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'The Challenge: Rivals' Ends With a Brutal Two-Day Challenge (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 25th 2011 5:08AM
'The Challenge: Rivals' finaleIn what looks like the final episode for the series that began as 'The Real World/Road Rules Challenge,' the producers came up with one of the most brutal single challenges in the history of any reality competition show. It was so intense, two of the six remaining teams didn't even finish 'The Challenge: Rivals' (Wed., 10PM ET on MTV).

The two day marathon first decided that the teams were going to have to carry a rock the rest of the race. They then had a three mile hike, had to memorize a camp site set-up, transfer a pile of dirt from one location to another, cross a marshy mess and then recreate that camp they saw before.

If they get it wrong, it's back to look again and try again. But they don't get to rest there, no. That's for the food challenge, where they have to stuff themselves and then get up and hike up a mountain to a checkpoint ... and that's just Day One!

One team, Jenn and Mandi, didn't even make it that far. For the night, only one person can sleep at a time, while the other has to stand on a rock. If you fall, it's your partner's turn. Then "well rested" the next morning, the remaining five teams have to race up the rest of the mountain. So that's it, then?

Not even close. First, use an avalanche monitor to find a key somewhere on the mountain, and then get back to the top and open the chest. Then ... you win. At this point, Mike decided he'd had enough and quit, eliminating his partner Leroy.

In a way, this was huge for the four remaining teams, as they now knew they would at least get $50,000 if they just finished the challenge. $100k for the winning team and $50k for second with one set of prizes each for the guys and the girls.

That didn't stop Kenny and Wes from fighting and bickering all the way to that 2nd place finish. Johnny and Tyler took top prize for the boys, with Paula and Evelyn right behind them, claiming the $100k for the girls. Cara Maria and Laurel took second for the girls.

So that's it, then ... after the obligatory reunion special next week. Will you be sad to see the series go? Maybe they should open up the format to regular viewers now, instead of alumni from their various reality shows. That could reinvigorate interest in the brand.

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Did I miss something? The challenge is cancelled? Why is this the first I'm hearing of it?

August 25 2011 at 8:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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