I have a confession to make. One of my guilty pleasure TV shows is MTV's The Challenge. Next season will feature a bunch of athletes taking on the cast members.

Ever since college I have found myself addicted to the reality TV competition. A friend of mine introduced me to The Real World (I'm usually this far behind on stuff) which then lead to the discovery of this competition show.

Part of the show is based around the cast members drama and such, but the actual game they are playing is what I find intriguing. The show is a huge mix of physical and mental challenges, with the final challenges being among the craziest obstacles that I've seen in TV shows.

MTV is constantly trying to mix the show up to keep interest season to season. This has led to a birth of a season of The Challenge that will feature champions of the show against professional athletes.

The professional athletes include former NFL linebackers Shawne Merriman and Kamerion Wimbley, UFC fighter (and former Pro Wrestler) CM Punk, and former WNBA athlete Candice Wiggins. Oh, and the show will be hosted by former New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz.

Sold yet? I am. Let the drama begin.

MTV's The Challenge: Champs vs. Pros begins on Tuesday, May 16th at 9:00 CT.

Pros:

  • Tia Blanco, Professional Surfer
  • Louise Hazel, Olympian
  • Lindsey Jacobellis, Professional Snowboarder
  • Lolo Jones, Olympian
  • Candice Wiggins, Former WNBA Athlete
  • Gus Kenworthy, Olympian
  • Shawne Merriman, Former NFL Linebacker
  • CM Punk, UFC Fighter/Former Pro Wrestler
  • Louie Vito, Olympian
  • Kamerion Wimbley, Former NFL Linebacker