The Challenge Champions vs. Pros is to begin taping in May
Johnny Bananas, CT, Cara Maria, Zach, and Jenn, if you watch MTV The Challenge you’re very well aware of who these people are. The show pits teams against each other in a series of physical and mental tests. Each week, losers are sent home. TJ Lavin hosts the current version of the show. The other added dimension, and why I assume the show is so successful, is the fact they are all living together. They eat, they drink (a lot) and they fight like small children. It’s great.
It seems as if MTV has opted to add some professional athletes into the mix for their next season. Among them will be former WWE champion, and UFC competitor Phil Brooks, known more famously as CM Punk. Punk will be joined by former Olympian Lolo Jones and former NFL linebacker Shawne Merriman.
The show will be recorded over 6 weeks and begins May 16th, the professionals will be playing for charity. Hosting the show is former NY Giants Wide Reciever Victor Cruz.
The current season of The Challenge: The Invasion of the Champions airs each and every Tuesday night on MTV.
Here’s the list of pros involved in the new season and the charity they represent.
Tia Blanco – Professional surfer (St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital)
Louise Hazel – Olympian and fitness expert (Save the Children)
Lindsey Jacobellis – Professional snowboarder (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals)
Lolo Jones – Olympic hurdler and bobsledder (Hurdles of Hope)
Candice Wiggins – Former WNBA athlete (Greater Than AIDS)
Gus Kenworthy – Professional skier and Olympic medalist (The Trevor Project and the Happy Hippie Foundation)
Shawne Merriman – Retired NFL linebacker (Lights On Foundation)
CM Punk – UFC fighter (PAWS Chicago)
Louie Vito – Professional snowboarder and Olympian (Wings for Life)
Kamerion Wimbley – Retired NFL linebacker (Kamerion Wimbley Foundation)