Challenge Mania

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MTV Star Derrick Kosinski (@DerrickMTV) & actor / comedian Scott Yager (@SHOTOFYAGER) dive head first into the MTV Challenge universe, interviewing past, present and future contestants, breaking down Challenge news and episodes, and laying down new challenges to anyone and everyone.

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BONUS EP: WWE Superstar Shawn Michaels
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Scott Yager is joined by WWE Hall-of-Famer, Shawn Michaels. In this special Bonus Podcast, Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER), who most of you know is a lifelong wrestling fan, speaks to "The Heartbreak Kid" Shawn Michaels (@ShawnMichaels) about his new film, 90 Feet From Home, and his legendary pro wrestling career. Shawn talks about making the transition from pro-wrestler to actor and how the two worlds are similar and different, particularly from a performance perspective. Hear what it took to transform into the dark character he plays in this film, why Shawn finally cut his trademark hair, how he looks back on his brief return to the ring a year later, what it's like mentoring the next wave of talent at the NXT Performance Center and MUCH MORE! Make sure to check out Shawn's new film, 90 Feet From Home (@90FeetFilm) directed by Brett Bentman.
Jun 19, 2019
Ep. 125: Brandon Nelson
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Brandon Nelson. Brandon Nelson (@BrandonDNelson) made his debut on Fresh Meat II. He went on to compete on five seasons of The Challenge, the last being Free Agents. Always a solid competitor and a well-liked cast-member all around, Brandon joins Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) on Challenge Mania to discuss some of his feuds that took place on and off camera. We find out what he's up to right now, whether he would do another show if asked, why he can't stand a Challenge OG we have never heard a bad thing about and MUCH MORE! Come see us in Los Angeles THIS SATURDAY June 22nd at the Hollywood Improv. Tickets are available at www.ChallengeMania.LA We return to Carolines in New York City on Saturday, August 17th. Tickets available at www.ChallengeMania.NYC Still time to become a Maniac-level patron and vote for the first ever Challenge Mania Hall of Fame. Patreon.com/ChallengeMania is the place to go! The Challenge Mania Shop is open at www.ChallengeMania.Shop Head to Noom.com/Mania to start changing your lifestyle, diet first. What do you have to lose?
Jun 18, 2019
Ep. 124: Hall of Fame
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager unveil the ballot for the inaugural class of the Challenge Mania Hall of Fame. Hear which Challenge veterans were selected for the first ever ballot. Learn the rules, qualifications and eligibility requirements that were decided on. Find out who will vote to decide who ultimately gets inducted. Find out which Challenger is being automatically inducted this week and becoming the first ever member of the Challenge Mania Hall of Fame. Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) go through the ten members of the ballot, one by one, and break down their chances for becoming Hall of Famers their first time out. To VOTE for the Challenge Mania HOF and to get weekly bonus content, head over to www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania and become a Maniac Patron today! Head over to www.ChallengeMania.Shop and get FREE SHIPPING on orders over $45 for one more week! Come see us in Los Angeles, CA on Saturday, June 22nd at the Hollywood Improv. We have a loaded lineup of Veronica Portillo, Alton Williams, Da'Vonne Rogers, the Nolan Twins and even Champs Vs Pros alumni and former San Diego Charger Shawne Merriman! Tickets are available for the 3pm Meet N Greet and 5pm Live Show at www.ChallengeMania.LA
Jun 10, 2019
Ep. 123: Paula Walnuts
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Paula Walnuts. Paula Walnuts (@PaulaWalnutsMTV) is a legend of the game. She is a two-time champion who played many seasons with Derrick (@DerrickMTV) including the infamous Island season, where Derrick was part of the alliance that turned its back on Paula en route to a victory. Paula joins Derrick and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) to talk about Real World: Key West, Johnny Bananas, The Island, Rivals 1 and 2, the state of The Challenge (of which she does not miss an episode to this day) today, her thoughts on War of the Worlds and the Reunion, the Real World reboot AND MORE! For MORE Challenge Mania, make sure to head to www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania where in the off season we will be doing Bonus Cast Interviews, reviewing The Real World and breaking down CLASSIC episodes of The Challenge from Derrick's past! FREE SHIPPING at www.ChallengeMania.Shop until 6/14 if you spend $45+ Come hang with us in Denver this Saturday at the Denver Improv! We just added Chase McNary to an already loaded lineup of Kellyanne Judd and Nehemiah Clark! Tix available at www.ChallengeMania.Live Then on June 22nd we will be at the Hollywood Improv with Veronica Portillo, Alton Williams and Shawne Merriman PLUS SOME SURPRISE GUESTS! Tickets for that are available at www.ChallengeMania.LA BetterHelp is offering online counseling at an affordable price.Use our code MANIA for 10% off at www.BetterHelp.com/MANIA Brumate is keeping your drinks cold this summer and they're giving Maniacs 15% off at www.Brumate.com/MANIA with the code MANIA!
Jun 03, 2019
BONUS EP: Survivor's Stephen Fishbach
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Survivor's Stephen Fishbach. After playing the game twice and hosting a weekly podcast about the show, Stephen Fishbach (@StephenFishbach) is known the world over as a Survivor "Know-it-All". He is also a life-long Challenge fan and is the perfect guest to bob and weave through a fun chat about the two shows and the two seasons of each that just ended. Stephen joins Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) to talk Edge of Extinction, War of the Worlds, how hosting a podcast affected his turn on Survivor: Second Chances, who his Challenge favorites are and much more! We also end with a lengthy chat about Game of Thrones, which Stephen also follows closely and hosts a podcast about. This 3 hour extravaganza is the podcast crossover you have all been waiting for! For MORE Challenge Mania, get our Bonus Content at www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania including a massive episode this week covering the Challenge Reunion! FREE SHIPPING on orders of $45 over at www.ChallengeMania.Shop Come see us in Denver for Challenge Mania Live next Saturday, June 8th at the Denver Improv with KellyAnne Judd and Nehemiah Clark! Tickets available at www.ChallengeMania.Live Then on June 22nd, we hit the Hollywood Improv in Los Angeles, CA with Veronica Portillo, Alton Williams and NFL's Shawne Merriman! Tickets available at www.ChallengeMania.LA
May 29, 2019
Ep. 122: Alton Williams
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Alton Williams. Alton Williams is one of the most beloved cast-members in the history of The Real World and The Challenge. He hasn't been on the show since 2012 and doesn't have a social media presence but we found him! Well really, Derrick (@DerrickMTV) did. You may have seen them compete against each other last week in the Universal Challenge on MTV and at www.UniversalChallenge.MTV.com - Alton finally joins us on Challenge Mania to tell Derrick and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) his initial casting story for Real World: Vegas, why his time on Battle of the Seasons caused him to leave The Challenge for good and MORE! What we don't get to in this episode, we will cover with Alton at Challenge Mania Live: Hollywood on the Hollywood Improv on Saturday, June 22nd, where Alton is our featured guest along with Veronica Portillo and Shawne Merriman! Tickets are available at www.ChallengeMania.LA Before that, we'll be in Denver for Challenge Mania Live: Denver on Saturday, June 8th with Nehemiah Clark and KellyAnne Judd! Tickets for that are available at www.ChallengeMania.Live You can win a trip to either show PLUS VIP TIX by playing in our Draft Kings Hoops Contest this Thursday, 5/30! Lineups lock at 8pm and it's $5 to play. Terms and conditions apply. See site for details. Play at dkng.co/challengemania Brooklinen is giving Maniacs 10% off their first order AND FREE Shipping at Brooklinen.com with the code MANIA Music in this episode is brought to you by MIKEY P! Check out his stuff on Spotify and Apple Music, including his new single "WHAT YA SAYIN" There is currently FREE SHIPPING at the www.ChallengeMania.Shop if you spend $45 until JUNE 14th! Time to grab that NEW KAM GEAR and much more! If you would like to order a Challenge Mania KOOZIE, email us at ChallengeManiaPodcast@gmail.com
May 28, 2019
Ep. 121: Georgia Harrison
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Georgia Harrison. She might have gone down early in the War of the Worlds final, but Georgia Harrison (@GeorgiaHarrisonX) was by far the best combination of entertaining and successful on the rookie side this season. She joins Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) from across the pond to discuss being a reality star in the UK, making the jump to The Challenge, her elimination against Nany, her partnership with Hunter, her relationship with Bear, the grueling final that was just too much for her body to handle and the marathon her body handled right after she got home. For MORE Challenge Mania including breakdowns of each episode of War of the Worlds right as they go off the air, head to www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania and become a member of the POD SQUAD! Head over to www.Brooklinen.com and use the code MANIA to get 10% off your first order of our favorite sheets AND FREE SHIPPING! OUR SHOP is open at www.ChallengeMania.Shop and we just dropped our new KAM COLLECTION! What Kam are you? Queen Kam? Killa Kam? Either way, her new gear should be on your must-list! We're coming to Denver on June 8th and you can get tickets at www.ChallengeMania.Live Then we will be in Hollywood on June 22nd and tickets are at www.ChallengeMania.LA
May 20, 2019
Special Bonus Podcast / NYC 6/2/18 Live Show Clip
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This is not a regular episode of Challenge Mania. It is a BONUS EPISODE with some fun additional content for you all to enjoy while finishing out your week. Tune in next week for our upcoming interview with Georgia Harrison! This episode contains 3 segments. First, a chat with Eddie Furth (@EddieFurth), the creator of Historical Roast (@HistoricalRoast) on Netflix, which premieres on Memorial Day. He MC'd the Meet N Greet at our last LA show will be doing the same at the Hollywood Improv for us on June 22nd. Tickets available at www.ChallengeMania.LA Next, we bring you a lengthy except from last week's episode of The War Room from www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania where Derrick (@DerrickMTV), Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) and US Weekly's Emily Longeretta (@EmilyLongeretta) chat about Avengers: Endgame, a subject you guys have been begging for since it's release. Then lastly, the episode ends with a 35 minute clip from our first ever Challenge Mania Live show in NYC from June 2018. This is the first ever portion from a live show to be on Itunes because as you know, these are live shows meant to be experienced and enjoyed by those in the room. Now that a year has passed, we decided to give you guys a taste of what to expect from a Challenge Mania Live. We hope to see you all in Denver on June 8th! Tickets available at www.ChallengeMania.Live
May 16, 2019
Ep. 120: Da'Vonne Rogers
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Da'Vonne Rogers. Da'Vonne (@DayDavonne_) made her Challenge debut on The Final Reckoning after appearing on two seasons of Big Brother. After impressing viewers with her partner Jozea and making it halfway through the season, Da"Vonne returned for War of the Worlds. Coming up just short of the final after being eliminated in a razor thin purge Challenge, Da'Vonne developed a reputation as Queen of the Killing Floor along the way, going undefeated in eliminations and taking out numerous opponents in the process. She joins Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) to discuss her time on Big Brother, why she doesn't do recaps anymore, what it was like teaming with Bear, what went down with her and Cara and MUCH MORE! To hear a full breakdown of Da'Vonne's final episode of War of the Worlds, head to www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania and become a Maniac patron! Poshmark is giving listeners $5 off their first order when they use the referral code CHALLENGEMANIA. Care/Of Vitamins are personalized vitamin packs catered to your specific needs and you can get 30% OFF your first order by going to www.TakeCareOf.com and using the code Challenge30! Check out www.ChallengeMania.Shop to support the podcast and look good doing it! Denver, CO! We are coming to the Denver Improv on Saturday, June 8th for an amazing show with KellyAnne Judd and Nehemiah Clark! Tickets are available for the show and Meet N Greet at www.ChallengeMania.Live Los Angeles, CA! We are bringing Challenge Mania Live to the Hollywood Improv on Saturday, June 22nd with our guests Veronica Portillo, Alton Williams and Shawne Merriman! Tickets available for the show and Meet N Greet at www.ChallengeMania.LA
May 14, 2019
Ep. 119: Theo Campbell
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Theo Campbell. You might think all Theo Campbell (@Theo_Campbell91) brings to the table is good looks. Then you might hear him chat you up and realize it's gotta be his infectious personality. All before coming to find out he is an Olympic-level sprinter who competes in national competitions across the UK and barely missed the team. Theo joins Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) to talk about how he went from track star to Love Island star to one of the favorites in this latest season of The Challenge: War of the Worlds. He talks about his partnership with Cara Maria, his biggest moments of the season, his Hall Brawl against Kyle, his fling with Kam and MUCH MORE! For even MORE Challenge Mania including full breakdowns of each and every episode of The Challenge, go to www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania and become a Maniac-level patron! That will enable you to enter THE WAR ROOM! Brooklinen make THE most comfortable sheets in the world and if you go to www.Brooklinen.com and use the code MANIA you get 10% OFF your first order and SHIPPING IS FREE!! BetterHelp is providing cost-efficient online counseling and our listeners can get 10% OFF their first month by going to BetterHelp.com/MANIA and using the code MANIA. ChallengeMania.Shop is always open!!! Check it out to support the podcast while looking good doing it. DENVER, CO! Tickets are running low at www.ChallengeMania.Live for our show on 6/8! Get them now before they sell out!
May 06, 2019
Ep. 118: Mattie Breaux
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Mattie Breaux. Mattie Breaux (@MattieLBreaux) is the most physically imposing and physically intimidating female rookies to make her way onto The Challenge in quite some time. Having started on CMT's Party Down South, she's no stranger to a good time either. Mattie brings the good times to Challenge Manias to tell Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) how she wound up on TV, when she found out The Challenge was interested, what it's like to be compared to Laurel and Emily, who she almost chose over Kyle, where her and Kyle stand today and much more! For MORE Challenge Mania including weekly breakdowns of each Challenge episode, step into THE WAR ROOM over at www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania We are coming to the Denver Improv on Saturday, June 8th w/ KellyAnne Judd and Nehemiah Clark! Get tickets at www.ChallengeMania.Live As always, the www.ChallengeMania.Shop is open and the best place to rep the podcast and your favorite cast-members!
May 02, 2019
Ep. 117: Dee Nguyen
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Dee Nguyen. Only a few challenges left before the War of the Worlds final and Dee Nguyen (@MsDeeNguyen) is still in the game! Dee joins Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) to talk about how she made her way onto The Challenge all the way from Australia, why she chose Wes, whether he was the perfect partner for her, how she felt during the Nany/Georgia elimination, why Ninja blew up at Turbo and MUCH MORE! For MORE Challenge Mania including a full breakdown of every week's episode of War of the Worlds, head to Patreon.com/ChallengeMania and check out THE WAR ROOM. It's our bonus podcast series exclusive to Challenge Mania Patrons. We are hitting the road and coming to DENVER for Challenge Mania Live and we are bringing KELLYANNE and NEHEMIAH! It's Saturday, June 8th and you can get tickets at www.ChallengeMania.Live Brumate will keep your drinks cool all summer and they are giving Maniacs 15% off their first order at Brumate.com with the code MANIA. Quip makes our favorite electric toothbrush and if you go to GetQuip.com/MANIA you can get your first refill pack FREE!! Brooklinen make the coziest sheets in the world and if you go to Brooklinen.com/MANIA and use the code MANIA you can 10% off your first order AND FREE SHIPPING! Speaking of FREE SHIPPING, we still have it going until 5/4 at ChallengeMania.SHOP! Load up on your podcast swag!
Apr 29, 2019
Ep. 116: When it Pours, It Raines
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are supposed to be joined by Dee Nyugen. Sadly, they are not. Instead, we are joined by Tony Raines (@TonyRaines) to discuss War of the Worlds. For more of this interview, check out Patreon.com/ChallengeMania - Dee will now be joining us next week! We also reveal the next city we are coming to for Challenge Mania Live! Robinhood is giving Maniacs a FREE STOCK like Apple or Spring at Robinhood.Mania.Com Poshmark will give you $5 off our first order by using the referral code CHALLENGEMANIA when you sign up! Head to ChallengeMania.Shop and get all of our latest designs, including our Game of Thrones inspired gear!
Apr 23, 2019
Ep. 115: Game of Pods
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A Game of Thrones-themed episode of Challenge Mania! Derrick Kosinski (@DerrickMTV) & Scott Yager (@SHOTOFYAGER) take YOUR questions, break down War of the Worlds so far, discuss the premiere of Game of Thrones and MORE. Plus, we end with a lengthy clip from last week's episode of The War Room featuring Melinda Collins (@MelindaStolpMTV) where we break down last week's edition of The Challenge. Check out our new merch at www.ChallengeMania.Shop! BetterHelp is giving our listeners 10% off at BetterHelp.com/MANIA with the code MANIA. Get 15% off EmPacks and Evolved Motion gear, courtesy of Emily Schromm, over at www.TheEmPack.com/MANIA with the code MANIA.
Apr 17, 2019
Ep. 114: Paulie Returns!
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Paulie Calafiore. Love him or hate him, say what you will about Paulie Calafiore (@PaulCalafiore_) but he has been one of the standout performers on this season of War of the Worlds. Alongside his partner, Ninja Natalie, he has performed well in daily challenges and even this past week when finally thrown into elimination against Kam and Ashley. Paulie returns to Challenge Mania, having vowed to both Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) that he would limit his F-bomb count after his last podcast appearance was so littered with profanity it even made Quintin Tarantino uncomfortable. What we get is a thoughtful 2 hour discussion about Final Reckoning, War of the Worlds, the state of The Challenge and thoughts on some of his competition. Get your Paulie swag and support all your favorite cast members over at www.ChallengeMania.Shop If you want MORE Challenge Mania, including our weekly episode breakdown podcast THE WAR ROOM, that goes up a few hours after each episode of War of the Worlds, head over to www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania and become a patron of the show! Join the POD SQUAD! Head over to www.GetQuip.com/MANIA and check out our favorite electric toothbrush. They'll hook you up with your first refill pack FOR FREE! As always, when you get the Poshmark app, if you use the code CHALLENGEMANIA, you get $5 off your first purchase. Why wait, go buy some of Jenna Compono's clothes TODAY and save $5 doing it!
