The Challenge: Favorite Things

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ROBIN.

I loved Robin. Especially when she first came on The Challenges. Her Debut challenge was Battle of the Sexes 2 and there she was a fresh, young rookie ready to play the game, have some fun, and compete and frankly she did all of the above. She did well as a competitor(I actually think this season was her best showing as a competitor) and she got into a romance with Mark which would continue to be apart of her time on these shows going forward. Not to mention she had a few spats with Coral. I rooted for her hardcore this season and I hated that she got the boot there.

She came back on Inferno 2 and I think this show is where she would peak as a character. She had this big drama with Tonya because she supposedly was fucking with Mark while they were dating. It lead to one of my favorite fights ever on this show. 

"Tonya you're a whole and I don't trust you with anyone"

"If I was a guy and a girl waved her vagina in my face I'd fuck him too! Does he date you? No. You know why? Because you're a whore!"

After that whole debacle she went home later on. Really sucks because I think she would've done more on that season had she stayed.

The for the rest of her challenge career she would just kinda skate by on her friendships until the JEK era came in and she seemed no longer in the in-crowd. And on top of that she started to lose alot of her luster and funess about her. It's like as she continued to do these shows she go worse as a character. Peed the Duel when she question Aneesa about her identity. On top of this she turned into this chain-smoking depressed mess who wanted to win so bad. A biggest example of this was back on Exes 1 which was her last challenge appearence. She seemed so sad and depressed and just not wanting to open up. A far cry to the fun and vibrat girl that was on Sexes 2. I think doing so many of these shows and seeing how people play this game did a number on her but she wasn't able to cope/adapt because she wasn't willing to screw people over like so many people on this show tend to do.

But Overall I still have Love for Robin. She made her mark on these shows and I think it's a shame she never got a W.

 

Ehh I was indifferent towards her starting from the Duel. I know its a shit season that people like to forget but I loved it when she called out Johanna on the Island and saying she was gonna "fuck her way to the end" 

Robin's only opportunity to win one was when the big team challenges were around other than that she pretty much had no chance. She could've had Gauntlet 3 under her belt but Big E fucked it up for her :v

REVERSE TUG OF WAR(GAUNTLET 2 ELIMINATION)I like this elimination for some reason. Just seeing two people struggle to pull each other their way to get the flag was perfection in all it's simple glory. This was also the elimination where Beth became team captain by beating Ruthie which is one of my favorite moments.

Give me eliminations like this all day.

MARK LONG

This guy is kinda the grandfather of this franchise and a bit legendary when it comes to this franchise as well. Because frankly he embodies what RW/RR was, is, and should be about. He was on the first season on Road Rules and he had a huge hand in making that first season good which allowed it to go on to become one of MTV's most successful shows and would later spawn the challenges aside with Real World. Speaking of the challenges he appeared on the very first official Real World/Road Rules Challenges and he was a pretty pleaseant presence during the show. That would be a constant thing with him as he continued in his appearences. He was always friendly, personalble. Drama-free and non-confrontational. He also had a storyline or two along the way. His relationship with Robin being one of them. He also competed VERY well whenever he was on. He's never really had a bad preformance on any of the shows that he's done. He's also didn't take these shows seriously and had no problem going home for his friends. Peep Sexes 2 when he volunteered to go home because he wanted pal Eric(New York) to get the W. And him throwing the last elimination round to Backpack on Exes 1. Speaking of Backpack..he became a lackey of his and that's sad. It's unlikely that he'll get on these shows again but he was always a good presence when he was on. One of the few likable people this show has produced.

I touched on this before but another thing I like about him is that he's as much of a fan of this show as we are. I feel like I could sit with him and talk about this show and everyone with it all day long and that's rare. Also his body is fucking AMAZING. for someone who's in his 40's he looks damn hot. 

He was also a great host on Seasons 1 too.

But yeah..Mark's great.

Mark is daddy af

Ashley K is awesome. Give me boring but solid competitors like Ashley K and Emily over nonsense, shit stirrers like Camila, Amanda, and Simone. 

oh please....camila would knock the fake hair dye out of ashley's hollow head in competition

i woulnt put it past amanda either. amanda was fairly impresive in her debut and i could see her taking ashley out

ashley K was so overrated on her debut. the only thing she demonstrated was an ability to outrun sam. no notable strength, puzzle, endurance, climbing, swimming feats...nada...

in fact i recall her struggling with 80lb jasmine in the oiling pit.....mmmmmm?

