MTV’s “The Challenge USA” Season 2 is getting to debut it’s finale episode this week and on the latest episode, fans were shocked by a huge change to the game!
The famous “Hall Brawl” just got a rendition and this time was played with a puzzle.
Chanelle beat Cassidy and Fessy beat Josh in the new Hall Brawl and many are sharing their opinions about it including Wes.
“My thoughts on this rendition of hall brawl…
I get what they were trying to do:
-make it safer
-equalize it for weight
It accomplished both of those things, but created more questions in the process. Namely, the puzzle made the hall moot cus it just comes down to the puzzle.
Hall Brawl should become mostly extinct. Not completely, but more like a once every 3 seasons kinda game.
The point of Hall Brawl is to decide who is the bigger person. There’s an occasional exception, but not really. Which makes it an idiotic test of who gets to stay.
It, alongside the other 25% of the weight based advantage games alter the political and entertainment dynamics.
Politically, large people gain more power in every decision & partnership because they’re statistically harder to get rid of.
Entertainment-wise this means larger people in both genders tend to coast. They know that in a puzzle or other random game they’ve got a 50% chance of winning and in the weight based elims they are almost all but guaranteed to win.
Because of this they don’t have to form alliances, make risky moves, or innovate.
They get hard telling the house that someone “is doing to much” because they personally don’t have to do anything.
This week is a prime example of my annoyance. Josh should have voted Cory because of the 3 available men, Cory was his 3rd spot
But instead his num 1 asked for him to put in his num 2 so his number 1 would have a 35 pound weight discrepancy vs a 0 pound weight discrepancy.
Let it be noted that I’m not picking on Fessy. He’s scary in all the games. Puzzle, knot so fast, circus games – whatever. That is a well rounded great challenger that deserves a win one day. And that day might be next week.
The point of this rant is remind The Challenge that dailies and eliminations need to be all encompassing tests so people playing from the bottom can save themselves.
Any game that has too much of a weight based advantage should be used far more sparingly.
The Challenge should be a test of your prowess as a competitor.
This especially includes things you can fix – strength, cardio, general fitness.
Anything that tests what you can’t fix (size) is f*** stupid. If you disagree, go tell a wrestling team to ban weight classes.
Prime example: Cara Maria.
She started as the worst challenger to ever grace our game.
She worked on herself and transformed into a formidable threat in every game. Not because of her size but because of her work ethic and eventual innovation politically.”
Do you agree?
The two-part premiere kicked off Thursday, Aug. 10 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT), and part two aired Sunday, Aug. 13 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network and streaming on Paramount+ (live and on demand for Paramount+ with SHOWTIME subscribers, or on demand for Paramount+ Essential subscribers the day after the episode airs)*.
Following the premiere on the CBS Television Network, the second season of MTV’s hit reality global franchise will air twice a week on Thursdays (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) and Sundays (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) for the first three weeks. Beginning Thursday, Aug. 31, THE CHALLENGE: USA will air Thursdays (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT). T.J. Lavin returns as host.
The stacked lineup of CBS fan-favorite players who come together in Croatia includes SURVIVOR winners Michele Fitzgerald and Chris Underwood; BIG BROTHER winner Josh Martinez, Tyler Crispen and Tiffany Mitchell; and THE AMAZING RACE’s Luis Colon and Dusty Harris. Joining the CBS alums are MTV’s THE CHALLENGE vets, former champions Tori Deal, Jonna Mannion, Wes Bergmann and the player with the most season wins of THE CHALLENGE franchise ever, Johnny “Bananas” DeVenanzio. These CBS reality all-stars will make CHALLENGE history as they face off against franchise legends for the first time on CBS. In the end, only one man and one woman will have the chance to walk away with the title of Challenge Champions and equal split of the grand prize of $500,000.
Following are the players competing on the second season of THE CHALLENGE: USA:
Wes Bergmann CHALLENGE VET
Michaela Bradshaw SURVIVOR
Paulie Calafiore BIG BROTHER
Cassidy Clark SURVIVOR
Luis Colon THE AMAZING RACE
Tyler Crispen BIG BROTHER
Tori Deal CHALLENGE VET
Johnny “Bananas” Devenanzio CHALLENGE VET
Michele Fitzgerald SURVIVOR
Amanda Garcia CHALLENGE VET
Dusty Harris THE AMAZING RACE
Chanelle Howell SURVIVOR
Ameerah Jones BIG BROTHER
Alyssa Lopez BIG BROTHER
Jonna Mannion (Stephens) CHALLENGE VET
Josh Martinez BIG BROTHER
Tiffany Mitchell BIG BROTHER
Sebastian Noel SURVIVOR
Faysal Shafaat BIG BROTHER
Alyssa Snider BIG BROTHER
Monte Taylor BIG BROTHER
Chris Underwood SURVIVOR
Cory Wharton CHALLENGE VET
Desi Williams SURVIVOR
MTV’s THE CHALLENGE was the very first reality competition series when it launched on June 1, 1998. THE CHALLENGE: USA is produced by MTV Entertainment Studios and Bunim/Murray Productions with Julie Pizzi, Kevin Lee and Jacob Lane.
*Paramount+ with SHOWTIME subscribers will have access to stream live via the live feed of their local CBS affiliate on the service, as well as on demand. Paramount+ Essential subscribers will not have the option to stream live, but will have access to on-demand the day after the special airs.
The Challenge was created for MTV by Bunim/Murray Productions. Julie Pizzi, Emer Harkin and Danny Wascou serve as Executive Producers and Abigail Bunker and Jarrod Burt are Co-Executive Producers. Dan Caster and Leanne Mucci serve as Executive Producers with Jared March as Supervising Producer for MTV.
Paramount Media Networks & MTV Entertainment Studios is one of the preeminent media entities in the world that connects with global audiences through its nine iconic brands – MTV, Comedy Central, VH1, CMT, Pop, Logo, Smithsonian, Paramount Network and TV Land – as well as MTV Entertainment Studios which produces acclaimed series and movies and the award-winning, Oscar-nominated MTV Documentary Films.
HBunim/Murray Productions (BMP), a division of Banijay Americas, is the leading producer of innovative entertainment content. The Emmy Award-winning company is widely credited with creating the reality television genre with its hit series The Real World on MTV, the first reality game show, Road Rules (MTV), in 1995; the first reality sitcom, The Simple Life (E!), in 2003; and the first reality soap opera, Starting Over, in 2003. BMP’s current programming includes Emmy-winning Lizzo’s Watch Out For The Big Grrrls (Amazon), The Challenge (MTV), The Challenge USA (CBS), The Challenge All Stars (Paramount+), Born This Way (A&E), Kim Kardashian West: The Justice Project (Oxygen), Ball in the Family (Facebook Watch), Miz and Mrs. (USA Network), Don’t Forget The Lyrics (FOX), Family or Fiancé (OWN) and Total Bellas (E!). BMP, through BMP Films, has also produced Transhood (HBO) They Call Us Monsters (PBS), Valentine Road (HBO), Pedro (MTV), and the Emmy Award-winning Autism: The Musical, and Autism: The Sequel (HBO). Based in Glendale, CA, the company was founded in 1987 by Jonathan Murray and the late Mary-Ellis Bunim, who were inducted into the Television Academy’s Hall of Fame in 2012. The company joined Banijay Group in 2010.