MTV Announces The Challenge: Ride or Dies

The challenge: ride or die promises an intense battle ahead.

Season 38 of the MTV competition show will have an unexpected twist for the very first time – contestants will be able to choose their own partners. “This season, players and viewers will see if the seemingly unbreakable bonds between friends, family and partners survive the competition,” according to a press release.

From best friends to exes, the pairs will complete mental and physical challenges each week in order to win the million dollar prize. Longtime host TJ Lavin is back to lead the show.

The season will see the return of The challenge fan favorites including seven-time winner Johnny “Bananas” Devenanzio, Aneesa Ferreira, Laurel Stucky, Darrell Taylor, Kaycee Clark, Nelson Thomas and Jordan Wiseley.


“Considering we’re married, we definitely have the upper hand here,” says DJ Sam Bird in the season’s first trailer. Bird will be partnered with his wife, Kailah Casillas.

At another point in the trailer, Free Agents Winner Laurel reacts to seeing Bananas and Nany Gonzalez. “Not bananas and Nany!” said Stucky in a confessional.


“As much as I want it for me, I want it for you too,” Michele Fitzgerald tells her partner Jay Starrett. Jay participated in two seasons of The challenge but did not win.

“If you don’t have the person you love the most to ride for you, then who do you have?” Michele, a Survivor winner, says later in the trailer.

Are you the chosen one? alum Nurys Mateo says in a confessional, “You’re not really here all alone, you’re a two-for-one package all the time.” She is paired with two-time runner-up Nelson in the new season.

“We’re gonna stick together like fuckin’ glue,” says Nam Vo, who is partnered with Emmy Russ.

“I never thought that in a million years I would be sitting here with you,” Tori Deal said in a confessional with partner Devin Walker. He adds: “Enemies, enemies, friends, ride or die!”

In the trailer, Tori and Jordan, who were once engaged, have a fight.

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Ahead of the new season’s premiere on October 12 at 8 p.m. ET, the first-ever documentary on The challenge franchise – The Challenge: Untold Story – will be presented next Wednesday.

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