Get ready, fans of The Challenge and Big Brother because this summer, several of your favorite contestants from both the U.S. and Canadian versions of Big Brother are stepping into the squared circle for a pay-per-view fight night. Here’s what you need to know.
The Hosts and Commentators Are Past Contestants
Finally some news to break for Big Brother fans!!
PPV this summer!!
— Ryan Ballantine (@BBCANRyan) February 27, 2021
Big Brother Canada 6’s Ryan Ballantine broke the news about the reality TV fight night when he posted the promo video to Twitter, promising that he would be at the commentators’ table alongside Big Brother 15’s Nick Uhas and Big Brother Canada 3’s Kevin Martin.
Hosted by Big Brother Canada 1’s Peter Brown and Big Brother 18 and The Challenge alum Natalie Negrotti, it promises to be an epic showdown.
“What up, Big Brother fans?! It’s your girl, Natalie Negrotti from Big Brother season 18 U.S. We’re about to celebrate the biggest, most epic event of the year — the BB Celebrity Net Fights,” promises Negrotti in the promo video, adding, “We got heavy hitters from Big Brother Canada and heavy hitters from Big Brother U.S.”
The Matchups Include Kaycee Clark and Enzo Palumbo
In case you were worried the event wouldn’t feature any big-name players, think again — the matchups are stacked with fan-favorite houseguests.
According to the full fight card (via Reddit), the matchups so far include:
- BBCan6’s Veronica “Vicious V” Doherty vs. BB20 & The Challenge’s Kaycee “Kool Hands” Clark
- BBCan6’s Will “The Irish Newf” Kenny vs. BB15’s Jeremy “The Manimal” McGuire
- BBCan8’s Michael “Rocky Mountain” Stubley vs. BB16 and Survivor’s’ Caleb “Beastmode Cowboy” Reynolds
- BBCan2’s Jon “The Fessy Hunter” Pardy vs. BB20 & The Challenge’s Faysal “Fessy” Shafaat
- BBCan7’s Adam “The Marine” Pike vs. BB19 & The Challenge’s Josh “The Cuban Wrecking Ball” Martinez
- BBCan8’s Madeline “Baddie Maddie” Di Nunzio vs. BB20’s Angela “Rockstar” Lantry
- BBCan6’s Hamza “King of Chaos” Hatoum vs. BB18 & The Challenge’s Jozea “Roze” Flores
- BBCan4 and BBCan5’s Dallas “No Love” Cormier vs. BB21’s Nick “The Landlord” Maccarone
- BBCan3’s Godfrey “The Finesse God” Mangwiza vs. BB12 and BB22’s Enzo “The Meow Meow” Palumbo
In a Twitter post, Shafaat posted a video of himself training and wrote, “I’m not a boxer, but I am a dog and y’all gonna get to see me go at it for real this summer 1 on 1 with someone on pay per view. No hiding behind alliances or secret votes or security to step in between. Man on man and I’m excited for y’all to see, stay tuned.”
I’m not a boxer but I am a dog and y’all gonna get to see me go at if for real this summer 1 on 1 with someone on pay per view. No hiding behind alliances or secret votes or security to step in between. Man on man and I’m excited for y’all to see ⏳ stay tuned pic.twitter.com/q25wVDZZ1Q
— Fessy (@fessyfitness) February 27, 2021
Clark also posted the promo to Instagram, writing, “I’m so excited to announce that I will be fighting this summer. This is literally the first of its kind! Former Big Brother contestants will be going head to head in the boxing ring. You don’t want to miss this! I’ve always wanted to box and here I am about to get in the ring against another bad a** from Big Brother Canada. This event WILL be Pay-Per-View so stay tuned for details on how to secure your viewing.”
On Twitter, Ballantine confirmed in the comments that the date will be announced later on this spring when they are closer to the event. He also said his “early pick for fight of the night” is the one between Clark and Doherty because “both of them are absolute beasts (in a positive competitive sense, of course).”
Big Brother All-Stars winner Cody Calafiore also said he was asked to participate, but he said “there’s no way [he] was gonna get in the ring.”
“Enzo [Palumbo] called me and was like, ‘Bro, I’m doing this boxing match’… and I’m like why did you say yes, Enzo?!” said Calafiore on the podcast “Hello Friends,” marveling that Palumbo, at the age of 42, is going to be boxing some of the “beast” guys who are participating. He added, “I’m like, no thanks. I’m past doing that young and stupid s***.”
Big Brother U.S. returns in summer 2021 for its 23rd season. Big Brother Canada returns for its ninth season on March 3.
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