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The Challenge Contestant With The Most Elimination Wins

MTV's "The Challenge" has been entertaining reality TV audiences for over two decades now, and as fans know, there's been a lot of heartbreak and drama that's gone down during that time span — especially when it comes to eliminations

The 2003 series "The Gauntlet" was the first to introduce elimination rounds/matches, which were held at the end of each episode (via The Challenge Fandom) and are still going strong today. Some of the show's best contestants and repeat champions, like Chris "CT" Tamburello and Johnny "Bananas" Devenanzio, have all competed in or been affected by the elimination portion of the competition. The most recent challenge, "Spies, Lies & Allies," saw contestants get chosen by their teammates — with two men and two women competing against one another, respectively — to decide who goes home. The elimination round was referred to as "The Lair."

Since the show's inception, there's been a number of "Challenge" contestants who have made names for themselves by repeatedly getting sent into the elimination round and coming back with a win. But out of everyone who's competed, which player actually holds the record for most elimination wins?

Wes Bergmann has the most elimination wins at 14

Wes Bergmann may be one of the most hated "Challenge" players in the show's history, but he's also been one of the strongest. Out of the 23 elimination rounds he's been in, the former "The Real World: Austin" housemate has managed to win 14 of them — more than anyone else in series history (via Us Weekly). 

Longtime fans of "The Challenge" surely remember the heated wars between Wes and Johnny Bananas, as well as other competitors. The Kansas native has won two of the show's final cash prizes, one for 2006's "The Duel" and the other for 2013's "Rivals II." Back in June 2021, Entertainment Weekly featured Wes on their 50 best players ever list, putting him at No. 10 behind Derrick Kosinski, Laurel Stucky, Sarah Rice, Jordan Wiseley, Emily Schromm, Landon Lueck, Darrell Taylor, Johnny Bananas, and CT. According to the magazine, he's managed to take home $303,000 in winnings.

"Relentlessly cocky, Wes is the guy everyone loves to hate and we just love to love," EW writes, and we can't help but agree.