We watch The Challenge for three main reasons. The Ruins perfected them all.
1. Love triangles. Before The Ruins, Wes was engaged to Johanna, who hooked up with Kenny, Wes' arch nemesis, on The Island. Wes then came on the show with his new girlfriend, KellyAnne, who is the living worst. KellyAnne's ex from her Real World season, Cohutta, was also on the show. KellyAnne and Wes went to live in the basement, where people would basically make appointments to come down and yell at them. It was a beautiful train wreck.
2. Fights. Three players were eliminated outside of gameplay on this season: Tonya when she smacked Veronica, and Brad and Darrell when they beat the crap out of each other for no reason because they are actually good friends. Also, when Ev's best friend, the awful KellyAnne, was voted into the elimination round to face her BFF, Wes and Ev tore through the house smashing lamps and yelling in nearly everyone's face.
3. Antics. In the actual elimination between KellyAnne and Ev, Ev gave up because she couldn't face her bestie, earning TJ's wrath. The Ruins managed to cast a stellar mix of old school and new school cast mates, and that caused drama in and of itself — vet Veronica thought sleeping with New Mob Leader Evan would score her a ride to the final, which it didn't; the Champion boys continually lied to old-timer Syrus so he would have to go into elimination rounds and not them. SHAUVON POPPED HER IMPLANT. The crowning jewel in The Ruins' never-ending escalation of lunacy was that the in-house drama got so bad that real-life drama came into play: Johanna actually threatened that if Wes threw challenges and cost her money, she would sell the house they owned together, which was in her name, and keep all the money. If The Challenge is a battle of the crazies, The Ruins is the champion in every sense.
*The Ruins was a perfect season of this show, but it is marred by reports after filming wrapped that Kenny and Evan allegedly violated Tonya while she was intoxicated. MTV settled this suit out of court. The rankings just reflect the show itself, but obviously Kenny and Evan's alleged actions are deplorable.