Brian Fritz of passed along a new interview with recently eliminated WWE Tough Enough finalist, Tanner Saraceno. Here are some excerpts from the interview:

On if the TV show not showcasing his charisma led to his elimination:

“Yeah, the judges did say that I do have charisma especially when they saw me in the house. I had charisma interacting with people in a group or one-on-one, face-to-face with someone. I think I just wasn’t able to translate it enough to my physical attributes because it was something I had never done before. I think it was hard for me to portray that through a camera to an audience in the short amount of time I had to do it. Obviously, that’s where my training would be and I feel like that’s the only thing that needs work. My physical abilities were unmatched on the show. I am a very likable person. I do have a great personality. I’m a relatable person as well. I’m a working class man. I wake up in the morning, go to work, work 8, 9, 10-plus hours a day manual labor and then go do my training at night 6, 7 days a week. I am a relatable person. I just think I had a hard time doing that through a camera.”

On why after 2 weeks, he felt ZZ didn’t belong in the competition:

“Probably around week two we realized that ZZ didn’t belong there but for some unforeseen reason he was getting votes to stay there. Just a lack of professionalism amongst other things. The challenges were meant to test you about different aspects of what it takes to be a WWE superstar. So, not finishing first or successfully, in my eyes, it was very frustrating to see that continue progressing. I think everyone was starting to realize that this is a competition and people are going home that had chances to be superstars. Everyone was definitely a little more on edge. You’re close to your goal. You can still be friends with someone but as I said, I enjoy ZZ. I like ZZ. He’s a good person in my eyes.” Hard-working Tanner Saraceno frustrated not making WWE ‘Tough Enough’ finals