Are You Not Entertained? Week 6 Power Rankings
If you’re not absolutely thrilled with Bear and his showmanship on the latest episode of the Challenge, you’re doing it wrong.
The British Invasion has been a formidable slap to the face of our vets and champs alike. Five weeks in and, while we’ve seen one Brit go by way of sheer numbers (can’t save you all, Zahida), it’s been a who’s-who list of Challenge champs & vets getting early flights back to America through the first month-plus of episodes.
We see Bear —fresh off quitting a daily challenge — and Da’Vonne — fresh off being pissed at Bear for quitting a daily challenge — face Leroy & Shaleen in a semi-endurance sled comp where heavy sandbags had to be swapped by way of a two-way sled and pulley. Bear out-paced Leroy and Shaleen was no match for Da’Vonne, which led to a little shit-talkery by Bear as the comp winded down. After a little pep-talk/tongue-lashing from Leroy, the Bear Show was in full-effect.
Holding the Relic as if it were the head of the lion he just slayed, Bear addresses the crowd: “To all of you, don’t go against us. You tried, and you failed. It’s your warning,” followed by a shot of him kneeling and offering the Relic to his partner.
And if you weren’t hook-line-and-sinker for Bear at this point...I feel bad for you.
If the Challenge has ever produced us with a truly cinematic moment, this was it. Bear was Marcus Aurelius, Wes was a red-haired Joaquin Phoenix with his thumb pointed down.
We’ve all heard the rumors of Bear being paid six-figures for his appearance this year, and until tonight, it seemed unwarranted. But if we can get even half of what was delivered tonight on a semi-regular basis, Bear is worth his weight in gold.
Once again, we saw Nany outperform my opinion of her. I’ve been super-high on Turbo (along with the rest of the world), but have been very skeptical of Nany’s return. She has certainly put me in my place as of this moment.
Sure, Ninja fell off immediately this week, almost guaranteeing team Paulie wouldn’t win —but we saw yet another dominating performance by Mr. Calafiore.
To counter that, Kyle turned in a dominant performance as well, with a less-than-exciting showing by Mattie.
Our Tribunal had a bit of excitement, as the 3rd team was separated by time, and the two in consideration were led by teams Cara and Kyle.
Luckily for the game (and our sanity), Kyle and Mattie prevailed and would later have a fun, good-natured meeting with Paulie and Ninja where both men admit they will continue to target each other, laughingly.
In the below Power Rankings, I think we can see that the fat has essentially been trimmed, which is funny to say considering champs have gone home weekly. I looked for reasons to move teams up, move others down...and I’ve run into a wall. Day & Bear hold the Relic, meaning they aren’t going anywhere this week, yet they slot in on the bottom half.
One concern: the latest preview shows the U.K. Alliance (namely Bear, Ash, Theo & Georgia) announce that they are gunning for Paulie & Ninja, seeing as how they keep winning. Does that make me a little skeptical? Sure, it’s not ideal for the team I’ve had ranked #1 since the preseason to be at the top of their hit list —but I feel there is no good reason to drop them down until we start seeing them slip.
1. Paulie & Ninja
Despite heat coming their way, this team is just so dominant. It might not be in the best interest of the house to put these two in an elimination —I’m not sure who could beat them and, after a win, they’d hold the Relic. How will they ever get knocked out?
2. Wes & Dee
3. Kyle & Mattie
4. Cara Maria & Theo
5. Hunter & Georgia
6. Da’Vonne & Bear
7. Nany & Turbo
8. Kam & Ash
9. Amanda & Josh
10. Jenna & Gus
6th: Leroy & Shaleen
5th: Zach & Zahida
4th & 3rd : CT & Julia/Natalie & JP
2nd: Bananas & Morgan
1st: Ashley & Chase