Apr 09, 2019
Ep. 113: Gus Smyrnios
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Gus Smyrnios. Gus Smyrnios (@GusSmyrnios) is one of the stars of Floribama Shore. He recently made his Challenge debut on War on the Worlds, where he and Jenna made it all the way to episode 8. Gus joins Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) to talk about landing his own show, when the cast found out exactly what show they were cast for, making the transition from Floribama to The Challenge, almost getting his teeth knocked out, aligning with Wes & Hunter, battling with Bear, what's in store for his future on both shows and MUCH MORE! For MORE Challenge Mania including weekly bonus episodes each Wednesday where we break down that night's episode of War of the Worlds, head over to www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania and become a Maniac-level patron for access to THE WAR ROOM! The Challenge Mania Shop is always open. Head over to www.ChallengeMania.Shop to see our latest designs and pick them up on a whole slew of products, from sweatshirts to tank tops and for Men, Women and Children! Brumate is the best way to keep your beverages cold ALL the time. We love their product and you can get 15% off by going to www.Brumate.com and using the code MANIA.
Apr 01, 2019
Ep. 112: Liz & Julia Nolan
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by The Nolan Twins, Liz & Julia. Liz (@_LizNolan) and Julia (@JuliaNolan_) Nolan competed on Big Brother Season 17 pretending to be one person for several weeks, tricking their fellow housemates and switching places in the diary room, where they would download each other on the particulars and specifics necessary to keep up the charade. They were eventually allowed to play the game separately and revealed the "Twin Twist" to the house after they passed the initial test. When it was all said and done, Julia came in 6th and Liz came in 2nd place on the season, coming just short of the $500,000 prize. War of the Worlds marked both of their debut on The Challenge. Liz went home in the first purge challenge, so her time was very limited. Julia however, stuck around for a few weeks with her partner CT. The twins join Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) for a super fun chat about competing on both shows together, what it's like having a twin in life and on TV, who they liked and didn't like on The Challenge, which Challenge Vet that one of them has a romantic past with and MUCH MORE! Cue the air horn! If you want MORE Challenge Mania, check out www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania where we drop Bonus Episodes every week. Last week we dropped a 2+ Hour Bonus Podcast that includes a special 20 minute guest appearance by Cohutta Grindstaff. The Challenge Mania Shop is always open at www.ChallengeMania.Shop - It's the best way to support the podcast while looking good doing it! Robinhood is giving Maniacs a FREE STOCK at www.Mania.Robinhood.com Brooklinen is giving Maniacs 10% OFF their first order AND FREE SHIPPING if you go to www.Brooklinen.com and use the code MANIA. These sheets are utterly amazing. Incredibly comfortable. That's a shoot!
Mar 25, 2019
BONUS EP: Big Brother 20's Brett Robinson
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Big Brother 20's Brett Robinson. Now that The Challenge is bringing over cast-members from Big Brother, why not get ahead of the game and start interviewing standouts from that series before they're even legally allowed to jump ship. Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) thinks Brett (@BB20Brett) was tailor-made for The Challenge and that he should be at the top of MTV's wishlist later this year. Brett joins Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott to discuss how he got cast on the CBS show, where his game went wrong, why he'd be better suited for a Challenge house and more! Check out our Patreon, where we do tons of Bonus Content and even review Survivor and Big Brother in addition to The Challenge. www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania Check out www.ChallengeMania.Shop to grab your podcast swag and rep your favorite cast-members! BetterHelp provides quality counseling and they are giving our listeners 10% off at BetterHelp.com/MANIA with the code MANIA Play in DraftKings' March Madness Contest by going to dkng.co/challengemania Quip makes our favorite electric toothbrush. They are giving Maniacs a refill pack for FREE at GetQuip.com/Mania
Mar 19, 2019
Ep. 111: Wes Wes Y'all!
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Weston Bergmann. There is no sugar-coating it, Wes (@WestonBergmann) has been crushing War of the Worlds so far. He returns to Challenge Mania to tell Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) why his plan has been going so well, what alliances and vendettas he's developed along the way, whether he thinks this season marks a changing of the guard, why he'd never align with Bananas on a future season and a whole lot more! For MORE Challenge Mania, including our exclusive post-show breakdowns of War of the Worlds called THE WAR ROOM, head to www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania and consider becoming a patron today. Among many perks, it comes with a boat-load of bonus content and we're going to need a bigger boat. The Challenge Mania Shop is open as always. Head to www.ChallengeMania.Shop to support the podcast and look good doing it. Play in DraftKings' March Madness Bracket for free at dkng.co/challengemania - 21 and over - eligibility restrictions apply, see site for details. BetterHelp is offering premium online counseling. For 10% off, head to www.BetterHelp.com/MANIA Quip is our new favorite electric toothbrush and we encourage you to GET QUIP by going to www.GetQuip.com/MANIA
Mar 18, 2019
Ep. 110: Cara Returns!
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Cara Maria Sorbello. Cara Maria (@CaraMariaMTV) is always one of our favorite guests, but it has been quite some time since she's been on the podcast. She returns to the show to talk to Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) about her recent "Block Party", how she and Paulie got through the rough patch a few months back, how they're doing today, where she stands with her Final Reckoning partner, Marie, how it feels to have so many people rooting for her downfall, what her biggest regrets are, who stands out to her among the Season 33 rookies and what she thinks of Johnny Bananas at the moment. For MORE Challenge Mania, including weekly episode breakdowns called THE WAR ROOM, head to www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania Head to the www.ChallengeMania.Shop to pick up your CHALLENGE MANIA gear and tons of Cara Maria Swag! Play in our Free Draft Kings Basketball Contest on Friday 3/15 at dkng.co/challengemania - Terms and Conditions apply. See site for details. Spend $25 at www.HogansBeachShop.com and get a Free Bandana with the code CHALLENGE.
Mar 14, 2019
Ep. 109: Bananas Returns!
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Johnny Bananas. War of the Worlds has been the highest rated season of The Challenge in quite some time. It is also the first time a season has begun with four Challenge champions eliminated in the first four episodes. After Ashley Mitchell went home in the first elimination of the season, Johnny Bananas (@JohnnyBananas) followed, having been thrown in by his lifelong rival Wes and defeated by his presumed ally, Zach. Johnny returns to Challenge Mania to talk to Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) about the slew of new talent entering the game, what went wrong for him this season, why his alliance with Zach fell apart, why he still believes Zach was working with Wes even after seeing Zach call out and be defeated by Wes this past week, whether he and Morgan are currently dating, who did and didn't impress him out of the rookies this season and MUCH MORE! For MORE Challenge Mania including our exclusive bonus podcast series THE WAR ROOM, where we break down each episode of War of the Worlds right after it airs, head to www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania and consider joining THE POD SQUAD! Play in our FREE BASKETBALL CONTEST this Friday, March 15th over at DraftKings and win cash from DK as well as a limited edition Challenge Mania shirt you cannot buy at our Shop! Play at dkng.co/challengemania - Terms and Conditions apply, see the site for details! Speaking of our shop, you CAN BUY a ton of other Challenge Mania swag all day, every day at www.ChallengeMania.Shop Spend $25 at HogansBeachShop.com and receive a FREE HULK HOGAN BANDANA if you use the code CHALLENGE! Meet Hulk at Hogan's Beach Shop in Clearwater, FL on Saturday, March 23rd from 12pm - 2pm. Care/Of Vitamins are giving Maniacs 50% off their first order. Just go to www.TakeCareOf.com and use the code CHALLENGE50. BetterHelp is an affordable online counseling option. They are giving our listeners 10% OFF at www.BetterHelp.com/MANIA with the code MANIA.
Mar 11, 2019
Ep. 108: Josh Martinez
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Josh Martinez. The Challenge has widened it's landscape and brought in new faces from a variety of Reality TV platforms. Over the past few seasons, we have had quite a few representatives from the long-running CBS series, Big Brother. Josh Martinez (@JoshMBB19) is the first Big Brother WINNER to cross over to The Challenge, making his debut on the current season of War of the Worlds. Josh joins Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) to discuss making the transition from Big Brother to The Challenge, why he should have made his debut even sooner, how his game differs between the two shows, what it's like being partners with Amanda and tons of other interesting tidbits from his time on both shows. For MORE on War of the Worlds, including our weekly bonus podcast series THE WAR ROOM, where we break down each episode of The Challenge immediately after they air, head to www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania Robinhood is giving Maniacs a FREE Stock when they sign up at www.Mania.Robinhood.com Hulk Hogan is doing a Meet & Greet at Hogan's Beach Shop in Clearwater, Florida on March 23rd and when you head to www.HogansBeachShop.com to get your tickets, if you use the code CHALLENGE, Hulk will hook you up with a FREE HULK HOGAN BANDANA! The Challenge Mania Shop is ALWAYS OPEN! Head over to www.ChallengeMania.Shop to see what new designs have been added and to pick up podcast merch and to support your favorite cast-members like Mark, Cara Maria, Darrell, Jemmye, Marie, Kailah, Shane, Devin, Paulie & more!
Mar 04, 2019
Ep. 107: Ninja Natalie
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by "Ninja" Natalie Duran. For the past few seasons, The Challenge has opened the floodgates and welcomed newcomers from shows like Big Brother, Ex on the Beach, Geordie Shore, Vanderpump Rules & Bad Girls Club. War of the Worlds has gone a step further, inviting rookies from an even wider and more international pool of applicants. Among them is Ninja Natalie (@Ninja_Natalie), the lone representative from the popular series domestically, American Ninja Warrior, a show that might present the best possible preparation for the unique competitions that one endures on The Challenge. Natalie joins Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) to talk about her casting story, how she became a "Ninja", how she feels about people contesting her inclusion in The Challenge, why she chose Paulie as a partner, what War of the Worlds has been so far, what last week's tribunal was like, if she could tell what was going on it that mud challenge, where you can find her on the weekends and MUCH MORE! We can't wait to talk to ALL the rookies from War of the Worlds but we were particularly excited to speak to Natalie, who as you'll hear, as a really interesting backstory and is way more than just a Ninja. For MORE Challenge Mania, including weekly recap and commentary podcasts immediately following each episode of War of the Worlds, head to www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania and consider becoming a Maniac-level patron. Robinhood is giving Maniacs a FREE stock when they sign up through www.Mania.Robinhood.com
Feb 25, 2019
BONUS EP: Survivor's Davie Rickenbacker
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Survivor standout Davie Rickenbacker. In this special BONUS EPISODE of Challenge Mania, Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) switch it up a bit and bring on someone who has never been on The Challenge. Davie Rickenbacker (@ITweetDavie) IS however a lifelong Challenge fan, and is one of the most well-liked contestants in Survivor history. With Survivor: Edge of Extinction premiering this Wednesday, February 20th, an hour before War of the Worlds airs on MTV, we thought it would be fun to catch up with Davie, discuss his time on Survivor, how he became a fan of The Challenge, what parallels and differences there are between the two shows and bounce back and forth between the two. For Survivor fans, this episode has tons of inside info on Survivor: David Vs Goliath, where Davie came in 6th place on what was regarded widely as one of the best seasons in the show's recent memory. For Challenge fans, this should still be fun, as Derrick gets introduced to a world he doesn't truly understand and Davie shares memories of his early time as a Challenge viewer and sheds light on the new format of War of the Worlds. For MORE Challenge Mania and even more Survivor content, head to www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania where we break down each episode of War of the Worlds in The Warm Room and Scott & Lindsay break down Survivor as well. The Challenge Mania Enamel Pins go on sale on Wednesday at 12pm at www.ZombieSailor.com
Feb 19, 2019
Ep 106: Chase McNary
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Chase McNary. Chase (@CBMcNary) might have had a short-lived run on The Challenge: War of the Worlds, going home in the first head-to-head elimination, but he managed to make his mark along the way, getting briefly involved with Nany and making it a tough battle for Hunter and Georgia. He drops by the show to talk about his road from The Bachelorette, where he came in 3rd, to almost being selected as The Bachelor to the following season, to Ex on the Beach and finally to The Challenge. He tells us about the differences between the shows, whether he wants to come back, what we didn't see between him and Nany and what he attributes he and Ashley's loss to. Just like this season of The Challenge, this episode has a little of everything. Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) take the opportunity to learn about shows that we don't typically get an inside look at. This is one of those episodes you are going to want to reserve judgement on. Although he did not spend a lot of time on The Challenge (so far), his vast experience on different shows gives Chase a truly unique perspective, one he was kind of enough to share with us today. The Challenge Mania Enamel Pin goes on sale this Wednesday, February 20th at www.ZombieSailor.com beginning at 12pm EST! Each comes on signed, numbered cardback and there are only 100 available. Poshmark is giving Maniacs $5 off their first order. Use the code CHALLENGEMANIA when you download the Poshmark App! BetterHelp is the place to go for top notch online counseling. They will give you 10% off if you go to www.BetterHelp.com/Mania The Challenge Mania Shop is open as always! www.ChallengeMania.Shop For MORE Challenge Mania including weekly episodes dedicated entirely to that week's War of the Worlds, which we call THE WAR ROOM, head to www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania and become a Maniac-level Patron!
Feb 19, 2019
Ep. 105: Katie Returns!
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Katie Cooley. One of our favorites, Katie Cooley (@KatieCooley26) returns to the podcast just a few days before joining us in Austin for Challenge Mania Live. Katie stops by to tell Derrick (@DerrickMTV) & Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) what she thinks he War of the Worlds, what reality shows she watches, who she sees herself in today, how Challenge standards have changed, what her favorite off-camera moments were, how she almost got Derrick an agent, who she hated on Inferno, why she doesn't approve of too much hooking up on TV and much more! If you want to be a part of our last live show and Meet & Greet of the season, head to www.ChallengeManiaTX.com and get tickets to be a part of Austin 2:16 this Saturday at the North Door in Austin, TX. We will be joined by Katie as well as Hunter Barfield, Nelson Thomas and Marlon Williams! To hear us break down each episode of War of the Worlds every week in our series called THE WAR ROOM, head to www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania and become a Maniac-level patron or above! Remember to check out the www.ChallengeMania.SHOP for all the latest SWAG! Green Chef is a USDA certified organic company that makes eating well easy and affordable with plans to fit every kind of lifestyle. For $50 off your first box of Green Chef, go to GreenChef.us/MANIA BetterHelp is a truly affordable option for online counseling. They are offering 10% OFF to our listeners by going to BetterHelp.com/MANIA
Feb 13, 2019
Ep. 104: Johanna Botta
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Johanna Botta. Johanna Botta (@JohannaBotta) began her MTV career on the beloved Austin season of The Real World, and went on to appear on 4 seasons of The Challenge, taking home a group championship on The Gauntlet III. She has since put Reality TV in the rearview (for now) to pursue an acting and hosting career both stateside and in the UK, where she's lived with her family for the last few years. Johanna joins Challenge Mania to tell Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) about how she came to be on Real World in the first place, what her life has been like post-Challenge, whether she'd ever return to the show, when the last time she got a call was, memories of her time on the show, what it's like living in the UK and MUCH MORE! For more Challenge Mania, including a weekly recap episode breaking down each installment of War of the Worlds, head to www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania! The head into THE WAR ROOM after each episode of The Challenge to take your questions and break the episodes own. Head to www.ChallengeMania.Shop to support the podcast and look good doing it. Poshmark is giving Maniacs $5 off their first order. Just use the code CHALLENGEMANIA when you get and use the Poshmark App today! We are in Chicago for Challenge Mania Live this Saturday, February 9th w/ Wes, Nany, Melinda and Tori Hall as our guests. Limited tickets are still available at www.ChallengeManiaCHI.com The following week, February 16th, we invade Austin, TX with our biggest show of the year! We will be joined by Marlon, Hunter, Nelson and Katie! Both Meet & Greet tickets and GA tickets are still available at www.ChallengeManiaTX.com
Feb 05, 2019
Ep. 103: CJ Koegel
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by CJ Koegel. CJ Koegel (@CJKoegel) had strong showings on both of his seasons of The Challenge, Fresh Meat II and Battle of the Seasons. He joins Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) to discuss why we haven't seen him since, how he became a punter who almost made the NFL, what Real Wold Cancun was like, what he thought of the War of the Worlds Basic Training episode and whether we might see him back on the show in the future! We also spend some time at the top and back of the episode discussing the Season 33 Trailer in detail. For MORE talk about War of the Worlds, head to www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania WIN A TRIP to Challenge Mania Live by entering in our DraftKings Contest this Sunday, February 3rd. It's $5 to enter and you can win $1700 in prizes. Terms and Conditions apply. Play at dkng.co/challengemania Robinhood is giving Maniacs a FREE STOCK when they sign up at mania.robinhood.com www.ChallengeMania.Shop is the best place to get YOUR Challenge Mania swag and support your favorite cast members!
Jan 31, 2019
Ep.102: Cast Breakdown
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager break down the new cast of The Challenge 33: War of the Worlds. Some returning favorites, some fresh meat. Either way, we go over the entire new season, set to premiere on Wednesday, February 6th and everyone who is vying for that Challenge Championship in the War of the Worlds! Come watch the premiere with Scott, Kailah and Marie at the East End Bar and Grill in New York City. Just RSVP to ChallengeManiaPodcast@gmail.com Follow along and listen to all of our episode commentaries all season long over at www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania Robinhood is giving listeners a FREE STOCK when they sign up at mania.robinhood.com We have a DraftKings Contest this Sunday for the SUPER BOWL where you can win 2 VIP M&G Tix to the Challenge Mania Live of your choosing and $1500 in travel expenses! Sign up to play for $5 at dkng.co/challengemania and enter up to 5 lineups to better your chances! T&Cs apply.
