For years on MTV’s hit show, The Challenge, fans have watched legends Johnny “Bananas” Devenanzio, Wes Bergmann, and Chris “CT” Tamburello dominate their competition. It is actually hard to imagine what the show would be like without them as they have each helped it become what it is today. So, with Devenanzio, Bergmann, and Tamburello being MTV stars for so long, which one is the oldest?
Johnny ‘Bananas’ Devenanzio has starred on 20 seasons of ‘The Challenge’
Devenanzio’s first season on The Challenge was The Duel in 2006, according to Fandom. He has since been on 19 other seasons and has won six titles, the most in the history of The Challenge. In addition to the seasons he has won, Devenanzio has also gone to the final in two other seasons.
In total, Devenanzio has won an estimated $684,720 in prize money, according to Fandom, but it has been quite a while a since he last won a season. He won Rivals III, which aired in 2016, with Sarah Rice. Devenanzio, however, took all of the money from Rice when given the option. He has since been on six consecutive seasons without winning it all, not including Total Madness, which is currently airing.
So, how old is Devenanzio, arguably the greatest competitor in the show’s history? He just celebrated his 38th birthday on June 22 as he was born in 1982.
Wes Bergmann has been on the show longer than Devenanzio, but not in as many seasons
Bergmann first starred on Fresh Meat, which aired in 2006 as well, but before The Duel, according to Fandom. He has also been very successful on the show. In the 13 seasons he has been in, Bergmann has won two seasons, and has been to three other finals.
Bergmann actually just went to the final in War of the Worlds, which aired just last year. He, however, has not won since Rivals II, which aired in 2013.
Throughout his seasons, Bergmann has won an estimated $303,000, and he is actually younger than Devenanzio as he is 35 years old, turning 36 in November. He was born in 1984, according to Fandom.
Chris ‘CT’ Tamburello has been on ‘The Challenge’ the longest
Tamburello is the literal definition of a Challenge veteran. His first season was on The Inferno, which aired in 2004, according to Fandom. He went to the final in each of his first two seasons but did not win it all until his ninth season on Rivals II.
He is just behind Devenanzio in terms of total seasons as he has been on 17. Tamburello has also won three season titles and has been to five other finals. His most recent win came on War of the Worlds 2, which aired toward the end of 2019, and he has ultimately won an estimated $515,000 throughout his Challenge career, according to Fandom.
While Tamburello has been starring on The Challenge the longest out of the three legends, he is also the oldest out of three. Tamburello is currently 39 years old as he was born in 1980. He turns the big 4-0 in July.
No matter how old these guys are, though, it does not look like they will be slowing down anytime soon.