The Greatest Male Players in Challenge History- #24- Cory Wharton

Michael Alvey
4 min readJul 1, 2021

10 Seasons: Battle of the Bloodlines (2nd place), Rivals III, Invasion of the Champions (3rd place), Dirty 30, Champs vs. Stars, Vendettas, Final Reckoning, Total Madness (3rd place), Double Agents (2nd place), Spies, Lies & Allies

8–6 Elimination Record

20 Challenge Wins

Daily Challenges: 8/10

Eliminations: 8.5/10

Finals: 6.5/10

Politics: 8/10

If somebody from the future told me after Final Reckoning that Cory would be in the top 25 of my all-time rankings within 2.5 years, I would A) wonder why someone would waste the use of time travel technology to tell me something so unimportant, and B) be very surprised that he was even still on the show.

I thought Cory’s Challenge career was pretty much over after he got kicked off for body slamming Tony.

After making two finals in his first three seasons, he was hyped as the next big star of the show. But he completely crashed and burned on Dirty 30, targeting the big dogs right away, which got him sent in twice. He beat Derrick Henry in Balls to the Wall but lost to Hunter in Deadweight, then lost to Hunter again in the Redemption House challenge.

On Vendettas, Cory was targeted by Bananas right off the bat, as he was sent in by the troika against Nelson. In one of the worst eliminations in Challenge history, Nelson outkicked Cory in Balls of Fire.

Cory and Devin were brought in as mercenaries* late in the game on Final Reckoning.

(He was originally supposed to be partnered with Darrell, which would have likely gotten Cory to a fifth final and given him his best chance ever to win.)

Cory and Devin were able to get back into the game by beating Zach/Amanda and Da’Vonne/Jozea in the extremely dubious Shake it Off elimination. But they only competed in one mission before getting DQ’d.

When I saw he was coming back for Total Madness after a two-season break, I figured he’d have yet another early exit and then he’d be relegated back to Teen Mom OG.