Yeah, I think Ashley K. is overrated as well. However, she’s into crossfit now, so she might impress me this season.

rwportland2 wrote:

Ashley K is awesome. Give me boring but solid competitors like Ashley K and Emily over nonsense, shit stirrers like Camila, Amanda, and Simone. 

oh please....camila would knock the fake hair dye out of ashley's hollow head in competitioni woulnt put it past amanda either. amanda was fairly impresive in her debut and i could see her taking ashley outashley K was so overrated on her debut. the only thing she demonstrated was an ability to outrun sam. no notable strength, puzzle, endurance, climbing, swimming feats...nada...in fact i recall her struggling with 80lb jasmine in the oiling pit.....mmmmmm?

wouldn't say struggling. and her and frank beat Jonna and Derek in the strategy elimination. i would put Ashley as slightly above average. 

ASHLEY(SAN DIEGO 2)She has one challenge appearence under her belt and she wasn't exactly a sandout character. But she was a nice presence when she was show and it's good that she got a win on her first season.Oh and I loved her little thing with CJ. Those two need to be a team for Exes 3.

Why? If you blinked, you missed their whole exchanged.

Debut Album wrote:

ASHLEY(SAN DIEGO 2)She has one challenge appearence under her belt and she wasn't exactly a sandout character. But she was a nice presence when she was show and it's good that she got a win on her first season.Oh and I loved her little thing with CJ. Those two need to be a team for Exes 3.

Why? If you blinked, you missed their whole exchanged.

So? Backpack/Camilla was barely shown and they got paired together. Besides they'd be decent competition and lord knows that's lacking this show nowadays.

richjoe92 wrote:

Debut Album wrote:

ASHLEY(SAN DIEGO 2)She has one challenge appearence under her belt and she wasn't exactly a sandout character. But she was a nice presence when she was show and it's good that she got a win on her first season.Oh and I loved her little thing with CJ. Those two need to be a team for Exes 3.

Why? If you blinked, you missed their whole exchanged.

So? Backpack/Camilla was barely shown and they got paired together. Besides they'd be decent competition and lord knows that's lacking this show nowadays.

I mean, I don't understand why everyone this Ashley is so great, when she hasn't stood out (competively) at all on Seasons. But it's a fresh face to have, despite her not rarely having any screen time.

DA, you know damn well, they'll bend over backwards for Bananas. CJ and Ash...eh, not really.

Debut Album wrote:

richjoe92 wrote:

Debut Album wrote:

ASHLEY(SAN DIEGO 2)She has one challenge appearence under her belt and she wasn't exactly a sandout character. But she was a nice presence when she was show and it's good that she got a win on her first season.Oh and I loved her little thing with CJ. Those two need to be a team for Exes 3.

Why? If you blinked, you missed their whole exchanged.

So? Backpack/Camilla was barely shown and they got paired together. Besides they'd be decent competition and lord knows that's lacking this show nowadays.

I mean, I don't understand why everyone this Ashley is so great, when she hasn't stood out (competively) at all on Seasons. But it's a fresh face to have, despite her not rarely having any screen time.DA, you know damn well, they'll bend over backwards for Bananas. CJ and Ash...eh, not really.

I don't know who is saying that she is a standout competitor but to me I feel like she can hold her own at the very least. Plus as we've seen she wouldn't need to be carried in a team situation. I also get that she wasn't shown much but she could have a better showing if she ever gets on Another show.

And Backpack isn't the only one they stretch for..

CEEJAI

She was a cool girl who had gone through so much in her life. She was redculously strong and fun as hell to boot. She had a hard road when it came to Jenna and I commend her for that because if that were me she'd be dead. She didn't like her views but she tried to coexist with her and befreind her but the bitch kept pushing and being thoughtless and shitty when it came to Ceejai. All of that went to blows on the final episode of Go Big or Go Home and his happened.

*Look at sexy Dylan outraged and yelling at Jenna a bit. Love him*

But yeah..Ceejai really felt like she did the wrong thing but in my mind she did the absolute right thing. She was bascially baiting and disrespecting Ceejai and then her friend comes for her too. She deserved every bit of that ass kicking she got and I don't blame Ceejai one bit for it.

But yeah...She needs to get on the challenge. Please BMP don't let this girl go to waste.

JILLIAN

I loved Jillian. She only did 3 challenges but she made me a fan on all of her appearances. Even on the Gauntlet 2, when she was rarely shown, she still was the reason for the feud that started between Cara and Susie vs the Rookies. Because they asked her to join their alliance and she said ended up telling Kina. And remember Kina's meltdown towards the end of that season trying to pick between Jillian and Ibis in the gauntlet.

