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Are You Not Entertained? Week 6 Power Rankings

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

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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

   While Wes & Dee are certainly not as dominant as team #1, you have to ask yourself the same question: in an elim, who beats them? And do you want Wes holding a Relic again? He wants to start chaos, will the house let him? 

 

While Wes & Dee are certainly not as dominant as team #1, you have to ask yourself the same question: in an elim, who beats them? And do you want Wes holding a Relic again? He wants to start chaos, will the house let him? 

3. Kyle & Mattie

   I am oddly high on this team. Let me be clear: I can see Kyle and Mattie heading to an elim and losing almost every week to almost any team. I just have a weird feeling that they are there for their team and will work together the rest of the way.  

 

I am oddly high on this team. Let me be clear: I can see Kyle and Mattie heading to an elim and losing almost every week to almost any team. I just have a weird feeling that they are there for their team and will work together the rest of the way.  

4. Cara Maria & Theo

Theo has been impressive in every aspect of the game. While I’m thoroughly tired of Cara’s whole thing, they’ve been a tough team to beat. She’s also got protection from the best team in the game.  

Theo has been impressive in every aspect of the game. While I’m thoroughly tired of Cara’s whole thing, they’ve been a tough team to beat. She’s also got protection from the best team in the game.  

5. Hunter & Georgia

I’ve still got a lot of faith in Hunter, despite his recent meltdown. In fact, my gut tells me to flip-flop Kyle/Mattie with this team, but again I just have that feeling with the other guys. Georgia has the Brit alliance and we know what Hunter can do despite his teammate. Still high hopes.  

I’ve still got a lot of faith in Hunter, despite his recent meltdown. In fact, my gut tells me to flip-flop Kyle/Mattie with this team, but again I just have that feeling with the other guys. Georgia has the Brit alliance and we know what Hunter can do despite his teammate. Still high hopes.  

6. Da’Vonne & Bear

The absolute star of stars. Bear deserves another six figures after that episode, MTV better continue to pony up. Entertainment aside, I still really like their dynamic and I put Da’Vonne as a top tier woman.  

The absolute star of stars. Bear deserves another six figures after that episode, MTV better continue to pony up. Entertainment aside, I still really like their dynamic and I put Da’Vonne as a top tier woman.  

7. Nany & Turbo

Uh hem. (So far) I have been wrong about Nany. I’m waiting for her to come crashing down to Earth —I still can’t believe she is anywhere but a bottom 3 girl. That said, she’s looked good now two weeks in a row. And Turbo? lol. 

Uh hem. (So far) I have been wrong about Nany. I’m waiting for her to come crashing down to Earth —I still can’t believe she is anywhere but a bottom 3 girl. That said, she’s looked good now two weeks in a row. And Turbo? lol. 

8. Kam & Ash

By far the lowest I’ve had this pair. I would not be surprised to see them win the whole show...but where tf have they been!?

By far the lowest I’ve had this pair. I would not be surprised to see them win the whole show...but where tf have they been!?

9. Amanda & Josh

Oh Amanda. I root for her to put her money where her mouth is. I think she’s been doomed with her partner —although Josh has not been that bad. Part of me thinks teams are afraid to call them into an elim because the men don’t want to lose to Josh, and the women  can’t  lose to Amanda. That fear might take them to the final. 

Oh Amanda. I root for her to put her money where her mouth is. I think she’s been doomed with her partner —although Josh has not been that bad. Part of me thinks teams are afraid to call them into an elim because the men don’t want to lose to Josh, and the women can’t lose to Amanda. That fear might take them to the final. 

10. Jenna & Gus

We all love Jenna. She’s cute. She’s sweet. She’s being pulled around by Zach. Can she make another final? Yes. But only as a layup that gets taken there. 

We all love Jenna. She’s cute. She’s sweet. She’s being pulled around by Zach. Can she make another final? Yes. But only as a layup that gets taken there. 

ELIMINATED: 

6th: Leroy & Shaleen

5th: Zach & Zahida

4th & 3rd : CT & Julia/Natalie & JP

2nd: Bananas & Morgan

1st: Ashley & Chase

UK Taking Over: Wk 7

UK Taking Over: Wk 7

Another Champ Sent Packing;Week 5 Power Rankings

Another Champ Sent Packing;Week 5 Power Rankings