The WWE Tough Enough website recently did a Q&A with winner Sara Lee. The full interview is at this link. Below are highlights:
Q: The coaches said — and even you admitted at times — that Amanda was the more well-rounded competitor. Yet, you routinely won the popular vote, and Triple H praised your charisma. Why do you think you resonate so strongly with the WWE Universe?
A: It’s hard to say. Maybe they can relate to me, because I could be them. I was just this normal girl before I came down here. I was like, “I’m going to make this Tough Enough video,” and then I got picked out of these thousands of people. Maybe they can relate to that. They see that I’m chasing my dream and they can connect to that, and it gives them hope in a way, too.
Q: What do you think the transition will be like going from a reality-show competition to the reality of daily training at the WWE Performance Center? Are you worried about adapting to the physicality?
A: I’m excited more than anything else. [Tough Enough] was a competition and being at the Performance Center is a competition in a way, too, because you’re trying to be the best when you’re there. In a way, it’s going to be a little less stressful. At the barracks, you didn’t have a closet. You had to pack your suitcase every time, so to have a stable home environment, I think, is going to help out a lot. Obviously, it’s not going to be easy switching to training at the Performance Center at all. This is just the beginning.
Q: What excites you most about your future?
A: I’m really excited to get in the ring and learn more things, and now I’m not just on a TV show — I’m actually part of WWE, and that’s been my ultimate dream this whole time. That’s what I’m excited about, to make that more permanent transition into the company.