Top 10 Craziest Fights on RuPaul's Drag Race



Top 10 Craziest Fights on RuPaul's Drag Race

VOICE OVER: Lisa Yang WRITTEN BY: Hannah Collins
Script written by Hannah Collins

These are the best fights on RuPaul's Drag Race! For this list, we'll be choosing the most tense and explosive arguments that happened between contestants on “RuPaul's Drag Race,” “All Stars,” and “Untucked.” We're only including verbal fights, and ones that were two-sided, so don't expect to see things like Aja's legendary read of Valentina from Season Nine's “Untucked”. We also won't be including spats between the queens and the judges.
We've included fights between Phi Phi O'Hara vs Alyssa Edwards, Everyone vs Laganja Estranja, Lashauwn Beyond vs Jiggly Caliente, Shangela vs Mimi Imfurst and more!

Top 10 Fights On RuPaul’s Drag Race

The claws are OUT. Welcome to MsMojo and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the top ten fights on “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”

For this list, we’ll be choosing the most tense and explosive arguments that happened between contestants on “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” “All Stars,” and “Untucked.” We’re only including verbal fights, and ones that were two-sided, so don’t expect to see things like Aja’s legendary read of Valentina from Season Nine’s “Untucked”. We also won’t be including spats between the queens and the judges.

While we’ve tried to keep this list as spoiler-free as possible, consider this your warning that there are a couple of minor ones ahead.

#10: Phi Phi O’Hara vs Alyssa Edwards

Phi Phi O’Hara came back to the workroom for “All Stars 2” to prove that she was no longer a villain. Unfortunately, she didn’t exactly get the redemption arc she’d been hoping for. As the season went on, Phi Phi became frustrated by what she perceived as favouritism from the judges towards Alyssa for her “Alyssa-isms.” This came to a head after Alyssa’s first elimination. Thinking she was out of earshot, Phi Phi voiced her feelings back in the workroom, only to get caught out by the sickening mirror reveal. After a tense exchange, the pair superficially made up. But, this awkward moment after Alyssa eliminated Phi Phi, showed Phi Phi still held a grudge.

#9: Everyone vs Laganja Estranja

Laganja Estranja is remembered for two things: her gag-worthy entrance and just being waaay too much. Laganja was accused of making up a fake, over the top personality for Season Six, and one that irritated both the judges and the rest of the contestants. After the “Queens of Comedy” challenge, Bianca del Rio tried to fact-check the stories Laganja had told her about her past that simply didn’t add up. For Bianca, this reaffirmed the belief that she and everyone else had - including Laganja’s friend, Adore Delano - that Laganja acted differently on- and off- camera. The other queens wanted her to drop the act and insisted they weren’t attacking her. Laganja begged to differ:

#8: Alyssa Edwards vs Coco Montrese

Most “Drag Race” rivalries are born on the show. Alyssa Edwards and Coco Montrese, however, brought a lot more baggage to Season Five than just a suitcase full of gowns. The resentment was there from the moment the two queens locked eyes in the workroom. Coco explained that their relationship broke down after she filled in for Alyssa, after Alyssa was crowned “Miss Gay USA.” The ex-friends then tried to hash it out, arguing over who had it worse: Alyssa for being dethroned or Coco for having to embarrassingly complete another queen’s reign. After reaching an emotional climax, the fight was unresolved, and we knew it wouldn’t be long until the tension boiled over again.

#7: Jade Jolie vs Alyssa Edwards

Making her third appearance on this list, it seems that wherever Alyssa Edwards goes, drama follows. As well as her old beef with Coco, Alyssa had a whole fresh one with Jade Jolie in Season Five. It began with razor sharp reads in the workroom and finally erupted into a full fight in “Untucked.” Alyssa called Jade out for coming for her appearance and Jade called Alyssa out for acting nice when she was really a “mean girl.” Alyssa then read Jade for her “lack of talent.” Jade then went for the jugular, inadvertently blessing us with this iconic confessional cam reaction from Alyssa:

#6: Lashauwn Beyond vs Jiggly Caliente

Sewing has been a contentious issue on “Drag Race” since the show started, with some queens being skilled seamstresses, and others not seeing the point in crafting their own outfits. Feeling burned after her post-apocalyptic couture didn’t go down well on the runway, Jiggly Caliente argued she was a non-sewer who did her best. Lashauwn Beyond tried to shut down what she saw as excuses from Jiggly, which Jiggly denied she was making. Things escalated very quickly as their disagreement turned into a shouting match. In the end, Lashauwn made her intentions on the show crystal clear, with a line so endlessly quoted that it might as well be a “Drag Race” tagline by now.

#5: Tatianna vs Raven

Tatianna and Raven threw a lot of shade in Season Two, so it wasn’t surprising when they clashed with each other so forcefully in the “Reunion” episode. RuPaul stirred the pot by playing clips of Raven giving her opinions about the other queens, and she did NOT mince her words about Tatianna. Tatianna was (understandably) fuming and let Raven HAVE it. She argued that while she talked trash about the other queens she was never “mean” in the way that Raven was. Raven defended herself by explaining that just gave her “honest opinion” when asked for it. Tatianna told Raven that though she was “beautiful” on the outside, her insides were “dark and nasty.” Ouch.

#4: Alexis Mateo and Raven vs Mimi Imfurst

Mimi Imfurst had one of the most dramatic eliminations of all time when she competed on Season Three, and her loud personality followed her into the first “All Stars.” In the first episode of “Untucked,” Alexis Mateo brought up that she had felt “betrayed” by Mimi taking over a club she used to have a residency at, resulting in one of the most entertaining fights in “Drag Race” herstory. Alexis told Mimi she was “act[ing] a fool” and Raven questioned how Mimi had won the popular vote to return when she didn’t have enough fans. Cue Yara’s perfectly timed, scathing insult: And, in the middle of it all, Tammie Brown was just, well, Tammie Brown.

#3: Sharon Needles vs Phi Phi O’Hara

The only thing that can eclipse Alyssa Edwards’ and Coco Montrese’s rivalry is the one between Sharon Needles and Phi Phi O’Hara in Season Four. These frenemies made no secret of their feelings towards one another throughout their season. In the third episode, team leader Phi Phi instructed Sharon to do her “spooky” schtick for the infomercial challenge, for which Sharon took home a win. Feeling as though Phi Phi was pigeon-holing her drag, Sharon confronted Phi Phi about it the next week, but was met with hostility when Phi Phi pointed out she’d won, regardless. Their quiet chat became a screaming match featuring this brilliant exchange:

#2: Shangela vs Mimi Imfurst

Get your popcorn ready for this one! In the “Untucked” lounge, the queens laid into Mimi Imfurst’s look for the “Queens In Space” runway. Mimi clapped back that her futuristic drag had been the most “creative” while most of the other queens’ looked too similar to stand out. Shangela came for Mimi especially hard, pointing out the flaws in her outfit and stating that she didn’t think Mimi - a camp, comedy queen - could ever be glamorous. Mimi then made the mistake of accusing Shangela of having a “sugar daddy” to pay for everything she had. This brought the fight to a tense standstill. We were on tenterhooks for Shangela’s response, and, it didn’t disappoint.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.

Everyone vs Serena ChaCha

Derrick Barry vs Naomi Smalls

Tatianna Vs Tyra Sanchez

#1: Mystique vs Morgan McMichaels

We said there’d be no physical fights on this list but Mystique and Morgan McMichaels came pretty damn close in Season Two’s “Untucked.” After shots were fired in the “Untucked” lounge, Morgan told the other queens she wasn’t going to put up with Mystique bad-mouthing her or anyone else. Mystique confronted Morgan, saying she didn’t know what she was talking about, to which Morgan answered that she was sick of hearing Mystique complaining loudly all day. The insults became personal and the gap between them got smaller, and when Morgan didn’t take Mystique’s butt-whooping threats seriously, Mystique had just one thing to say to her: The lesson? Don’t come for a Chicago queen!