‘The Challenge’: Johnny ‘Bananas’ Devenanzio Didn’t Think Jenny West Would Actually Succeed in the Final
The Challenge: Total Madness is over, and the winners have been announced. Johnny “Bananas” Devenanzio, a 20-season game veteran, won yet another season. And semi-rookie player Jenny West is the winner for the women.
West proved her physical strength from the beginning of the season. But Devenanzio noted on the Chicks in the Office podcast that he didn’t actually think she’d win. Here’s what he said.
Johnny ‘Bananas’ Devenanzio won for the men on ‘The Challenge: Total Madness’
After competing for 20 seasons and winning six of them, Devenanzio was looking for his seventh win on Total Madness. He knew it wouldn’t come easy, though. While he and veteran rival Wes Bergmann vowed to team up and attempt to get to the end together, he ended up taking Bergmann out of the game midway through. And Devenanzio had to dodge a number of bullets as he made his way to the end, competed in the final elimination round, and ultimately won.
For Devenanzio, this win meant more than any other. His last win was back in 2016 on Rivals III. He infamously took the money from teammate Sarah Rice, and Challenge fans know there was a rumored curse against Devenanzio after that. He’s now thankful the alleged curse has been lifted.
“I think that the Sarah thing … now looking back on it, I really do think that the whole curse thing that evolved from that, I ended up getting on board in a way with that too, because, I mean, it got to the point where it’s like, there’s gotta be some other explanation for this drought,” he told Chicks in the Office.
Jenny West was the female winner for ‘Total Madness’
If there was only one winner for this season, it would’ve been Jenny West who took home the grand prize of $1 million. She beat out Devenanzio in the end and was shocked she was able to pull off the win as a relative newcomer.
“When I crossed the finish line, I think Johnny was only a couple of minutes behind me,” she told HollywoodLife. “I saw him coming up the hill and I was shouting to him, ‘It’s the end, Johnny! You won!’ I could see the surprise on his face. Kaycee came in about 25 minutes after me, so I’d gotten a really good head start.”
West talked to PeopleTV’s Reality Check about having a target on her back all season long, too.
“I think I was always targeted anyway because people look at me and think I’m the one to beat,” she said. “But, you know what? All you can do is trying to be the best you can be and trying to make sure that you’re bettering myself each time because, you know, I can only do my best. I’ll go in, I’ll try my best. If I don’t make it, I don’t make it.”
Devenanzio was surprised West won
While West was clearly a threat from the beginning, Devenanzio told the Chicks in the Office podcast that he’s actually surprised she pulled through with a win.
“The girl is a monster strength-wise, right? She’s like a brick sh*thouse,” Devenanzio said. “A lot of the times what you see is people when they have more muscle mass, that affects them when it comes to their endurance levels. She’d never run a final before. So I was even a little bit kind of questioning her.”
He added that he “didn’t question her strength and her heart at all. But her stamina was like, alright, it’s gonna be really interesting to see how well she performs not just in a final where it requires stamina, but when you’re 9, 10,000 feet where everything’s different.”
Devenanzio then noted that West’s pace was “blistering,” which proved she’s a true champ and better physically than he was. We’re sure we’ll see West in the future on the show!
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