War of the Worlds power rankings after ep. 13



A few months after the shocking Final Reckoning finale, MTV’s competition show The Challenge is back with another season: War of the Worlds, which gives America’s fifth major sport (yeah, that’s right, we dare you to disagree) a global twist as competitors from various reality shows pair with seasoned Challenge veterans for a shot at $1 million (although that’s changed … see below). 
As we did last season, we’ve tasked resident Challenge expert Charles Curtis with power ranking the teams based on what went down in the latest episode.
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!
This week: The final challenge gets its first two competitors, who will be at the top of this week’s power rankings.

1. TURBO
He finished first in “Crash Landing” by completing a puzzle in the cabin of a giant dismantled airplane that wobbled back and forth while klaxons went off and water sprayed all over the place. That got him an automatic spot in the final challenge, so he’s tops this week. But he’s been shuffling between the top two spots for a few weeks and with good reason: He can do the physical challenges with ease. He finishes puzzles. He savagely gets revenge on anyone who crosses him (see Dee below). He has all the makings of a future Hall of Famer if he keeps coming back to the series … although let’s see if he can win it all by the end of the season.
2. CARA MARIA
She’s also in the final thanks to being the first female out of the plane with a correctly finished puzzle. And the rest of the players should be verrrry nervous about her winning it all again.

3. MATTIE
I still think she’s a lock to make the final, either by qualifying by finishing top three next week or because no one would want to face her in the Killing Floor.
4. PAULIE
Another top-three finish for Cara Maria’s boyfriend. As long as he performs next week, he might be running with her in the final. And what if the final is purely run by individuals with no temporary partnerships, as we’ve seen in past finales? That might give Paulie and Cara Maria an advantage if they teamed up. I’m getting ahead of myself, let’s see what happens next week first.
5. WES
I think at this point the alliances are all but moot. I could eat my words, but think about it this way: The amount of people who want him out of the final next week are about the same as the folks who are in his alliance. Either way, he’s got to finish top-three next week or he’s probably at risk to go into one last men’s Killing Floor before the final.

6. THEO
I just learned from his Killing Floor win that eliminated Kyle — what a matchup that was, I had my doubts that Theo would win it after Kyle beat him in the first heat of Hall Brawl. Theo was an Olympic hopeful as a British runner! Maybe I need to put him higher then?
7. NATALIE D.
She’s fallen far in these rankings after an initially strong showing. And I haven’t given up on her quite yet — you have to think if Ninja Natalie could perform on American Ninja Warrior, she’d be able to compete in a final. She just has to make it there.
8. GEORGIA
She won’t face Dee in the upcoming Killing Floor and everyone continues to say what a threat she is as a runner. That’s important, but I still see stronger competitors.
9. HUNTER
I still have zero faith in him after what’s gone with him this season and last.
10. DEE
She’d be higher if she wasn’t in an elimination bout next week, but I have her favored over Da’Vonne in the upcoming strength-based Killing Floor. Also, a tip of the cap to her for apologizing to Turbo for joining in with her friend Natalie to argue with him after last week’s challenge, but it didn’t matter — to paraphrase what Turbo said in this ep, “What people give me, I always give back.”
11. DA’VONNE
She’s a fighter, she will give her all in the Killing Floor, but I think she’ll ultimately lose to Dee.

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