Jan 29, 2019
Ep. 101: Marlon Williams
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Marlon Williams. Marlon Williams (@BlackZeusFit) made his debut on Real World Portland and only competed on one season of The Challenge on Rivals II, where he and Jordan made the final. He had an illustrious college football career at Texas Tech and recently began body building and personal training under the name Black Zeus. More than that, he wants back on The Challenge. He is the total package. He's got looks, size, athletic ability, personality and a chip on his shoulder. He drops by the show to tell Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) why Rivals II was his last season, who he has his sights set on now, whether he follows the show, how he would up on The Real World, how he became "Black Zeus" and much more! For MORE Challenge Mania, including our 100+ minute cast breakdown for War of the Worlds, head to www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania Marlon will be with us at Challenge Mania Live: Austin, along with Hunter, Nelson and Katie Cooley on Saturday, February 16th. Tickets available at www.ChallengeManiaTX.com POSHMARK is givining listeners $5 off their first order. Just use the invite cod
Jan 23, 2019
Ep. 100: CT Tamburello
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by CT Tamburello. For our 100th episode, there is really only one guest that could live up to the hype and was deserving of this momentous occasion. 2 Time Champion (plus 2 time Champs Vs Stars Winner) Chris Tamburello aka CT (@TheOfficial_CT) is on most people's Challenge Mount Rushmore. His name is synonymous with the franchise. Simply put, if you are not excited for this episode...you are not Challenge Maniac. CT joins Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) to share his casting story, talk about fatherhood, what his favorite era of The Challenge has been, how he became one of the faces of the show, how he feels about Paulie, Bananas, Veronica, Ashley and The Young Bucks, who he'd like to see back on the show AND MORE! Play in our FREE Draft Kings Contest THIS SUNDAY at dkng.co/challengemania and win a FREE TRIP to the Challenge Mania Live of your choosing! Terms and Conditions apply. See site for details. Check out CT's new movie THE HABIT, in theaters soon! For now, check out the trailer for the film on YouTube, brought to you by the filmmaker behind the cult classic Oxymorons, Johnny Hickey! ALL WEEK you can get all heavyweight T's at www.ChallengeMania.Shop for $24.95. That's $10 off the regular price of $34.95. Buy two and you qualify for FREE SHIPPING until 1/22! The FREE SHIPPING CODE appears at the top of the shop page. Head to www.TakeCareOf.com and take their personal survey. Find out what vitamins you need and get them mailed to you in convenient daily servings. Get 50% of your first order with the code CHALLENGE50. With the new cast for The Challenge: WAR OF THE WORLDS out and the new season almost upon us, there is no better time to become a Challenge Mania Patron! Head to www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania to find out what sort of BONUS PODCASTS and other fun stuff we have going on over there! Live Shows: 1/26 - Carolines in NYC - SOLD OUT (less than 20 tickets left) - www.ChallengeMania.Live 2/9 - Chicago Improv - 50 tickets left - www.ChallengeManiaCHI.com 2/16 - The North Door in Austin TX - Plenty of Tickets available - www.ChallengeManiaTX.com
Jan 17, 2019
Ep. 99: Hunter's Reckoning
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are once again joined by Final Reckoning Champion HUNTER BARFIELD. Hunter Barfield (@HBarfield13) is a Challenge Champion. It's hard to remember that because even though he won The Final Reckoning season of The Challenge, he went home empty handed, thanks to a decision by his partner, Ashley Mitchell. Hunter joins Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) to discuss this entire process, coping with the loss of all that money, whether he has regrets, how he feels about Ashley today, what she said about him at the reunion and MORE! For MORE Challenge Mania, head to www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania Head to www.TakeCareOf.com and use the code CHALLENGE50 to get 50% off your first month of custom and personalized vitamins sent to your door! Hunter will be with us at Challenge Mania Live AUSTIN, our ONLY stop in Texas this year! That goes down on February 16th and tickets are available at www.ChallengeManiaTX.com FREE SHIPPING at www.ChallengeMania.Shop until 1/22 Play in our FREE Draft Kings Contest and win a FREE TRIP to Challenge Mania Live! Go to www.dkng.co/challengemania to play!
Jan 15, 2019
Ep. 98: Roda Returns!
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are once again joined by Marie Roda. Marie Roda (@Marie_TBD) had an amazing year in 2018. So much so that she was voted Funniest Commentary & Most Improved by both the patrons & the experts in the Challenge Mania Awards. Marie joins Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) to learn about her big awards wins, break down The Final Reckoning Final, discuss the big moment at the end of the show, let us in on her dating life, explain what went down with her and Amanda, why she doesn't get along with Nelson and whether she was slated to be on Ex on the Beach. Marie will be with us at Carolines on Broadway along with Susie Meister and Kenny Santucci for Challenge Mania Live on Saturday, January 26th! A few tickets still remain over at www.ChallengeMania.Live FREE SHIPPING CONTINUES at www.ChallengeMania.Shop until January 22nd! Don't wait!
Jan 11, 2019
Ep. 97: Natalia Negrotti
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Natalie Negrotti. The first time Natalia (@NataliaNegrotti) or Natalie, depending who who is asking, came on #ChallengeMania, it was early into her Challenge career and a few episodes into Vendettas. Now she has 2 seasons, a Redemption House, a 3rd place finish on The Final Reckoning, 2 Elimination of the Year nominations and a Rookie of the Year nod in the Challenge Mania Awards under her belt. This is a new Natalie Negrotti. This is Natalia Negrotti. Natalia joins Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) to discuss The Final Reckoning, Redemption House, her eliminations Vs Brad and Kyle and Johnny and Tony, the lasting impact some of those battles took on her, getting lost during the final, whether Paulie would have taken the money from her, their move to turn on Joss and Sylvia and break their word and MUCH MORE! This a podcast that covers it all and you do not want to miss it! For more Challenge Mania, including bonus podcasts, head to www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania and consider becoming a patron. Poshmark is giving Challenge Maniacs $5 off their first order when you get the Poshmark app and use the code CHALLENGEMANIA. Even BRITNI (@BritniNicol) is selling her clothes on Poshmark! There is FREE SHIPPING on orders over $45 at www.ChallengeMania.Shop until January 22nd!
Jan 09, 2019
Ep 96: Jemmye Part 2
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Jemmye Carroll for Part II. On Part II of this massive semester of Jem Class, Jemmye casts her (unofficial) votes for the Challenge Mania Awards, theorizes what could have been if Camila was still a force on The Challenge and how that would have affected the trajectory of other female competitors and she breaks down the multi-layered internet beef between her Group Text known as "Forever Petty", Kailah and Marie and Angela, Amanda and Nelson that kicked off the "December to Remember" in the Challenge world. This Sunday, January 6th you can win tickets to the Challenge Mania Live event of your choosing AND $1500 in travel expenses to get there, courtesy of DraftKings! Head to dkng.co/challengemania to play. T&Cs apply. See site for details. FREE SHIPPING through 1/22 over at www.ChallengeMania.Shop if you spend $45 or more! We are coming to Carolines on Broadway in NYC on January 26th. Tickets available at www.ChallengeMania.Live On February 9th, we make our debut in Chicago at the Chicago Improv. Tickets available at www.ChallengeManiaCHI.com The following week on February 16th, we are in the Lone Star State! Austin Texas at The North Door. Tickets available at www.ChallengeManiaTX.com
Jan 04, 2019
Ep: 95 Jemmye Part 1
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Jemmye Carroll. One of our favorites, Jemmye Carroll (@JustJem24) to walk us through everything going on in the Challenge world. This interview went so long that we decided to break it into two parts. Here in Part 1, Jemmye explains some of her recent twitter altercations and comments and takes YOUR questions! Check back tomorrow for Part 2 of our chat with Jem! This Sunday, January 6th you can win tickets to the Challenge Mania Live event of your choosing AND $1500 in travel expenses to get there, courtesy of DraftKings! Head to dkng.co/challengemania to play. T&Cs apply. See site for details. FREE SHIPPING through 1/22 over at www.ChallengeMania.Shop if you spend $45 or more! We are coming to Carolines on Broadway in NYC on January 26th. Tickets available at www.ChallengeMania.Live On February 9th, we make our debut in Chicago at the Chicago Improv. Tickets available at www.ChallengeManiaCHI.com The following week on February 16th, we are in the Lone Star State! Austin Texas at The North Door. Tickets available at www.ChallengeManiaTX.com
Jan 03, 2019
EP. 94: TJ LAVIN RETURNS!
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Challenge Host TJ LAVIN! Who better to ring in the New Year with us at Challenge Mania than the host of The Challenge, TJ LAVIN!? TJ (@TJLavin) returns to the podcast for the first time in almost a year with a ton of new material to unpack. He tells Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) what fans can expect from the upcoming season, without giving too much away of course! He shares his thoughts on Ashley's million dollar decision, whether Hunter is still to be considered a Challenge Champion, what he thinks of equalizers, what OG he wants to see back, his thoughts on pasta-gate, why Sylvia didn't get sent home for her head-butt on The Final Reckoning and best of all, TJ even casts his vote for a bunch of the Challenge Mania Awards Live on the air! If this podcast is a sign of what is to come in 2019, the sky is the limit! For more Challenge Mania, bonus podcasts, special contests and other perks, head to www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania and consider becoming a patron of the show! Voting for the Challenge Mania Awards closes at 11:45pm EST on Wed. January 2nd. We are partnering up with DRAFT KINGS for a one Fantasy Football day contest THIS SUNDAY, JANUARY 6th! For only $5 to enter, you have a chance to win 2 VIP M&G Tickets to the Challenge Mania Live show of your choosing plus $1500 to cover travel expenses. That's $1700 in total prizes. Head to https://dkng.co/ChallengeMania to play! Must have your lineup in by the start of the first game this Sunday, January 6th. Restrictions apply. See website for details. Robinhood is giving Maniacs a FREE STOCK. Download the Robinhood app today at Robinhood.com/ChallengeMania We are coming to NYC for Challenge Mania Live on Saturday, January 26th. Tickets available at www.ChallengeMania.LIVE We'll be in Chicago on Saturday, February 9th, tickets available at www.ChallengeManiaCHI.com Finally, we'll be in Austin, TX on Saturday, February 16th! Tickets available at www.ChallengeManiaTX.com FREE SHIPPING OVER $45 HAS RETURNED to the Challenge Mania Shop. Just head to www.ChallengeMania.Shop today!
Jan 02, 2019
Ep. 93: CMA Nominations w/ Susie Meister
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Susie Meister to reveal the Challenge Mania Awards nominees. Our good friend Dr. Susie Meister (@Susie_Meister) of the Brain Candy Podcast (@BrainCandyPod) joins us to go through all of the nominees for the first ever Challenge Mania Awards. We use the nominations as a blueprint for discussing the entire year of The Challenge with Susie, who watches every episode with Sarah Rice on their live Q&A's at www.Patreon.com/Brain Candy. We go over the nominees for Comeback Player of the Year, Most Improved, Male & Female Rookies of the Year, Elimination of the Year, Funniest Commentary, Best Performance by the "Star", Male & Female Competitor of the Year, Male & Female Cast-member of the Year & Challenger of the Year. We also explain what criteria is being considered and playing a factor for each of these awards. To VOTE in the first ever Challenge Mania Award, become a patron before January 2nd. Every patron gets a vote! www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania Susie will also be with us in NYC for Challenge Mania Live at Carolines on Broadway on Saturday, January 26th. Our other guests will be Kenny Santucci and Marie Roda. Tickets are on-sale at www.ChallengeMania.Live We will be coming to Chicago at the Chicago Improv along with Wes Bergmann, Nany Gonalez and Melinda Collins. That will be Saturday, February 9th and tickets are on sale at www.ChallengeManiaCHI.com Lastly, we are coming to the LONE STAR STATE, when we come to The North Door in Austin, TX on Saturday, February 16th, where we will be joined by The Young Bucks, Hunter Barfield & Nelson Thomas! Stay tuned for how to play in our DRAFT KINGS CONTEST on January 6th to have a chance to win a trip to the Challenge Mania Live of your choosing! As always the www.CHALLENGEMANIA.Shop is open! GET YOUR PODCAST GEAR TODAY!
Dec 26, 2018
Ep. 92: Kayleigh Morris
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Kayleigh Morris. Kayleigh Morris (@KMorrisX) was one of the many TV stars from the UK to migrate over to The Challenge on Vendettas. Although her initial season was short-lived, she more than made her mark on The Final Reckoning, where she and Kam came a few eliminations away from the final and their chance at a million dollars. Kayleigh joins Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) to talk about how her TV career started, what her experience in the UK has been like, why she got kicked off Big Brother, what her history is with the other UK Challengers like Melissa, Joss, Rogan and Kyle, what it was like watching Joss take on Derrick, what made her want to go home on Vendettas as well as thoughts on Natalie, Johnny Bananas, Nelson and much more! This is one podcast you do not want to miss! We also reveal the next city we will be heading to for Challenge Mania Live in 2019! For more Challenge Mania, head to www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania - Not only do we release bonus content every week, but if you are a patron, you can also vote in the first ever Challenge Mania Awards. We'll be announcing the nominees on Wednesday, December 26th here on the podcast! We are coming to NYC for Challenge Mania Live on January 26th! Tickets are available at www.ChallengeMania.Live We finally make our debut in TEXAS on February 16th. It's AUSTIN 2:16 from The North Door in Austin, TX. Tickets available at www.ChallengeManiaTX.com The Challenge Mania Shop is OPEN at www.ChallengeMania.Shop! Rep the podcast and your favorite cast members with sweet gear like hoodies, tanks, shirts and more!
Dec 20, 2018
Ep. 91: Nehemiah Clark
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Nehemiah Clark. Challenge champion Nehemiah Clark (@NehemiahMTV) drops by the show to tell Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) what he's been up to since his final Challenge season, Rivals. He talks about how his faith was portrayed on the show, what the story was with him and Beth, who he'd want to play with today, whether he's looking to come back and what was so special about Real World: Austin. For MORE Challenge Mania, head to www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania Robinhood will give you a free stock if you head to Robinhood.com/MANIA OnYourOwn.Org/ChallengeMania is a great please for financial guidance! Come check us out in NYC on 1/26 at Carolines, tickets available at www.ChallengeMania.Live and in AUSTIN, TEXAS at The North Door on 2/16, tickets available at www.ChallengeManiaTX.com
Dec 18, 2018
Ep. 90: Tori Hall
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Tori Hall. Tori Hall (@ToriFiorenza) is a two-time Challenge Champion. She joins Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) to talk about how she got started on Road Rules, why her season, Viewers Revenge, should not be considered an actual season, what memories she has of her time on The Challenge, why she and her then husband Brad walked away from the show and what it was like seeing Brad make his return after all these years. Tori sheds light on a few recent back-and-forths between her and Britni Nicol and breaks down the current crop of female competitors on The Challenge. Tori is a great guest and this is not an episode you'll want to miss! If you want even MORE Challenge Mania, including a special breakdown of the CT Getting Married Wedding Special with CT's Best Man, John Hickey, head over to www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania and consider becoming a Challenge Mania Patron. You get tons of bonus content each month and it's also the only way to vote for the Challenge Mania Awards at the end of this month. Voting will begin on December 26th when the nominations are announced on a special podcast. Head to www.ChallengeMania.Shop to get YOUR Challenge Mania gear and to represent your favorite cast members like Shane, Kailah, Marie, Cara, Mark, Paulie, Jemmye, Darrell and Devin! Poshmark is giving Maniacs $5 off their first purchase. Download the Poshmark app and use the code CHALLENGEMANIA to start shopping for clothes! Brooklinen, the best sheets ever, are giving Maniacs $20 off their first order AND FREE SHIPPING! Use the code MANIA! Snuggle up! Scentbird is also hooking Maniacs up! Get 50% of your first order and start receiving the perfect amount of cologne and perfume each month. Use the code MANIA. Come check us out in NYC at Carolines on Saturday, January 26th, 2019. Our guests will be Marie Roda, Susie Meister and Kenny Santucci! Tickets are available at www.ChallengeMania.Live - The Pre Show Meet & Greet is already sold out, but tickets to the show are still available. Get yours today before it's too late!
Dec 13, 2018
Ep. 89: Jasmine Reynaud
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Jasmine Reynaud. Jasmine was always a fan favorite since her big personality made her stand out on her debut season of Real World: Cancun. She has remained a favorite of Challenge fans over the years with her commentary on social media. Now a mother of two, Jasmine still keeps up with the show, and as she tells Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER), still has ambitions of returning to the game. Jasmine joins us for a fun chat about The Final Reckoning, how mothers are treated on the show, whether she'd have kept the million dollars like Ashley did, who her favorite cast members are these days and MUCH MORE! This is a really great episode you do not want to miss! For even MORE Challenge Mania, make sure to head to www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania - Consider becoming a patron of the show and not only do you help support the free content we put up on iTunes and everywhere you get your podcasts, you'll also get bonus podcasts including special interviews and weekly episode commentaries. Be a part of contests, awards voting and tons of other exclusive opportunities. We have NEW MERCH up at www.ChallengeMania.Shop - Get down to the NEEDY GREEDY and get your shopping done by 12/12 for FREE SHIPPING on orders over $45. Poshmark is giving Maniacs $5 off their first order with the Code: CHALLENGEMANIA Brooklinen will give Maniacs $20 off AND Free Shipping on the BEST SHEETS EVER if you go to www.Brooklinen.com and use the code MANIA. We use and love these sheets. That is no joke. Scentbird is the best way to try new fragrances each month in a manageable size and for a great price. Maniacs get 50% off their first order by going to www.Scentbird.com/Mania and using the Code: MANIA!
Dec 10, 2018
Ep. 88: Tony Proposes!
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are once again joined by the newly engaged Tony Raines. Normally we wouldn't have a guest on so soon after their last appearance. Unless they're Cara Maria. Just kidding. But in all seriousness, Tony popped the biggest question of his life when he proposed to his then girlfriend, now fiancé, Alyssa Giacone, at The Final Reckoning Reunion. Now, this was taped back in October, but since it hadn't aired, the last time Tony was on the show, he was hesitant to go into detail and ruin the moment we all enjoyed collectively on Tuesday night, closing out what was an otherwise hectic and heated reunion. Tony (@TonyRaines) returns to the show to tell Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) what went into the proposal, if he was nervous, whether it affected his demeanor during the rest of the show, his thoughts on how others acted, how he feels about Johnny Bananas and some of the ways in which he treats people, whether he and Alyssa would be open to a wedding special and MORE! Plus, Tony finally speaks about the elimination that sent he and Johnny home just one challenge short of the Final for a million dollars. This is a podcast you do not want to miss. It is Tony Time once again! Check out his store at www.TonyTime.Store and remember to check out www.ChallengeMania.Shop for our gear. FREE SHIPPING over $45 until 12/12. Poshmark is giving listeners $5 off their first purchase. Just use the referral code CHALLENGEMANIA when using their app. Our first live show of 2019 will be back at our home away from home at Carolines in NYC on Saturday, January 26th! Tickets are available but going fast at www.ChallengeMania.Live If you're craving even MORE Challenge Mania, we do bonus podcasts for our patrons over at www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania - Being a patron is also the only way you get to participate in voting for our first ever Challenge Mania Awards!
