Eric Banks
Original Season Fresh Meat
Born November 13, 1981
Hometown Nicholasville, Kentucky
Game Summary
Challenges Fresh Meat
The Duel
The Gauntlet III (final)
The Duel II
Battle of the Seasons
Eliminations 9 (4 wins, 5 losses)
Social Media
Twitter EricBanks
Instagram thatguyeasy


Fresh Meat

Bio: If Chris Farley had an MTV love child, it would be Eric: He's a big guy with an even bigger personality. Some may see his size as a hindrance on The Challenge, but there's more than one way to play the game, and his life-of-the-party persona could be enough to endear him to his teammates and carry him into the winners' circle. This single Southern charmer brings a fresh and funny perspective to the RW/RR Challenge.

Episode Challenge Partner Result
1 Stuck On Me Katie SAFE
2 Bush Whacked SAFE
3 Hang On SAFE
4 Jail Break SAFE
5 Climber's Paradise SAFE
6 Rollin' in Oats SAFE
7 Crossed Paths SAFE
8 Incredible Deflating Kayak SAFE
9 Swimming With Sharks EXILE
10 Human Ox Pull OUT

The Duel

Bio: If Chris Farley had an MTV love child, it would be Eric: He's a big guy with an even bigger personality and heart. We got to know this Southern charmer during Fresh Meat, when he partnered up with Katie. Some may see his size as a hindrance on The Challenge, but there's more than one way to play this game. Might this life-of-the-party persona be enough to endear him to his teammates and carry him into the winners' circle?

Episode Challenge Partner Result
1 Reaching Out N/A WIN
2/3 Ring Toss SAFE
3 Pass With Care Robin SAFE
4 Roller Derby N/A SAFE
5 Push Over SAFE
6 Flying Leap SAFE
7 Throwback Beth DUEL
8 Rafty Race N/A SAFE
9 Pole Dance Team Eric SAFE
10 Dine-N-Dash Team Svetlana SAFE
11 Stacking Stairs Aneesa OUT

The Gauntlet III

Bio: Often targeted for elimination because of his size, Eric uses his sense of humor to keep himself in the game. However, when push comes to shove, Eric has brute force on his side, and with Veterans having to face off against their own team in the Gauntlet, there aren't many that would want to run the risk of taking him on. If there's an underdog with a shot of making it to the end, the money is on Eric.

Episode Challenge Partners Result
1 Piñata Pit Veterans WIN
2 Screw You WIN
Roped In WIN
3 Wring Out WIN
Blind Man's Maze SAFE
4 Push It WIN
Man Overboard WIN
5 Assembly Required SAFE
Walk the Plank WIN
6 Pole Push WIN
I Dig You WIN
7 Over the Edge SAFE
Mexican Blanket WIN
8/9 Chill Out SAFE
Well-Balanced SAFE
9 Army Strong LOSER

Note: Eric was medically removed from the "Army Strong" final challenge after collapsing midway through the race. As a result, the entire Veterans team lost due to the fact that they did not all finish together.

The Duel II

Bio: A big guy with an even bigger personality, Eric is widely known as "Big Easy." He's an average guy who believes in working hard and playing hard, perhaps with more emphasis on the latter. He has recorded an album and is working for a marketing company in Chicago, with designs on opening his own company sometime this year. We last saw the Southern charmer on The Gauntlet III, where his team lost because he passed out and was unable to finish the final challenge. Does he have the stuff to last in The Duel II?

Episode Challenge Partner Result
1/2 Last Man Standing Team Colors SAFE
2 Freezing as Puck Aneesa SAFE
3 All Shook Up N/A SAFE
4 Luging My Mind Katie SAFE
5 Don't Let Go Jenn SAFE
6 Dangle Duo OUT


Bio: Things have changed for Eric in a big way since we last saw him on The Duel II. He proudly states, "I wanted to do a healthy weight loss, but for me it had to be a full out lifestyle change." Successfully shedding thirty-five pounds hasn't stopped this lovable guy from going by his old nickname, 'Big Easy.' Even so, Eric is looking to be known for more than his size and infamous collapse during The Gauntlet III finale. This time around, Eric is playing to change minds and secure a win.

Episode Challenge Partners Result
1 Gas Problems Blue Team SAFE
2 Brain Buster WIN
3 Bed Head GULAG
4 Bottleneck Stampede OUT

Battle of the Seasons

Bio: Our seven Real World teams got a rude awakening when Team Fresh Meat arrived as the "surprise" team on Battle of the Seasons. Brandon, Camila, Eric, and Cara Maria bring toughness and experience to the table, but could their late entrance to the game be a disadvantage? As Cara Maria explains, "Being the surprise team, all it does is single us out, there is nothing good about it." Camila arrives in Turkey fresh off her victory in Battle of the Exes, while Eric went a long way toward shedding his "Big Easy" nickname, losing 70 lbs since his last Challenge appearance. "People wanted to use my size against me and let's just see what people want to say about me now," he boasts. Armed with newfound confidence, Eric unexpectedly finds love with one of the game's biggest divas. Rounding out the team is two-time finalist Cara Maria and veteran Brandon, who hopes to redeem himself after making an early exit on Rivals. "For whatever reason, I always get the short end of the stick when it comes to a team or a partner. I'm back to try to prove that I can lead a team to a Final," Brandon declares. Will Fresh Meat's social game measure up to their muscle? Or will drama derail this dysfunctional bunch?

Episode Challenge Partner(s) Result
1 Don't Cross Me Brandon
Cara Maria
2 Oil Change ARENA
3 Hook, Line and Sinker SAFE
4/5 Don't Weigh Me Down Camila QUIT

Note: During the "Water Torture" Arena, Eric grew frustrated and quit when he determined that his weight prevented him from competing in the Arena, despite being in the lead.


Fresh Meat

Episode Exile Partner Opponents Result
10 Beach Course Katie Tina OUT

The Duel

Episode Duel Opponent Result
7 I Can Nehemiah WIN
11 Pole Wrestle Brad OUT

The Duel II

Episode Duel Opponent Result
6 Duel Pole Dancing Derek OUT


Episode Gulag Opponent Result
3 Die Hard Vinny WIN
4 Swat Luke OUT

Battle of the Seasons

Episode Arena Partner Opponents Result
1 Hall Brawl Cara Maria Lacey WIN
2 Balls Out Camila Danny WIN
4/5 Water Torture Devyn QUIT


Cutthroat Cast Members
Medically Removed