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Chris Jericho, Tough Enough host for WWE reality series

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Break the walls down, Chris Jericho is returning to WWE television very soon. The self-proclaimed “Ayatollah of Rock and Rolla” will host the wrestling reality series Tough Enoughthe network announced on Thursday. Originally airing on MTV in 2001, the show lasted for three seasons before being resurrected in 2010, and is seeing life for the third time on USA Network.

Under the mentorship of pros like Billy Gunn and Hall of Famers Booker T and Lita, participants undergo extensive training while competing for a WWE contract. In this revamped version, a new live results portion will allow fans to vote on who stays each week. Additional wrestlers offering their expertise include Hulk Hogan, Daniel Bryan, and Paige.

“These athletes, each with varying skill sets, will be put through a grueling boot camp that will test their physical, mental and emotional limits in a way that the series hasn’t done before,” said Jessica Sebastian, VP of Unscripted Series at USA Network. “Each week, their training and experience culminates in a spectacular live event where they will be put in front of their WWE heroes and an audience of fans. In this reimagined version of Tough Enough only the best will survive.”

Also set to make an appearance are WWE chairman and CEO Vince McMahon, former WWE Champion and EVP of talent, live events, and creative Paul “Triple H” Levesque, chief brand officer Stephanie McMahon, active roster member John Cena and more.

The show premieres June 23 at 8 p.m. E.T.