Former WWE champion and UFC’s CM Punk will be part of a new MTV show titled The Challenge: Champs vs Pros, which takes ten of America’s top athletes to go up against ten of MTV’s top competitors from The Challenge. This will be a six-week event premiering Tuesday, May 16 at 9:00PM ET.
“In what promises to be the most competitive clash of teams in Challenge history, viewers will finally get their wish to see how our champs stack up against professional athletes,” said Nina L. Diaz, EVP, Head of Unscripted Programming for MTV and VH1. “As a Super Bowl and a Pro Bowl champion, Victor Cruz is the ultimate all-star and we are beyond excited to have him as our MVP and host for this epic Challenge.”
Each episode will focus on a different strength: Agility, Ingenuity, Brawn, Brains, Endurance, and Guts and every week the winning team’s captain will choose one member of their team to go into the elimination round and the rest of the team will vote in their opponent. The losing team’s captain is automatically sent into elimination and their team will also nominate their opponent. The final male and female competitors of the season will be put to the ultimate test, showcasing each strength in one heart-pounding race for the chance to win $50,000 to donate to their favorite charity.
In the press release, CM Punk is listed as a UFC fighter and a former WWE Superstar and WWE champion. He will be playing for the charity PAWS Chicago. Joining CM Punk on the show will be professional surfer Tia Blanco, Olympian and fitness expert Louise Hazel, professional snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis, Olympic hurdler and bobsledder Lolo Jones, professional skier Gus Kenworthy, retired NFL linebacker Shawne Merriman, professional snowboarder and Olympian Louie Vito, retired NFL star Kamerion Wimbley, and WNBA player Candice Wiggins.