Past Real Worlders and Road Rulers are teaming up in pairs of
rivals in the ultimate of competitions in MTV's reality
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to the Jungle
A new season of the challenge begins with
28 competitors arriving in Costa Rica. They made enemies in the past
and they'll team up to compete for over $300,000.
It began as a competition between the cast members of MTV's
franchises, The Real World and Road Rules. But it would quickly become
one of the fiercest competitions around. They would battle as teams
and they would be tested as individuals. Over the years, angry
outbursts led to legendary rivalries. Now those rivalries will be
tested as enemies become teammates and compete for over $300,000.
Welcome to The Challenge: Rivals.
A total of 28 competitors arrive in the Costa Rican jungle and are
surprised to be greeted by host T.J. Lavin. Prior to the production of
this season, T.J. had suffered an injury and was in an induced coma
after a BMX riding accident.
And with that piece of information out of the way, here are the teams
of rivals participating, starting with the males...
C.T. & Adam K. (Blue Team)
Johnny & Tyler (Black Team)
Evan & Nehemiah (Green Team)
Davis & Tyrie (Light Blue)
Leroy & Adam R. (Brown Team)
Ty & Brandon (Dark Brown Team)
Kenny & Wes (Yellow Team)
And here are the female teams...
Cara Maria & Laurel (Black Team)
Theresa & Camila (Green Team)
Paula & Ev(elyn) (Purple Team)
Jenn & Mandi (Yellow Team)
Sarah & Katelynn (Gray Team)
Jasmine & Jonna (Dark Blue Team)
Aneesa & Robin (Red Team)
On the horizon for the three male and three female teams who make it
to the final challenge are big cash rewards. $100,000 will be awarded
to the first-place teams of each gender, with 50 large for the teams
who finish in second. However, the teams who finish in third will get
In the meantime, the teams will participate in numerous challenges
which are followed by an elimination game in "The Jungle." Each
challenge alternates as either a male or a female challenge day. The
winning team of the gender that is not designated for the Jungle wins
a prize. The team whose gender is designated for elimination wins
immunity from the Jungle, while the team that finishes last will
automatically be sent to the Jungle. A public vote will then be cast
to decide which team of the same gender will face the last-place
finisher in the Jungle.
Challenge #1: High Dive
Each team will hold hands and jump off from a platform 155 feet above
the Nauyaca Waterfalls in an attempt to clear up to 15 hash marks. The
male and female teams who make it the farthest (pass the most hash
marks) win. Teams must jump before their feet cross the marked line,
or else they'll be disqualified.
Jenn & Mandi - 12
Paula & Ev - DQ
Cara Maria & Laurel - DQ
Evan & Nehemiah - DQ
Kenny & Wes - DQ
Aneesa & Robin - 13 TIE
Johnny & Tyler - 14
Jasmine & Jonna - 13 TIE
Davis & Tyrie - 5
C.T. & Adam K. - 15 TIE
Brandon & Ty - 13
Sarah & Katelynn - 11
Theresa & Camilla - 10
Leroy & Adam R. - 15 TIE
On the guys' side, the tie was broken by who cleared the hash marks
the fastest. Leroy and Adam get the tiebreak edge and they split
$2,000. As for the girls, Jasmine and Jonna get the trebreak edge over
Aneesa and Robin and they are safe from possible elimination. As for
Paula and Ev, they were the only female team to get DQ'ed, and they're
already in the Jungle.
The teams then go back to homebase where they have 20 minutes to
deliberate on which of the other female teams will play against Ev and
Paula in the jungle. Laurel tried to garner votes to throw Aneesa and
Robin in against Evelyn & Paula, who Laurel considers a strong threat.
Laurel gets called out by Aneesa, Robin, and Katelynn, but she gets
her way and the teams voted Aneesa and Robin into the Jungle.
While everyone except C.T. parties and let the booze flow, a drunken
Ty taunts Adam R., who procedes to punch Ty in the face, inadvertently
tackling Mandi and causing her to hit her head on the floor and incur
a temporary lost of sight. And as a result of Adam R.'s actions, he's
forced to leave the game, leaving Leroy without a teammate.
Before the first elimination round takes place in the jungle, Leroy
gets his new partner, Michael, for whom he's friends with.
Jungle Game: Hands On
Each player starts on a platform, leaning into their own partner. When
T.J. pulls a lever, the platforms will slowly separate until it
becomes hard enough to keep balance. The team that falls into the mud
pit first loses.
Robin falls in, giving the win to Ev and Paula who keep their shot at
the big money alive. Aneesa and Robin did a good job, but not good
enough as they're sent back to the USA.
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