Every Season of The Challenge, Ranked: #38 — USA 2

Michael Alvey
13 min readOct 23, 2023

Location: Pula, Croatia

Host: TJ Lavin

Aired: 2023

Champions: Chris and Desi

Overall Thoughts: Purely as a competition season, USA 2 functions pretty well. The missions and eliminations were mostly solid, and the politics were fairly intriguing, at least in the beginning of the season.

But this season couldn’t escape being lumped in with other recent seasons I haven’t liked — Spies, Lies & Allies, All Stars 3, Ride or Dies and World Championship — for the same simple reason.

They’re not fun.

The Challenge has felt soulless for a few years now, and while I liked USA 2 more than those other seasons, it still lacked in excitement.

There were a few bright spots on the cast but just as many duds, and the veteran crew of Tori, Cory, Fessy, Bananas and Wes didn’t bring much to the table in entertainment value.

USA 2 was a clear step up from USA 1, but it still fell flat for me.


  • Bananas and Tori blocking Monte and Michaela in Sideswiped, helping Red win
  • Dusty’s blowup on Tiffany when he mistakenly thought she…