Before evolving into “The Most Must-See Superstar in WWE History,” Mike Mizanin broke out on MTV’s “The Real World: Back to New York,” introducing his alter ego, “The Miz.” An MTV stalwart for several years, starring on several “Real World” spinoffs, Mizanin was offered a WWE developmental contract after placing second on WWE’s “Million Dollar Tough Enough” in 2004. Over the next decade, ‘The Miz’ climbed through the ranks to become one of the most recognizable faces in WWE. Mizanin is a former WWE Champion, two-time United States Champion, six-time Tag Team Champion and a seven-time Intercontinental Champion. He is the 25th Triple Crown Champion in WWE History, only the 14th Superstar to complete the Grand Slam and main evented WWE WrestleMania 27 opposite John Cena and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. During his tenure with WWE, Mizanin has starred in the third, fourth and fifth installments of “The Marine” film franchise, where he plays the grizzled veteran Jake Hunter. He has also starred in the comedy, “Santa’s Little Helper”as well as the ABC Family original movie “Christmas Bounty.”
Charity: Suicide Prevention. Fiery, outspoken and bold, Aneesa Ferreira never shies away from a challenge or the drama of the competition that comes with it. Although Ferreira has appeared on thirteen seasons on The Challenge and still has yet to take home a win, no one can deny her sheer determination and strength, which she always proves in eliminations. Ferreira also plays a strong reality game, knowing when to flirt with the players to get them on her side, fight for alliances, and mess with rookies’ heads. “The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars” might be just what this fireball needs to finally come out on top.
Charity: American Cancer Society. Known for his cunning strategy and his ever-evolving alliances, Wes Bergmann is back after making it to the final in “Champs vs Pros,” but falling short of taking home a victory. Although Bergmann has two Champ titles under his belt, he hasn’t won since he was partnered with longtime nemesis CT on “The Challenge: Rivals II.” Never afraid to speak his mind and plot with players all on sides, Bregmann prides himself on out-smarting his opponents in order for the game to go his way. The Stars better beware of this masterful manipulator.
Charity: The Jason Gruen Foundation. The epitome of bombshell, Jenna Compono brings her own unique combination of girl-next-door sweetness, strong physical prowess but ditzy attitude to every season she competes in. Beyond her looks is a fierce competitor who can stay calm under pressure, tune out the noise and focus on pulling through the win when it comes to her game. For the past few seasons she’s had a tumultuous relationship with fellow challenger Zach Nichols, but she’s hopeful it won’t get in the way of her laser sharp focus when it comes down to game time.
Charity: Girls Inc. You only have to take one look at Emily Schromm to know she has what it takes to beat down any competitor that comes her way. Aside from taking home the W on “The Challenge: Rivals II,” Schromm is a full time-personal trainer and was once named “Next Fitness Star” by Women’s Health Magazine. Now, for her triumphant return on “The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars,” she is ready to restore her champion title once again.
Charity: Wigs for Kids Michigan. Standing at 6 feet 3 inches, Zach Nichols is a fierce presence on The Challenge field and already considers himself a pro-athlete after his college football career. Although Nichols didn’t pursue his dreams of becoming an NFL star, he still devotes all of his time and energy to fitness, enough so that he earned his Champ title on “The Challenge: Battle of the Seasons.” In the past, Nichols’ tumultuous relationship with fellow cast member Jenna Compono has brought drama on every season they’ve done together. Will their relationship flourish? Or will it distract him from taking down the Stars?
Charity: F.I.G.H.T. Chris ‘CT’ Tamburello is the The Challenge’s number one bad boy, with seasons full of arguments, fights, finals, and championships under his belt. Known for dominating in every type of competition, ‘CT’ is equally strong at food and puzzle challenges as well as challenges that require strength and endurance. With a track record full of fist fights and shouting matches, ‘CT’ has no problem calling people out and telling them to back off – Stars beware.
Charity: Kids Food Basket. As the resident challenge “ladies man,” Cory Wharton knows how to use his flirtatious nature and charisma to his advantage. Although very charming, this rising star is still capable of deceit and trickery, often making multiple alliances to save himself. Of his mere four seasons on The Challenge, Wharton made his mark by making it to the finals – twice. As a rookie on Champs vs. Stars, Cory is ready to prove that he’s on par with the Champs while taking out those Stars on the side.
Charity: Prevent Child Abuse America. This West Virginia native clawed and fought her way from the Shelter to the Oasis to the grand prize on her rookie season, “The Challenge: Invasion of the Champions.” Although she is fairly fresh to the franchise, Brooke has proven she is a force to be reckoned with. When she’s around, the waterworks are frequent but only because this emotional firecracker is so keen to take the W in every challenge and elimination she competes in. After an early exit on “The Challenge: Dirty 30,” she is hungry to prove she still has what it takes and to show she is a true champ.
