Over three seasons, we’ve seen boatloads of lunacy on RuPaul’s Drag Race: Everything from dresses made from dollar bills and egregious shoulder flair to huge, raging queens that throw other contestants around and futuristic get-ups that look like they were ripped from the 2050 version of Cats. Last night’s episode, “WTF!: Wrestling’s Trashiest Fighters,” was centered around a ridiculous WWF-inspired challenge, which was pretty nuts and begs the question: Was this one of the series’ most outrageous challenges ever?
For sure. I think last night’s new episode will majestically go down in Drag Race history with those memorable hours mentioned above, as the 12 remaining queens found themselves putting together drag wrestling looks and then putting on an outlandish, drama-filled show for the judges — something they’ve never done before. “Tonight,” RuPaul told the gals before the main challenge, “you’ll be transforming yourself into wrestling’s trashiest fighters.” Yes: WTF. (Ru, your cleverness is always appreciated.)
All the evidence you need of last night’s challenge brilliance is in this post: Just look at the capture of Latrice Royale and Kenya Michaels — excuse me, Latrice the Beast and Killer Kenya. It…is…beyond! These ladies really killed it the crazy department, putting on a show that kept me cackling all night. “Yesterday,” Ru dramatically told all the ladies after the challenge, “you changed the face of professional wrestling forever. I smell a spin-off!” WTF, indeed! It just seems devastating that such a spectacular pair — Latrice Royale and Kenya Michaels — didn’t win the challenge.
No, that honor went — rather surprisingly, and I’m giving you all the requisite SPOILER ALERT here — to Chad Michaels and the Madame LaQueer, whose storyline last night was built around how she wasn’t very physical and had major ankle problems. With such a sad story being spun for LaQueer, I should have realized early that she’d actually go on to win the challenge as a way to amp up the episode’s drama. The loser? Also shocking: LaShauwn Beyond, who was told to “sashay away.” Yes, I’ll agree that her lip-sync to Donna Summer’s “Bad Girls” was uninspired, but it seems like LaShauwn — who guest judge Billy B. didn’t like, calling her personality “like a brick” — would definitely go farther than the Princess in the end. But: I’m not a judge. Even if I do call ’em like I see ’em!
Adding to the absurdity of the hour was the mini challenge. Ru had the Pit Crew wheel out a bunch of padding and told the gals that they had 30 minutes “to put all this junk in yo’ trunk.” “The one queen with the juiciest ass,” she added, “will win.” The sequence really made no sense — the ladies were divided into teams named the Apple Bottoms, The Ghetto Booties, and The Badonkadonks and sashayed around with the craziest backsides of all time — but eventually Phi Phi O’Hara, Willam, and Chad Michaels were announced as the winners, which made them the leaders in the main challenge.
What about you, Drag Racers? Were you enthralled by the challenge? Were you surprised by the winners and eliminated contestant? Who are you rooting for? Who are you hating? Sound off below!
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