Dec 06, 2018
Ep. 87: Faith Stowers
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Faith Stowers. Faith Stowers (@FaithStowers) made her way onto her rookie season of The Challenge this year by way of Vanderpump Rules and Ex on the Beach. She drops by Challenge Mania to tell Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) how she went from serving in the military to a career on Bravo and MTV. She tells us how one gets on Vanderpump Rules and whether any of those folks would cut it on The Challenge. She explains her relationship with Cara Maria and shares her experiences at red hot Final Reckoning Reunion. Plus, finally find out what it is that all of these women see in Kyle! All this and much more! For even MORE Challenge Mania, consider becoming a Patron. Over at www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania we deliver bonus content and MORE podcasts each week that break down each episode of The Challenge. Poshmark is giving Maniacs $5 off their first order. Just use the referral code CHALLENGEMANIA when you download their app! Don't forget to grab some gear for the Challenge Maniac in your life this holiday season over at www.ChallengeMania.Shop We return to New York City for Challenge Mania Live on Saturday, January 26th, 2019 at Carolines on Broadway. Stay tuned for more news this week! Tickets will be available at www.ChallengeMania.Live
Dec 03, 2018
Ep: 86: One Year Anniversary
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager celebrate Challenge Mania's One Year Anniversary with multiple guests! It's been exactly one year since we posted our first episode of Challenge Mania. This is our 86th episode in that span and that does not even include all of the bonus content over at www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania In this special episode, we talk about the Final Reckoning reunion, and Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) are joined by the people who make this show possible, YOU GUYS! For the first time ever, instead of reading listener questions, we brought as many listeners on as possible to be a part of the show, to thank them, and to answer their questions directly. We also talk to our brilliant artist Craig Marier (@Pan14) to learn about his process and talk about the first year of this wild ride that is sure to continue with all of you Maniacs! Fitting that our One Year Anniversary podcast is our longest ever, so strap yourselves in and get ready for THREE PLUS HOURS of Challenge Mania! If 3 Hours isn't enough, we'll have even more reunion coverage up at the Patreon site later this week. We have decided to keep our two sales going up at www.ChallengeMania.Shop all week to celebrate the anniversary. Heavyweight Ts are $10 less for $24.95 and French Terry Sweatshirts are marked down $10 to $34.95 Poshmark is giving Challenge Maniacs $5 off their first order. Download the app and use the referral code CHALLENGEMANIA Brooklinen is hooking you guys up with $20 off AND Free Shipping. Just use the code MANIA and get THE best sheets ever. Trust us, we love them. Lastly, for sound financial advice, head over to OnYourOwn.Org/ChallengeMania - Make informed money decisions the right way! Thank you everyone for getting us to the One Year Mark. Over 3 Million Downloads later. We cannot thank each and every one of you enough. If you've ever listened to one episode of Challenge Mania, written a review, told a friend, bought a shirt, come to a live show or even clicked on something we've posted ever, even once, on any platform...we thank you, truly, from the bottom of our hearts!
Nov 29, 2018
Ep 85: FINAL Reckoning Review
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager break down The Final Reckoning Finale! No guest today! For those of you asking for our initial thoughts on last week's BONKERS finale, here they are! The season that started in early July has finally come to a close, and a controversial close at that. Even though Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) is in New Zealand, he couldn't resist hooking up with Derrick (@DerrickMTV) to begin to dive into what will likely be a multi-week conversation about the season and the final that was. This is the kind of episode that is typically one of our BONUS PODCASTS over at www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania. Because the final is such a hot button issue right now and we want to keep the content coming your way, and even with Scott in transit back to the states from New Zealand, we have decided to make this an iTunes podcast for you as well! Our patrons enjoyed it a few days early, but now it's here for your listening pleasure too. In this episode we discuss the grenades and how they were used, how the final stacks up against recent competitions, whether Ashley made the right move, what Hunter could have done to change his fate and MUCH MORE! If you sign up to become a patron today, not only will you get all of our bonus content like this, you might also be a part of our special One Year Anniversary Episode of Challenge Mania where YOU GUYS will be calling in to serve as guests for the show! We have FREE SHIPPING and TONS OF DISCOUNTS up at www.ChallengeMania.Shop Brooklinen is giving Maniacs $20 OFF and Free Shipping at www.Brooklinen.com/Mania with the code MANIA! Poshmark are giving Maniacs $5 off their first order. Download the Poshmark app today and use the code CHALLENGEMANIA. Check out www.OnYourOwn.ORG/MANIA, a great free resource for financial decisions! They're a great new sponsor of ours that will educate you and help empower you to make better financial decisions!
Nov 26, 2018
Ep. 84: Adam King
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Adam King. Adam King (@AdamKingMTV) joins Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) to discuss his time on the Challenge, why he feels bad about his performance Rivals, whether he still watches the show, why he wants back on and what music mogul is currently his boss. Poshmark is giving users $5 off their first purchase with the code CHALLENGEMANIA Brooklinen is giving Maniacs $20 OFF and FREE SHIPPING at www.Brooklinen.com/Mania - They really are the best sheets! FREE SHIPPING at www.ChallengeMania.Shop on orders over $45 through 11/26 For more Challenge Mania, check out www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania.
Nov 18, 2018
Ep. 83: Your Questions!
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager take YOUR QUESTIONS! We don't have a guest this week, so we get to have fun and spend some time diving into great questions from social media and from our Challenge Mania patrons. This episode was taped shortly before Scott left for New Zealand on 11/10. Towards the end of the episode, we include a clip from a previous Reckoning Review, which is our Patron-Only Bonus Podcast Series where we talk about The Challenge episode from that week over at www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania. In this fun and lengthy sample clip, Derrick (@DerrickMTV) & Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) are joined by Challenge expert and friend of the show Derrick Hutek (@DerrickHutek) to discuss the last three teams to leave The Final Reckoning (Shane/Nelson, Brad/Kyle & Kam/Kayleigh) and their potential for championships in the future. The guys also then break down the remaining five teams left on this season and discuss who has the easiest story to root for and the best chances at taking home the title. For MORE Challenge Mania, check out www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania - We will have TWO Meet the Patrons podcasts this month, that are free for everyone to listen to. Not just patrons. All patrons have the opportunity to one day be selected to sit in the hot seat and be interviewed Challenge Mania style. This month it's Joanna Palmer & 100 Question Howard! Listen to their interviews this week and next week at the Patreon site. Head to www.Scentbird.com/MANIA and get 50% off their fantastic monthly cologne and perfume service, where they send you whichever brands you choose in a fun and practical size. Use the code MANIA for the discount! Poshmark is giving Challenge Manias $5 off their first order! Download the Poshmark app and start browsing all their amazing clothing items today. Use the code CHALLENGEMANIA for discount! Brooklinen really are the best sheets ever. They are delivering 5-Star Hotel Quality sheets right to your door. Give them a try and receive $20 off AND Free Shipping by going to www.Brooklinen.com/MANIA and using the code MANIA Speaking of FREE SHIPPING, www.ChallengeMania.Shop has FREE SHIPPING on all orders over $45 from now until November 26th!
Nov 13, 2018
Ep. 82: Nelson Thomas
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Nelson Thomas. FINALLY! TYB is IN the building! Nelson Thomas (@MTV_NellyT) joins Derrick (@DerrickMTV) & Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) to discuss he and Shane's stellar run on The Final Reckoning, their last couple losses down the stretch and whether he has any regrets, whether he was surprised Derrick wasn't his Vendetta or partner, if he would have taken the money from Shane had they made they final, why he has a beef with Marie Roda, what his current standing with Kayleigh is, if there was any truth to Johnny's rumors about him and Natalie, his thoughts on the Tony & Cory fight and the Johnny & Devin fight from a few weeks back and MUCH MORE! This podcast was well worth the wait! Tons of stuff on the Dirty XXX altercation between Nelson & Derrick, Nelson's current relationship status and lots of stuff he can't even really discuss yet! This podcast really gets down to the Needy Greedy! If you want MORE Challenge Mania, we are going to break down Nelson and Shane's last episode of The Final Reckoning in GREAT DETAIL over at www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania We have FREE SHIPPING on all orders over $45 at www.ChallengeMania.Shop until November 26th! Practically ALL MONTH! Remember to download the POSHMARK APP and get $5 off your first purchase by using the code CHALLENGEMANIA!
Nov 07, 2018
Ep. 81: Devin Walker Returns
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Devin Walker. Devin Walker (@MTVDevinWalker) has been a guest on not one, but two of our recent live shows in both Boston and Washington, DC. He's always a great guest on the show and although it's a shame that this episode had to focus on what was far from his finest hour on last week's episode of The Final Reckoning, Devin manages to deliver once again, this time more with his honesty and accountability than his humor and wit. Devin joins Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) to give his side of what went down during his final days on this season of The Challenge. He answers your questions, talks about whether he is upset with Cory for costing them their season by attacking Tony, if he thinks Tony should have been punished too, what led him to bother Bananas to the extent that he did, if he was trying to get Johnny to throw a punch and lastly, whether he thinks what he did was wrong. This is an episode of Challenge Mania that you do not want to miss. If you want more of Challenge Mania, head over to www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania where we will be doing bonus episodes of THIS week's Challenge episode and every episode of The Challenge. We also choose one Patron a month to join us on Meet the Patrons, a special podcast series where we put you in the hot seat! Represent the podcast and your favorite Challengers over at www.ChallengeMania.Shop! If you cop some gear, take some pix and send them to us on twitter! @DerrickMTV @SHOTOFYAGER We WILL shout you out! Our last live show of 2018 is his Saturday in Atlanta, Georgia at the Punchline Comedy Club with Cohutta, Britni and Chuck. A few tickets are left over at www.ChallengeMania.Live Check out POSHMARK! Download the app and start scoring amazing clothes that you'll have to see to believe. You can get $5 off your first purchase with the code CHALLENGEMANIA.
Oct 30, 2018
Ep. 80: Melinda Collins Returns!
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Melinda Collins. Melinda Collins (@MelindaStolpMTV) returns to the show, this time for a special BONUS PODCAST that was initially exclusive to Patrons over at www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania, where she joined Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) for one of our "Reckoning Reviews". The podcast was so good and so long, Melinda was so great, and this episode of The Final Reckoning has remained such a hot topic that we have chosen to do something we never do...share our exclusive Patron-only content with the masses. Hopefully this will encourage you to consider becoming a Challenge Mania Patron. This is what our bonus podcasts are like over there. Instead of long-form interviews where our guest is the main subject, during these Reckoning Reviews, we break down the week's episode and take questions about or based on that episode. Sometimes it is just Scott & Derrick. Sometimes we have a guest like Melinda. Sometimes we bring on one of YOU for our Meet the Patrons podcast series! On this podcast, we dive head first into the crazy episode of The Challenge where Cory and Tony get into it physically and Devin and Johnny get into it verbally. Please note that this podcast was taped before we had Tony on to clarify a few things. If you haven't heard that episode yet, that's fine. Listen to this one first actually, then that one. We taped this one on Wednesday, October 24th, the day after that episode aired. This one is loaded with opinions and it even gets pretty amped up a few times. This episode of The Final Reckoning hit us just as hard as it hit most of you guys. We then spoke to Tony a few days later and it actually does look now like we're going to be having Devin on to add another perspective to this whole ordeal. Stay tuned for that later this week. For MORE Bonus Challenge Mania Content, head over to www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania Be sure to check out Melinda's podcast, The 8th Sin, available wherever you get your podcasts! POSHMARK is giving Challenge Maniacs $5 off their first order! Download their app and start shopping. Use the code CHALLENGEMANIA for the discount. We are doing a Challenge-themed Halloween Costume Contest, this Wednesday, 10/31! Dress up in your best Challenge-themed costume and you could win a Challenge Mania Swag Pack! Speaking of SWAG, check out www.ChallengeMania.Shop Our LAST LIVE SHOW OF 2018 is This Saturday, November 3rd at the Punchline in Atlanta, GA. Our guests are Cohutta Grindstaff and Britni Thornton and Chuck Mowery, who will be together for the first time since the Final Reckoning Redemption House. **Tickets available at www.ChallengeMania.Live**
Oct 29, 2018
Ep. 79: Tony Tells All
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Tony Raines. After that crazy episode of The Final Reckoning Tuesday, we had to go right to the source. Tony Raines (@T_Raines33) joins Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) to break down the altercations depicted on The Challenge this week. He opens up about his feelings about it now, how he felt about it then and reveals some of the stuff we didn't get to see as well. This is an episode you do NOT want to miss! If you want MORE talk about this particular episode, Melinda Collins (@MelindaStolpMTV) joined us for a 2 hour podcast over at www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania where we go even deeper into our opinions and on the matters and hand and take loads more of questions. Robinhood is giving Maniacs a FREE STOCK (believe it!) if you go to www.Mania.Robinhood.com Poshmark will give you $5 off your first order if you use the code CHALLENGEMANIA after downloading their app and making a purchase! www.ChallengeMania.Shop is the place to go for YOUR CHALLENGE MERCH! Our LAST LIVE SHOW OF THE YEAR is next Saturday in Atlanta, Georgia! Tickets are available at www.ChallengeMania.Live
Oct 25, 2018
Ep. 78: Rachel Robinson
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Rachel Robinson. One of the baddest women to ever play the game, Challenge and Road Rules OG Rachel Robinson (@Rachel_Fitness) joins the show to tell Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) what she's up to now, why it's so important to vote on 11/6, who she thinks the best female competitor of all time is besides herself, whether a Challenge in her future is a possibility, when the last time she was called was, why she stopped saying Yes to the show, what she thinks of the Lavender Ladies and the players of today and MUCH MORE! If you want even MORE Challenge Mania, including episode reviews for The Final Reckoning, head over to www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania - This week, MELINDA COLLINS will be joining us to break down the shocking episode of the show! We also choose one of YOU to be interviewed for our MEET THE PATRONS series! Need some Challenge Mania Merch!? Head to www.ChallengeMania.Shop OUR LAST LIVE SHOW OF 2018 is NEXT SATURDAY in Atlanta at the Punchline featuring Cohutta, Britni and Chuck! Get Your Tix at www.ChallengeMania.Live Robinhood is giving FREE STOCKS to Challenge Mania listeners, all you have to do is get their app by going to www.Mania.Robinhood.com PoshMark is giving Maniacs $5 OFF their first order. Download their app and start shopping! Use the code CHALLENGEMANIA to get your discount!
Oct 22, 2018
Ep. 77: Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by...nobody! It's 100+ minutes of the guys discussing their time in DC this past weekend, the elimination-heavy episode of The Final Reckoning from this week, the violent trailer for the next episode and more. Derrick (@DerrickMTV) & Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) take YOUR QUESTIONS and even put together ideal casts for a future season of The Challenge. If this episode is up your ally, this is typically what we do over at www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania and you should check that out! Our bonus episodes are quite like this one. Get your Challenge Mania swag at www.ChallengeMania.Shop Come see us in Atlanta on Saturday 11/3! Tickets available at www.ChallengeMania.Live Download the Poshmark App and get $5 off your first purchase with the invite code CHALLENGEMANIA Download the Robinhood app and get a FREE stock by going to Mania.Robinhood.com
Oct 17, 2018
Ep. 76: Marie Returns!
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Marie Roda. One of our favorite guests, Marie Roda (@Marie_TBD) returns to the podcast on the heels of her biggest episode ever. Marie joins Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) as she breaks down that intense head butt/nudge scene with Sylvia, the touching moment she had with Cara in the deliberation booth, her Challenge performance, being turned on by the Lavender Ladies and more. Marie tells us who is "corny" in the Final Reckoning house, what brought on her recent beefs with Nelson and Paulie, whether she is quitting The Challenge for good and what it feels like to have all these new fans. For MORE Challenge Mania head to www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania where we release BONUS PODCASTS! Come see us in DC this Saturday, 10/13 - Tickets at www.ChallengeManiaDC.com Come see us in ATL on Saturday, 11/3 - Tickets at www.ChallengeMania.Live As always, you can find your Challenge Mania gear at www.ChallengeMania.Shop
Oct 10, 2018
Ep. 75: Jenna Compono
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Jenna Compono. Jenna Compono (@JennaCompono) joins Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) to discuss how she wound up on The Real World, the relationship that got her there, dealing with her recent injury, her friendships with Nany and Kailah, being in a very public relationship with Zach, watching him play out The Final Reckoning with Amanda, how she felt watching this past Tuesday's episode, what she thinks her threatening tweet might be in regards to, her early exit from the game, thoughts on TYB and The Lavender Ladies and MUCH MORE! This episode is almost two hours of Jenna not holding back and was WELL worth the wait! To hear Derrick & Scott give their in-depth thoughts on the episode of The Final Reckoning discussed with Jenna in this podcast, head over to Patreon.com/ChallengeMania where they will be doing a full BONUS EPISODE breaking it down! Get your CHALLENGE SWAG at www.ChallengeMania.Shop We look forward to seeing you all in DC next Saturday, October 13th at the DC Improv for Challenge Mania Live! Tickets on sale at www.ChallengeManiaDC.com
Oct 05, 2018
Ep. 74: Johnny Bananas
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Johnny Bananas. The face of The Challenge franchise for close to a decade finally makes his much anticipated first appearance on Challenge Mania and it is a good one! Johnny (@JohnnyBananas) drops by for almost TWO HOURS to talk to Derrick (@DerrickMTV) & Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) about his new late-night show gig 1st Look on NBC, which premieres this Saturday after SNL and how it all came about. Then, Johnny discusses why he doesn't like the new crop of talent infiltrating The Challenge landscape, what his favorite format is, what new format he wishes they would institute, who his Challenge Kryptonite is, what went wrong during the famous backpack challenge with CT, how a guy who never watched and still doesn't watch reality TV ended up the face of it and MUCH MORE! If you want MORE Challenge Mania, be sure to head to www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania where we drop bonus episodes each week! Try it out for a month and see if you want to join the team! If you live near Boston, MA, come see us at Howl at the Moon THIS SAT, September 29th for Challenge Mania Live! Tickets and info are available at www.ChallengeMania.Boston If you live near NYC, come to our FREE Final Reckoning Viewing Party with Derrick & Scott next Tuesday at East End Bar and Grill from 8-11pm. Just RSVP to ChallengeManiaPodcast@gmail.com Check out ROBINHOOD! Go to Mania.Robinhood.com to get started with a FREE stock like Apple, Ford or Sprint! A special for Challenge Mania listeners! Saturday, October 13th we are coming to the DC Improv in our nation's capital! Head to www.ChallengeManiaDC.com for tickets and info!