Charity: Special Olympics. Many competitors have tried to walk away from the franchise as the leader of the pack, but no one has more victories to their name than Johnny ‘Bananas.’ Love him or hate him, this six-time champion brings his strong, athletic abilities and dynamic sense of humor to every season he appears in. ‘Bananas’ hasn’t run in a final since he famously “stole” the prize purse from Sarah on “The Challenge: Rivals III,” leaving many to wonder if he cursed himself, ending his days as king of The Challenge forever. ‘Bananas’ is ready to take home a win on “Champs vs Stars” to ensure the crown stays where he believes it rightfully belongs.
Charity: Team Hope NOLA. The son of hip-hop royalty, Romeo Miller, formerly known as Lil’ Romeo, has a lucrative music and acting career all his own. His desire for competition isn’t stifled by the fact that he already has all the finer things that life has to offer -- Miller is always up for a challenge. With charm running through his veins, he's certain to score a few points with the ladies while simultaneously threatening the competition.
Charity: Ky Cares Foundation. The former NFL wide receiver is a powerhouse athlete with a colorful, and sometimes controversial, personality guaranteed to put the Champs on edge. Although T.O. retired from football, he is still extremely competitive and will stop at nothing to win. He’s used to being the alpha male on the team, and with his dominating presence, is ready to tackle Champs vs Stars like a pro.
Charity: Extra Special People. The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise alum is no stranger to competition: Despite a history of striking out with love, Murray found success as a professional baseball player in his younger years, and his love of sports and competition has never left him. Tall, good-looking and athletic, Murray is certain to have the ladies swooning -- and the opposing team members shaking in their sneakers.
Charity: Covenant House. Glass is a force: At 6 feet 3 inches, she led her Olympic volleyball team to a silver medal in the 2008 Beijing Games. But she's not all brawn: She was one of only three athletes featured in Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit edition. A fierce competitor, Glass is a team player and expects only the best from herself and her teammates. She'll be at the helm to lead the Stars as they come face-to-face with the Champs.
Charity: Black Girls Rock. The triple-threat performer is a dancer, actress and erstwhile professional wrestler, and she isn’t afraid to tell it like it is or throw down in the ring to prove a point. Ready to break new barriers, Andrew is bringing her athletic skills and conniving ways from the ring to The Challenge. Underestimated because of her size and swag, the former Total Divas star is not intimidated by any of the vets and will do whatever it takes to claim the title and win money for her charity.
Charity: Young Women’s Leadership Network. From her signature bright locks to her larger-than-life personality, the Wild’ N Out star always manages to shine in a crowded room. A singer, rapper and songwriter, Valentine is walking into the competition with one alliance already in the bag: her fellow cast member and friend Matt Rife. With her sunny disposition, Valentine is bound to charm over a Champ or two -- but does she have the physical talents to compete at the level of our resident title-holders?
Charity: World Wildlife Fund The 21-year-old stand-up comedian already made history as the youngest person ever to be cast on a BET series before bringing consistent hilarity to MTV on Wild 'N Out. With his latest iconic role as one of the new hosts of MTV’s TRL, he is destined to blow up even bigger. On The Challenge, he wants to show the Champs that he’s willing to go head-to-head in any physical challenge and is more than just a killer smile with perfect abs.
Charity: MVP Vets and Players. Don’t let her short stature and bubbly personality fool you -- Waterson packs a punch. A life-long martial artist, she lit up the MMA world with dazzling submission skills and lightning-quick strikes. Before joining the ultra-competitive UFC, Waterson was the #1 ranked fighter in the world and crowned champion multiple times. Although she’s a newcomer to the franchise, she's ready to earn a new title to her list as #1 on Champs vs. Stars.
Charity: Nevada SPCA. The term “Riff Raff” is usually reserved for a person who is up to no good or someone you wouldn’t want to be associated with, and at first glance, it would be easy to write off this rapper as just that. But after looking past his braids, tattoos and eccentric fashion choices, there's more to him than meets the eye. From his appearance on From G’s To Gents to his transformation into a viral Internet sensation, Riff Raff (also known as "Jody Highroller") is a master of reinvention and surprise. When the power of persuasion and manipulation can be your biggest asset in this game, he's not one to be underestimated.
Charity competing for: Hope Sports. They say good things come in small packages, and the gymnast is no exception to the rule. Among her many titles, Johnson has four Olympic medals, including a gold from the 2008 Games. Even though she retired from gymnastics, she still has the heart and drive of a competitor. At only 4 feet 11 inches, Johnson is all strength and power, and despite her small size, the Champs shouldn’t underestimate her will to win.