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Following each challenge, a team or a cast member is voted into an elimination round to take on the least successful team from the previous mission. In elimination rounds, they must compete against one another to determine which one is eliminated from the season. Each season has its own, very distinct elimination round, distinguished from those of other seasons in title, design, and general atmosphere.

The Gauntlet

The Gauntlet

The Gauntlet was the first elimination format to be used in the series during the original season of The Gauntlet. In this location, both the Real World and Road Rules teams would vote in a player of their choosing to compete in elimination. The game for that match would be chosen by the roll of a die. There was one die with specific games for opposite-sex matchups as well as a die for same-sex matchups.

  • Ride 'Em Cowboy: Two competitors would hold on to a mechanical bull with just one hand; whoever falls off first loses.
  • Dead Man's Drop: Two competitors are suspended 10 feet into the air on a pole. They then attempt to hold on to the pole by hanging upside down with their legs.
  • Hangman: Similar to Dead Man's Drop; competitors are still suspended 10 feet into the air, only they hang on the pole with their hands and are positioned right side up.
  • Perfect Fit: Two competitors first must jump into a pool and pick up their respective puzzle pieces (which are scattered about the pool). After getting their puzzle pieces, they then must make the puzzle.
  • Knock Your Block Off: Two competitors joust on a beam right above a pool. Whoever gets knocked off first loses.
  • Pole Climb: Two competitors climb a 10-foot pole. Whoever gets to the top first pulls a lever that drops the opponent's pole into the pool.
Episode Gauntlet Winner Loser
1 Dead Man's Drop Sarah David
2 Ride 'Em Cowboy Katie Montana
3 Perfect Fit Steve Tonya
4 Hangman Rachel B. Katie
5 Dead Man's Drop Coral Tina
6 Dead Man's Drop Sarah Matt
7 Knock Your Block Off Cara Elka
8 Perfect Fit Trishelle Steve
9 Perfect Fit Sarah Trishelle
10 Ride 'Em Cowboy Sarah Rachel B.
11 Pole Climb Alton Laterrian
12 Knock Your Block Off Mike Abram
13 Dead Man's Drop Sarah Irulan
14/15 Ride 'Em Cowboy Cara Theo G.

The Gauntlet 2

The Gauntlet would be reused as an elimination format in the sequel season The Gauntlet 2. For this season, a male and female captain were determined at the beginning of the season for both the Rookies and Veterans teams. After each team challenge, the losing team captain was sent to the Gauntlet where they would face an opponent of the same sex voted in by their team. Gauntlets alternated between "Male Gauntlets" and "Female Gauntlets" and Gauntlet games were chosen by spinning a wheel.

  • Name That Coconut: Players had to find the coconut with the name of the person that is the answer to a Real World/Road Rules trivia question.
  • Beach Brawl: Players had to wrestle their opponent out of a ring.
  • Capture the Flag: Players had to climb up a 20-foot (approx. 6 meters) rope net to get a flag.
  • Reverse Tug-O-War: Players are tied to each other, facing away from each other. First to get their flag wins.
  • Sticky Situation: Players had to stick balls to a board as their opponent tries to stop you.
  • Knock Off: The wheel never landed on this challenge; the rules and gameplay of the challenge are unknown.
  • Spin Again: If a Gauntlet challenge was done 3 times, the next time there is a Gauntlet, that challenge is taken off the wheel for that instance and is replaced by Spin Again.
  • Captain's Choice: The captain of the team going into the Gauntlet will choose which challenge he or she will be doing.
  • Challenger's Choice: The person the team chose to oppose the captain in the Gauntlet will choose which challenge he or she will be doing.
Episode Gauntlet Losing Team Winner Loser
2 Name That Coconut Veterans Derrick Adam L.
3 Capture the Flag Rookies N/A
4 Beach Brawl Rookies Alton Danny
5 Reverse Tug-O-War Veterans Ruthie Jisela
6 Capture the Flag Rookies Alton Adam K.
7 Reverse Tug-O-War Veterans Beth Ruthie
8 Beach Brawl Veterans Derrick Ace
9 Reverse Tug-O-War Veterans Beth Montana
10 Beach Brawl Veterans Derrick Syrus
11 Name That Coconut Rookies Kina Cara
12 Capture the Flag Rookies Alton Jeremy
13 Beach Brawl Veterans N/A
14 Name That Coconut Veterans Derrick Brad
15 Sticky Situation Rookies Kina Jillian
16/17 Reverse Tug-O-War Veterans Timmy Derrick

NOTE: In Episodes 3 and 13, Cameran and Beth were both selected to go into the Gauntlet against Kina and Aneesa respectively, but both women withdrew and voluntarily gave the win to their opponents.

The Gauntlet III

In The Gauntlet III, the Gauntlet is once again re-used in the Rookies versus Veterans format. After each team challenge, the winning team selects a member of the losing team (depending on which gender Gauntlet day it is) to protect from the Gauntlet as well as another member to compete in the Gauntlet. The losing team then selects one of its own players to compete against the already selected player in the Gauntlet. After both players are selected, T.J. spins a wheel to determine which game will be played in the Gauntlet. This season there are some minor rules such as no player can be saved from the Gauntlet twice in a row, and no Gauntlet game can be played consecutively.

