This is the ninth in a series of “The Challenge: Rivals 2″ team previews that will lead into the first power rankings of the season. Next up: Dunbar and Tyrie
CT and WES
Where did we last see them? Wes was an early casualty of Battle of the Seasons (an elimination partnership with Lacey didn’t help). CT was last seen valiantly sucking wind on the finale of Battle of the Exes.
The Rivalry: It may be difficult to full encapsulate the tumultuous journey these two have had on The Challenge. Some plotting against one another on The Duel began a running series of arguments and verbal disputes perhaps coming to a climax on Rivals when CT spent a night (and apparently it was the whole night) yelling at Wes.
Rivalry Meter on a scale of 1-10 (where 1 is a Leroy and Mike from Rivals I “Rivalry? They’re actually really good friends” rivalry and 10 is a Kenny and Wes from Rivals I “they have hated each other for years” RIVALRY) – 9 (the closest thing this season has to a real rivalry!), best Rivals I comparison: Kenny and Wes
Highlights and Commentary from MTV bio:
“Wes and CT have one of the most infamous rivalries in Challenge history.”
This is an accurate portrayal. Wes has many an enemy and at this point, CT is certainly the biggest and baddest.
“‘I’m paired with someone who’s threatened my family’s life, who I’ve gotten in screaming matches with in four or five different countries, that I legitimately am scared of,’ Wes explains.”
The life threatening is one thing, but screaming matches in maybe five, but at least four countries? Consider how many people you have in your life that you have gotten in screaming matches with and then consider how many of these have taken place in more than one country. This is some serious international screaming. Also, despite Wes’ recent peaceful protest during CT’s verbal barrage, he is honest enough to admit the real (and deserved fear).
“CT promises, ‘We may not be the best of friends now, and we may not be the best of friends in the end, but we both want to win. We’re gonna give everyone a run for their money.’”
And he means it. Both Wes and CT have channeled real rivalries (CT and Adam had to overcome an actual assault and Kenny and Wes had a girl between them) into relative success on Rivals I. They both know it is in their best interest to put all of their past animosity behind them and solely focus on the task at hand, and, for both of these The Challenge vets, this is about winning money. CT’s promise to give “everyone a run for their money” is not good news for the competition.
“Ever the bad-boy Romeo, CT ends up romancing his ex, Diem, but also cozies up to several other girls in the house for political purposes.”
We know about Anastasia. Who will the other girls be?
Best-Case Scenario: CT and Wes recognize the benefit of getting along and working together and through experience, complimentary physical and athletic abilities, and a real CT fear factor stomp through the competition to a chance at a finals win.
Worst-Case Scenario: Although unlikely, a physical altercation that sends them both home is not out of play.
The Verdict: Despite CT’s night of yelling on Rivals, he has been a mellower and more peaceful version of himself in later years, still crushing and destroying in challenges, but getting along better with others back at the house. He is here to win money and Wes is his partner, so he will work with Wes (certainly begrudgingly) to make this happen. Wes has been a bit of a lone wolf for several seasons now, fighting his way to be taken seriously and often resorting to alliances with younger, more susceptible players. CT has been able to toe the line recently between the Johnny Bananas and Paula veteran alliance force and other factions that may to his benefit. He and Wes come in to Rivals 2 relatively unencumbered by a ruling alliance and could decide to directly oppose the inevitable Johnny and Paula group. I do think producers dropped the ball a little bit with some of these pairings, but CT and Wes more than make up for it.
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David J. Bloom can be reached on twitter @davidbloom7 and writes about MTV’s “The Challenge,” pop culture, and the NBA for Bishop and Company. His weekly “The Challenge: Rivals 2” power rankings will begin the week of July 10.