Gauntlet 3 though, was Jillian's breakout season. Yeah, she went up against Angel, Janelle, and Brooke but she still had to go in 3 times because Torrid and the Austin alliance were all cowards and didn't want to go in. So it was easy rooting for her and Frank. I'm glad they won the final and I enjoyed their refreshing relationship.

She came back for Fresh Meat 2 and was sent into multiple eliminations once again and ended up making the final. I also liked her and Pete as a team. But yeah, Jill was cool. Wish we could have seen her once more.

JILLIAN

I loved Jillian. She only did 3 challenges but she made me a fan on all of her appearances. Even on the Gauntlet 2, when she was rarely shown, she still was the reason for the feud that started between Cara and Susie vs the Rookies. Because they asked her to join their alliance and she said ended up telling Kina. And remember Kina's meltdown towards the end of that season trying to pick between Jillian and Ibis in the gauntlet.Gauntlet 3 though, was Jillian's breakout season. Yeah, she went up against Angel, Janelle, and Brooke but she still had to go in 3 times because Torrid and the Austin alliance were all cowards and didn't want to go in. So it was easy rooting for her and Frank. I'm glad they won the final and I enjoyed their refreshing relationship.She came back for Fresh Meat 2 and was sent into multiple eliminations once again and ended up making the final. I also liked her and Pete as a team. But yeah, Jill was cool. Wish we could have seen her once more.

OMG MY QUEEN!

Can someone do Nicole Ramos

rwportland2 wrote:

JILLIAN

I loved Jillian. She only did 3 challenges but she made me a fan on all of her appearances. Even on the Gauntlet 2, when she was rarely shown, she still was the reason for the feud that started between Cara and Susie vs the Rookies. Because they asked her to join their alliance and she said ended up telling Kina. And remember Kina's meltdown towards the end of that season trying to pick between Jillian and Ibis in the gauntlet.Gauntlet 3 though, was Jillian's breakout season. Yeah, she went up against Angel, Janelle, and Brooke but she still had to go in 3 times because Torrid and the Austin alliance were all cowards and didn't want to go in. So it was easy rooting for her and Frank. I'm glad they won the final and I enjoyed their refreshing relationship.She came back for Fresh Meat 2 and was sent into multiple eliminations once again and ended up making the final. I also liked her and Pete as a team. But yeah, Jill was cool. Wish we could have seen her once more.

OMG MY QUEEN!

You like Jillian? Didn't know that.

Can someone do Nicole Ramos

 

This is favorites, not burn book.

As for Jillian - YES. She was a true gift to the show. She wasn't always the most exciting, but she was a great competitor and I never found myself rooting against her EVER.

HonestTea101 wrote:

rwportland2 wrote: JILLIAN

I loved Jillian. She only did 3 challenges but she made me a fan on all of her appearances. Even on the Gauntlet 2, when she was rarely shown, she still was the reason for the feud that started between Cara and Susie vs the Rookies. Because they asked her to join their alliance and she said ended up telling Kina. And remember Kina's meltdown towards the end of that season trying to pick between Jillian and Ibis in the gauntlet.Gauntlet 3 though, was Jillian's breakout season. Yeah, she went up against Angel, Janelle, and Brooke but she still had to go in 3 times because Torrid and the Austin alliance were all cowards and didn't want to go in. So it was easy rooting for her and Frank. I'm glad they won the final and I enjoyed their refreshing relationship.She came back for Fresh Meat 2 and was sent into multiple eliminations once again and ended up making the final. I also liked her and Pete as a team. But yeah, Jill was cool. Wish we could have seen her once more.

OMG MY QUEEN!

You like Jillian? Didn't know that.

I LOVE Jillian! Her and Frank were everything together on Gauntlet 3 and then on Fresh Meat 2 she was such a fun presence with all the politic drama going on zzz

I always liked Jillian & it seems like she's been so.... forgotten for lack of a better term.

I always liked Jillian too. I always commented her for fucking Patrick right when she got on Road Rules.

Jillian was one of those people on the cast that was there for the competition and not for the annoying drunk drama. her and pete saved FM2 for kenny honestly lol. am also glad she won gauntlet 3

I LOVE Jillian! Her and Frank were everything together on Gauntlet 3 and then on Fresh Meat 2 she was such a fun presence with all the politic drama going on zzz

I always mention Jillian as one of the top tier/almost elite girls that people seem to forget about! I loved her on FMII, because her and Pete were kind of doing their own thing the whole time, and they killed eliminations. They definitely deserved that final. Would love to see her return, but seems unlikely at this point.

