YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. -- Amanda Saccomanno, a 24-year-old Yorktown Heights resident, is living every wrestling fan's dream.
Saccomanno is one of the contestants on "Tough Enough," a WWE reality show. Two winners, one male and one female, will receive a $250,000 WWE contract. The show airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on USA Network, and each week, one contestant is voted off by the viewers.
The Yorktown High School graduate said the show has been an amazing experience. Saccomanno got her start two years ago in the fitness industry, being named WBFF Diva Bikini Pro World Champion.
She had aspirations of being in WWE and got her body in shape . She sent in her audition and soon found herself one of the 13 finalists for the show.
"It's been insane," Saccomanno said. "You're living with 12 other people, it's pretty crazy. The whole experience has been awesome. I've met and bonded with competitors and we've developed a good relationship."
Every Tuesday, Saccomanno has to face the fact that she might be sent home live on TV. Judges Daniel Bryan, Hulk Hogan and Paige each nominate a competitor to be a part of the Bottom Three and viewers vote for who they want to keep.
"Tuesdays are insane," Saccomanno said. "It's quiet around the house, we're all getting nervous. They often only give us five seconds to talk."
On one show, Paige called out Saccomanno for not standing out enough.
"I thought I did stand out," Saccomanno said. "You're torn between do I talk back to Paige or do I listen to her and step back."
Saccomanno said she has received a lot of support from friends and family back in Yorktown. If she wins and becomes a WWE Diva, Saccomanno hopes to be a role model to young women.
"I may come off as a Barbie Doll, but when I step in the ring, it's all business," Saccomanno said. "You're in my playhouse now. I want to be a powerful and strong woman that still has a sexy side. I want to show women you can just be as empowering as men."
For more information on "Tough Enough," visit www.wwetoughenough.com
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