Players who have not competed in over a decade returned for spinoff The Challenge: All-Stars for another shot at the cash prize. Before the season began, the cast revealed who they weren’t stoked to run into inside the Challenge house.
22 old-school competitors returned for ‘The Challenge: All Stars’
After two-time champ Mark Long pitched the idea of a spinoff featuring only OG competitors, MTV gave it the greenlight.
Aneesa Ferreira, Ace Amerson, Arissa Hill, Alton Williams, Beth Stolarczyk, Darrell Taylor, Jemmye Carroll, Derrick Kosinski, Jisela Delgado, Eric “Big Easy” Banks, Jonna Mannion, Laterrian Wallace, Katie Cooley, Mark, KellyAnne Judd, Nehemiah Clark, Kendal Sheppard, Syrus Yarbrough, Ruthie Alcaide, Teck Holmes, Trishelle Cannatella, and Yes Duffy, returned for the shot at $500,000; the biggest cash prize many of them have competed for in their career.
Before the show aired, the cast revealed who they were the “least excited to see” after their years-long hiatus from the competition series.
The cast revealed who they weren’t happy to see
While Jemmye and Ruthie noted they were excited to see everyone, a couple of competitors named them as players, they weren’t particularly stoked to live with in the same house.
Beth, who had never met Jemmye, explained she didn’t want to see The Rivals II finalist because the 32-year-old is friends with people who don’t care for the old school competitor.
Additionally, Aneesa called Ruthie the only person she didn’t want to live with because she knows how “paranoid” the Battle of the Sexes finalist gets throughout the season.
Four-time competitor Ace Amerson named Aneesa as someone he didn’t want to run into because she has a history of rooting against him when they compete together.
He also noted he didn’t appreciate how “nice” she is to his face while doing so. Jisela explained she wasn’t stoked to see Ace because they didn’t “vibe too well” when they competed together in The Gauntlet 2.
Finally, Kendal named Big Easy as the competitor she didn’t look forward to seeing because they don’t “understand each other.”
Jemmye Carroll and Beth ended up developing a friendship
During the first episode, Jisela served as captain for the winning team, earning the Life Saver, which gave her the ability to save a competitor.
Latterian, the losing team captain, earned a guaranteed spot into elimination and requested he face Ace.
The rest of the house agreed and threw him in, upsetting him. When given the opportunity, Jisela chose not to save her former teammate because he previously called her “dead weight.”
Aneesa’s predictions regarding Ruthie’s paranoia proved correct when the Battle of the Sexes finalist went off on the 14-time competitor, seemingly for no reason. However, Ruthie claimed she “snapped” because she felt ignored by the ladies.
Additionally, Kendal earned the Life Saver during the third episode and seemingly toyed with the idea of using it to blindside Big Easy. Although Beth thought she wouldn’t like Jemmye, the two clicked in the house, forming a mother-daughter type relationship.
The Rivals II finalist admitted a few co-stars warned her to stay away from Beth during the official aftershow but wanted to get to know the veteran anyways. The Challenge: All-Stars airs Thursdays on Paramount+.