The Challenge Invasion summoned eight Champions to return to The Challenge, forcing the Underdogs to beat the Champions if they want to be a champion. To be completely honest, production nailed it. They got four great guys to come back, and 4 badass girls. While there’s a lot of debate as to who the best champions are, these are ten people who could have replaced any of the Champions and still given us a badass cast.
5. Sarah (Won: Battle of the Exes 2, Rivals 3)
Coming off of her second, though thoroughly unsatisfying, win, Sarah has proven she keeps getting better on these shows. While many people will credit her Rivals 3 win to Mr. Bananas, there’s no doubt in my mind that she was the best girl on that cast. Despite having seen Sarah on nine Challenges, we’ve yet to see her compete solo and this would be a great opportunity to prove she needs no one else in the game.
4. Paula (Won: Rivals, Rivals 2)
Coming into The Challenge as a true underdog, Paula eventually learned that there’s no substitute for hard work when it comes to winning The Challenge. Many people will say she won the first Rivals seasons due to her stellar partners, but Paula has certainly evolved into a tough competitor who now knows how to separate her emotions from her gameplay…usually.
3. Rachel R. (Won: The Gauntlet, The Duel 2)
Back in the day, we knew Rachel as Veronica’s BFF and as a challenge “mean girl.” However, a career in fitness has turned Rachel into a solo-champion on The Duel 2. Now, Rachel is more fit than ever and is a true force to be reckoned with.
2. Evelyn (Won: The Inferno 3, The Island, Rivals)
No girl has won more than Evelyn, and there’s a good reason for that. She’s stronger than a lot of the guys, and she learned to be a cutthroat player from some of the toughest competitors in the game. She’s been off the show for five years now, but there’s no way her absence would stop her from being a force.
1. Emily (Won: Rivals 2)
Despite only having one win under her belt, Emily is likely the strongest female the show has ever seen. She basically steamrolled the competition on Rivals 2, and she hasn’t stopped training since. Emily has dedicated her life to fitness, and it shows when she competes on The Challenge.
5. Wes (Won: The Duel, Rivals 2)
While many people note that Wes has become noticeably skinnier over the past few year, that doesn’t change the fact that he knows how to play The Challenge. He’s still one of the best competitors on the show, and he’s not afraid to make some shady moves to get to the end. Maybe some of the Underdogs could out-muscle Wes, but could they avoid his manipulation?
4. Frank (Won: Battle of the Seasons)
Perhaps a controversial pick for this list, but Frank has been the perfect villain on Battle of the Seasons and Rivals 2. Yes, he is loud and manipulative, but he’s also a great athlete. Frank hasn’t stopped training, despite the fact that he hasn’t done a Challenge since he was medically eliminated from Free Agents, and it’s time for him to prove he’s a great solo competitor.
3. Derrick (Won: The Inferno 3, The Island, The Ruins)
It’s no secret that Derrick was considered for this Challenge, and it’s for good reason. He’s a tough competitor who started off his career struggling to get a win. Maybe he’s been off the Challenge circuit for six years, but he trains like he’ll be on a Challenge tomorrow.
2. Kenny (Won: The Inferno 3, The Island, The Ruins)
Kenny has only been eliminated once, and it was by Nehemiah. Given this fact, Mr. Beautiful needed to either live with a bag over his head or or redeem himself. Luckily, Kenny returned to redeem himself. He won three Challenges and was never eliminated again. While we’ll probably never see Kenny on a Challenge again, I doubt he’s lost his ability to crush the competition.
1. Landon (Won: The Inferno 2, The Gauntlet 2, Fresh Meat 2)
Landon has always been a tough competitor, and he’s definitely someone the Underdogs should fear. While his first two victories on his first two Challenges were quite impressive, many people believe his win on Fresh Meat 2 is one of the most impressive moments on The Challenge. Not only did he scale a mountain, but he tugged Carley along too.