As you may or may not have heard, there will be a six-week special called The Challenge: Champs vs. Pros, hosted by Victor Cruz.
The Challenge: Champs vs. Pros will have 10 of American athletes go up against familiar Champion Challengers. Those cast members are not announced, but Vevmo rumors say it is Darrell, Bananas, Jordan, Nehemiah and Wes for the guys and Cara Maria, Veronica, Ashley K., Camila and someone else.
NY Giants star and Challenge fan Victor Cruz will host the special six-week event, which premieres on Tuesday, May 16 at 9pm, after The Challenge: Invasion reunion at 8pm (according to MTV.com’s schedule for The Challenge: Invasion).
“‘The Challenge’ is an iconic MTV series that I grew up watching,” said host Victor Cruz in a statement. “The sports world is known for producing remarkable athletes, colorful characters, and memorable heroes, but this competition will give my fellow pro-athletes a chance to test their skills against some of the absolute best Challenge Champs, and I can’t wait to see how it all unfolds!”
Every week, the winning team’s captain will choose one member of their team to go into the elimination round, and the rest of the team will vote in their opponent. The losing team’s captain is automatically sent into elimination, and their team will also nominate their opponent. The final male and female competitors of the season will endure the ultimate test, showcasing each strength in one heart-pounding race for the chance to win $50,000 for their favorite charity.
I’m sure the Challengers also get an appearance fee, since none of them have enough money to work exclusively for charity.
No, none of the female pros are Bananas’s girlfriend snowboarder Hannah Teter.
Here’s the list of Pros and their chairties:
Tia Blanco – Professional surfer (St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital)
Louise Hazel – Olympian and fitness expert (Save the Children)
Lindsey Jacobellis – Professional snowboarder (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals)
Lolo Jones – Olympic hurdler and bobsledder (Hurdles of Hope)
Candice Wiggins – Former WNBA athlete (Greater Than AIDS)
Gus Kenworthy – Professional skier and Olympic medalist (The Trevor Project and the Happy Hippie Foundation)
Shawne Merriman – Retired NFL linebacker (Lights On Foundation)
CM Punk – UFC fighter (PAWS Chicago)
Louie Vito – Professional snowboarder and Olympian (Wings for Life)
Kamerion Wimbley – Retired NFL linebacker (Kamerion Wimbley Foundation)
While we’d like to do a league, it will be tough to draft with so little time before officially knowing who the competitors are and the show debuting.
Any ideas how we can make this work? Comment below.
What we do have is a scoring system:
|Being kicked off the show for something other than an injury.||100 Points|
|Leaving show due to sickness or partner being kicked off/leaving||0 Points|
|Winning final challenge.||100 Points|
|2nd Place final challenge||30 Points|
|3rd place final challenge||10 points|
|Physical attack (one person)||15 Points|
|Physical Fighting (More than one person)||25 Points|
|Coitus (or pulling over covers in bed)||20 Points|
|Winning elimination challenge.||25 Points|
|Male Crying||15 Points|
|Winning Regular Challenge||15 Points|
|Any mention of Victor Cruz and salsa in the same sentence||10 Points|
|Female Crying||5 Points|
|On-the-mouth kissing||10 points|
|Verbal Fighting (more than one person)||10 points|
|Verbal bashing (one sided yelling)||5 points|
|Vomitting (limit 2 per episode)||5 Points|
|Peeing/pooping non-toilet||10 Points|
|Backstabbing: If a player explicitly declares him or herself in an alliance and in the same episode votes someone they are supposed to be in an alliance with into the elimination, they receive backstabbing points.|
|NOTE: Flashbacks from previous challenges do not count towards scoring.|
|The Marlon & Derek Rule: Anything that happened off camera/was not shown, does not count in scoring unless all participants in event (hook up, fight, etc.) acknowledge it occurred on camera during an episode of the show (not internet, After Show or Reunion).|