The cliffhanger of last week’s episode of The Challenge Invasion featured the reveal of the champions arriving for competition. On tonight’s episode of The Challenge, the rookies learn the rules of the game and the the competition truly begins. Game on!
TJ Lavin welcomes the champions to the game and announces that in order for the rookies to become champions, they have to beat them. I believe Sylvia said it best stating “every one of us may have died a little on the inside” when the champions arrived. TJ explains that starting that moment, the champions are invading the game.
Moreover, TJ proceeds to explain the format of The Challenge as a team competition, “Underdogs” versus “Champions”. The total prize this season is $350,000. On each challenge day, the winning team will bank $10,000. Similarly, this format is the same as past seasons of The Challenge, for example The Inferno & Gauntlet. Furthermore, each challenge day, the elimination round rotates between underdogs and champions. The elimination rounds will find teammates battling teammates to stay in the game. One girl and one guy will go home each elimination round.
The rules of the game are simple. The heats are played in single sex rounds. The “champions” are severely disadvantaged only having 4 members of each sex on their team competitions. Arguably, the challenge is the “underdogs” challenge to lose, having 6 members each on their teams. The cast must take possssion of a ball flung by a TJ and the first team to three points wins. The team that wins two heats first wins the challenge for the day and banks $10,000 in their account. Lastly, the first male and first female to score point for their team choose the member of the oppposite sex to compete in the elimination round.
First up are the girls. By and large, the females on the “underdogs” team are highly underrated. Essentially, the most dominant competitors on the “champions” team are Cara Maria & Laurel. Unfortunately for the champion females, they would be swept completely. While the action between the teams included spots of brutality, the numbers game served it’s purpose. First, Ashley M scores for the “underdogs” putting them on the board. That point is followed up by another point, this time made by Nicole. Ultimately it is Ashley M who scores the winning point for her team and secures her team a first round win.
Next up are the guys. The gentlemen on both teams go full force after the ball. Unfortunately, Dario scores the first point for the “underdogs” followed up by point number 2 from Cory. Of course the “champions” come from behind to even the score using their power and skill to secure two points. Darrell proves he is not rusty and shows the newbies who they’re messing with. Johnny Bananas follows up with point two, but that would be their last point. Ultimately, Tony secures the win for his team and the “underdogs” sweep the first challenge and a devastating win over the overly confident champions team.
Elimination Round Selections
For the first time ever, TJ forces the winning team to select their choices for the elimination right there on the spot. Arguably the hardest thing Ashley will ever have to do (not counting her sexual encounters in the house) she freezes under pressure. TJ calls her out for asking for a group consensus and chooses Tony to go in to the elimination round. The reason is weak, due to his past alliance against the majority of the “underdog team”. Continuously, Dario chooses Sylvia for the elimination round. Be that as it may, his decision was wise and his logic sound. He explains Sylvia was the last to earn her spot in The Oasis and she needs to prove herself.
Welcome to The Oasis
The cast arrive back at The Oasis and quickly mark their territory for the invading champions. To no one’s surprise, Johnny Bananas and his former partner Camila engage in the first of many petty arguments. This time over sleeping arrangements. Regrettably, we are treated to Zach’s misogynistic comments about cohabitation with women and their awful habits.
My heart melted both from the pure nostalgic factor, but also because the reactions were truly genuine. Both Shane and Darrell are Challenge veterans in their own right. Their reunion after all these years made me miss the old school challenges and the light hearted feel of yesteryear.
All is not well in The Oasis, as old relationships are revised and new relationships begin to form.
Awkward Oasis Relationships
This season of The Challenge Invasion reunites Zach and Jenna. They used to date for over a year, but unfortunately Zach cheated on Jenna during her last challenge appearance. Like most girls, Jenna got in her feelings and wanted to revisit the past relationship, making the house more awkward than it needs to be.
Furthermore, Kailah and Cory’s relationship comes to screeching halt. After a drunken sexual encounter in the bathroom, Kailah finds herself black out drunk and pees her bed. This does not please Cory and he’s disgusted by her. As a consequence of the bed wetting, Cory cuts all ties with Kailah and lets his teammates know that he didn’t truly like Kailah, which she overhears and her life is ruined the rest of The Challenge Invasion. Once a scum bag, always a scum bag.
The Most Pointless Meeting
The “underdogs” are unable to come to a decision on who to vote in to the elimination round. For instance, Cory’s strategy is to have the strongest team at the end and that does not bode well for many in the group. Moreover, Cory and Shane butt heads over their voting strategies. Elsewhere, Amanda and Dario are arguing over the group vote hanging over them. Dario once again defends his decision to vote Sylvia in.
The “underdogs” team calls for a meeting, much to the amusement of the “champions”. Johnny Bananas views them as a “band of misfits” unable to come together and unify. They have no logic, no strategy and have alliances that aren’t going to help them win a final, only help them reach a final.
I take umbrage with Shane’s position during the group meeting. If he had put in as much effort in to his past performances on prior challenges, he would not be in the situation he was in. I do agree though that he is “on the dumbest team on the planet”. They can’t organize and form a cohesive unit.
Check back next week to find out which two “underdogs” are sent in to elimination!
The Challenge Invasion of the Champions airs every Wednesday at 9pm EST on MTV.