Sep 26, 2018
Ep. 73: "The Gauntlet Queen" Sarah Greyson
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by "The Gauntlet Queen" Sarah Greyson. If you blinked, you missed Sarah Greyson's (@TheGreySauce) run on The Challenge. It lasted one season, after she made her debut on Road Rules: Campus Crawl. But boy did she leave a mark. She was the first ever cast member to compete in an elimination and win. Her five elimination wins in a season are still tied for the single-season record. She is a Challenge Champ, having won the season of The Gauntlet. Her performance earned her the nickname "The Gauntlet Queen" and recently Bill Simmons said it was the Challenge moment(s) he remembered the most fondly over his years as a viewer. That however, was Sarah's last season. She quickly vanished from the scene to pursue other ambitions and never looked back. She IS however joining Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) on stage at the Brea Improv for Challenge Mania Live on September 22nd! Before that, she stopped by Challenge Mania to share her story with the wider pool of Maniacs who listen to the podcast all around the world and catch us up on what she's been up to and whether she'd ever return. This is a Challenge history lesson of sorts, and a look at a very important cast member who deserves more recognition that she gets! For MORE Challenge Mania including an in-depth look at this week's CRAZY episode of The Final Reckoning, head over to www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania where we break the whole thing down IN DETAIL and take your questions. Represent your favorites and the podcast over at www.ChallengeMania.Shop If you live in the California area, come and check out CHALLENGE MANIA LIVE this coming Saturday, September 22nd, at the Brea Improv, featuring today's guest, Sarah Greyson, as well as Brain Candy's Susie Meister and Sarah Rice, Syrus Yarbrough and Derrick Henry! Tickets still available at www.ChallengeMania.Live Remember you can also get 10% off your first ticket purchase at VIVID SEATS! Get the best seats to sold out concerts, games and comedy shows by going to VividSeats.com/app and downloading it today. Never miss a live event again! USE THE CODE: MANIA
Sep 20, 2018
Ep. 72: Melinda Collins
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Melinda Collins. Melinda Collins (Formerly Melinda Stolp) is one of the most well-liked cast members in the history of the Real World or The Challenge. She was on one of the most beloved seasons of Real World, the Austin season. She had a very serious relationship play out and advance on screen, with Danny, over the course of both her Real World season and The Challenge. On top of all that, she is just an absolute delight and looks back on her time with the show fondly, and still watches every week to this day. Melinda (@MelindaStolpMTV) joins Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) to talk about getting cast for Real World Austin, her brief marriage to her fellow cast member Danny, what she thinks of the show and the cast these days and MORE! This is a super fun episode and we cannot wait to have Melinda back! She is incredibly fun and hilarious! Check out Melinda's podcast THE 8TH SIN! It is the rare FUN look at the world of TRUE CRIME! If you somehow want MORE Challenge Mania, head to www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania, where we release bonus episodes every week. Want to hear our thoughts on the Ashley episode of Challenge Mania, the second half trailer of The Final Reckoning, saying bye-bye to CT and more? GO TO THERE! Our Extra Podcasts have it all! Especially this last one... Speaking of which, MELINDA will be joining us for a bonus podcast on the Patreon real soon! SHOP for your Challenge gear at www.ChallengeMania.Shop If you need tickets to any concert or sporting event, go to www.VividSeats.com and get 10% OFF your first purchase by using the code: MANIA
Sep 18, 2018
Ep 71: Ashley Mitchell Returns!
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Ashley Mitchell. Since the last time she was on Challenge Mania, Ashley Mitchell (@MTVASHLEYBROOKE) blew the roof off of Champs Vs Stars on her way out and entered The Final Reckoning on a slight delay after she and Hunter blasted their way into the game as mercenaries. Makes you realize this is how the mercenary concept should have been done the whole time. Sorry, Derrick (@DerrickMTV). Ashley joins Derrick and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) to talk about her experience on Champs Vs Stars, the reunion, Louise Hazel and more! She discusses the drama she's been involved with since entering #TheChallenge32 house, whether she violated Girl Code, what makes the Lavender Ladies such a tight unit and why Hunter was really so upset that she decided to cozy up to Kyle. That is certainly not all! As always, she bounces all over the place and no one is safe. Ashley is ALWAYS a fun guest but she is in particularly rare form in this episode! If you want even MORE Challenge Mania, you can get it by becoming a Patron at www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania - We do several bonus episodes, made exclusive to Patrons, each month and every week we do a deep dive on that week's episode of The Challenge! Support your favorite cast members AND the podcast over at www.ChallengeMania.Shop - New Britni Nicol gear and Mark Long gear available! Pantepic is a free mobile-messenger, that facilitates communication without distraction. Pantepic removes the distractions of filters, newsfeeds, and advertisements. Visit pantepic.com/podcast to download Pantepic for free today, available on iOS and Android in over 100 languages.
Sep 13, 2018
Ep. 70: Paulie Calafiore Returns!
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are once again joined by Paulie Calafiore. Paulie Calafiore (@PaulCalafiore_) is one of the most talked about characters on The Challenge, and he's been in the Redemption House for several weeks. That's saying something. Paulie returns to Challenge Mania to discuss some of his bigger moments on the show thus far with Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) and break down his recent twitter beefs with Kyle and Marie. To score some Paulie MERCH, head over to www.ChallengeMania.Shop where there is FREE SHIPPING ALL WEEK! Get MORE Challenge Mania over at www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania where we release BONUS PODCASTS every week, breaking down each episode of The Final Reckoning and taking YOUR QUESTIONS! Play FREE fantasy football and you could win Challenge Mania shirts/swag bags, this weekend only! I’ve teamed up with DraftKings to bring you a HUGE opportunity in an EXCLUSIVE fantasy football contest. Get lineups in by 1PM ET on 9/9 to play. T&Cs apply LINK TO PLAY: https://dkng.co/ScottTW
Sep 07, 2018
Ep. 69: Angela Babicz
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Angela Babicz. Angela Babicz (@AngelaBabicz) is a Challenge rookie but she's certainly not playing like one! She joins by to tell (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) how she became a bad girl, how she ended up on the beach with her exes and what led her to The Challenge. She talks about her partner Faith, her relationship with Johnny Bananas, her beef with Killa Kam and a whole lot more! For even more Challenge Mania, head to www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania to become a patron and get BONUS PODCASTS each week! Play FREE fantasy football and you could win Challenge Mania shirts/swag bags, this weekend only! I’ve teamed up with DraftKings to bring you a HUGE opportunity in an EXCLUSIVE fantasy football contest. Get lineups in by 1PM ET on 9/9 to play. T&Cs apply PLAY AT THIS LINK: https://dkng.co/ScottTW
Sep 05, 2018
Ep. 68: Hunter Barfield & Shane Landrum
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Hunter Barfield and Scott Yager chats with Shane Landrum. We had a massive episode of The Final Reckoning on Tuesday, and who better to have on the show right afterwards than one half of the mercenary team who fought their way into the house, Hunter Barfield (@HBarfield13). Hunter returns to Challenge Mania to tell Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) when he found out Ashley was his partner, when they realized they had a shot to get back in the game, what teams he was worried about, why he gets along so well with Nelson & Corey, whether his wrist held up and much more! Then, just like he did on Tuesday's episode of The Challenge, Shane Landrum (@Shannanity) takes over the show to explain his verbal sparring from the last episode and his bold and polarizing move to throw the Challenge. For MORE Challenge Mania head to www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania where we will have TWO bonus episodes up this week for patrons!
Aug 30, 2018
Ep. 67: Trishelle Cannatella
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Trishelle Cannatella. Trishelle has done it all. After getting her start on Real World: Las Vegas and participating in many seasons of The Challenge, she made appearances on several other networks, reality shows, in movies, as a host and even in poker tournaments. Trishelle (@TrishelleC) joins Derrick (@DerrickMTV) & Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) to talk about her time on one of the most beloved and talked about seasons of Bunim-Murray's flagship show ever made, the original season of Real World: Las Vegas. Trishelle is an amazing guest because she calls it like she sees it and tells it like it is. Find out what Challenge cast members she grew to dislike over the years, why she really left Sarah on Rivals II, what led to her altercation with Aneesa, what Dustin had against her on The Battle of the Seasons, whether she's hoping for a Vegas reunion or call from The Challenge Gods to return and much more! On top of all that, Trishelle has had run ins with almost everyone in the entertainment industry over the years and she has stories for days. We get some good ones in this incredibly fun episode of Challenge Mania with one of the true OGs and a true household name to any MTV fan! For even MORE Challenge Mania head to www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania where we post BONUS PODCASTS each week, breaking down The Final Reckoning and thew news/rumors of the week! There is *FREE SHIPPING* (over $45) at www.ChallengeMania.Shop through 9/10 with the code FREESHIP918. No better time to grab that Challenge Mania gear and support your favorite cast members like Kailah, Devin, Cara, Mark, Paulie, Shane and Jemmye!
Aug 28, 2018
Ep. 66: Brad Fiorenza Returns!
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Brad Fiorenza. Brad (@BradFiorenza) has been all over The Final Reckoning, whether it be his relationship, his partners relationships, game moves, winning daily Challenges, tossing disadvantages at some teams, burn votes at others, getting yelled at by suburban bareknuckle boxers and more. Brad returns to the show to catch Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) up on his life since Vendettas when we last spoke to the veteran in the midst of his second major run on the show. As always, Brad is a fun guest you do not want to miss! If you want MORE Challenge Mania and want to hear us go DEEP on this latest episode, which certainly deserves it, head over to www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania Get you Challenge Mania gear and support your favorites with cast member swag over at www.ChallengeMania.Shop
Aug 24, 2018
Ep. 65: Wes Part 2
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined once again by Weston Bergmann. With so much history between Wes (@WestonBergmann) and Derrick (@DerrickMTV), it took a 2 hour Part 1 to clear the air and just get up to speed on their rivalry and put some of that behind us. Wes was kind enough to stick around for another hour of Challenge talk about the fight league he almost started, his thoughts on Bananas, Tony, Cara and Cohutta, why he relates more to the Stars than the Champs, how he really felt Derrick did on Dirty XXX and against Joss on Vendettas and MORE! Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) doesn't necessarily need to play referee AS much on this part, but its a really fun chat that explores the mind of one of the biggest names in the game, who also watches the show every week! For even MORE Challenge Mania make sure you check out www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania because it might be for you! We deliver BONUS CONTENT over there each week including additional podcasts that dive deep into the latest Final Reckoning episode and Challenge news of the week. For all your Challenge Mania gear and swag, as well as merch to support your favorite Challengers like Cara Maria, Mark Long, Paulie Calafiore, Devin Walker, Kailah Casillas and MORE, head to the www.ChallengeMania.Shop today!
Aug 20, 2018
Ep. 64: Landon Lueck
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Landon Lueck. We have been trying to make this podcast happen ALL year. Landon is not on social media. Landon is not on Twitter. Landon is not on Instagram. More on that in the episode. We joked about the hashtag #WheresLandon during the early days of #ChallengeMania and we are happy that we were able to find him and bring him to the airwaves to catch up with you all. Landon drops by to tell us where he's been and why he left his Challenge career behind. He reveals whether he had any idea about the rumors that he would be on this current season and sheds light on why that might have been. We get to the bottom of his recent Instagram presence and his cameo on the Challenge account. Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Landon reminisce about some of their battles on The Challenge and Landon reveals the hardest thing he ever had to do on the show. And of course, Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) attempts to find out if another season, even if it's Champs Vs Stars, is still on the table! We hope this podcast lives up to the hype and the long-awaited journey to get here. We only got him for an hour, but tried to make the most of it. Hopefully it will be the first of many hours that we can bring you over the next few years. For MORE Challenge Mania visit www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania where we drop BONUS episodes each week! Make sure you've gone to the www.ChallengeMania.Shop where you can buy podcast gear and swag to represent all your favorite cast members!
Aug 15, 2018
Ep. 63: Weston Bergmann
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Weston Bergmann. Wes (@WestonBergmann) has won more eliminations than any other Challenge competitor. Wes has 2 Challenge Championships. Wes has appeared on all 3 Champs Vs Stars spin-offs. So why hasn't Wes been on Challenge Mania yet? Even though Wes has admitted to BEING a Challenge Maniac himself, having listened to most of, if not all of the past episodes, it took 62 episodes to get Wes on the show because simply put...if you ask anybody...Wes and Derrick do not like each other. At least, that's what they thought. That's what we thought. That's what the internet thought. Over the past few years, it has felt that you have had to either identify as "Team Wes" or "Team Derrick" and tons of Challenge fans who root for and respect both of them have been torn by the well-publicized differences between the two legends of the game. Today, that all comes to a head. Wes joins Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) to set the record straight on what exactly caused them to develop this real-life rivalry over the years, and over the course of a 90+ minute conversation, the guys navigate through each and every moment that drove them apart. This episode is a MUST LISTEN for any Challenge fan, particularly those who have always wanted to get to the bottom of one of the most talked about rivalries in the game. The goal is to "PUT A BOW" on the bad blood and put the past in the past, no matter how long it takes. Listen to find out if that bow ever gets properly applied! If it does, maybe Wes will stick around for a Part II to talk about everything ELSE in the Challenge world BUT him and Derrick. Let's cross our fingers! Remember if you want even MORE Challenge Mania, we drop at least one bonus podcast on www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania every week, where we break down each episode of The Final Reckoning and take YOUR QUESTIONS! To support your favorite cast members are sport some sweet podcast threads, head to www.ChallengeMania.Shop *We encourage you to check out PANTEPIC! Just head to www.Pantepic.com/podcast to download their amazing app today! It’s available on IOS and Android in over 100 languages.
Aug 13, 2018
Ep. 62: Chuck Mowery
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Chuck Mowery. Chuck Mowery (@MTV_Chuckalodon) had a short lived stint on The Final Reckoning but not before briefly "rekindling" things in the Redemption House with his ex, Britni Nicol, who was our last guest on Challenge Mania. Chuck joins Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) to clear the air about why him and Britni initially parted ways as a couple, to shed some light on some of the inappropriate behavior that went down between the two of them on The Challenge, what his girlfriend thought, what he thinks of Brad, his Are You The One cast, how he wound up on the show, his hopes for future Challenges, how he stacks up in a swimming Challenge against Wes and much more! For even MORE STEW check out www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania where we break down EVERY episode of The Final Reckoning in our BONUS EPISODES! www.ChallengeMania.Shop for GEAR AND SWAG!
Aug 09, 2018
Ep. 61: Britni Nicol Returns!
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Britni Nicol. Britni Nicol (@BritniNicol) joins Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) for her return to Challenge Mania on a rare Sunday edition of the podcast, fresh off of her farewell on The Final Reckoning. Britni reveals some sad and surprising news regarding the status of her relationship with Brad Fiorenza and what events on the show may have partially led to it. In addition, Britni talks about her time on The Final Reckoning, partnering with her ex-boyfriend Chuck, living in Redemption House, getting sent home without competing, her feud with Da'Vonne, Paulie's outburst during her exit and much more! For even more on this and The Challenge episode breakdowns, head to www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania for BONUS CHALLENGE MANIA EPISODES! To represent the podcast and your favorite cast members, head on over to www.ChallengeMania.Shop where we just launched Devin, Jemmye, Shane, Paulie and Kailah gear! Britni gear is coming soon!
Aug 05, 2018
Ep. 60: Kenny Santucci
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Kenny Santucci. It's been a while since anyone has heard from Kenny Santucci, at least in regards to his time on this wacky TV program of ours. For our 60th episode of Challenge Mania, Kenny (@KennySantucci) drops by to tell Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) what he's been up to since his 3 title wins with Derrick, where the nickname Mr. Beautiful came from, whether he still watches the show, whether he purposely keeps his distance, if any of his TV rivalries are still a thing, if he would have taken Sarah's money like Johnny did, some word association and MUCH MORE! This is an episode that you do NOT want to miss! For even MORE Challenge Mania content, head to www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania and listen to our bonus episode commentaries, Breaking News updates and extended interviews. We have a TON of new merch up at the www.ChallengeMania.Shop so head over there and support your favorite cast members like Devin, Jemmye, Shane and Paulie who ALL have new gear in the shop!