  • Force Field: The two competitors are joined together by a rope that goes over the top of them by a pulley system. For one player to move forward he has to drag the other backwards. Each competitor starts at their line and at the start of the Gauntlet they both race to cross their opponents line. First one to do this wins.
  • Ram It Home: The two competitors start with a wall at their back and a sled that hangs on an overhead track in front of them. They must then use the sled to push each other. The first player to push their opponent all the way back into their own wall wins the Gauntlet.
  • Ball Brawl: The two competitors have to return footballs, which are aligned in a longitudinal pattern, back the starting point. Beginning with the nearest ball, the competitors both race at the same time to get the ball, and they are allowed to tackle the person and strip the ball. The five balls are each contested separately (not continuously). The first three balls, black, are worth 1 point. The last two balls are white, and worth two points each. The first person to get four points wins.
  • Sliders: The two competitors each have to solve a slide puzzle at the same time. They are 16 space puzzle boards and each of them has the same design, and are given a picture of what the final design should look like. One of them is blue, the other red. Their teammates (and the opposing team) are allowed to watch and help them solve it.
  • Ankle Breaker: Ankle Breaker is a variation of Tug Of War with both participants tied together by one ankle. They have to pull their opponent through the sand until they reach a rope which will help them reach the finish line.
Episode Gauntlet Losing Team Winner Loser
1 Force Field Rookies Nehemiah Alex
2 Ram It Home Rookies Jillian Angel
Force Field Rookies Frank Tyler
3 Ball Brawl Rookies Jillian Brooke
Sliders Veterans Evan Johnny
4 Ball Brawl Rookies Jillian Janelle
Sliders Rookies Frank Zach
5 Ball Brawl Veterans Coral Beth
Sliders Rookies Ryan Derek
6 Ball Brawl Rookies Tori Melinda
Ankle Breaker Rookies Frank MJ
7 Ball Brawl Veterans Evelyn Casey
Ram It Home Rookies Nehemiah Ryan
8 Sliders Veterans Paula Katie
8/9 Ball Brawl Veterans Adam Danny

The Inferno

The Inferno

Episode Inferno Winner Loser
2 Bug Helmet Jeremy Ace
4 Chili Counter Holly Trishelle
6 Human Candelabra Mike Jeremy
8 Noise Pollution Christena Mallory
10 Don't Toss Your Cookies CT Shane
12 Scratchathon Katie Julie
14/15 Brick by Brick Kendal Leah
15/17 Smell You Later Katie David

The Inferno II

Episode Inferno Winner Loser
2 Hang Tough Dan Jon
4 Shack Attack Tina Robin
6 Knock Your Block Off Landon Karamo
8 That's a Wrap Veronica Jodi
10 Balls In Abram Brad
12 Patchwork Tonya Julie
14 Pegged Landon Dan
15 Spinner Tonya Shavonda

The Inferno 3

Episode Inferno Winner Loser
2/3 Head Rush Alton Tyrie
4 Ejection Jenn Rachel
6 Watch Your Back Davis Danny
8 Spokesmodel Jenn Colie
10 Smash House Abram Timmy
12 Zero Gravity Susie Jenn
14 Corner Ball Derrick Davis
15 Shimmy Paula Aneesa

Fresh Meat

Fresh Meat

Episode Exile Winning pair Losing pair
2 Beach Course Wes & Casey Danny & Evelyn
4 Forest Course Wes & Casey Melinda & Ryan
6 Cliffside Course Wes & Casey Johanna & Jesse
8 Forest Course Wes & Casey Tonya & Johnnie
10 Beach Course Tina & Kenny Katie & Eric
12 Cliffside Course Wes & Casey Shane & Linette
14 Beach Course Tina & Kenny Theo & Chanda
15 Forest Course Darrell & Aviv Derrick & Diem

Fresh Meat II

Episode Exile Winning pair Losing pair
1 Lost & Found Jillian & Pete Darrell & Cara Maria
2 Weight for Me Kenny & Laurel Sarah & Vinny
3 Lost & Found Evelyn & Luke Paula & Jeff
4 Weight for Me N/A
5 Lost & Found Jillian & Pete Danny & Sandy
6 Weight for Me Landon & Carley CJ & Sydney
7 Lost & Found Evelyn & Luke Wes & Mandi
8/9 Weight for Me: Black Out Landon & Carley Evelyn & Luke
9/10 Weight for Me: Black Out Jenn & Noor Ryan & Theresa

NOTE: No Exile was held in Episode 4. CJ & Sydney were selected for Exile, but did not have to compete, because the team that was chosen to face them — Katelynn & Brandon — was disqualified after Brandon consumed alcohol prior to the Exile. It had been implied, though, that Katelynn would have been physically incapable of competing after she suffered a severe knee injury during the "King Of The Wall" challenge.

