt or handle the schedule, they won’t last long.”

Paige on Tough Enough vs. old school:

“My dad was wrestling for more than 30 years. He brought me up the old school way. You never fall asleep in the car, I learned. He would get so mad at me every time I would try to fall asleep. He would be screaming in my ear. I don’t know how I would be if I were in their shoes. However, they are so luck y to have this. If they had to go through getting paid no money, but traveling 10 hours because you love wrestling, who knows how they would do.

“They have access to a doctor at the Performance Center if they get injured. Any time they do get hurt, there is someone on standby. They even have a masseuse and everything they can possibly need at the Performance Center. I don’t know how I would deal with it. I like that I did it old school. I’m proud of that.”

Paige on which judge will be the “Simon Cowell (American Idol)” of the group

“I think it’s me just because of my accent. I think we all have that tendency [of being the bad cop] because Daniel Bryan is way old school. He has been beat up all down the highway. You name it, and he has experienced it. I think we all have a little edge that if someone is coming in here looking for this as a stepping stone to become a model or an actor, then we can be kind of barbaric if we have to be. I have a feeling we will be cool and want to do the right thing because we want someone here that wants to be here. I think there is that fine line that if they crossed, I just think there is that little edge that we can all become Simon Cowell if someone steps out of line and doesn’t respect this business.”

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