Nelson left episode four on a stretcher seemingly due to near-hypothermia. Jay might've broken his arm in episode five thanks to a vicious, WWE-style bodyslam. And yet, neither qualifies as the most painful moment of season 35.
That would be Wes' Machiavellian, verbal undressing of Josh. The BetaBlox founder laid the mental smackdown, calling Josh the worst player there and a total non-factor. The thing is, Josh essentially proved Wes right by playing scared and refusing to go into elimination against Jay, who he has about 40 pounds on.
Unlike Josh, here at The Duel we'll never play scared. Each week we'll be providing weekly fantasy picks and power rankings for every episode of MTV's "The Challenge: Total Madness." Here are our picks for Week 6.
The Challenge Fantasy Picks Week 6
Tori is a top-tier competitor and our MVP pick of the week, even though she hasn't been featured too heavily thus far. With this episode being a girl's elimination, Tori could try to throw herself in to earn a red skull and keep pace with her primary competition, Dee and Jenny.
Like Tori, Jenna is another Challenge mainstay who hasn't gotten the screen time we're accustomed to seeing from her. Taking a look at this week's sneak peak, though, it looks like Jenna's long-distance relationship with Zach (another Challenge legend) is going to change that. Episode six's title "Love Will Tear Us Apart" could be a reference to this scene, making Jenna likely to be featured heavily. That should lead to solid fantasy production.
3. Bayleigh or Kaycee
Given that this season's format can actually reward going into elimination, one might assume that the show's rookie bias would be a thing of the past. That hasn't really been the case, however. Of the 10 people that have been sent into elimination thus far, five have been rookies, though Jay does count for three of those. Expect one of Bayleigh or Kaycee to be sent in, or at least factor into the voting process.
The Challenge Power Rankings Week 6
The following power rankings break down the long-term outlook of which competitors have the best chance at winning the show outright.
5. Cory – With Jay likely gone, Cory makes his first appearance here. He's done a good job staying under the radar and doesn't appear to have much of a target on his back – unlike the others on this list.
4. Rogan – Rogan appears to be the only guy qualified to run T.J.'s final, though his red skull (likely) came via a dirty hit on someone half his size – that's like beating an Aaron Rodgers-less Packers team. He'll need to actually prove himself before cracking the top three.
5. Big T
4. Mattie – As her altercation with Ashley proved, no one in this bunker should want to mess with Mattie.
2. Dee – Dee is one of the most well-positioned players on the show. Already armed with a red skull and strong alliances, Dee can afford to sit back and let the game come to her.
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