MTV's 'The Challenge' Bracket: Best Female Competitors (Round One)

With the male portion of our tournament well underway, you might be quick to assume there is no female bracket to determine the best MTV Challenge competitor of all time. You're dead wrong. Apology not accepted.

Matchup breakdowns below (along with three Honorable Mentions) and first-round voting available on Twitter.


(1) Laurel Stucky vs. (8) Paula “Walnuts” Meronek

(1) Laurel

Fresh Meat II

The Résumé

  Astrid Stawiarz / Getty Images

Astrid Stawiarz / Getty Images

The Defense

  • The most dominant girl on every season she was on…This includes Cutthroat which had 5 other females on this list (Emily, Paula, Camila, Sarah & Cara Maria) 
  • Dominant elimination record
  • Finals in 4 of her 5 seasons. 
  • Most money won

The Prosecution

  • We're shameless Laurel stans, but she has a tendency to be, uh, shall we say, ruthless to other competitors.
  • Only one championship in five seasons

(8) Paula Walnuts

Real World: Key West

The Résumé

The Defense

  • The most weekly challenge wins.
  • One of the best equipped for a final, Paula was a long distance queen.
  • Was stabbed in the back multiple times by her alliance teammates, costing her multiple championships.

The Prosecution

  • Only Challenge championships are when she was teamed up with two of the best females in Challenge history, Evelyn & Emily.
  • Flat out could not take many of these other women in a one on one elimination.

(2) Evelyn Smith vs. (7) Jodi Weatherton

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(2) Evelyn

Fresh Meat

The Résumé

The Defense

  • Tied for most Challenge championships in history.
  • Small in stature, but an absolute beast of an athlete.
  • One of the most competitive athletes in Challenge history.
  • The only person to scare Coral.

The Prosecution

  • QUIT on The Ruins.
  • Has a mediocre elimination record.
  • Sold her soul to the devil (Johnny Bananas) on The Island.

(2) Jodi

Road Rules: X-Treme

The Résumé

The Defense

  • Dominated The Duel, winning 7 weekly challenges on her way to back to back championships.
  • A rare combination of speed, strength and brains.

The Prosecution

  • No elimination wins.
  • Competed in only three seasons.

(3) Emily Schromm vs. (6) Cara Maria Sorbello

(3) Emily

Real World: D.C.

The Résumé

The Defense

The Prosecution

  • Has absolutely no holes in her game. The only negative mark on her career is the lack of seasons. 

(6) Cara Maria

Fresh Meat II

The Résumé

The Defense

  • The queen of eliminations. Winning a record 12 do or die matchups.
  • Transformed from a Challenge joke to the CrossFit queen nobody would want to battle in an elimination or final. 
  • Defeated Bananas in an elimination. 

The Prosecution

  • Cara was a weak link in all of her early seasons.
  • Was treated like a child in two eliminations against Laurel.
  • Only one championship in 9 seasons.

(4) Sarah Rice vs. (5) Rachel Robinson

(4) Sarah

Real World: Brooklyn

The Résumé

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The Defense

  • One-upped Bananas in an all-time backstab.  
  • Was given the worst partners in multiple seasons (Vinny, Katelynn & Trishelle). Costing her a chance at multiple other championships. 
  • A favorite in any season she went on. Everyone loves den mother, Sarah. 

The Prosecution

  • Got her heart ripped out on Rivals III. Never trust Bananas. 
  • Gassed out in the Cutthroat final. 

(5) Rachel

Road Rules: Campus Crawl

The Résumé

The Defense

  • Possibly the most fit girl in Challenge history. (either her or Emily)
  • Rachel was the dominant girl in multiple seasons. 

The Prosecution

  • Only 2 eliminations competed in.
  • Never was truly tested, as no other great females were from her era. 

Honorable Mention: Veronica Portillo

Road Rues: Semester at Sea

The Résumé

The Defense

  • The original Queen of The Challenge
  • Tied for most Challenge championships in history. 

The Prosecution

Veronica comes from a completely different era of The Challenge. Her first “competition” was in the year 2000 — the olden days. Back then, Challenges were more about having a good time and doing GNARLY stuff. They didn’t involve any sort of elimination, TJ wasn’t around to ridicule people who quit, and everybody left a winner!* Yes, Veronica did win three Challenges, and for that I applaud her and put her on this list of honorable mentions. However, ranking Veronica in the top five would be like claiming some 1940’s dude was the best basketball player of all time, even though he only played against short white guys. It’s just a different game, folks. 

Honorable Mention: Camila Nakagawa

Spring Break Challenge

The Résumé

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The Defense

  • An absolute WARRIOR in eliminations.
  • In a true David vs. Goliath matchup, handed Laurel her only elimination round loss on Invasion of the Champions.
  • Most impressive season came teamed with Bananas in Battle of the Exes. Completing one of the hardest finals in Challenge history.
  • Has become one of the faces of The Challenge.

The Prosecution

  • The Camilanator is truly terrifying. I best keep her name out of my mouth.

Honorable Mention: Susie Meister

Road Rules: Down Under

The Résumé

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The Defense

  • A flawless 4 and 0 elimination record.
  • One of the great politicians in Challenge history.

The Prosecution

  • Tough to think about Susie going up against most of these other women in an elimination without laughing.