Jordan fired shots last week by telling Johnny to “earn his stripes,” a bold statement for a rookie who never won a Challenge. Johnny has competed in more Challenges than any other guy in the house, so he may know a thing or two more than Jordan about this game. Let’s check out 10 defining moments in Banana’s Challenge career where he earned stripes.
10. Beating Isaac (Free Agents)
Perhaps this isn’t even one of Johnny’s 10 best Challenge moments, but this is the face-off where Jordan told Johnny to “earn his stripes.” Johnny returned from his battle against Isaac with some mean words and another stripe in his collection.
9. Coasting Through The Inferno 3 (Inferno 3)
Much like Jordan, Johnny made it to the finals as a rookie. On The Inferno 3 he competed in the final mission with his team, never saw an Inferno, and won more Lifeshields than Alton. A huge improvement from The Duel.
8. Coasting Through Rivals 2 (Rivals 2)
If anyone thought Johnny couldn’t handle the “Rookie Revolution” he proved them wrong on Rivals 2. He teamed up with Frank, won a few missions, saw zero Jungles, and ultimately finished in second.
7. Surviving Hurricane Camila (Battle of the Exes, Rivals 2)
Camila has tried to kill Johnny twice, but that never deterred him from keeping the feisty Brazilian as his sidekick. Not only did he mend their relationship, but they have proven that they can continue to work as allies.
6. Beating Mark in The Dome (Battle of the Exes)
Veteran Challenger Mark has only seen one elimination, and it was against Mr. Bananas. Defeating Mark is no easy task, but if anyone could do it, it’s Johnny. And win he did!
5. Winning The Ruins (The Ruins)
Keeping your position on The Champion team was tricky during The Ruins, but Johnny managed to make it to the final and leave with money. Not only did his win this Challenge, he also eliminated Dunbar from the game… which has to count for something, right?
4. Winning Rivals (Rivals)
When Johnny can put his feud with Tyler behind him, they’re actually a killer team. This was proven in Patagonia Mountains during the final on Rivals where Johnny and Tyler walked away with the crowns.
3. Winning The Island (The Island)
Part of being a true competitor is being able to put differences aside for the sake of winning. Johnny did that on The Island when he teamed up with Evelyn after fighting all season. This proved to be a beneficial move because he walked away with his first Challenge win.
2. Defeating CT (Rivals)
After a season of trying to get rid of CT (and his partner Adam) Johnny found himself face-to-face with him in the final Jungle on Rivals 1. To the surprise of most, Johnny pulled through and eliminated CT, redeeming himself from an embarrassing loss on Cutthroat.
1. Winning Battle of the Exes (Battle of the Exes)
This moment truly proved that Johnny’s muscles were the size of his ego. After a season of victory-after-victory, Johnny and Camila were trailing CT and Diem for the majority of the final race. In the last moments of the race CT gassed out and Johnny didn’t, allowing him to pull ahead and claim a victory.