Jillian has kids and a husband now I doubt she will ever come back.

Jillian has kids and a husband now I doubt she will ever come back.

Oh she's not coming back at all. She retired after Fresh Meat 2. Besides, even if she wanted to come back there's now way they're going to ask her now.

Jillian has kids and a husband now I doubt she will ever come back.

Oh she's not coming back at all. She retired after Fresh Meat 2. Besides, even if she wanted to come back there's now way they're going to ask her now.

Favorite things?  Just everything in this show in general.  I may not always like the winners but god damn does this show excite me.  It and The Real World are the only reality shows that draw me in so much and have me feeling all passionate.  For whatever reason I just cant get into any others.

Ayanna (RR Semester at Sea, Extreme Challenge, Battle of The Sexes 1 & 2)

So intense. So passionate. So misunderstood & such an underrated castmember it's ridiculous. From her 1st show to her last, Ayanna brought consistent entertainment & she honestly should've been on many more Challenge seasons than she was. It's a shame somebody like Ayanna only did 3 seasons of this show, yet you have people like Ryan Kehoe did FIVE and Jenna C. is about to be on her fourth smfh. Ayanna was one of those castmembers that at the end of the day was just too real for this show and we'll get into why.

RR Semester at Sea - as the only pre-vote off RR season that I've seen in full, I can say that Ayanna was definitely my favorite out of the cast. She was just authentic: you could tell she had a big heart and cared about others but the way she expressed it was so intense that it came across the wrong way. Her mother was going through cancer at the time so it was a very emotional time for her on this show & boy did it come out in various ways. The Ayanna moments include the big voodoo incident (which can be seen on Youtube): basically the cast suspected Ayanna of performing some type of voodoo ritual on them which had nothing to do with them OR anything bad/evil....basically she was a conscious sista who knew some real fucking knowledge (you'll be hard pressed to find anybody like her on ANY show in this day & age) and practiced the ancient customs of our ancestors. She simply felt that her energy was off & that she need to get back in alignment.....of course the others understood none of this & gave her a sort of "intervention" to get to the bottom of it. Like I said earlier, her intensity caused them to take it the wrong way plus that was just.....not the group of people to try to kick some knowledge to lmaooo Ayanna couldn't take it & basically had a meltdown from them not getting it or understanding where she was coming from. I'll be the first to admit that while I knew what she was coming from, I was dying laughing while watching this whole thing (something I do a lot with Ayanna lmaooo). She freaked the fuck out & broke down crying for a little bit while expressing how tired she was of them all then started screaming in Pua's face.....then everything got calm again lmaooo.

The other big incident was the infamous rivalry between her & Veronica which hit its peak with the paper incident. One of Veronica's numerous nicknames back in the day was Kleptonica & the plagiarization of Ayanna's paper was one of the reasons why. The two girls were on again, off again throughout the season but this was during a period were they were cool lol. Ayanna gave her a suggestion on how to format her paper to turn in (which was to take one of her old papers & rewrite some stuff)....somehow Veronica took this as to take Ayanna's paper & copy basically the whole thing lmaoooo. Ayanna went to Veronica's room & went the fuck off. Veronica continuously denied it and Ayanna had to literally restrain herself from popping the shit out of Veronica at that point in time. "The word Bitch is TOO nice for you! It's TOO fucking nice"! Ayanna then ran with the paper to the professor's office & slid the paper underneath the professor's door.....as it turns out, Veronica did copy her paper lmaooo and because of this, Ayanna had moments where she couldn't even be in the same room with her + would tell the others she wasn't speaking to Ms. Portillo unless they had a mediator (to likely prevent her from slapping the shit out of her at any given time). Ayanna was constant entertainment so of course she had to do a Challenge.

Extreme Challenge - I need to go back & watch this season lol but Ayanna's biggest moment during this season caused her to be the first person to be kicked off of The Challenge EVER. Basically she was the strongest girl on the team for the most part, but she had some tension with Christian & some of the things that he joked about. One night, he said some racial things to Laterrian (supposedly as a joke smh) & Ayanna basically beat the shit out of him. None of it was caught on camera but the producers sent her on her way despite Christian himself & cuckoo Julie (who was hysterically crying & wanted to mutiny against the producers until they reversed their decision lmaooo) wanted her to stay.

