In the wake of this week’s ridiculously drama-filled episode of The Challenge: Final Reckoning, Tony Raines and Cory Wharton are breaking down all things body-slamming, pasta and Bananas.
File that under “words I never thought I’d use in the same sentence.” See also: potential ’Challenge’ MadLibs.
On Tuesday’s episode, viewers saw Tony hit the concrete after Cory body-slammed him for throwing out Cory’s leftover pasta. While Cory’s over-the-top reaction appeared to be fueled purely by his extreme love of carbs, Tony told Us Weekly that there was more to the story.
“That pasta is all I had that night,” Cory said on Instagram Live after the episode aired. “Everyone knows on ‘The Challenge,’ when we all go out and drink we all order food because the food at the house is sh**ty. So, we take our food serious. It was more than just the pasta … ”
Buckle up kids… there’s a lot to unpack here!
Tony told his version of events to Us Weekly.
“What people don’t realize is the night we went out was the day that a challenge got canceled. We were all hype and were really cranking it up. On the way back [to ‘The Challenge’ house], everyone took their food to go if they had leftovers,” he told the magazine.
Tony said Cory’s precious package of pasta became damaged en route to the house. So, “without hesitation” Tony reacted to the doggie-bag dilemma by throwing both caution and pasta to the wind.
“[Cory’s] like, ‘Someone just destroyed my pasta, someone sat on my pasta and f**ked it up.’ I look over and without hesitation, think to myself, ‘Well f**k that pasta,’ grabbed it out of his hand and chucked it out the window.”
Although Tony and fellow ‘Challenge’ competitor Hunter Barfield found the situation to be humorous, the now-pasta-less Cory did not. Tony said he was initially “oblivious” to the fact that Cory “took that the wrong way,” though he was brought up to speed once they all got off the bus.
“It was, like, a sucker punch but it was a body slam, so a sucker slam over a plate of pasta,” he said, adding that he and Cory started doing ‘The Challenge’ at the same time and while they’re not best friends, they never had any issues with one another.
Before Cory and (by default) his partner Devin were sent home during Tuesday’s episode, he and Tony had a chance to make nice. Unfortunately, their truce (much like Cory’s leftovers) didn’t last long.
Cory took to Instagram Live to “apologize” to Tony (and his family) for what happened, claiming he didn’t mean to hurt him and had simply misread the situation once they got off the bus.
Although he maintains that “physical violence is never the answer,” Cory just wants fans to understand how much that pasta meant to him.
“[I] didn’t mean to hurt him,” Cory said. “Didn’t want to hurt him, wanted to kind of check him a little bit. I felt very disrespected. I didn’t think Tony was coming over to say sorry. I felt like Tony was coming over still being a smart ass to me and in that moment I was emotionally hurt so I handled it the wrong way. Physical violence is never the answer.
“Man, don’t touch my food!” he added. “I tell people that ‘The Challenge’ house is like jail. We don’t get our phones, we don’t get music, so my possessions are my possessions. It’s like when you’re locked up and that’s your commissary that you buy with your little money that you get.”
Cory changed his apologetic tone and went on to call Tony out for referring to the body-slam as a “cowardly move” on social media.
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“I see Tony’s online talking about it’s a cowardly move. Dude’s embarrassed,” Cory said. “I’m going to let him say whatever he’s going to say. Dude got embarrassed, I made a bad mistake. I’ll take the loss, I’m OK with that…”
He then proceeded to brag about his new MTV gig with baby mama Cheyenne Floyd…
“Catch me on Teen Mom OG, some people can’t say that,” he shamelessly announced during the video.
The Ashley can confirm that this body-slam incident occurred before Cory was officially given the spot on ‘Teen Mom OG,’ so MTV was aware of this incident when he was cast. Cory’s disqualification from “Final Reckoning” happened on April 29.
Tony may not have a spot on ’Teen Mom,’ (though not for lack of trying) but he is patting himself on the back for not losing his cool on Tuesday’s episode like Cory did.
“Grateful to walk away unscathed and happy that karma has done its job, 2 years ago this would have turned out completely different but I know how much my family needs me to be a better person not only on this show but in real life,” he tweeted.
Tony was not happy, however, that Cory chose to “snitch” about the fact that MTV has to forcibly restrict Tony’s drinking.
“Tony’s on a drinking limit from the network, I was f**king around, sneaking Tony drinks all night, buying Tony drinks…” Cory said. “Tony’s on a drinking limit from that Camila situation [several seasons ago].”
Tony confirmed that MTV does in fact limit his alcohol intake on the show, but said that the rule is “common with a lot of cast mates who have gotten into altercations in the past.”
Cory later attempted to squash the back and forth with Tony, calling it a “waste of my time.”
“… I’m gonna do something I should of done on the show and just walk away,” he added.
(Photos: MTV, Twitter)