'The Challenge': Wes Bergmann Seems to Already Be Preparing for Season 36
Wes Bergmann didn’t win The Challenge: Total Madness, but he seemed to have a winning strategy. Instead of competing against his nemesis, Johnny “Bananas” Devenanzio, he worked with him — and it seemed to serve him well. We’re not sure if Devenanzio will take part in season 36 of The Challenge, but Bergmann is already giving clues that he’s prepping for another season. Here’s what he’s posting to social media.
Wes Bergmann couldn’t make it to the end of ‘The Challenge: Total Madness’
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Spoiler alert 🚨 This was a fantastic episode. But I lost. Why did I lose? I lost a little bit of focus. I could have been a little more methodical. I mis-read the structural integrity of an apparatus that I should be familiar with. Notice something? I'm not saying…it's production's fault; Bananas cheated; I got robbed; this isn't fair; woah is me! I lost fair and square. This loss rests firmly on my shoulders. I'd like to formally congratulate Bananas on his win, and a very deserved red skull. He's always been jealous of my red skull, and now has his own. 👏 It was a shit load of fun working with him this season. I hope that no one, especially him, interprets my move as anything other than both of us knowing it was time to go in. I'm proud of how I played this game. -I only had a single vote cast in my direction the entire season, by a man who was promptly removed. -I won more daily challenges than anyone else, and used that power to make moves that led to the demise of the people that stood the best shot at hurting me long-term. -I'm proud of myself for the courage it takes to volunteer to go into an elimination when technically, I had complete control to sit back, safely. I'm also incredibly proud of MTV for creating the greatest competition show on the planet; & I'm thankful to be a small part of that machine. But more importantly I'm proud of how they've handled these major societal hurdles that the world is battling. MTV is more than TV; they're a strong voice of my generation. They've pointed me in the right direction in the past several months about where to donate. They've vetted partnership organizations for me about who needed the most support, & could accomplish the most with the added promotion/funding. They've encouraged action immediately upon it becoming the right thing to do as opposed to after it became cool. They're the reason why I've been surrounded by the most diverse people on the planet, making it easier for me to be empathetic to all walks of life. They've turned my colleagues & I into a weapon of peace and change. These wars are not over. We're not at the finish line. But I see you. And I like what I see
Bergmann and Devenanzio made an unlikely duo on Total Madness — but it seemed to work. While the duo connected prior to the show and created an alliance before stepping foot in the Challenge house, few thought it’d actually work. However, they proved they can actually work together quite well, and they even sustained a friendship through their time on the show.
One misstep cost Bergmann his game, though. He chose to go against Devenanzio in an elimination round, as he didn’t think he’d get many more opportunities to earn his red skull, which was also his ticket into the final. Devenanzio beat Bergmann in the elimination round and sent him packing.
“He was never going to nominate himself to go in. But then when I did, I think the thought of … my nomination of myself completely overshadowing his third win,” Devenanzio told the Challenge Mania podcast.
“Wes loves having attention, dude,” Devenanzio continued. “But me winning for a third time, that nomination overshadowing his third win. And the idea of me potentially going into an elimination and coming back with a red skull when he was just sitting there with his three wins which essentially, at this point, were meaningless, I don’t think he could handle that.”
Bergmann appears to be prepping for season 36
While Bergmann might’ve made a judgment error on Total Madness, it seems he’s looking to come back strong in future seasons. MTV announced The Challenge will be back for season 36. And Bergmann posted a video to Twitter and Instagram of him doing some weighted pull-ups.
“I’m a jacked, Jack of all trades,” he captioned his video. And fans seem to think this is a sign he’s prepping his body for what’s to come.
“You gotta win the next season bro. It’s your turn,” a fan tweeted to Bergmann.
“Wes about to win the next season,” another commented.
Others are curious about the current Challenge timeline. Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, filming for season 36 was postponed. But it seems many Challenge vets are prepping for their return.
“Everyone is training. Does this mean theres a Challenge in the near future??” another Twitter user noted to Bergmann.
Another competitor said Bergmann’s scheming behind the scenes, too
While Bergmann may be getting fit for The Challenge, he really shines when it comes to forming alliances and using politics to navigate his way to the end. And previous winner Ashley Mitchell seemed to call him out on Twitter about reaching out to other competitors to scheme ahead of the season.
“Some of these people already making up story lines…. Can we get real ones only,” Mitchell initially tweeted on July 22. Then, she tweeted, “Also want y’all to know the same old, old characters already up to their old tricks. Sliding in dms, making pre alliances, and figuring out fake fights. Make reality real again y’all.”
Bergmann saw Mitchell’s tweet and made his own comment. “Wes + Big Brother + alumni VS Ashley,” he tweeted in response. “All cameos purchased this week will buy more cricket wireless minutes I’ll be using to exclusively call rookies and scheme with OGs. Also Instagram is charging me extra for all the DMs I’m sending.”
It looks like fans are on Bergmann’s side for calling out Mitchell here as well. Perhaps Mitchell and Bergmann will continue their rivalry on-screen for season 36 — we’ll have to wait and see.
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