WWE Releases Tough Enough Winner Andy Leavine

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WWE has released Tough Enough winner Andy Leavine from his developmental contract with the company. His profile as Kevin Hackman has already been removed from the FCW roster page.

The self-proclaimed "Silent Rage" had heat right out the gate as he no-sold Steve Austin's stunner after being announced as the Tough Enough winner on the June 6, 2011 edition of WWE Raw. Leavine was rumored to have a Wellness violation (although it was never announced by the company) and was said to still have a lot of work to do.

Leavine had been training in Florida Championship Wrestling in Tampa under the ring name Kevin Hackman.

While WWE officials were very pleased with Tough Enough's ratings on the USA Network, they were discouraged with the lack of talent produced.

  • MPA

    So much for Big Andy… still think Luke would've been the better choice.

  • Soma Choffdatt

    Well, so much of being Tough Enough. Poor guy.

  • Jaycee

    Is this really a surprise? It sucks that it happened, but they (the WWE) didn't really have high hopes on the guy in the first place.

  • PainOfDemise

    This doesn't surprise me since I haven't heard anything good about him since being signed on with WWE.

  • Logan_Walker

    Haha I Was Going To Ask WNW About this Haha Talk About the Future Of WWE With TE Oh My haha

  • H.M.

    So much for last year's TE. Ended up producing nothing in turn.

  • chelu671

    Good luck in your future endeavours, Andrew Leavine.

  • Keelan

    There was definitely some potential on the show. It's just a shame that they didn't chose Luke and that Martin got injured. Jeremiah looked pretty decent for someone so green at the start of the competition.

  • Carlos Pimentel

    So he was tough enough to win a damn reality show, but couldn't cut it as a wrestler. #SMDH

  • Philip Thompson

    I think that Martin and Jeremiah were the two with the most potential and that Luke was good enough for an enhancement talent spot on the main roster.

  • Lin

    This proves that Luke should of won. Any didn't have the charisma that Luke naturally gave off. Hell they booed him cause he played up his persona of that of heel.
    Hadn't Martin injured himself, I could of seen him as a winner as well

  • John Strunbull

    Luke or Matt should've won this thing in the first place. Sorry to say, but I see no "it" in Andy. Luke could've been a good heel if booked right IMO.

  • Whammaster

    Maybe just maybe they should of picked up those from the indy scene that actually WANTED to be be on the show, for a chance at thier DREAM JOB they have been WORKING FOR, for so long.

    Not saying the contestants on the show didnt want it, because obviously they all wanted it. But trust me, thier were much better and more qualified people that wanted that job then those chosen.

  • gtg2k

    Surprise, surprise. All the guy had was size. No charisma, no in-ring ability, no promo skills, not even that great of a look. Just size. "Silent Rage"="Silent (No) Heat". Yes, Luke is a disagreeable ass, but he also has charisma and a decent look. Same thing for some of the other members of the cast. IMO, if AJ had been allowed to show some personality, he might have been a contender, but it seems like he was pushed to the side as a "Daniel Bryan" type.

  • Howard Stern

    Wow, what a waste of a show. He literally made 0 appearances on RAW or Smackdown (besides the one show to declare the "winner"). It really upsets me what WWE has become, I used to love their shows.

  • The Breaker

    It's gonna be tough (excuse the pun) to sell another season of TE after this.

  • Geezer

    Isn't one of Brodus Clay's dancers from Tough Enough? Not a complete waste of time then!

  • Vance

    The guy sucked all the way through TE. The only reason he was hired was because of his size, SCSAustin didn't like Luke, and Jeremiah(MMA) was "green as grass," and would've ended up hurting himself or someone else. Jeremiah looked like he had potential if he'd had a little more in-ring training. Luke was just a d1ck, plain and simple.

  • Noah

    Luke is better

  • WyFo

    Well that was a waste of a season of Tough Enough

  • Michael

    Silent Raged just got silenced!

  • Daniel

    Luke was still a better choice

  • raider488

    This is bad. It makes it look like there was no reason to watch tough enough. I won't be watching the next one. It almost feels like false advertising. The whole show works on the premise that they are going to discover at least one future WWE superstar, and they didn't.

  • Kevin

    Let me ask you this: Does every winner of UFC's Ultimate Fighter make it big in the company? Does every 1st round draft pick in the NFL pan out and become a Superstar. No, they don't. This was the WWE's first attempt at revamping Tough Enough. I thought overall it was done very well. Perhaps they chose the wrong winner, perhaps not. It may be that Andy was able to handle the win on the show, but not the real world of Pro Wrestling. Just like some guys look great on the college football field, then fizzle on the pro circuit. I say we should give Tough Enough another chance, and see what happens.