The WWE Universe ultimately decided that Bayou Boeuf native ZZ Loupe wasn’t ‘tough enough’ for a $250,000 wrestling contract.
The local made it all the way to the finals of the WWE reality show Tough Enough, which focuses on training non-wrestlers and making them into sports entertainment stars.
Loupe was competing with finalist Josh, who carried 70 percent of the vote to earn the title.
ZZ’s family could not be reached immediately after the show. Just prior to its airing the contender’s father, Lloyd “Diego” Loupe, said that whichever way the finale ended, he was already a winner.
“He’s a fighter and he is going to be okay,” Diego said. “ZZ really put himself out going that far, and just to reap the benefits so far, going to Orlando, going to New York, everything, is like winning for him.”
It is not known whether ZZ will continue to chase a career in wrestling. In several other seasons of the show, which started in 2001, WWE offered contracts to several of the other competitors who were eliminated.
ZZ wasn’t able to secure the votes to win, but he did generate a following in his time on the show.
The local was up for elimination several times throughout the show, but voters kept his fate alive each time – most times by wide margins.