Jul 31, 2018
Ep. 59: Jem Class
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Jemmye Carroll. One of our favorite guests returns for her first appearance in seven months! Jemmye (@JustJem24) drops by Challenge Mania after just launching her first ever shirt at the www.ChallengeMania.Shop to take Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) to JEM CLASS! Jemmye talks about the drama in the Redemption and Main Houses on The Final Reckoning, the idea of OG cast members returning on Instagram and whether it might affect the show in the future, where ALL twitter beefs are legit, why she didn't like what was said about Davonne on last week's show, thoughts on suitcase gate from Vendettas, who she wants to date from Big Brother, make out with from The Challenge and MUCH MORE! Check out the JEM CLASS gear over at www.ChallengeMania.Shop If you want MORE Challenge Mania including bonus episode commentaries after each Final Reckoning episode, head to www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania COME SEE US IN LA 9/22 with the Brain Candy girls! Tickets available at www.ChallengeMania.Live
Jul 26, 2018
Ep. 58: Nicole Ramos
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Nicole Ramos. First are foremost, apologies for the subpar audio during the intro, outro and towards the end of the interview during this podcast. We had some technical issues and chose to push through them. We appreciate your understanding! Nicole Ramos (@NicoleXORamos) started as her cousin Nany's Bloodline partner! Fast forward a few years and her beloved cousin is no longer a series regular and Nicole is getting asked back every season! Nicole joins Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) to discuss her time in Spain with Derrick, Rogan and Kellyanne, why she's ending her IG Live series, how she replaced on family member on The Challenge and then stole the spot of another, what her cousin Nany is up to these days, whether either of them want to come back for another Challenge and what she has planned for this Friday. For MORE Challenge Mania, head to www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania Get your Challenge Mania gear, including the new JEM CLASS swag to represent Jemmye Carroll over at www.ChallengeMania.Shop We hope to see you in LA on September 22nd at the Brea Improv! Tickets available at www.ChallengeMania.Live
Jul 24, 2018
Ep. 57: Sylvia Marie
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Sylvia Marie. Sylvia Marie (@SylviaMTV) brings her great energy to Challenge Mania to talk to Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) about her Real World season, how she stole her spot on the show from a friend of hers, her time on Invasion and Vendettas, what we can expect from The Final Reckoning, what it's like being partners with Joss, whether it's fair that Johnny is partnered with Tony and much more! For even more Challenge Mania, head over to www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania
Jul 19, 2018
Ep. 56: Kendal Sheppard
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Kendal Sheppard. It's been a while since Kendal Sheppard (@KendalSheppard) has appeared on her last season of The Challenge, The Inferno, where she came out on top. Kendal has since resurfaced, and has become one of the more active OG cast-members on social media, developing a dedicated following along the way. Kendal drops by Challenge Mania to tell Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) what brought her back, whether she watches the show, how the social media experiment has gone so far, her runs ins with fans of other cast-members, her relationships past and present with The Miz and Blair, whether she wants to go back on The Challenge or not, ghost stories and MUCH MORE! For MORE Challenge Mania head to www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania For Challenge Mania GEAR head to www.ChallengeMania.Shop
Jul 17, 2018
Ep. 55: Melissa Reeves
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Melissa Reeves. Melissa Reeves (@DJMelReeves) was part of the UK Invasion of Vendettas. She made her mark on that season by cozying up to Nicole Z, taking part in what was called one of the most intense female eliminations of all time with Sylvia, and brewing up some bad blood with Kam and Kailah. Melissa joins Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) on the heels of a quick exit from the current season, The Final Reckoning, after a fight with Kailah. Melissa breaks down the fight, why it happened and what we didn't see on TV. She talks about how she became a DJ and got started in Reality TV over in England. She also goes over her experiences , feuds and relationships from both Vendettas and The Final Reckoning. Get your Challenge Mania gear over at www.ChallengeMania.Shop If you want MORE Challenge Mania, including a FULL BREAKDOWN of the Season Premiere of The Challenge from earlier this week, head on over to www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania
Jul 12, 2018
Ep. 54: Katie Cooley
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Katie Cooley. You might know Katie Cooley (@KatieCooley26) as Katie Doyle, which was her name back when she competed on nine seasons of The Challenge. Katie is a fan favorite who made a name for herself with her personality rather than performance, even though she made two finals and won the Inferno. Katie joins Derrick (@DerrickMTV) & Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) to talk about her time on the show, some of her famous eliminations, fights, arguments and pranks she may have been the butt of. Katie talks about whether she watches the show today, who she roots for and whether she would ever come back, even if just to do a Champs Vs Stars season. For more Challenge Mania, head to www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania to get BONUS EPISODES EACH WEEK! The SHOP IS OPEN at www.ChallengeMania.Shop
Jul 09, 2018
Ep. 53: Derrick Henry
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Derrick Henry. "The Other Derrick" drops by Challenge Mania to tell Derrick 1.0 (@DerrickMTV) & Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) what it's like following in the footsteps of the man he shares a name with. Henry (@ImDRoc15) shares his story of being cast for Are You The One via Tinder, what really happened with Tori's cell phone after Dirty 30, his unknown romance with Ashley Mitchell, what lead to the famous physical confrontation between Angela and Alicia that was referenced multiple times on Ex on the Beach and what it's like competing on The Final Reckoning with so many exes. This episode is jam-packed with stew to go with all of those hot dogs, burgers and beer at your Fourth of July BBQ. Have a great holiday and enjoy the show!
Jul 03, 2018
Ep. 52: Paulie Calafiore
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Paulie Calafiore. Paulie Calafiore (@PaulCalafiore_) hasn't even appeared on an episode of #TheChallenge yet and he's already gotten the Maniacs forming opinions on him due to his brash attitude on social media and well-publicized relationship woes. He joins Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) to talk about his time on #BigBrother and #ExOnTheBeach, getting cast for his original season, being a lifelong fan of The Challenge, why he was meant to play this game over the others, recent missteps in his treating of women in the past and present, his first impressions of other #Challenge32 competitors and more! Follow the guys on twitter and let them know who you want to hear next! #ChallengeAccepted Get your gear at the www.ChallengeMania.Shop MORE #ChallengeMania is available for your listening pleasure at www.ChallengeManiaPodcast.com Sign up for our Facebook Page at www.Facebook.com/ChallengeManiaPodcast
Jun 26, 2018
Ep. 51: Tony Time
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Tony Raines. Tony Raines (@T_Raines33) was our first ever guest on #ChallengeMania in December. Since then he turned on Bananas, eliminating him from #Vendettas and beginning a changing of the guard throughout the franchise, made the final on that show and won #ChampsVsStars with CT. Safe to say he had a lot to discuss and Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) had a lot to catch up with him on. Follow the guys on twitter and let them know who YOU want to hear on the podcast next. #ChallengeAccepted The www.ChallengeMania.Shop is OPEN and FREE SHIPPING is being offered for the rest of the week! If you want even MORE Challenge Mania, head over to www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania and consider joining the team and becoming a patron. You'll get bonus episode commentaries and special interviews you won't hear anywhere else! This week we'll be posting ten extra minutes of CARA MARIA Q&A that will not be going up anywhere else. We are coming to Orlando Florida next Saturday, June 30th to host the Challenge Throwdown event and do Challenge Mania style interviews all day AT the party! We hope to see you there! Tickets available at www.ThrowdownOrlando.Rocks
Jun 21, 2018
Ep. 50: Vendettas Champ Cara Maria
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined once again by Cara Maria Sorbello. Who better to join Derrick (@DerrickMTV) & Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) for the 50TH EPISODE of #ChallengeMania than one of our favorite guests; Cara Maria (@CaraMariaMTV)?!  Since her last appearance on the podcast, Cara WON Vendettas, got involved in the most talked about about #Challenge relationship aka #PaulieGate and was recently announced as being part of the #Challenge32 cast, on a team with another podcast favorite, MARIE RODA! (@MarieTBD) Cara, an open book as always, opens up about Vendettas, her time at the reunion, not getting to truly enjoy her win, getting to the final and the moves she had to make, voting in Leroy, alliances she had during the season, her bond with Kyle, becoming the first ever solo champion and what she has to say to ANYONE who thinks she didn't deserve to win! We dive right into the Paulie stuff and find out her side of the story, the correct timeline for when everything went down compared to when we all found out, and hear what she has to say about the reaction she has gotten since it's become public. All of that and a whole lot more! Find out what she thinks of her Final Reckoning partner and whether she knows her birthday, what her and Kailah have in common and more of YOUR QUESTIONS on another jam-packed episode of CHALLENGE MANIA! We are coming to ORLANDO, FLORIDA with Cara Maria and more on June 30th for Challenge Mania Live AT the Challenge Throwdown event. You can get tickets at www.ChallengeMania.Live ALL WEEK you can get free shipping on ANY ORDER OVER $45 at www.ChallengeMania.Shop including all the #TEAMCARA gear! For MORE Challenge Mania including some BONUS CONTENT featuring Cara Maria answering MORE questions about Kailah, getting "shipped" with Johnny and her hair color, head to www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania where extra content is posted each week just for patrons!
Jun 19, 2018
Ep. 49: Kailah Casillas
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager and joined by Kailah Casillas. The first time Kailah (@Kailah_Casillas) was on #ChallengeMania, there was a lot of game on #TheChallengeVendettas left to play. This time around she drops by to tell Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) about the season that was, the Kayleigh luggage incident, her first ever Challenge final and coming in 4th, working with Tony and Devin to overthrow Johnny and what she took from the season as a whole. Kailah also talks about #ChampsVsStars, partnering with #DrakeBell, why she thinks none of the stars should dare attempt to do a full season of #TheChallenge and more! PLUS, the #Challenge32 trailer just landed and Kailah is ALL OVER IT! She goes into as much as she can about the upcoming season THE FINAL RECKONING! We reckon you guys are going to dig this stew-filled episode! #BrewTheStew We are coming to do Challenge Mania from the Challenge Throwdown event in ORLANDO on 6/30 and you can get tickets at www.ChallengeMania.Live Gear and swag is available at www.ChallengeMania.Shop For even MORE #ChallengeMania head to www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania to hear BONUS CONTENT!
Jun 14, 2018
Ep. 48: Shady Shane Landrum
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by "Shady" Shane Landrum. Shane Landrum (@Shannanity) might be currently banned from twitter for saying unkind things about a popular pancake franchise having a mid-life crisis, but he cannot be completely silenced!  Shane makes his return to #ChallengeMania to #BrewTheStew on all things #TheChallenge, beginning with his dramatic exit from #ChampsVsStars and his war of words with Casper Smart. Shane talks to Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) about his beef with Nicole Z, his upcoming team dynamic with Nelson on #Challenge32 The Final Reckoning, what exactly "poli-dicking" is and who the best is at it, his thoughts on the new Challenge cast-member who has shaken up the internet over the past week or two and MUCH MORE! Enjoy some FREE SHANE while we try to #FREESHANE on Twitter! Follow the guys on twitter and let them know who YOU want to hear on the podcast next! #ChallengeAccepted If you want even MORE Challenge Mania head to www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania and consider becoming a patron and get access to multiple bonus shows a month. We sell swag and you can show the world you're a Challenge MANIAC by going to www.ChallengeMania.Shop today!
Jun 13, 2018
Ep. 47: Kellyanne Judd
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Kellyanne Judd. Since her debut on the #RealWordSydney, Kellyanne has proved to be one of the most fun characters on #TheChallenge, and this podcast is no different. Kellyanne (@KellyAnneJudd) joins Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) to tell her side of the Spain story that Derrick & Rogan shared weeks ago, what her current relationship with #TheChallenge is, her time on Real World Sydney, how she went from hating Wes to falling for him, how she feels about the Brain Candy girls, what her biggest Challenge regrets are are MORE! Follow the guys on twitter and let them know who YOU want to hear next on #ChallengeMania #ChallengeAccepted Get your Challenge Mania GEAR over at www.ChallengeMania.Shop If you want even MORE Challenge Mania, head over to www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania and check out the bonus content, additional episodes and one-of-a-kind experiences we offer patrons over there!
Jun 06, 2018
Ep. 46: The Miz
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Mike "The Miz" Mizanin. When Mike (@MikeTheMiz) Mizanin appeared on #TheRealWorld Back to New York, he unveiled his alter-ego, The Miz, and proclaimed that one day he would be a wrestling superstar.  Fast forward to today and The Miz is one of the true top stars of the WWE, having headlined Wrestlemania 27, held every title in the book and recently being awarded Rolling Stone's "Wrestler of the Year" in 2017.  Recently Mike returned to his roots and began hosting after-shows for #TheChallenge and has become the host and poster-boy for the spinoff, #ChampsVsStars Mike joins Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) while driivng himself to Smackdown Live for an AWESOME edition of #ChallengeMania to discuss his multi-faceted career and how be bounces from project to project. Mike talks about recently becoming a father, his new Docu-Series Miz & Mrs, whether he still gets The Challenge itch to compete, what made him return to the MTV fold, who from The Challenge he could see succeeding in the ring, which Challenge catchphrase he is looking to steal , his former tag partner competing on Survivor, golf carts, spider bites, jet planes and much MORE! Follow the guys on twitter @DerrickMTV and @SHOTOFYAGER and let them know who YOU want to hear on the podcast next! #ChallengeAccepted If you enjoyed the show, please remember to subscribe, rate and review wherever you get your podcasts!  Challenge Mania Live is THIS SATURDAY, June 2nd at Carolines on Broadway in New York City at 2pm featuring Derrick, Scott and their special guests Mark Long, Emily Schromm and Darrell Taylor. It's a live interactive version of the podcast that you will NOT hear online! Tickets are still available at www.ChallengeMania.Live  Get your Challenge Mania gear over at the www.ChallengeMania.Shop and remember to send us pix of you wearing it! For even MORE Challenge Mania, if that's the sort of thing you're into, head over to www.ChallengeManiaPodcast.com and consider becoming a Patron. We unleash bonus episodes there each week if you just can't get enough!
May 30, 2018
Ep. 45: Rogan O'Connor
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Rogan O'Connor. Rogan O'Connor may have been the first person to leave #TheChallengeVendettas. He may have come up short on the race the cast took part in the first day. He may have never set foot in the #Challenge house itself, but trust us...none of that matters. Rogan joins Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) to reminisce about the time he spent with Derrick in Spain, how the two know each other, share some fun stories, his ten year relationship with Joss, his history with Kyle, his feelings on Cara Maria, his connection to a certain Bad Girls Club / Ex on the Beach star and much more! Rogan may spend more time on this episode of #ChallengeMania than he did on his entire season of #TheChallenge but that is a good thing because he is one hell of a guest! Check out the shop at www.ChallengeMania.Shop If you want more content, head over to www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania and become a patron for exclusive extra podcasts each week!
May 23, 2018
Ep. 44: Aneesa Ferreira Returns!
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Aneesa Ferreira. The last time Aneesa (@AneesaMTV) was on #ChallengeMania, it was along with Michelle Waterson, to discuss their cagefight elimination on the last season of #ChampsVsStars This time around, Aneesa is appearing solo, and it gives Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) a chance to go back in time and dive into Aneesa's long and storied #Challenge career. She shares thoughts on her favorite eliminations, her Real World casting story, current relationship with Veronica and much more! Unfortunately Aneesa is no longer competing on this season of Champs Vs Stars due to an injury she sustained after going head to head with CT during a daily challenge. The guys get the scoop about that, how she feels about the injury, the challenge it took place during and whether it affects her plans to compete in the future at all.  If you want MORE Challenge Mania, head over to www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania and see if the bonus content can feed that fix!  Get your gear at www.ChallengeMania.Shop
May 21, 2018
Ep. 43: Louise Hazel
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Louise Hazel. Former Olympian Louise Hazel (@LouiseHazel) is on her SECOND season of #TheChallenge #ChampsVsStars, having also competed on the debut season of the spinoff, #ChampsVsPros She has been one of, if not the most generally accepted celebrity/athlete to cross over into the realm of the Challenge and fans are already salivating at the thought of her considering a full season of the show. Louise joins Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) to address whether that is something she might entertain down the line, losing a foot race to Wes on national television, her fellow stars cast, running this current season an why she has succeeded thus far, how The Challenge compares to the Olympics, her new podcast and much more! If you want even MORE #ChallengeMania content, head over to www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania where we release bonus episodes each week! Get your gear at www.ChallengeMania.Shop
May 17, 2018
Ep. 42: Mystery Guest
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by a Challenge Hall of Famer who is on Scott's Mount Rushmore. It's time to reveal our third and final Special Guest for the first ever #ChallengeMania stage show, Challenge Mania Live, taking place at Carolines on Broadway in New York City on Saturday, June 2nd at 2pm. Tickets are available at www.ChallengeMania.Live That guest, who is revealed in this episode, is also our guest! They join is to discuss Champs Vs Stars, Vendettas, their involvement in both, thoughts on Tony Time, injuries and more! One hint is that this Challenge competitor is one who is feared and respected by everyone! Follow Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) on twitter and let them know who you want to hear on the show next! #ChallengeAccepted If you want MORE Challenge Mania, you can get BONUS CONTENT and win fun prizes by becoming a Patron at www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania The www.ChallengeMania.Shop is OPEN and we just launched a new line of vintage old school radio merch! GO GET IT!
May 15, 2018
Ep. 41: Cohutta Grindstaff Returns!
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Derrick Kosinski (@DerrickMTV) & Scott Yager are once again joined by Cohutta Grindstaff. There was such a positive response to Cohutta's first appearance and Challenge Maniacs were clamoring for a Part II so since Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) is in Spain, we brought Cohutta (@CohuttaLee) back for a second chat about running with bulls, good guys on #TheChallenge, his thoughts on #Bananas, #TonyTime and a really emotional story about his last days with his grandfather. If you're looking for MORE #ChallengeMania content, there are also going to be three new shows over at www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania over the next couple weeks as well!
May 08, 2018
Ep: 40: Abram Boise Returns!
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are once again joined by Abram Boise. Abram (@AbramBoise) was JUST on #ChallengeMania, but his podcast got such a great response and so many of you wanted a part II, that we decided to give it to you right away. Abe rejoins Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) for another lengthy discussion about #TheChallenge and much more!  If you're looking for even more Challenge Mania concent, head over to www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania
May 01, 2018
Ep. 39: Cohutta Grindstaff
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Cohutta Grindstaff. Cohutta Lee Grindstaff (@CohuttaLee) has one of those voices you just never forget. He graces #ChallengeMania with that voice for a fun interview filled with his southern charm! Cohutta tells Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and (@SHOTOFYAGER) what he's been up to since Bloodlines, whether he's ready for another #Challenge and who he'd choose to partner with in an Exes format. Cohutta and Derrick go down memory lane, back to their days on The Island, to clear the air as to whether sharks were ever involved. Cohutta shares his Real World casting story and answers some more of YOUR QUESTIONS! Follow the guys on twitter and let them know who you want to hear on the show next! #ChallengeAccepted Don't forget to check out the www.ChallengeMania.Shop and grab your gear today!  If you're looking for more podcast content, head to www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania for BONUS shows, fun rewards, contests and more! www.ChallengeMania.Live is coming to Carolines on Broadway on Saturday June 2nd when Scott & Derrick will be joined on stage by Mark Long, Emily Schromm and more! Not a bad time to be a Challenge MANIAC!
