Challenge Hall of Fame Inductee #2!
Once again, the voting system seems to be true. No undeserving fan favorites entering today, which gives me a bit of relief. Leaving the Hall of Fame to a public vote (albeit from a group of Challenge fanatics) could prove untrustworthy. The best players being outvoted by the fan favorites. This, so far, has not been the case.
In the very first Hall of Fame vote, the most deserving of the nominees won easily, as Darrell became inductee number one. Today, we honor arguably the most deserving of all nominees - love him or hate him - into the Challenge Hall of Fame.
Technically, Darrell finished with a higher percentage of his vote (67%), but that likely had to do with the lack of a true second-best competitor. Garnering 50.4% of votes, Johnny Bananas doubled up the next highest vote-getter in his poll (Wes at 24.8%) and nearly triple of third-place Derrick (15.4%).
The big-picture numbers are hard to argue: 16 shows, 8 finals and a record 6 Challenge wins. Also a record in prize money ($685,543). He is incredibly consistent during the 'daily' challenges (32 overall wins), Johnny Bananas is rarely the guy that doesn't finish or doesn't finish amongst the top. If there is a challenge where competitors run across platforms 30 feet above water, Bananas is always finishing, rarely falling off the platform. If it's a race, he is usually in the top tier. He just gets it done. He continues to place well and not find himself in trouble, which is a big reason he finds himself deep in Challenges.
If he does have a bit of a flaw, we've seen him go an uninspiring 7-9 in eliminations. One could argue that, with his propensity to go deep into seasons before ever seeing an elimination, he is facing much tougher competition than some with better records. Johnny Bananas doesn't get to notch an easy win with a layup early, he also saw eliminations early in his Challenge career in which he lost with mental errors.
While many argue that Bananas deserves the vitriol spewed his way, he likely wouldn't have it any other way. A self-proclaimed 'pot-stirrer,' the Challenge world is not right unless Bananas is in the middle of it - and a Challenge Hall of Fame does not exist without him in the middle.