There’s a lot to be said about The Ruins, and it will likely go down in Challenge history as the most infamous season. While there are a lot of reason to question this season, the one thing I want to focus on is the theme.
The Champions won. Who’s surprised? What else would have happened if you selectively place a bunch of proven winners against a team of rookies and repeated losers.
Some of the Challengers were good. Brad is a pretty solid competitor. Cohutta proved to be an underdog with potential. Sarah, Kellyanne, and Kimberly outshined a few of the Champion girls. Still, this team was no match for people like Kenny, Darrell, Johnny Bananas and Susie. Ultimately the Champions only lost on challenge in the entire season.
This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. It almost seems like the season was designed for one team to lose because the prize money was put into an individual’s bank rather than a team bank. Then, when someone won a Ruins they would assume the loser’s bank account. People like Sarah & Cohutta accumulated decent amounts of money by defeating opponents in eliminations rather than winning challenge.
Still, it seems like the Challenger team was poorly stacked. With people like Casey, Nick, Danny J., and Shauvon on the team they couldn’t have possibly been expected to go far. Production missed the opportunity to cast people like CT, Aneesa, Scott from Brooklyn, Ruthie, or Paula. Those people would have added to the team’s potential.
Ultimately this season was very heavy in drama and under performing in competitions. So, should this format have ever happened?