‘The Challenge’: Johnny ‘Bananas’ Devenanzio Said He Never Really Wanted to Be Wes Bergmann’s Friend

by Jeremy Spirogis
Johnny Bananas (L) and Wes Bergmann attend the 2019 MTV Movie and TV Awards at Barker Hangar on June 15, 2019 in Santa Monica, California

There are loads of rivalries which have developed on The Challenge over time. And one of the notorious is between Johnny “Bananas” Devenanzio and Wes Bergmann.

Devenanzio and Bergmann have competed on the present collectively for over a decade, they usually’ve all the time fought towards one another to get to the highest. On Total Madness, although, we noticed them work collectively. While Bergmann is formally out of the sport after shedding towards Devenanzio in an elimination spherical, they continue to be mates.

While Devenanzio and Bergmann are on good phrases, Devenanzio informed the Challenge Mania podcast he by no means really had any want to spark this friendship. Here’s what he mentioned.

Johnny ‘Bananas’ Devenanzio and Wes Bergmann labored collectively on ‘The Challenge: Total Madness’

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Devenanzio and Bergmann are two main heavy hitters on The Challenge. They’re identified for every having a number of wins and finale runs over time, they usually each have their very own distinctive methods for attending to the tip. But they knew the rookies and youthful veteran gamers had been skating by as they went at one another season after season. For that purpose, they teamed up for the primary time on Total Madness.

“I think Wes and I both knew that us putting our beef aside and working together was probably the smartest thing for our games,” Devenanzio informed People. “However, we each have been, I feel, burdened with unusually giant egos. And placing our egos apart and trusting the opposite one was very tough. On The Challenge, belief is d*mn close to not possible.”

The two are actually mates after the present

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Devenanzio and Bergmann stored up their alliance by the season, however finally, they went face to face in an elimination. While Bergmann received three separate challenges on the present and located himself with loads of energy in the home, he knew time was restricted in getting a coveted crimson cranium. And the one solution to get a crimson cranium, aka a ticket to the ultimate, is to compete — and win — an elimination spherical. This finally led him to go towards his No. 1 ally.

While Bergmann misplaced the struggle, his friendship with Devenanzio stays sturdy after the present.

“I’d like to formally congratulate Bananas on his win, and a very deserved red skull. He’s always been jealous of my red skull, and now has his own,” Bergmann wrote on Instagram after shedding. “It was a sh*t load of fun working with him this season. I hope that no one, especially him, interprets my move as anything other than both of us knowing it was time to go in.” ⁣

Devenanzio mentioned he by no means really needed to be mates with Bergmann previous to the season

Johnny Bananas (L) and Wes Bergmann attend the 2019 MTV Movie and TV Awards at Barker Hangar on June 15, 2019 in Santa Monica, California
Johnny ‘Bananas’ Devenanzio (L) and Wes Bergmann attend the 2019 MTV Movie and TV Awards at Barker Hangar | Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for MTV

Devenanzio just lately went on the Challenge Mania podcast to speak about his relationship with Bergmann. And he informed the hosts that previous to Total Madness, Bergmann needed to be his friend — however he had no actual curiosity in being mates with Bergmann.

Devenanzio defined that he and Bergmann went on the Maury Show earlier than the season began, they usually took a lie detector take a look at. “The one question was, do you, in real life, want to be friends with Wes? And I said no, and I was being honest,” Devenanzio said. “But then when Maury asked Wes, do you, in real life, want to be friends with Bananas, he said no, and he was lying. So he actually did.”

“So I think all this time, and all these years, and everything that’s been said, I think at the end of the day, Wes Bergmann just wanted to be my friend,” Devenanzio added. “And I think coming into this season and me really laying it on the line and being like, ‘Wes, you have my heart and you have my trust,’ I think that that’s, deep down, what he always wanted.”

While Devenanzio didn’t essentially have a want to be Bergmann’s friend, he admits that that they had a ton of enjoyable collectively they usually labored fairly properly as a group. Perhaps we’ll see them return as a duo as soon as once more on future seasons.

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