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The Challenge (formerly known as Road Rules: All Stars, followed by Real World/Road Rules Challenge) is a reality game show on MTV that is spun off from the network's two reality shows, Real World and Road Rules. It features alumni from these two shows, in addition to first-time cast members called 'Fresh Meat', alumni from Are You the One?, and relatives of these cast members called 'Bloodlines', competing against one another for a cash prize. The Challenge is currently hosted by T. J. Lavin. The series premiered on June 1, 1998. The title of the show was originally Road Rules: All Stars before it was renamed Real World/Road Rules Challenge by the show's 2nd season, then later abridged to simply The Challenge by the show's 19th season. The series initially used no hosts but instead a former cast member who had been kicked off his or her season, providing assignments as "Mr." or "Ms. Big" (David "Puck" Rainey, David Edwards, and Gladys Sanabria served this role). Later on, however, the series began using hosts: Eric Nies and Mark Long co-hosted a season, and Jonny Moseley and Dave Mirra hosted various seasons before T. J. Lavin became the show's regular host by the 11th season.

Since the 4th season, each season has supplied the show with a unique subtitle, such as Rivals. Each season consists of a format and theme whereby the subtitle is derived. Of each season's format and theme, 8 have been repeated or revamped through sequel seasons with shared subtitles. In chronological order, these include: Battle of the Sexes (tied to Battle of the Sexes II, the show's first sequel season); The Inferno (tied to The Inferno II and The Inferno III, the show's first trilogy); The Gauntlet (tied to The Gauntlet II and The Gauntlet III); The Duel (tied to The Duel II); Fresh Meat (tied to Fresh Meat II), Battle of the Seasons (tied to the second Battle of the Seasons); Rivals (tied to Rivals II and Rivals III); and Battle of the Exes (tied to Battle of the Exes II).

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  • Tony struggles to cope with actions that could threaten his relationship at home. When Aneesa discovers that the Main House has deemed her the devil, she vows to come back and make everyone's life a living hell.

  • A kiss sends shock waves through the house; a player crosses the line with nasty comments, and her competitors refuse to let it slide; a physically demanding elimination requires more than just strength.

  • Hunter and Cory must face off in elimination; the Challengers take part in a trivia challenge; cast members get caught in a compromising position.

  • One player's alleged "injury" raises doubts and the Challengers question whether it's actually deceitful strategy. When two veteran players get cozy, the nature of their relationship is called into question.

  • The players must team up during the "Pirates Booty" challenge; and a dirty insult crosses the line and turns the entire house against one of the strongest players in the game.

  • The Challengers learn that the eliminated players have been biding their time until they reenter the house. Revenge consumes the minds of those in the Redemption House when they learn that they will be competing to get back in the game.

  • After a wild night out on the town, two players face major consequences. The winner's circle hatches a plot to separate best friends and strong competitors, Jenna and Kailah. One player sends shockwaves through the house.

  • Cory's "hit list" threatens the other players, putting a target on his back. The players are shocked when TJ reveals a dirty twist to eliminations.

  • Players arrive in Cartagena, Colombia, to compete for $1 million.

  • Our Champs and Underdogs gather to discuss all the explosive moments of the past season including remaining rivalries, salvaged friendships, hot hook-ups, secrets, and some unbelievable unseen footage. Hosted by The Miz.

  • After a grueling three-day Final, the winners of Invasion of the Champions are revealed.

  • Camila and Cory's love affair is put to the ultimate test when they must work together in the Final. The Underdogs and Champs must rely on each other in order to finish the Final.

  • A meltdown threatens to break apart the Underdog team; an ancient Thai lantern festival prompts reflection among the Challengers; and TJ shocks everyone with a twist to the Final that no one saw coming.

  • With only four players remaining on each team, the Champions and Underdogs must rely on their teammates to navigate a tricky maze course. In-fighting among the Champs leaves tempers flaring right before their last elimination.

  • To the Champs' delight, the Underdogs must prove they're worthy of the Final during the game's shocking slaughter. A friendship turns into a rivalry when one player's suspicious gameplay is brought to light.

  • The Underdog alliances begin to unravel when Hunter's motives for flirting with Ashley are called into question. TJ surprises the competitors with a shocking twist in the game.

  • Flirtatious Nicole vows that she can hook up with both Cara Maria and Laurel, but her plans go awry. The pranksters are revealed causing all hell to break loose between the girls on each team.

  • The competitors must endure a spicy curry eating challenge that sends tempers flaring. The Underdogs question if they can trust Shane, when he is suspected of making multiple alliances.

  • When Ashley spots Hunter flirting with a Champion, she questions their romance. The Champions vow to even out the bank accounts at the "Roll With The Punches" challenge. Bananas makes a suspicious move to save himself.

  • Nelson flies into a rage when things don't go his way; a player wets her bed, dousing the affections of her handsome suitor; and Jenna hopes to rekindle a relationship with her ex-boyfriend, Zach.

  • The Champions move into the Oasis; and a civil war breaks out within Team Underdog when they must decide which players they want to send into Elimination.

  • Paranoia gets the best of Shane and causes him to lash out; LaToya and Nelson bond as the last four tickets to the Oasis are awarded; and the players are ecstatic to finally move out of the Shelter.

  • Cory takes a risk to earn his ticket to The Oasis; during an elimination, a player's nerves become too much to handle.

  • Two-hour premiere continues.The Champions prepare to invade the game.

  • In the Season 29 premiere, 18 eager Underdogs arrive in Thailand. While the players adjust to their living conditions, the Champions prepare to invade the game. The results of nominations send all of the players into mass panic.

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