Apr 24, 2018
Ep. 38: Abram Boise
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Abram Boise. Abram Boise (@AbramBoise) is a #Challenge legend. The man started on #RoadRules and appeared on NINE seasons of #TheChallenge, winning two and making the finals in four.  He most recently appeared on the season Battle of the Bloodlines, and has since been off the grid for the most part, admittedly not following the show, something he didnt even do when he was participating actively Abram joins Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) for a candid chat about his experiences on his last season, whether he wants to come back for one more, almost doing #ChampsVsStars, his Road Rules origin story, the time his cast and Derrick's Road Rules casts collided, flying jets with Alton and MUCH MORE!  This is one podcast you do not want to miss! Abram was also nice enough to give us some of his Challenge jerseys to give away. #ChallengeAccepted CONTEST #1 is a PHOTOSHOP CONTEST: Come up with your best movie poster or photoshop about or including Abram. One winner will be selected to receive a jersey. CONTEST #2: Sign up for our Facebook group, as someone will be selected at random from there in the coming weeks. A heads up will be given and a post will be made for entries to be gathered, so you have time to sign up at www.Facebook.com/ChallengeManiaPodcast CONTEST #3: Become a patron. We will be selecting one patron at random to recieve a jersey sometime in May at www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania
Apr 19, 2018
Ep. 37: Emily Schromm Returns!
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Derrick Kosinksi & Scott Yager are joined by a Mystery Guest! Well, it was supposed to be a mystery but she went and filmed herself taping the podcast and put it in her Instagram story!  That's right, it's time to reveal another one of our special guests for Challenge Mania Live at Carolines on Broadway in New York City on Saturday, June 2nd! Challenge All Star and former Champion Emily Schromm (@EmFitMTV) drops by #ChallengeMania to make the announcement with Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) that she will be joining Mark Long for the live show n New York City! Tickets to the show are available at www.ChallengeMania.Live Emily talks about her new EmPack Nomad and the gym she's opening, takes a trip down memory lane with Derrick about a Cara Maria encounter and sheds some light on whether she's likely to do another Challenge any time soon. But before that, Scott grills Derrick about the clip that took the internet by storm of mercenaries gone mad at the #VendettasReunion where Derrick and Jordan Wiseley go toe to toe and almost come to blows over the mistreatment of Cara Maria.  Scott asks Derrick YOUR QUESTIONS about the showdown to get ready for the final episode of Vendettas tonight! Follow the guys on twitter to find out who will be on the show next and ask questions for future episodes! Also become a part of our Facebook Page at www.Facebook.com/ChallengeManiaPodcast If you want even MORE #ChallengeMania, head over to www.ChallengeManiaPodcast.com to become a patron and get BONUS EPISODES! The www.ChallengeMania.Shop is OPEN and you can get your I'm a Challenge Maniac gear, DKO Outta Nowhere, Challenge Accepted, and after this season of Vendettas it is hard not to be on TEAM CARA. If you are, head over to the shop to get your TEAM CARA gear today! FREE SHIPPING is being offered through 4/22!
Apr 17, 2018
Ep. 36: Michelle Waterson Returns!
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by UFC and Challenge star, Michelle Waterson. Michelle Waterson (@KarateHottieMMA) appeared on one of the first few episodes of #ChallengeMania to break down her epic elimination with Aneesa on #ChampsVsStars last season. After making the finals of that show, she returned to training for MMA full time and is appearing in her first fight since #ChampsVsStars finished airing, live on FOX this coming Saturday for the UFC. Michelle joins Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) to talk about whether she'd ever come back for a full-on season of #TheChallenge, her fight this coming Saturday, Ronda Rousey's Wrestlemania debut, the Conor McGregor incident in Brooklyn last week, cutting weight and much more! PLUS Derrick and Scott answer YOUR QUESTIONS at the beginning and end of the podcast. That's right, not only does Derrick answer your questions, but for the first time ever, Scott even shares a bit about his professional and personal life. Keep sending in your questions for future guests by following us on Twitter! #ChallengeAccepted The Challenge Mania Shop is OPEN and OFFERING FREE SHIPPING THROUGH 4/22 at www.ChallengeMania.Shop Any questions the guys didn't get to in this episode will be answered later on in BONUS EPISODES over at the Patreon. Become a patron for even MORE #ChallengeMania each week over at www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania
Apr 13, 2018
Ep. 35: Devyn Simone
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Devyn Simone. Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match... Devyn Simone (@DevynSimone) is a veteran of #TheRealWorld Brooklyn and a two-time finalist of #TheChallenge. Since then, Devyn has established herself as a successful expert in the field of romance and relationships Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) get Devyn's expert insight on who the perfect matches are for some of the current and past Challenge stars, whether castmembers are doomed from the start, her past experiences and she even weighs in on Derrick's prospects in the dating pool as well. Find out if Devyn would do another #Challenge, if she's been approached recently and if there is more hosting on the horizon after her appearance on the aftershow last week! Follow the guys on twitter and let us know who YOU want to hear on #ChallengeMania next! #ChallengeAccepted Head to www.ChallengeMania.Shop to score YOUR podcast gear today! If you want MORE of the show, sign up for the Patreon at www.ChallengeManiaPodcast.com
Apr 10, 2018
Ep. 34: Nicole Zanatta
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Nicole Zanatta. There is no telling what would have happened if Nicole (@N_ZanattaMTV) didn't injure her ankle in the first leg of #TheChallengeVendettas final on Tuesday, eliminating her from the competition and removing her chances of her first victory. We don't know yet who wins the whole thing, but we know it isn't her. That being said, Nicole has made the final in her two #Challenge appearances thus far, has been involved in a showmance or two and is far from tight-lipped when it comes to her feelings on other competitors. In other words, she is the perfect podcast guest. Nicole joins Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) for a talk about her past performances on the show, her untimely exit, her career as a firefighter and her former career as a police officer, Tony Time, Laurel, Cara Maria, her dating life and much more! Follow the guys on twitter on let us know who YOU want to hear on the show next! #ChallengeAccepted If you want MORE #ChallengeMania content, bonus episodes go up on the Patreon site at www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania including episode commentaries and much more! The www.ChallengeMania.Shop is OPEN and you can now get MARK LONG GEAR!
Apr 05, 2018
Ep. 33: Mark Long Returns!
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The first ever www.CHALLENGEMANIA.LIVE is taking place on Saturday, June 2nd at 2pm from the world-famous Carolines on Broadway in New York City.  Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager reveal the first of three special guests that will be joining them on stage in NYC. That person serves as the surprise guest for this JAM PACKED episode filled with stories dating all the way back to the first days of reality programming on MTV. Our guest is also the newest addition to the www.ChallengeMania.Shop so check out their new gear there as well! See, secrets CAN be fun! Since eventually everyone found out that our first special guest at Carolines will be none other than MARK LONG (@TheMarkLong), we felt it best to reveal it here to. Follow the guys on twitter @DerrickMTV and @SHOTOFYAGER to hear who is up next! We promise we will actually tell you this time. Tickets for Challenge Mania Live are going fast and are available at www.ChallengeMania.Live!  Remember to check out the Challenge Mania Patreon at www.ChallengeManiaPodcast.com for access to bonus podcast episodes, added content, contests, raffles and more!
Apr 03, 2018
Ep. 32: Leroy Garrett
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Leroy Garrett. Leroy Garrett (@Bruce_Lee85) has always been a fan favorite on #TheChallenge, even though his closest ally is the extremely polarizing Johnny Bananas. Leroy has garnered the support of viewers by playing a straight up game, remaining loyal, up front, honest and rarely, if ever, getting his hands dirty. Derrick (@DerrickMTV) & Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) chat with Leroy on the heels of perhaps his most heated episode, not only of this season of #TheChallengeVendettas, but quite possibly in his entire Challenge career. After being thrown into elimination, Leroy beat Brad to become the last member of the 8-person final, which begins next week.  Leroy talks about Tony Raines' "front-stabbing" ways all season and in this last episode, what it was like sharing the After Show stage with Laurel and how he feels about her, who HE would have put in if the roles were reversed; Kam or Cara, which castmember needs his back shaved the most often and of course, he answers a bunch of YOUR QUESTIONS! This is one of our best episodes ever and it has it all, laughs, history, intensity, STEW and much more! Follow the guys on twitter and let us know who YOU want to hear next! #ChallengeAccepted Check out our SHOP at www.ChallengeMania.Shop To hear our BONUS SHOWS including Vendettas recap episodes, head over to our Patreon at www.ChallengeManiaPodcast.com If you live in the New York area, head over to www.ChallengeMania.Live for tickets and info on our first ever CHALLENGE MANIA LIVE from Carolines on Broadway in New York City on June 2nd!
Mar 30, 2018
Ep. 31: Syrus Yarbrough
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Syrus Yarbrough. Syrus is a true MTV original, having first appeared in the 6th season of #TheRealWorld, Boston, before beginning a lengthy and successful career on #TheChallenge. Although we haven't seen Syrus on the show in a while, that doesn't mean he hasn't been busy or that he hasn't been keeping tabs on the show and his Challenge peers.  Syrus tells Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) how he got his start in reality TV, what he thinks of the current product, whether we might see him on a Challenge in the near future and much more! As always, we fuel with the show with YOUR QUESTIONS but this one does go all over the place!  Keep the questions coming and let the guys know who you want to hear on the show next! #ChallengeAccepted Tickets to CHALLENGE MANIA LIVE: NYC are available now at www.ChallengeMania.Live The SHOP IS OPEN over at www.ChallengeMania.Shop Check out www.ChallengeManiaPodcast.com to see our Patreon and get a taste of the bonus content we are now offering!
Mar 27, 2018
Ep. 30: Ashley Mitchell
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Ashley Mitchell. It's hard to believe that this is already the 30th episode of #ChallengeMania. Time flies when you're having fun.  There couldn't be a better guest for this special episode because like the first thirty shows we have done, this one too has a little bit of everything. Ashley (@MTVASHLEYBROOKE) brings a ton to the table as she joins Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) to discuss her stint on The Real World, the ways she has evolved and matured since that first season, winning Invasion of the Champions, leaving the Dirty XXX, coming in as a mercenary on #TheChallengeVendettas, what her secret is and to answer YOUR questions. Last but not least, we are joined by the one and only Hamlet. To find out exactly who that is, you'll just have to tune in! Celebrate our #Dirty30 with us and let the guys know on twitter who you want to hear next on the show! #ChallengeAccepted Meet & Greet Packages are SOLD OUT but you can still get Regular Tix to www.ChallengeMania.Live NYC and the www.ChallengeMania.Shop is open and now carrying CARA MARIA GEAR!
Mar 21, 2018
Ep. 29: Kam Williams
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Kam Williams. "Killa Kam" has made quite the splash on #TheChallenge scene, taking out not one, but TWO mercenaries in her first two eliminations. Ever. She joins Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) to talk about making the transition from #AreYouTheOne to #TheChallengeVendettas, clear up the confusion regarding her friendship with Leroy, reveal how she feels about Johnny Bananas, tell us about all of her nicknames, break down her fellow female competitors and anwer YOUR questions, all while ordering drive-thru on her way to the dentist! If that's not Rookie of the Year, we don't want to know who is!  Our next episode is our 30th episode and our guest is ASHLEY MITCHELL! To let us know who you want to hear next, follow us on twitter and use the hashtag #ChallengeAccepted  The www.ChallengeMania.Shop is OPEN! and tickets to CHALLENGE MANIA LIVE in NYC on 6/2 are on sale at www.ChallengeMania.Live
Mar 19, 2018
Ep. 28: Cara Maria Returns Part II
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Cara Maria Sorbello for the conclusion of their epic two-part chat. Cara (@CaraMariaMTV) had so much to say that it wouldn't fit in one episode. If you thought Wednesday's show was good, wait until you hear part II. Derrick (@DerrickMTV) & Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) keep Cara in the hot seat and ask her about Tony, Big Easy, hair, her fantasy wedding party and many more of YOUR amazing questions that go ALL over the place! Follow the guys on twitter and get ready for next week's shows with guests, KAM and ASHLEY! The www.ChallengeMania.Shop is now open! Tickets to Challenge Mania Live NYC are on sale now at www.ChallengeMania.Live
Mar 16, 2018
Ep. 27: Cara Maria Returns Part I
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Cara Maria Sorbello once again! When the female face of #TheChallenge comes to you and says, "hey, I know I was just on two weeks ago, but I have a ton more left to say," you clear your schedule and give the people what they want: more Cara Maria!  Cara Maria (@CaraMariaMTV) joins Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) to talk about the last few weeks of #TheChallengeVendettas, the most recent bout with Mercenaries, Laurel, Nicole, Devin Vs Johnny, the Kayleigh incident, bullying and YOUR questions!  Because Cara was so generous with her time and wanted to get to so many of your quesitons, we made this a TWO PART Podcast. Part II will be our Friday episode this week, so stay tuned for that! #ChallengeAccepted
Mar 14, 2018
Ep. 26: Devin Walker
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Devin Walker. Does it get any bigger than taking down Johnny Bananas after calling your shot and requesting him as an opponent on a show called #TheChallengeVendettas? Devin Walker (@MTVDevinWalker) joins Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) to break down his feud with the #Challenge posterboy and walk us all through the events that led up to their clash in the elimination round, the vote that gave Devin his wish and the showdown that was. Devin touches on the controversial actions of the girls in the house following the information he revealed about Kayleigh in an effort to get her back for voting him into the elimination and whether he feels that the blame and backlash that he, and the girls have recieved is justified.  Devin does not pull any punches and definitely speaks his mind, revealing another side to Tuesday's episode that we did not see on TV. This is an episode that you do not want to miss, especially if you were as glued to your TV on Tuesday as we were. Follow the guys on twitter and let them know who YOU want to hear on the show next. As we always say, YOU BOOK OUR SHOW. #ChallengeAccepted The www.ChallengeMania.Shop is Open! The www.Patreon.com/ChallengeMania is NOW LIVE!
Mar 09, 2018
Ep. 25: Britni Nicol
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Britni Nicol. It's hard to believe that the #AreYouTheOne alum Britni Nicol (@BritniNicol) has only been on two seasons of #TheChallenge. Her presence has been instantly felt and she has become a fan favorite almost immediately Britni joins Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) on #ChallengeMania to discuss her relationship with Brad, her recent twitter feud, the furniture incident on #TheChallengeVendettas, Game of Thrones, her original casting story and MUCH MORE! We are even joined by Britni's MOM towards the end of the show for some hilarious #Challenge commentary you do NOT want to miss! As always, follow the guys on twitter and let them know who YOU want to hear on the podcast next! #ChallengeAccepted
Mar 06, 2018
Ep. 24: Eric "Big Easy" Banks
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Eric "Big Easy" Banks. Big Easy (@EricBanks) was a Challenge mainstay for years, even though he hasn't made an appearance since Battle of the Seasons. Eric joins Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) to talk about how he ended up on #TheChallenge in the first place, why he hasn't been back in a while, whether he wants to come back and what he's been doing since you last saw him! It's a great time catching up with an old favorite! The awesome guests are going to keep coming but as always, follow the guys on twitter and let us know who YOU want to hear next! #ChallengeAccepted The Challenge Mania Shop is open over at www.ChallengeMania.Shop!
Mar 02, 2018
Ep. 23: Marie Roda
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Marie Roda. Fresh off her elimination and exit from #TheChallengeVendettas, Marie Roda (@Marie_TBD), a longtime listener of the show and #ChallengeManiac herself, joins Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) to break down her time on this season and her performance Tuesday night. Having just taken part in a fresh new twitter war with Britni, the guys touch on that as well, hear why Marie took so much time off between Battle of the Seasons and Invasion, learn about the gameplay we didn't see on screen and ask her YOUR QUESTIONS! Follow the guys on twitter and let us know who YOU want to hear on the show next! #ChallengeAccepted The Challenge Mania Shop is now open over at www.ChallengeMania.Shop so go and get your gear!
Feb 28, 2018
Ep. 22: Joss Mooney
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Joss Mooney. This past Tuesday saw an instant classic of an elimination when Derrick (@DerrickMTV) made his triumphant return to #TheChallenge as a #Mercenary on #TheChallengeVendettas. He went at it in the ring with the physically imposing Joss (@Joss_Mooney) for so long (over 90 min) that they eventually had to move to sudden death.  Joss joins Derrick and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) to break down each and every aspect of the legendary brawl on Tuesday and how it reenforced Derrick's legacy and created a new Challenge favorite in the newcomer from the UK. The #ChallengeMania Shop is now open over at www.ChallengeMania.Shop Follow the guys on twitter and let them know who YOU want to hear on the podcast next! #ChallengeAccepted
Feb 22, 2018
Ep. 21: Cara Maria Sorbello
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Cara Maria Sorbello. The female face of #TheChallenge, Cara Maria (@CaraMariaMTV) joins Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) for over ninety minutes covering everything from her start on the Challenges to Johnny Bananas, the note, Abe, Kyle, her cousin Jamie, what side of #TheChallengeVendettas fight she was on, double standards, dating, her passionate supporters and much more! This is the show you have been asking for since day one and it Does. Not. Disappoint. To let Derrick & Scott know who you want to hear on the show next, follow them on twitter and tell your favorite castmembers you want the #ChallengeAccepted
Feb 20, 2018
Ep. 20: Ask D Anything II
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Scott Yager asks Derrick Kosinski your questions #AskDAnything   Derrick (@DerrickMTV) gets put in his own hot seat for another edition of #AskDAnything where Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) asks D your questions and doesn't let him off the hook. The guys are joined by Allan Aguirre (@TheAllanAguirre), who brings some stats to the conversation as well!    Follow the guys on twitter and let us know who YOU want to hear next on #ChallengeMania #ChallengeAccepted   Back to a regular schedule beginning Tuesday, February 20th! #GetExcited
Feb 13, 2018
Ep. 19: Brain Candy Invasion
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Susie Meister & Sarah Rice   The Brain Candy (@BrainCandyPod) Invasion is upon us!   Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) are joined by Susie Meister (@SusieMeister) and Sarah Rice (@ImSarahRice) for a collision of podcasts. The girls talk about how their show came to fruition, share their thoughts on Johnny Bananas and his infamous "take the money and run" play, new show formats and twists on #TheChallengeVendettas, Susie's absurd casting and romance story and of course, spill some tea!   Follow the guys on twitter and let us know who YOU want to hear next on #ChallengeMania #ChallengeAccepted
Feb 06, 2018
Ep. 18: Shane Landrum
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Shane Landrum.   Shane (@Shannanity) is one of the most beloved stars in the history of #TheChallenge and fans were excited to see him reenter the fold on #Invasion and #TheChallengeVendettas.   Shane joins Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) to talk about his time on the show over the years, his relationship with the newbies, past relationships, his online dating game and much more!   Follow the guys on twitter and let us know who YOU want to hear next on #ChallengeMania #ChallengeAccepted
Feb 01, 2018
Ep. 17: Natalie Negrotti
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Natalie Negrotti.   Natalie Negrotti (@NataliaNegrotti) came in 6th place on #BigBrother18 and will always be looked at as the first Big Brother crossover competitor on #TheChallenge (sorry Victor).    She joins Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) to talk about the differences between the two shows, how she got started in reality TV, all the shows that wanted her, her #Vendetta with Victor, her relationship with Johnny Bananas and much more!   Follow the guys on twitter and let us know who YOU want to hear next on #ChallengeMania #ChallengeAccepted
Jan 30, 2018
Ep. 16: Mark Long
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Mark Long. It does not get more OG than Mark Long (@TheMarkLong). Mark was on the ORIGINAL season of #RoadRules and was the first ever host of #The Challenge. Mark reconnects with his old podcasting buddies, Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) to tell some fantastic stories, answer YOUR questions, break down #TheChallengeVendettas and the #YoungBucks, respond to Jon Murray's comments about him in the Rolling Stone article, reveal whether he'll be on #CelebrityBigBrother and MUCH MORE! This is a special 90 MINUTE PODCAST because when we go LONG, we go LONG! Follow the guys on twitter and let them know who YOU want to hear on #ChallengeMania next! #ChallengeAccepted
Jan 25, 2018
Ep. 15: Emily Schromm
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Emily Schromm. Emily Schromm (@EmFitMTV) joins Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) to reminisce about first getting introduced to cross-fit on #TheChallenge and the planting of the seeds that would later lead to the tremendously successful fitness career she has today. Spoiler alert: Derrick played a part in it. The guys also ask Emily about Ty, Cara Maria, winning #ChampsVsStars, Michelle Waterson and Aneesa, Josh Murray, Real World DC, Cutthroat and a whole lot more! Follow the guys on twitter and let them know who you want to hear on #ChallengeMania next after this big run of brand new episodes and big guests! #ChallengeAccepted  To learn more and purchase the backpacks and gear talked about on the show, head over to www.TheEmPack.com/MANIA and enter the code: MANIA to get 15% off your entire order! Emily was nice enough to set up a discount code just for #CHALLENGEMANIACS!
