Road Rules hasn’t aired in years and The Real World has dissolved into nothing more than drunken, intolerant twentysomethings looking for their 15 minutes of fame by either fighting with or f***ing their roommates. But, I’ll say it loud and proud, “I still love a good Real World/Road Rules challenge!” The participants get into nasty arguments and participate in even nastier drunken hook-ups; but at least viewers also get to watch them engage in physical challenges that make Survivor’s competitions seem like an afternoon overseeing toddlers at Gymboree. And, this promises to be a good one since because, for the second time, the teammates will be sworn mortal enemies.
The Challenge: Rivals II will pair up previous cast members from The Real World, Road Rules, Fresh Meat, Fresh Meat II and The Spring Break Challenge each of whom has a rocky history with their partner. The first Rivals premiered in June 2011, and the winning female team was Paula Meronek & Evelyn Smith while Johnny “Bananas” Devenanzio & Tyler Duckworth were the male champions. The competitions spanned three countries: Costa Rica, Argentina and Patagonia.
There will be some fresh faces as well as many of the usual suspects. The pairings this time out include: Chris “CT” Tamburello & Wes Bergmann, Jordan Wiseley & Marlon Williams, Ryan “Knight” & Preston Roberson-Charles, Zach Nichols & Walter “Trey” Weatherholtz III, Dunbar Flinn & Tyrie Ballard, Frank Sweeney & Johnny Devenanzio, Derek Chavez & Robb Schreiber, Ty Ruff & Leroy Garrett, Paula Meronek & Emily Schromm, Sarah Rice & Trishelle Cannatella, Nany González & Jonna Mannion, Heather “Cooke” & Naomi Defensor, Camila Nakagawa & Jemmye Carroll, Anastasia Miller & Jessica McCain, Diem Brown & Aneesa Ferreira and Jasmine Reynaud & Theresa Gonzalez.
The Challenge: Rivals II premieres July 10 at 10 p.m. on MTV.