YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. -- Yorktown Heights resident Amanda Saccommano, 24, has made it to the final two of "WWE Tough Enough," and it's been anything but easy.
Saccomanno is competing on the reality show to win a $250,000 WWE contract and realize her dream of becoming a professional wrestler. "WWE Tough Enough" airs Tuesday at 8 p.m. on USA Network.
Like a typical professional wrestling storyline, Saccomanno's journey to the finals has its twist and turns.
On July 29, Saccomanno was placed in the "Bottom Three" and headed for elimination, before The Miz, one of the show's three judges, used his judges save for her because she was "hot," earning him criticism from his fellow judges.
"It was crazy," Saccomanno said. "I didn't know what to think. I got a lot of hate on social media."
Saccomanno said the pressure was on her to perform, especially since people think she only got this far because of her looks.
"I know I have to bring it," Saccomanno said. "I have to go out of my comfort zone. I need to blow the judges away to stand out among my competitors."
Since the episode, Saccomanno has been portrayed as a bad girl who relishes getting boos from the crowd.
"I like it," Saccomanno said. "I'm playing a character, I'm not a bad guy. It gives me more confidence and I can show my charisma to the audience and the coaches. I've really come out of my shell and am rolling with it. If the crowd boos at me, I'm doing something right."
Saccomanno's new character has gotten her attention in Yorktown. She said her boyfriend can't go out without people stopping to ask about her and if there was a side of her they never knew.
"My friends and family get that I'm playing a character," Saccomanno said.
Saccomanno has an uphill battle if she's going to win the competition, as the other finalist, Sara Lee, is popular with the fans.
"I'm hoping WWE Universe will come around," Saccomanno said. "I have a lot of potential. I not only have the in-ring ability but I have personality and charisma."
For more information on "Tough Enough," visit www.wwetoughenough.com
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