Challenge Total Madness Mid-Season Trailer Breakdown

Allan Aguirre
6 min readMay 11, 2020


I will be breaking down the “Mid-Season” trailer of the Challenge Season 35 Total Madness as I do with many of the trailers. There are no spoilers in this article that you won’t figure out by watching the trailer super slowly. YES, there are spoilers, but they are spoilers via inference and analysis. I hope you enjoy.

I did two of these before the season. Here is a link to the more extensive one:

Onto the breakdown.

The trailer opens with a blurred view of a female in elimination.

It is followed up by two men intensely battling in a headbanger (likely Pole Wrestle). One player is clearly in control in this photo.

We get three different shots of Bananas. In one, Bananas watches an elimination, another he tells someone in the house that he’s no longer waiting in the game, and in the third, he’s on the Purging Floor.

I want to note, Bananas has been wearing some nice jackets and sweaters this season. The guy has upgraded his wardrobe like crazy

There is a shot of an airplane. No clue what this will be part of since this isn’t a plane designed to carry people.

Two images we saw in the trailers before the season. One is of two players running down a tunnel in wet suits. The other is of a player(s) emerging out of a foam pit. 20% sure that the second scene is the same image flipped.

Then we get a shot of Melissa dropping down a slide into some water. She is wearing the same wet suit that the people in the tunnel wore.

Players are clinging to giant missiles. I wish it was an endurance competition like on Survivor or Big Brother, but it’s most likely trivia.

Cory and Kyle discuss their desires for a Red Skull. We then see a shot of Cory participating in an elimination where he’s harnessed to something. Kyle seems to get in a tiff with Nelson at a bar, Josh tries to separate them, and Fessy is in the background. Kyle is then playing an elimination that looks similar to Knot So Fast, except in a car.

Nany calls someone a corny bitch, likely due to the fact that the person is a corny bitch. Wes lays next to her. Jenna is standing next to Cory and is mildly interested in whatever conversation is going on.

Nelson once again says he’s done being the nice guy. He is beating up on one of the rooms in the house in one pic, and then on the elimination floor in the other.

Big T is in danger and asks someone if she is going to be okay. You can see splatters of blood on the floor next to her.

Tori is playing an elimination. She is trying to break something.

Nany and Nelson are competing in a challenge that looks similar to the one from War of the Worlds 1 where Wes/DaVonne won, and where Ninja blew up on Turbo. If Nelson yells at Nany, then I’ll be writing some strongly-worded tweets.

Bayleigh is crying. I hope she’s okay.

Aneesa and I think Nany gets into it at a bar. I believe Kaycee is trying to separate them.

We then get two Dee scenes. In one she is wearing the same suit that players competing in the Foam Pit challenge are. In the other, she’s is fully padded and playing Hall Brawl against someone. Dee is in at least 2 eliminations this season.

Bananas in punching a wall while in elimination. I believe it is Wrecking Wall (from Free Agents).

No clue what this car challenge is. What I will note is ten total players are standing on the barrels. This could be one of the last daily challenges of the season.

Another look at a foam pit. It seems producers chose re-use the tank from the first challenge. The tank must have been a monthly rental instead of a weekly rental. Maybe they had a Groupon.

Then we get a dramatic looks of Wes and Bananas’ faces.

An outside look of the setting for the elimination Kyle was playing.

Dee is close to tears. Either Rogan or Wes is in trouble.

Jenna, Kailah, and Nany look shocked by something.

Someone angrily yells, “why didn’t you listen?”

I think it’s Jordan as he is a screamy guy. Not to mention, I remember he wore the same colored beanie in one of the other trailer breakdowns I did.


The people we see most prominently in this trailer are:

  • Bananas
  • Kyle
  • Nelson
  • Dee
  • Nany

People we a small amount of:

  • Wes
  • Cory
  • Jordan
  • Tori
  • Jenna
  • Melissa
  • Big T
  • Aneesa
  • Bayleigh

People we don’t see or basically don’t:

  • Bear
  • Swaggy
  • Josh
  • Fessy
  • Rogan
  • Jenny
  • Kailah
  • Mattie



Allan Aguirre

26 years old. I blog about MTV's the Challenge and will dabble into other subjects occasionally. Follow me on Twitter for the occasional bad joke.