Rivals II featured a lot of well-I-guess-they-hate-each-other pairings, which made the tension way less dramatic.
Bananas and Frank were paired up because of a Twitter war.
Despite a strong cast with "The Miz" in his prime, this season falls a few notches because of terrible, terrible host Dave Mirra. The three worst players were team captains, which was interesting, but things didn't get REALLY interesting until the 8th elimination round, when vets CT and Tina were brought in as beacons of Challenge godliness for the nominated players (Tori, Theresa, Tyler and Johnny Bananas) to defeat.
Kept the hokey Bad-Asses/Good Guys idea from Inferno II... He immediately lived up to the title by socking rookie Davis (off-camera) on the first night, resulting in his elimination before the game even started. The image of CT wearing Johnny Bananas like a backpack is worth 0,000 many times over.
Without the season, we wouldn't have had the next 24 installments, but considering it was a non-competitive show without any Road Rules cast members, it barely counts.
Improving on the original, this season had Real Worlders and Road Rulers face off, but the format was still a Road Rules clone (RV travel, "missions" in different cities).
Battle Of The Sexes was also the first Challenge hosted by Olympic gold medalist Johnny Moseley, who ranks behind all-star TJ Lavin, but lightyears ahead of Dave Mirra in the Challenge-hosts list. In the show's 1.0 incarnation (in other words, a time when the letters "C" and "T" had never been seen together on MTV), Battle of the Seasons was all you could have asked for: a simple RW/RR battle where the RR team destroyed the RW for much of the season, and then a team containing Challenge Champ Coral became victorious in the end.
CT and Diem, actual exes with actual history and actual love between them, had a serious breakup and serious beef (she didn't show at his murdered brother's funeral) and they worked through it all on the show.And as the show was still in the pre-Survivor era, there weren't any eliminations, which is such a key component of the show that it places 24th on the list.The Island was a terrible format: no challenges, no elimination battles, and no food.The second Battle Of The Seasons was unrelated to the first (hence no number in the title), which was a good thing in theory.The concept was solid — teams of four from an original Real World city season battling it out — but the casting was poor, which isn't usually a problem for this show.