There was Big John
The sparkly clean image of The Bachelor prevents it from truly fulfilling its potential. The saccharine, milquetoast men wouldn't get so much as a batted eyelash from most of the women in real life. Rock of Love gave us true American grit: guys who go big, go home, come back, and go bigger.
Take “Big John” Murray, who served as Bret’s personal valet, kept watch over the house, and literally threw out a bunch of women for being ugly in season one. Murray served in the Marine Corps, was a professional wrestler, reportedly used to drink up to a half gallon of Jim Beam a day, and did coke with Kid Rock. Jesus.
The Bachelor’s Chris Harrison once guest starred on Sabrina, the Teenage Witch and is, by all accounts, way less cool than anyone on Rock of Love.
Rock of Love sparked a gloriously horrible spinoff
Let’s take a moment to talk about Megan Wants a Millionaire, the Rock of Love spinoff featuring season two’s “TV personality” Megan Hauserman.
Why was this spinoff so particularly important? Because it was cancelled after only three episodes because they accidentally invited on a male contestant named Ryan Jenkins who literally murdered someone.
No one watches reality television for the reality. When it came to the batshit insanity everyone's really after, no show delivered quite like Rock of Love.
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Jeremy Glass is a writer for Thrillist and cannot be threatened by the prospect of a good time.