Jan 23, 2018
Ep. 14: Veronica Portillo
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Veronica Portillo. One of our most requested guests ever and a true #Challenge icon joins the show as Veronica (@V_cakes) stops by for a fun and dynamic chat. Veronica tells Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) about working behind the scenes in the reality world on shows like Jersey Shore, her time on #Dirty30, her thoughts on Kailah's trash-talk, regrets about Aneesa, hookups in #TheChallengeVendettas house and much more! You asked for Veronica and we gave her to you! Who are you going to ask for next? Let your favorite #Challenge cast members know you want to hear them on #ChallengeMania and remember to follow Derrick & Scott so you can send in your questions and hopefully get your #ChallengeAccepted
Jan 18, 2018
Ep. 13: Jordan Wiseley
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Dirty 30 Champ Jordan Wiseley. Jordan (@JordanW_USA) joins Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) to go over his career from start to present, beginning with how he ended up on The Real World: Portland and ending with crash landing out of a plane on his way to a final victory over our very own host on #Dirty30. We find out what his plans are for the $450,000 he won, his company @StrappedMFG, take YOUR questions and even be joined by a former #ChallengeMania guest who just so happened to be close by!  At the end of the episode we reveal our NEXT GUEST but let us know who you want to hear after that! Follow us on twitter and tell your favorite Challenge stars you want to hear them on the podcast! #ChallengeAccepted
Jan 16, 2018
Ep. 12: TJ Lavin
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by TJ Lavin. The face of #TheChallenge brings his voice to #ChallengeMania as we are joined by the one and only TJ LAVIN (@TJLavin). You guys have been begging for TJ but not only is this what you've been asking for, this is an interview you won't hear anywhere else. Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) talk to the BMX Legend and #MTV mainstay about why #Dirty30 was almost his last Challenge, what made him come back for #TheChallengeVendettas, whether he watches the show, what his social relationship with contestants is like, the worst quitters he's ever seen and much more! If you need more TJ, check out HIS Podcast w/ Forrest Griffin also on Itunes called ANYHING GOES! Let Derrick and Scott know who you want to hear next, even though TJ will be hard to top! #ChallengeAccepted
Jan 11, 2018
Ep. 11: Tori Deal
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Tori Deal. If you're not a fan of this #Dirty30 Finalist and former #AreYouTheOne star joining us on the show this week...three words: #DEALWithIt Tori Deal (@Tori_Deal) is one of the most talked about #Challenge stars today. She made it to the finals on #Dirty30, she filled in for a disqualified competitor on #ChampsVsStars and it was just revealed in the season trailer last week that she'll be making a buzz-worthy surprise appearance on #TheChallengeVendettas!  Tori drops by #ChallengeMania to talk to Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) about how she got cast on #AreYouTheOne, along with a surprise appearance by a life-long fan of #TheChallenge who convinced her to initially try out. We get the scoop on Tori and Jordan and learn about more of the fallout between Tori and her ex, Derrick H. Tori and OUR Derrick reminisce about the final they competed against each other in, Tori weighs in on the Cara Maria Vs Kailah debate, the guys learn about her music career and much much more! Plus, Scott and Tori close the show with a very special voice battle that you will need to hear to believe. Make sure to follow everyone on Twitter and let Derrick and Scott know who YOU want to hear on #ChallengeMania next! #ChallengeAccepted
Jan 09, 2018
Ep. 10: Brad Fiorenza
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Brad Fiorenza. For our 10th episode, we had to bring in a HEAVY HITTER! Just like our host Derrick Kosinski (@DerrickMTV), Brad Fiorenza (@BradFiorenza) is one of the most popular competitors in the history of The Challenge, and someone who took a lengthy break away from the show. Brad is BACK on #TheChallengeVendettas and was one of the stars of Tuesday's premiere episode, immediately cozying up with Britni Thornton (@BritniNicol) from Are You The One, someone Derrick knows pretty well also ;-)  Brad joins Derrick & Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) to talk about his time away from the show, what it means to be back, his experience on Vendettas, how the game was changed, some of his famous eliminations on past seasons, Leroy, Bananas, his relationship with Britni and her past endeavors with Derrick and to take YOUR QUESTIONS! To be a part of the show and ask questions to future guests or to let the guys know who YOU want to hear on #ChallengeMania next, follow them on Twitter @DerrickMTV & @SHOTOFYAGER and who knows, maybe you'll see your #ChallengeAccepted
Jan 05, 2018
Ep. 9: Aneesa Ferreira & Michelle Waterson
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Aneesa Ferreira & UFC Star Michelle Waterson. Aneesa Ferreira (@AneesaMTV) is simply put, a Challenge legend! She has made countless fans over the years with her never-say-die efforts, unapologetic approach to social politics and endless array of memorable moments. Her legend grew even larger this past week on #ChampsVsStars when she exited the show after being eliminated by UFC star Michelle Waterson (@KarateHottieMMA) in a competition that put the two women head-to-head in what could only be considered Michelle's element, inside of a cage. Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) are joined by BOTH ladies to discuss the memorable elimination and what it meant for both of them to collide on the Challenge stage. Michelle, who is a lifelong Challenge fan, tells the guys what it was like competing on the show, how she got involved, just how close Aneesa came to stopping her, what Challenge vets she feels would stand a chance in the Octagon, who she wants to face next in the UFC, thoughts on Cyborg and Holly Holm and much more!  Then it's time to put Aneesa in the hot sheet, and she sheds light on other Challenge issues and takes YOUR questions, including some about Veronica, Cara Maria, Vendettas predictions and more! This is a jam-packed episode that you do NOT want to miss! It's the first show of 2018 and if this is any sign of what is to come this year, it is a good one! Let the guys know who YOU want to hear next on #ChallengeMania and hopefully you will see your #ChallengeAccepted! Remember to tag your favorite competitors and let them know that you enjoyed them on the show, or that you hope to see them in the hot seat next!
Jan 02, 2018
Ep. 8: Kailah Casillas
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Kailah Casillas. Without a doubt our most controversial guest yet, Kailah Casillas (@Kailah_Casillas) joins us to discuss being a polarizing figure in the Challenge world and what makes her tick. Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) ask her about her #Vendetta with Cara Maria, confronting Veronica on #Dirty30, her alliance with Jenna, how she got cast for The Real World, her football background, YOUR Twitter questions and much more!  The guys know they might take a little bit of heat for giving one of the most blunt and outspoken young #Challenge competitors an outlet to stir the pot, but with #TheChallengeVendettas on the horizon they couldn't pass up an opportunity to end #FIGHTWEEK with a bang! Kailah's boyfriend Mikey (@IamMikeyP) also joins the show to talk about what it's like being home while your loved one is competing in a Challenge, how he knows Floyd Mayweather, what his ties to the reality world are and more. Last but not least, ANOTHER surprise guest joins the show to share some wisdom from years and years of dedicated Challenge viewing. This is sure to be the most talked about episode of #ChallengeMania ever! Let the guys know who YOU want to hear next! #ChallengeAccepted
Dec 28, 2017
Ep. 7: Darrell Taylor
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Darrell Taylor. As 2017 comes to a close and the holiday season is behind us, what better way for #ChallengeMania to give a gift to all the awesome #ChallengeManiacs out there than to bring in one of the best to ever do it, former 4-time champ (plus 1x Champs Vs Pros Winner) Darrell Taylor (@MTVRRDarrell)!  The ultimate fan-favorite Darrell joins Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) to talk about his long and storied career on #TheChallenge, including his wins, losses, regrets, dream opponents and much more! We took YOUR questions on Twitter and ask Darrell about the craziest people and moments he's come in contact with in his many appearances on the show, his Challenge legacy, his notorious altercation with Brad that may have cost him a 5th victory, whether he plans on catching Bananas' record, who HIS Vendetta would be and much more! This is part 1 of what we are calling #FIGHTWEEK to lead up to #ChallengeVendettas premiering January 2nd on MTV!! We promise, it will not dissapoint and will live up to the name! Kaiilah (@Kailah_Cassilas) is up next but follow Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) on Twitter and let them know who YOU want to hear on #ChallengeMania in future weeks! #ChallengeAccepted
Dec 26, 2017
Ep. 6: Ask D Anything
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Time for some serious Q&A! Our first few episodes have been jam-packed with amazing guests and our next few episodes are going to deliver some guests that are even bigger, but in this episode, we decidided to put our host Derrick Kosinski (@DerrickMTV) in the hot seat to answer YOUR questions! Scott Yager (@SHOTOFYAGER) grills Derrick on issues and inquiries straight from the minds and hearts of our faithful listeners and trust us...IT...GETS...GOOD! Follow the guys on twitter @DerrickMTV and @SHOTOFYAGER and tell us who you want to hear on the show next!! #ChallengeAccepted
Dec 19, 2017
Ep. 5: Hunter Barfield
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Hunter Barfield. Hunter Barfield (@HBarfield13) only has two Challenges under his belt, #Invasion and #Dirty30, but he had top finishes in both of them, and if it wasn't for a wrist injury, he might have even been in the #ChallengeXXX Finals.  One of the most talked about and dangerous young competitors in the game stops by #ChallengeMania to tell us about his journey from start to finish, beginning with the story of how he came to be cast on Are You The One, what his thoughts on being a Challenge competitor were from the start, what it was like being on Invasion of the Champions and whether or not he was fooled by the twist, getting thrown into elimination BY Derrick and whether or not the wrist injury his suffered cost him the #Dirty30 title. Derrick (@DerrickMTV) asks Hunter about getting in the middle of his altercation with Nelson, what it was like being his roommate, and how he felt about him at the start of #Dirty30. Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) relays some questions from Twitter including whether Hunter felt like Ashley was using him during their fling on Invasion, if he thinks his wrist injury cost him the #Dirty30 Finals, and what in the name of God he is doing to sport that physique.  As always, Subscribe, rate and review the show and if you know a friend who loves The Challenge, CHALLENGE them to give #ChallengeMania a listen and try not to get hooked. Follow the guys on Twitter and let Derrick and Scott know who YOU want to hear on the show next and tell your favorites they need to hop into the hot seat! #ChallengeAccepted
Dec 14, 2017
Ep. 4: Jemmye Carroll
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Jemmye Carroll. We have had some hard-hitting guests in our first 2 weeks but no one has stirred up more buzz on social media than the lady on the line for Episode 4, Challenge Veteran Ms. Jemmye Carroll! Jemmye (@JustJem24) joins Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) to discuss #ChallengeXXX #Dirty30 and the upcoming season of #ChallengeVendettas. Jemmye walks us through a previously un-aired, never-before-seen prank from #Dirty30 where the guys took advantage of her well-documented fear of ketchup and got pranks band for the rest of the shoot. She answers some Twitter questions and tells us who the most overrated players on #ChallengeXXX were and who she felt got an edit that strays from their real-life character. We even read a question sent in from a #Challenge alum and player on the upcoming #Vendettas season!  She explains what we see of her in the red hot #ChallengeVendettas trailer that dropped last week and breaks down the new castmembers one-by-one, sharing her thoughts on each of the unknown additions from Big Brother and the MTV UK shows!  As always, Jemmye pulls no punches and is without a doubt our most candid guest yet! She shares her thoughts on quite a few of the Challenge competitors and to find out who, you're just going to have to listen! If you like the podcast, be sure to Subscribe, rate, review, and Challenge your friends to do the same! Follow Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) on Twitter and let them know who YOU want to hear on #ChallengeMania next! #ChallengeAccepted
Dec 12, 2017
Ep. 3: Shawne Merriman
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by NFL Star Shawne Merriman. With the worlds of the NFL and The Challenge intersecting yet again this week, as Terrell Owens made waves by quitting on his stars team on The Challenge Champs Vs Stars, who better to join Derrick & Scott than former NFL Linebacker and a former MTV Challenge Vs Pros competitor, "Lights Out" Shawne Merriman (@ShawneMerriman)! Shawne drops by to talk about his experience on the debut season of Challenge Champs Vs Pros, his feud with CM Punk, which Challenge champs he was impressed by, what he thinks he TO quitting on The Challenge this week and some good old fashion football talk! Find out what The Challenge is like from a real-deal former NFL Pro Bowler's perspective!  Follow Shawne on twitter @SHAWNEMERRIMAN and his awesome clothing line @LightsOutBrand! They make some really good looking gear! Get your hands on some for the holidays!    After that, Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) puts Derrick (@DerrickMTV) on the spot and asks him straight up if he is on the upcoming season of #ChallengeVendettas, something a lot of fans are wondering after the shocking trailer that premiered on Tuesday. Is that Derrick you hear? Is that Derrick you see!? Scott tries to find out!  As always, the guys know who you want to to hear next on #ChallengeMania and let @TerrellOwens know that you want to hear HIS side of what happened on #ChampsVsStars and hopefully we get the #ChallengeAccepted by the future Hall of Famer. Nothing but respect for TO as an all time great of the gridiron.
Dec 08, 2017
Ep. 2: Tony Raines
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Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager are joined by Tony Raines. Tony Raines (@T_Raines33) joins Derrick (@DerrickMTV) and Scott (@SHOTOFYAGER) to talk about the brewing feud between the so-called #YoungBucks in their 20's and the grizzled old vets in their 30's. We learn about Tony and Derrick's interactions on #ChallengeXXX, Derrick's shameless support of Darrell during his elimination round with Tony, some scenes that you didn't see on TV like a secret dinner and much more! Tony discusses the unfortunate incidents involving both he and his brother and by the end of the show the guys break into a full on #20sVs30s Draft! Tony and Derrick each pick three guys and three girls they would want to go to war with. The guys asked you who you wanted to hear on #ChallengeMania and Tony was at the very top of your list. Who better to be the first ever guest on Challenge Mania than the guy who made it all the way to the final challenge on his fourth Challenge season, #Dirty30, only to lose to our very own Derrick Kosinski. #ChallengeAccepted The sound quality of this episode might be a little below our standard but we wanted to make sure to get you guys the episode on time on #TonyTuesday so thanks for bearing with us on the audio. The podcast itself pulls absolutely no punches and #Challenge fans should enjoy this head-to-head-to head with one of the most exciting and polarizing young players in the MTV Challenge Universe that is LOADED with inside info and stuff you don't see on TV!  Remember to follow everyone on twitter @DerrickMTV, @SHOTOFYAGER and @T_Raines33 and let the guys know who you want to hear on #ChallengeMania next! We love to hear from you!  #ChallengeAccepted
Dec 05, 2017
Ep. 1: We're Back!
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You guys asked for it and your Challenge was accepted! #ChallengeAccepted Derrick Kosinski (@DerrickMTV) is back after coming in second on MTV's The Challenge: Dirty 30 and he is joined once again by his old podcast partner in crime, Scott Yager (@SHOTOFYAGER), to talk everything in the Challenge universe. Each week the guys will break down any news and new episodes in the world of MTV's The Challenge but they will also be laying down the gauntlet, and making their own Challenges to each and every past, present and future castmember of The Challenge to come on Challenge Mania and let their fans behind the curtain and into their heads to talk about anything, everything and everyONE. In this debut episode of Challenge Mania, Scott treats Derrick the way the guys are going to treat future guests, picking his brain and asking the hard-hitting questions you want to hear about Derrick's first Challenge experience in seven years on Dirty 30!  Find out about Derrick's highlights, lowlights, hookups, fights, friends, foes, what it felt like to finally be asked back to the show he helped build...and how it felt to have to wait months and months to find out if he came in first, second or third. The guys then talk about the current season of Challenge: Champs vs Stars and preview what is to come on the Challenge Mania podcast, explain why it's being called #CHALLENGEMANIA and much more! Follow Derrick on twitter @DerrickMTV and Scott @SHOTOFYAGER and let the guys know who you want to hear on the show. Let your favorite castmembers know you want to hear them on #ChallengeMania and hopefully it will be #ChallengeAccepted in weeks to come! Send in your questions, comments and feedback and remember to subscribe and rate us on iTunes!
Nov 29, 2017