MTV “The Challenge: Cutthroat” off to a good start

I remember when MTV prefaced “The Challenge” with “Real World/Road Rules.”  Poor “Road Rules” cast members used to be the rejects who basically didn’t make the cast of “Real World” but were still TV worthy.  The thing is, the Road Rulers were the reality cast that actually had to survive together in a giant Winnebago.  In the early challenges, they used to whoop some arse on those Real Worlders.  Anyway, with “Road Rules” now defunct the challenges, named simply “The Challenge: …,”got beefed up by Fresh Meat folks who are complete newbies to television.  Wouldn’t it be even more interesting if they opened it up to other MTV reality shows instead? I would love to see Snooki, Angelina, or Pauly D from  “Jersey Shore” on a challenge or even Amber from “Teen Mom.”  Now, that would be some real “fresh meat” and juicy drama!

This week was the kick off for the latest season of “The Challenge: Cutthroat” on MTV.  This season was filmed in Prague, Czech Republic.  I knew there’d be a twist to how the teams were formed as they kept messing with us online junkies throughout the summer arranging cast members in various team formations that didn’t seem to add up.  The solution was revealed as the 3 last place finishers in the race to from the bus to the Gulag (where the elimination battles take place), with all of their suitcases in tow and in total darkness, were told by host TJ Lavin that they would be the team captains.  I laughed with the cast as we all learned that Emilee Fitzpatrick (Real World: Cancun), Camila Nakagawa (Spring Break Challenge – No wonder I don’t know her; I never watched that.) and Shauvon Torres (Real World: Sydney) would get to pick the teams.

Here are the teams:


CaptainEmilee Fitzpatrick, Derek Chavez (Real World: Cancun), Derrick Kosinski (Road Rules: X-Treme), Emily Schromm (Real World: DC), Eric “Big Easy” Banks (The Challenge: Fresh Meat), Jenn Grijalva (Real World: Denver), Johnny Devenanzio (Real World: Key West), Katie Doyle (Road Rules: The Quest), Theresa Gonzalez (The Challenge: Frest Meat II), Ty Ruff (Real World: DC)


CaptainCamila Nakagawa (Spring Break Challenge), Brad Fiorenza (Real World: San Diego), Brandon Drake Nelson (The Challenge: Fresh Meat II), Chet Cannon (Real World: Brooklyn), Dunbar Finn (Real World: Sydney), Mandi Moyer (The Challenge: Fresh Meat II), Melinda Stolp (Real World: Austin), Paula Meronek (Real World: Key West), Tori Fiorenza (Road Rules: Viewers’ Revenge), Tyler Duckworth (Real World: Key West)


CaptainShauvon Torres (Real World: Sydney), Abram Boise (Road Rules: South Pacific), Ayiiia Elizarraras (Real World: Cancun), Cara Maria Sorbello (The Challenge: Fresh Meat II), Dan Walsh (Road Rules: Viewers’ Challenge), JD Ordoñez (Real World: Brooklyn), Laurel Stucky (The Challenge: Fresh Meat II), Luke Wolfe (The Challenge: Fresh Meat II), Sarah Rice (Real World: Brooklyn), Vinny Foti (The Challenge: Fresh Meat II)


I see that Brad and Tori are married now and on the same team (red).  I’m sure people will be looking to send them home.  I was glad to see “Big Easy” return 30+ pounds lighter. The last time we saw “Big Easy” was in the final challenge of “The Duel 2” where he collapsed nearly died from exhaustion.  It was a little sad that he was the last pick.  I think he could end up being a trump card for the blue team.  “Real World: Austin” couple Melinda and Danny are now divorced so maybe she can channel some rage into the challenge and surprise us all…or maybe not.


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