‘The Challenge’: Johnny ‘Bananas’ Devenanzio Addresses His Potential Retirement From the Show

by Jeremy Spirogis

Johnny “Bananas” Devenanzio not too long ago cemented his legacy as the best competitor to ever compete on The Challenge. Devenanzio, who not too long ago simply accomplished his 20th season of the present, gained his seventh season title on Total Madness, essentially the most within the historical past of the present. With every part that he has completed, and with him being 38 years previous, is Devenanzio going to name it quits quickly?

Johnny 'Bananas' Devenanzio, 'The Challenge'
Johnny ‘Bananas’ Devenanzio attends the 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards. | David Crotty/Patrick McMullan by way of Getty Images

Johnny ‘Bananas’ Devenanzio simply accomplished his 20th season of ‘The Challenge’

Devenanzio has been starring on MTV for over a decade. After first showing on The Real World: Key West in 2006, his first season of The Challenge was The Duel, which additionally aired in 2006. He has just about been on The Challenge ever since.

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Prior to Total Madness — his 20th season — Devenanzio had gained a report six season titles. However, he had not gained a season since Rivals III, which aired in 2016. Devenanzio finally went six consecutive seasons with out successful a title and even making a remaining. 

Many individuals speculated that Devenanzio had been cursed. This was as a result of he took the entire cash from his companion, Sarah Rice, on Rivals III when given the choice. 

Like the Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Cubs did just a few years in the past, although, Devenanzio broke the curse.

Johnny ‘Bananas’ Devenanzio gained ‘Total Madness’

Devenanzio reached the ultimate on Total Madness. He finally needed to sq. off towards 4 different male opponents, Kyle Christie, Cory Wharton, Faysal “Fessy” Shafaat, and Rogan O’Connor. Four feminine opponents additionally reached the ultimate, together with Jenny West, Kaycee Clark, Bayleigh Dayton, and Melissa Reeves. 

In the top, Devenanzio and West ended up popping out victorious, as they every gained $500,000. Christie and Clark every completed second whereas Wharton and Dayton completed third. Shafaat and Reeves then completed fourth, and O’Connor completed fifth among the many male opponents.

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Devenanzio’s victory gave him his seventh season title. It additionally made his profession winnings on the present equal $1.18 million, in keeping with Fandom — the best out of any Challenger

So, is it time for Devenanzio to experience off into the sundown, a la Peyton Manning and John Elway, and retire?

Did Devenanzio trace that he’s retiring from ‘The Challenge’?

Following the airing of Devenanzio’s win on Total Madness on July 15, 2020, he went on Barstool Sports’ No Quitters Podcast. While on there, he could have hinted at retiring.

“It’s my seventh win, my lucky number seven, I’m back ahead as far as cash won, so I’m the top earner,” Devenanzio stated. “This was my 200th episode. This final makes it my 200th episode. One of my favorite things to say is, ‘The only things in life that are certain are death, taxes, and Johnny Bananas winning,’ and I won on Tax Day. Today’s Tax Day. And the fact that it was my 20th season in the year 2020, I don’t know how I go about topping that.”

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Devenanzio additionally went on to say that if he goes again, there may be “no way” he’s successful once more. 

“The only reason I won this season is because I was able to come in and convince everyone for one more f**cking season that maybe I’m not who they thought I was,” Devenanzio stated. “Like they say, ‘The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing people he didn’t exist.’ I did that this season and I feel like I’m never going to be able to do that again. So, if I do come back, it’s like, at this point, I feel like I’m playing with house money, man. I’m going to come, I’m going to do what I got to do, but this was the one that I needed.”

So, is Devenanzio returning for a 21st season, or is he retiring? It is unclear, but when he does return, he’ll simply proceed so as to add on to his already cemented legacy.

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