Every Challenge boils down to the final, and there re always fan favorites in the final. Often, the obvious front-runner is not the fan favorite so many fans are left upset when their beloved underdog loses. These are some of the people or teams we really wanted to win the final, but didn’t.
8. Brad (The Duel 2)
The Duel 2 was Brad’s 6th Challenge. Despite the fact that he had come close many times before, he had not won. He was awfully close to securing his first win, but Evan ran in front of him seconds before he was able to ring the final bell, costing him the win.
7. Wes & Kenny (Rivals)
Wes & Kenny are two of the most successful Challengers ever, so they’re not really underdogs. However, their heated rivalry made Rivals that much harder for them. After Kenny underperformed all season, Wes was the one who struggled in the final. Despite the fact that they finished the first day 40 minutes prior to Johnny & Tyler, their lead only translated to a 2 minute head start the following day.
6. Cooke & Cara Maria (Rivals 2)
Both Cooke & Cara Maria are tough competitors, but there’s no denying that opponents Emily (and partner Paula, to a lesser degree) is also a beast. While Emily & Paula earned their spot in the final with consistent wins on Rivals 2, Cara Maria & Cooke had to fight through numerous Jungles. Emily & Paula were undeniably deserving of a win, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t rooting for the underdogs.
5. Sara & Kennyanne (The Ruins)
While the Champions won almost everything on The Ruins, the only 2 Challengers who made it to the final were Kellyanne & Sarah. For a while, these two girls held the lead in the final. Then, they literally got stuck in the mud and lost that lead. While the Champions were a strong team, it would have been hilarious and satisfying to see them lose to 2 rookie girls.
4. The Veterans (The Gauntlet 3)
Sometimes the team who dominates the season deserves to win. Not only did the vets dominate, but they also defeated the rookies in challenges that were obviously skewed in favor of the rookies. So when they lost just because Big Easy wasn’t in shape, it seemed like an undeserving win for the rookies.
3. Svetlana (The Duel)
Svetlana was the little rookie who could on The Duel, defeating multiple respected opponents in Duels. Her final competitor, Jodi, was most likely the strongest girls on the season. We all wanted to see Svetlana take down Jodi in the final, but Jodi pulled out the W leaving fan disappointed.
2. The Girls (Battle of the Sexes)
Ruthie, Ellen, and Lori suffered a losing streak in the second half of Battle of the Sexes. The streak was only broken on the Challenge before the final. So, we all wanted these girls to prove they could take down the boys in the final. Unfortunately, they could not. However, there is still some debate because they guys had to copy the girls’ puzzle in order to progress in the final.
1. CT & Diem (Battle of the Exes)
CT & Diem winning Battle of the Exes would have made the perfect storyline. They came in as bitter exes and rebuilt a friendship throughout the season. Add in the fact that both of them have come close to winning yet neither of them had ever won. The were so close to victory, yet it was stolen from them in the final stretch of the final by Johnny & Camila.