A ‘Challenge’ Star Said Wes Bergmann Let MTV Production ‘Get In His Head’ During ‘Total Madness’

The end of The Challenge: Total Madness is upon us, and fans are ready to see who will win the $1 million. There have been a ton of twists and turns throughout this season. And an unlikely rivalry — Johnny “Bananas” Devenanzio and Wes Bergmann — also came together to try and make it to the end as teammates instead of enemies.

Unfortunately for Bergmann, we know his time on Total Madness was cut short when he volunteered to compete against Devenanzio in an elimination round. And another player on the season said MTV started to get in Bergmann’s head, which may be why he threw himself in in the first place.

Wes Bergmann teamed up with Johnny ‘Bananas’ Devenanzio on ‘Total Madness’

Johnny 'Bananas' Devenanzio and Wes Bergmann attend the 2019 MTV Movie and TV Awards
Johnny ‘Bananas’ Devenanzio and Wes Bergmann attend the 2019 MTV Movie and TV Awards | Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for MTV

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There have been plenty of unlikely duos to pair up on The Challenge, but no one ever expected Bergmann and Devenanzio to successfully work together. These two have been rivals for about a decade. But coming into Total Madness, they knew the younger, newer players would take them out as soon as they got the chance. Their teaming up was out of necessity at first, though it blossomed into a beautiful friendship by the end.

“I think Wes and I both knew that us putting our beef aside and working together was probably the smartest thing for our games,” Devenanzio admitted to People. “However, we both have been, I think, burdened with unusually large egos. And putting our egos aside and trusting the other one was very difficult. On The Challenge, trust is d*mn near impossible.”

While Devenanzio ended up eliminating Bergmann, the two still seem to have a good relationship today.

Devenanzio said Bergmann felt overshadowed by him on the show

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Spoiler alert ⁣ ⁣ This was a fantastic episode. But I lost. ⁣ ⁣ Why did I lose? I lost a little bit of focus. I could have been a little more methodical. I mis-read the structural integrity of an apparatus that I should be familiar with. Notice something? I'm not saying…it's production's fault; Bananas cheated; I got robbed; this isn't fair; woah is me! I lost fair and square. This loss rests firmly on my shoulders. ⁣ ⁣ I'd like to formally congratulate Bananas on his win, and a very deserved red skull. He's always been jealous of my red skull, and now has his own. ⁣ ⁣ It was a shit load of fun working with him this season. I hope that no one, especially him, interprets my move as anything other than both of us knowing it was time to go in. ⁣ ⁣ I'm proud of how I played this game. ⁣ -I only had a single vote cast in my direction the entire season, by a man who was promptly removed. ⁣ -I won more daily challenges than anyone else, and used that power to make moves that led to the demise of the people that stood the best shot at hurting me long-term.⁣ -I'm proud of myself for the courage it takes to volunteer to go into an elimination when technically, I had complete control to sit back, safely. ⁣ ⁣ I'm also incredibly proud of MTV for creating the greatest competition show on the planet; & I'm thankful to be a small part of that machine. But more importantly I'm proud of how they've handled these major societal hurdles that the world is battling. MTV is more than TV; they're a strong voice of my generation. They've pointed me in the right direction in the past several months about where to donate. They've vetted partnership organizations for me about who needed the most support, & could accomplish the most with the added promotion/funding. They've encouraged action immediately upon it becoming the right thing to do as opposed to after it became cool. They're the reason why I've been surrounded by the most diverse people on the planet, making it easier for me to be empathetic to all walks of life. They've turned my colleagues & I into a weapon of peace and change. These wars are not over. We're not at the finish line. But I see you. And I like what I see

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While Devenanzio and Bergmann are friends now, Devenanzio still believes that his former foe felt overshadowed by him during the competition. And he thinks that Bergmann wanted the attention and clout of winning against him, which is why Bergmann threw himself into an elimination.

“Wes had zero desire to go in, zero intention to go in,” Devenanzio told the Challenge Mania podcast. “He was never going to nominate himself to go in. But then when I did, I think the thought of … my nomination of myself completely overshadowing his third win.”

“Wes loves having attention, dude,” Devenanzio noted once again. “But me winning for a third time, that nomination overshadowing his third win. And the idea of me potentially going into an elimination and coming back with a red skull when he was just sitting there with his three wins which essentially, at this point, were meaningless, I don’t think he could handle that.”

Another ‘Challenge’ contestant said Bergmann let MTV ‘get in his head’

It seems other Total Madness participants had something to say about Bergmann’s behavior prior to his elimination as well. Chris “Swaggy C” Williams talked to the Challenge Mania podcast about Bergmann’s decision to go against Devenanzio. And he said it was heavily influenced by outside pressures.

“He kept telling me, ‘If I don’t go down there against Bananas MTV is gonna think I’m a p*ssy, all the fans are gonna think I’m a p*ssy because I’ve never really gone against him in a final, and this is the only chance,” Williams noted. “I feel like that one decision is where he messed up and really let, not the fans, but like, production, everything in general, get in his head.”

It sounds like production knew a Devenanzio vs. Bergmann showdown is what everyone wanted to see. While Bergmann lost his chance at winning the $1 million, fans are certainly glad they got to see two greats go head to head.

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