‘The Challenge’: There Was Another Checkpoint in the ‘Total Madness’ Final MTV Didn’t Air
The Challenge: Total Madness is over, and now, it’s time for fans to learn about all the secrets from the finale that they didn’t see. We know Johnny “Bananas” Devenanzio and Jenny West each won $500,000. And while we watched all the finalists trudge through the snow for multiple days, there was one checkpoint on the show that didn’t air. Here’s what fans missed out on.
Jenny West said ‘The Challenge: Total Madness’ final was incredibly difficult
Every season of The Challenge comes with an incredibly difficult final. And in Total Madness, it involved cross-country skiing, carrying logs of wood, trudging through the treacherous mountains — and that was just on the first day. Not only that, but host T.J. Lavin told the competitors there would be one last elimination round that would knock out two finalists.
We know Devenanzio and West came out on top, but it certainly wasn’t easy. “I remember my heartbeat was near my max, but even though it was right at the max, I can’t stop or slow down,” West told HollywoodLife. “I knew I would be alright.”
West noted fellow competitor Fessy Shafaat was also struggling with the cardio. While many thought he would pull through with the win, the skiing as such high altitudes got to him. “I think the cardio got him, and the altitude is so thin, it made the breathing harder,” West added.
Johnny ‘Bananas’ Devenanzio said there are aspects of the final that still haunt him
Devenanzio had a tough time with the physical aspects of the final as well. But he was way more concerned with the surprise math problem that met competitors along the way. One of the checkpoints involved finishing a complex equation which then yielded a four-digit number. The number was the code to unlock a lock. Devenanzio was lucky enough to successfully complete the equation first, which gave him the lead.
“Here I am with this nine-stage math equation that I’m reading, and I literally had to do arithmetic in the snow with my ski pole,” Devenanzio told the Chicks in the Office podcast. “How I somehow managed to find the four-digit answer to what ended up being the four-digit combination to my lock on my first try … that still keeps me up at night.”
Devenanzio continued on by saying, “Nothing else from this entire season haunts me more than when I look back, and I’m like, had I been off by one digit on this code, the whole final could’ve had a different outcome.” Thankfully, luck was on his side that day.
West said there was a checkpoint in the final that MTV didn’t air
The Total Madness finale looked grueling enough judging from what viewers saw on their TVs. But West told the Challenge Mania podcast that there was way more after the math equation that didn’t air.
“There was a checkpoint with daggers — they were really heavy, metal, pointy daggers … and there were these metal skulls that were far across the snow,” West explained. “And yeah, you had to throw them and hit the skull, and once you hit the skull, you could move on to the next phase. So, Johnny got that first, and I was right behind him.”
West went on to explain that she hit her skull before Devenanzio hit his, which put her in first place out of everyone. “I don’t know why they didn’t show that bit,” she added.
It seems there was another moment on the first day of the final that involved time penalties that didn’t get shown, either. And the podcasters noted many fans felt like something was missing from what was aired, so perhaps this information helps put the pieces together.
We’re excited to see what’s in store for season 36!
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