When we think of Challenge greats, a few names often pop into mind. Then, there are some people who have uniquely great stories that get lost over time. Perhaps Tyler Duckworth is one of the best examples in the later categories. Tyler competed on four seasons: The Duel in 2006 and The Gauntlet 3 in 2007 (aired in 2008). He later returned on 2010’s Cutthroat … Continue reading Tyler Duckworth: What Is His Challenge Legacy?
Ever since MTV cut ties with Dee Nguyen and was edited out of Total Madness, she has fallen out of any spotlight. While we can’t forget the Dee is responsible for her public falling out, it has also been emotionally and mentally challenging for her. So, she’s taken a step away from social media and her public personality. Kellyanne was seen having a Halloween get-together … Continue reading Dee Nguyen Seen Hanging Out with Kellyanne Judd
Throughout the history of The Challenge, we’ve seen cast members drop out of seasons. With their departures, we sometimes see replacements brought in. Usually, these people face an especially hard road to the final. Being brought in late will make the replacements immediate targets. Some of the replacements have defied the odds. Other times, the replacements spend more time on a plane than they do … Continue reading Every Replacement Cast Member Ranked
Since the beginning of the modern Challenge (The Gauntlet and later), competitors needed to make it to the final to get money. Traditionally, the individual missions were worth $10,000 a piece. The team who lost the final challenge would get their share of their team bank, the accumulation of daily wins. As the show progressed, we saw seasons where all the money went to the … Continue reading Should Losing Finalists Win Nothing?
Just like I did for The Gauntlet 2 and the three seasons following, I am going to continue to look at Challenge competitors who ended their careers. This time, I’m looking at The Gauntlet 3 & The Island. Eleven competitors made their final appearances on these seasons. While we are waiting for a new season, I have been rewatching the seasons available on CBS All … Continue reading Who Should Have Returned? Challengers Who Retired After The Gauntlet 3 & The Island
In my eternal quest to rewatch all of The Challenge, thanks to CBS All Access, I have finally hit The Island. Anyone who has seen The Island knows it a quite polarizing season. Most people hate it, but there’s a small section of Challenge fans who seem to love it. Even if you are in the loving minority, you have to question the decisions MTV … Continue reading Why Did The Island Even Exist?
In the early 2000’s, The Challenge was an entirely different show. Initially, the cast didn’t even vote each other off. Then, Battle of the Seasons and Battle of the Sexes ushered in the Inner Circle. This sparked some drama and a much more competitive show. However, the Inner Circle allowed some pissed off cast members to go home without any opportunity for revenge. Production wanted … Continue reading The Gauntlet Turns 17 Today: How It Changed The Challenge
Anyone who has seen The Gauntlet 2 know the final was awful. Every Challenge fan knows it was the worst final, but it didn’t have to be that way. In fact, it was originally going to be some type of a race along the beach. In recent podcasts, Ibis, MJ, and Derrick discussed the final. During this point in Challenge history, Sunday was off days. This … Continue reading The Gauntlet 2: Who Would Have Won a Real Final?
Thanks in part to CBS All Access, I’ve been watching older seasons of The Challenge. I recently did a list assessing Challengers who retired after The Gauntlet 2. Eleven people retired after that season, but only six retired after Fresh Meat, four after The Duel, and three after The Inferno 3. So, I’m taking all thirteen retirees and consolidating them into one list. Some of … Continue reading Who Should Have Returned? Challengers Who Retired After: Fresh Meat, Inferno 3 & The Duel
Every season has debut competitors. Some go on to become Challenge legends, but other competitors just do one season and move on with their lives. This list is for the one-and-dones. As the show progressed, we saw fewer people fit this criterion, but there still are a lot of notable competitors who made a splash on their only season. Anyone who did a second season is … Continue reading Best One Season Wonder from Each Challenge Season
It seems we might be getting a single CT on Season 36. Rumors have circulated recently stating that CT and Lilianet have broke up, and the source of the rumors are Lili herself. While this does not confirm anything, Lili seems to be implying she felt unworthy and is putting her fate in the hands of the universe. Perhaps these posts point to something else; … Continue reading CT Broken Up with Lilianet Solares?
Over the past decade, we’ve seen The Challenge get significantly harder. In 2003, we saw 8 Road Rulers win The Inferno. This was 40% of the competitors that season. Meanwhile, War of the Worlds was won by Turbo: one of the 34 competitors who showed up. This means 2.9% of competitors won that season. Does this make The Inferno the easiest season to win? Perhaps, … Continue reading What Was the Easiest Challenge Season to Win?