Eight episodes deep into The Challenge: Battle of the Seasons, and both Greg Kaplan and Mike Aurigemma are thrilled with what they’ve seen. This week, St. Thomas was eliminated in the mental challenge by team Vegas…
How do our two Challenge experts think this will change the game moving forward? Let’s find out…
Greg Kaplan: And we’re back! So, we missed last week and Alton/Nany getting sent home. We won’t spend too much time talking about it, but I think I speak for both Mike and myself when I say Frank absolutely crossed a line on the show when he brought up Nany’s sister’s struggles with addiction. There are things you’re allowed to say in the heat of te moment, both about the person physically and mentally. But, that seemed way too far and uncomfortable for even us, the biggest of Challenge fans.
Mike Aurigemma: I could not agree more and your comments about Frank and it still boils down to the fact that he has also not been able to step up at all when his team was expecting him to. That is enough on that topic and back to this week’s episode.
We need to talk about San Diego. I want to hear your thoughts on their choice to throw St. Thomas into an elimination instead of Brooklyn. I understand they want Vegas gone, but are they really that big of a threat to them right now? And Brooklyn is sitting there with 4 people as of now. The only thing that makes sense is if they want JD and Devyn in the finals for Brooklyn.
GK: Here’s my thing: San Diego can’t say that putting in St. Thomas wasn’t an emotional decision when clearly they want to send Las Vegas home for only emotional reasons. If San Diego was thinking clearly, Vegas would be the team you’d want in a final with you. I mean no disrespect to Dustin when I say that. The kid has proven to be a warrior and will be a huge player to watch in future Challenges.
San Diego dropped the ball here, didn’t they?
MA: I could not agree more in this instance. I just cannot understand why they want to keep Brooklyn full, but feel the need to get rid of Vegas so bad. Now if their real intention was to get rid of St. Thomas, which would not be that bad since Marie is a really good competitor and could end up sending home one of San Diego’s girls along with Zak or Frank so that would make sense. But it did not seem like that was their intention throughout their discussions. Just stupidity.
But really what are we talking about here because I just do not see a way that San Diego does not win this thing. Unless miraculously Vegas or Brooklyn win a challenge that ends up sending San Diego into a challenge that they lose somehow. Any chance we see that happen?
GK: I can’t see anything that would give Vegas an advantage in a challenge. I can’t put faith in Trishelle when anything is on the line. That mental challenge was right up her alley, because all she had to do was sit in a sling and match puzzle pieces.
Unfortunately, I don’t see a scenario in which San Diego doesn’t walk out of this game with the championship. That’s frustrating.
MA: It is really frustrating that they have dominated really and do not have much competition left. With CJ and Alton both being eliminated that really paved the way for them.
Alright onto predictions for next week. I think we see the end of Cancun leaving as both Jonna and Derek get sent home. Who do you got?
GK: I just can’t envision Vegas going much further. San Diego hates them too much. I think it’s all over for D and T.