Challenge Mania

By Derrick Kosinski & Scott Yager

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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.

Episode Date
Ep. 51: Tony Time
01:24:43

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

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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& [...]

Jun 21, 2018
Ep. 50: Vendettas Champ Cara Maria
01:39:37

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 c [...]

Jun 19, 2018
Ep. 49: Kailah Casillas
01:45:16

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

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Jun 14, 2018
Ep. 48: Shady Shane Landrum
01:32:17

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! #Challeng [...]

Jun 13, 2018
Ep. 47: Kellyanne Judd
01:38:36

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

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Jun 06, 2018
Ep. 46: The Miz
01:33:55

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, [...]

May 30, 2018
Ep. 45: Rogan O’Connor
01:32:37

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!

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May 23, 2018
Ep. 44: Aneesa Ferreira Returns!
01:22:43

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. 

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May 21, 2018
Ep. 43: Louise Hazel
01:14:01

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 ea [...]

May 17, 2018
Ep. 42: Mystery Guest
01:15:51

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

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May 15, 2018
Ep. 41: Cohutta Grindstaff Returns!
01:37:48

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!
01:17:37

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
01:34:56

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! 

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Apr 24, 2018
Ep. 38: Abram Boise
01:51:22

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

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Apr 19, 2018
Ep. 37: Emily Schromm Returns!
01:32:21

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 [...]

Apr 17, 2018
Ep. 36: Michelle Waterson Returns!
01:49:00

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 shar [...]

Apr 13, 2018
Ep. 35: Devyn Simone
01:39:16

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

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Apr 10, 2018
Ep. 34: Nicole Zanatta
01:19:19

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!

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Apr 05, 2018
Ep. 33: Mark Long Returns!
01:42:38

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 Challe [...]

Apr 03, 2018
Ep. 32: Leroy Garrett
01:15:54

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 [...]

Mar 30, 2018
Ep. 31: Syrus Yarbrough
01:41:12

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

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Mar 27, 2018
Ep. 30: Ashley Mitchell
01:39:28

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! #Challeng [...]

Mar 21, 2018
Ep. 29: Kam Williams
01:07:07

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 CHALLENG [...]

Mar 19, 2018
Ep. 28: Cara Maria Returns Part II
01:01:52

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
01:22:43

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
01:40:30

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 [...]

Mar 09, 2018
Ep. 25: Britni Nicol
01:22:16

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
01:25:15

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
01:32:20

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
01:36:23

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
01:51:16

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
01:23:59
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
01:16:11
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
01:14:06
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
01:24:49
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
01:32:18

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
01:10:58

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 cod [...]

Jan 23, 2018
Ep. 14: Veronica Portillo
01:10:50

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
01:31:19

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
00:57:19

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
01:08:23

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 [...]

Jan 09, 2018
Ep. 10: Brad Fiorenza
01:19:19

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 b [...]

Jan 05, 2018
Ep. 9: Aneesa Ferreira & Michelle Waterson
01:10:20

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 [...]

Jan 02, 2018
Ep. 8: Kailah Casillas
01:06:27

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 t [...]

Dec 28, 2017
Ep. 7: Darrell Taylor
01:08:08

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 [...]

Dec 26, 2017
Ep. 6: Ask D Anything
00:52:32

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
01:18:47

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 [...]

Dec 14, 2017
Ep. 4: Jemmye Carroll
01:02:27

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 [...]

Dec 12, 2017
Ep. 3: Shawne Merriman
01:13:36

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 [...]

Dec 08, 2017
Ep. 2: Tony Raines
01:09:32

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 [...]

Dec 05, 2017