Battle of The Sexes 1 - She was a big asset to the Women's team; both in the competition & in the drama department lol. Her first piece of action was the whole Puck/David E. spit-off. For whatever reason, the producers cut out the part where David E. also spit on fellow legend & old RW roommate Beth....well some of it got on Ayanna & she went 0-1000 REAL quick lmaooo. I don't know why the hell this was cut out but I'm sure the entire thing was comedy. She also had some classic quotes ("He had a MA-CHE-TE!!") and even a little fling with David Broom that didn't get any airtime until he went home lmao. She was a fairly positive force for her team; always encouraging & uplifting the women and speaking out against the BS that the Inner Circle had going on with the way they voted. However, she started feeling like her team never listened to her & felt misunderstood (her intensity showing up again) so she volunteered to get voted out....ironically right after Veronica.

Battle of The Sexes 2 - The hilarity was STRONG this season! So Ayanna came back after a 2-season break & continued to be a positive asset to the women's team....until episode 4 lol. For whatever reason; her, Coral & Sophia all decided to step up at the same time. Ayanna's misunderstood intensity reared its head again during that day's mission during the puzzle, which caused the other girls to feel like they weren't being heard & that Ayanna dominated the strategy talk which caused them to lose. Previously, the episode showed a little peek into Ayanna's friendship with Aneesa (which some have speculated to it being more than that....Ayanna was very tomboyish but there wasn't any concrete proof). All of the girls basically decided that Ayanna should go, with Aneesa wanting to be the one to announce it. Ayanna knew she was going & immediately started to cry.....then told Aneesa to move out of the way so she could start what is hands down one of the most bizarre meltdown-speeches in the history of the show lmaoooo. All she needed was 8 yall! She needed 8 of them hoes to have her back!! "I SLEPT IN MY UNIFORM LAST NIGHT BECAUSE I WANTED TO WIN TODAY!!! BUT NOBODY STEPPED UP TODAY!!! BUT NOBODY STEPPED THE FUCK UP TODAY!!!" Throughout this speech, you could see Coral asking The Miz what the hell was she talking about lmaoooo I lost it when I watched this recently. A deleted scene from this speech showed her taking Tonya to task; asking her who stuck up for her when everybody said she was basically clogged up the toilet & used the phone all day rotflmao & throughout this whole thing, everybody's just standing there looking crazy..... nobody knew what to say or how to respond; probably didn't dare try to respond for fear of getting attacked lmaoo. Then she finishes the speech & immediately walks back to the house, where she later gets into an argument with Aneesa: "MY ASS IS GETTING STRONGER, WOULD YOU LIKE TO KICK IT SOME MORE, HERE IT IS, THANKS!!!!" And once again, nobody knew what or how to respond lmaooo then we see Ayanna say if anybody wanted to talk to her they would've kept her there...."And that goes for ALL of y'all"! Then we see her ride off in the van in what would be her last appearance on The Challenge.

But here is where it gets weird as hell, & I honestly don't even know if I believe this story because of how bizarre it all is. So apparently when Ayanna rode off in the van, she actually didn't make it to her flight home...? Two days later, she just randomly showed up to the house out of nowhere.....in the uniform that she slept in that night because she wanted to win. Nobody knew where the hell she actually went for two days; everybody just assumed she lived in the wilderness lmao I wonder to this day what the hell happened, if this was really true & if so, how the hell did she eventually get home lmaooo

To end this long ass post, Ayanna is a huge reminder of how the Golden Era consisted of castmembers who used to BRING IT. Fuck that Camilanator/Fiery Latina Nany bullshit; the girls back then used to be legit insane & didn't have to play for the cameras....these women were actually out of their damn minds lmaooo. It's a shame Ayanna never did really get to show what she was about as a competitor; never getting to do a Challenge with eliminations or more physical missions. I think she lowkey could've been in the Elite circles. Apparently she had been asked a couple times after BOTSexes 2 but wanted more pay so that pretty much = No. It's also a shame that she's pretty much been lost to time because BMP/MTV ignores any/everything that happened pre-Rivals 1 unless you're one of their "stars" smh but regardless, longtime fans know & will remember the bizarre realness that was Ayanna :) .

I'll do one more post (probably on Nia) sooner or later & that will be my last post on anybody who's done more than 2 shows unless I can find a way to shorten it lmaooo. I get into fucking essay mode & just go in on everything I remember.....I could only imagine if I tried to do Coral, Darrell, Beth, Katie or Veronica smh y'all would be reading for days.

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