WWE Tough Enough: Matt Misses His Opportunity to Shine

Dominic Errico@SteelCityVoiceCorrespondent IApril 11, 2011

Tonight's episode of WWE Tough Enough really hit home with me, even though I don't possess much athletic talent, and I will never aspire to be a WWE Superstar in the ring.  WWE Ring announcer is another story, but I digress.

The contestants in the bottom three tonight were Rima Fakih, Ryan Howe and Matt Cappicioni.

Rima, the reigning Miss USA, has already made some appearances on WWE programming.  My guess is that Vince and the powers-that-be already have some high hopes for her.

Ryan has drawn the ire of trainer Bill DeMott for being a goof, and Stone Cold Steve Austin mentioned tonight he doesn't see Ryan as a must-see superstar in the making.   Some of the other contestants mentioned how Ryan tends to cry when talking to his girlfriend, and to me at least, I agree with Stone Cold.  I could never see this guy making it in the WWE.

Matt mentioned to Trish Stratus how he had nine years experience and loved to do high flying moves.   She put him in the ring with Luke Robinson to show what he could do, but it was Luke who stole the show.  This clearly frustrated Trish and Bill.

When the bottom three was announced, I expected Ryan to easily be sent home for not being "Tough Enough," but when Stone Cold grilled Matt about why he hadn't shown him anything, Matt mentioned how he was "waiting for his moment to shine."

As an aspiring announcer/radio personality, I know first hand about seizing an opportunity when it is given to you, and sadly, Matt didn't realize the opportunity was already given to him when he was asked to be on Tough Enough.  You can't sit back and wait for people to hand you something.  You have to take a chance and put yourself out there. 

I knew once Matt had said those fateful words that Stone Cold would have no choice but to send him home even though he had a lot of potential.

If there is one thing any of us can learn from this tonight it is that you have to go full speed ahead 100 percent of the time.  Seize every moment as if it were your last.   As we learned on WWE Raw tonight (Edge), it can all end suddenly.