I do not claim to be a superfan of The Challenge to the extent I am for Survivor, although I’ve come to love this show in the short time I’ve watched it. To be honest, the first season I watched live was Total Madness. Between Total Madness and Double Agents, I binged every season from 11–34 on CBS All Access/Paramount Plus (except 14, the lost season) and then I watched the Inferno II as well once it arrived on Netflix. Based on all of that, I’m excited about almost everyone that they’ve brought back for this season for whom I’ve seen their seasons before.
That is why it was tough narrowing it down to just five players I’m excited to see again, so here are some Honorable Mentions:
You need drama starters in any season of the Challenge no matter how old the players are. The original Agatha from WandaVision, Beth will be stirring up the pot early and often and I’m here for it. Even if she’s only here for a good time and not a long time, those few episodes will be worth watching.
Eric “Big Easy” Banks
Someone who divides opinion among his peers and fans (largely because of his collapse in the Gauntlet III final), I’ve almost always enjoyed Big Easy throughout his seasons. He provided a different perspective and a body type while showcasing his strengths as well as his weaknesses. He’s lost some weight in his latter seasons and recent years, so hopefully he’s coming back to this season stronger.
For much of Jonna’s challenge career, her story had been more about her relationships with other players such as Jasmine Reynaud and Zach Nichols than her own journey. From what we did see from her, she’s an underrated competitor and someone worth rooting for. She’s also one of those undoubtedly funny confessional givers.