Now onto a “Real World” original. Wes Bergmann first linked up with MTV when he was on the Austin season of the show way back in 2005. His career with “The Challenge” also goes back a long way, with Wes appearing on multiple iterations of the show when it was still known as “Real World/Road Rules Challenge.” In his first time out, during Season 12’s “Fresh Meat,” Wes won $10,000 for coming in third place in the final challenge.
Bergmann followed up strong with his second appearance, winning Season 13’s “The Duel” and taking home $150,000. He was eliminated in his subsequent two appearances, but in Season 21’s “Rivals,” Bergmann netted $25,000 for being the first runner up in the final challenge. After two more eliminations, Bergmann once again made a strong comeback in Season 24’s “Rivals II” where he and Chris Tamburello each took home $62,500 as the winning male team, in addition to the $500 he won in a previous challenge during that season. Bergmann has gone on to compete in a further six seasons of the show, finishing third place in Season 33’s “War of the Worlds” and earning another $50,000. All told, Bergmann’s total career “Challenge” earnings come to $303,000.