The Duel

The Duel

Episode Duel Winner Loser
1 I Can Tyler Johnny
2 N/A
3 Ascender Derrick Tyler
4 Pole Wrestle Aneesa Paula
5 Ascender Nehemiah Kenny
6 Pole Wrestle Robin Casey
7 I Can Eric Nehemiah
8 Push Me Svetlana Beth
9 Pole Wrestle Wes Derrick
10 Ascender Aneesa Robin
11 Pole Wrestle Brad Eric
12 Push Me Svetlana Kina
13 Ascender CT Evan
14 I Can Aneesa Diem
15 Push Me Brad CT
I Can Svetlana Aneesa

NOTE: No Duel was held during Episode 2 due to Tina's disqualification from the game.

The Duel II

Episode Duel Winner Loser
1/2 The Elevator Ryan Nick
Back Off Aneesa Shauvon
2 Duel Pole Dancing Kimberly Robin
Push Over MJ Ryan
3 Back Off Brittini Brooke
Spot On Evan Davis
4 Push Over Jenn Katie
The Elevator Evan Nehemiah
5 Spot On Landon Isaac
Back Off Kimberly Ruthie
6 Duel Pole Dancing Derek Eric
Push Over Jenn Kimberly
7 The Elevator MJ Dunbar
Back Off Aneesa Paula
8 Spot On Evan Derek
Push Over Diem Jenn
9/10 Duel Pole Dancing Brad MJ
The Elevator Aneesa Tori
10 Back Off Brad Landon
Push Over Brittini Diem

The Ruins

Episode Ruins Winner Loser
1 Shoots and Ladders Wes Chet
Tonya Diem
2 Shadowfighter KellyAnne Evelyn
Wes Nick
3 Burnout Susie Brianna
Syrus Adam
4 Oh Ring Sarah Katie
Darrell Danny
5 Spool Cohutta Wes
Kimberly Ibis
6 Hog Tie Cohutta Syrus
KellyAnne Veronica
7 Crunch Sarah Johanna
Darrell Cohutta
8/9 Rag Doll Susie Kimberly
Johnny Dunbar
9 Muay Thai Susie Casey

NOTE: No male Ruins was held at the end of Episode 9, after all the men from the Challengers team had already been eliminated.

Cutthroat

Episode Gulag Winner Loser
1 Handcuffs Brandon Derek
Camila Emilee
2 Back Up Off Me Brandon JD
Cara Maria Mandi
3 Die Hard Eric Vinny
4 Swat Katie Ayiiia
Luke Eric
5 Pole Me Over Brandon Ty
Camila Katie
6 Handcuffs Emily Melinda
Derrick Brandon
7 Die Hard Dunbar Dan
Laurel Camila
8/9 Back Up Off Me Tori Theresa
Tyler Johnny
9/10 Pole Me Over Tyler Derrick
Emily Paula

NOTE: Katie and Shauvon were set to compete in the "Die Hard" Gulag in Episode 3; however, Shauvon quit the game out of respect for her teammates. Therefore, no female Gulag was held.

NOTE: Johnny, Tyler, Theresa and Tori were selected for the Gulag in Episode 8. However, instead of facing off in same-gender Gulags, each player was met with a shocking twist when CT and Tina were brought into the game. Each player was set up in same-gender battles to face CT and Tina, respectively, in the "Back Up Of Me" Gulag, in a competition for who could knock over their own barrel faster.

Rivals

Rivals

Episode Jungle Winning pair Losing pair
1 Hands On Evelyn & Paula Aneesa & Robin
2 Blast Off Kenny & Wes Davis & Tyrie
3 Door Jam Cara Maria & Laurel Camila & Theresa
4 Going Up Kenny & Wes Brandon & Ty
5 Unburried Jasmine & Jonna Katelynn & Sarah
6 Rail Slide Adam K. & CT Evan & Nehemiah
7 Blast Off Cara Maria & Laurel Jasmine & Jonna
8/9 T-Bone Johnny & Tyler Adam K. & CT

Rivals II

Episode Jungle Winning pair Losing pair
1 Last Chance Derek & Robb Dunbar & Tyrie
2 Hanging by a Thread Cara Maria & Cooke Anastasia & Jessica
3 Snapper Knight & Preston Derek & Robb
4 Who Can Take It? N/A
5 Breaking On Through Leroy & Ty Trey & Zach
6 Catch-22 Camila & Jemmye Jasmine & Theresa
7 Last Chance Jordan & Marlon Leroy & Ty
8 Snapper Cara Maria & Cooke Jonna & Nany
9 Breaking On Through Jordan & Marlon Knight & Preston
10/11 Hanging by a Thread Camila & Jemmye Aneesa & Diem

NOTE: The "Who Can Take It?" Jungle in Episode 4 was not played and both teams -- Cara Maria & Cooke and Jasmine & Theresa -- were saved, likely as the result of Team Sarah & Trishelle's withdrawal from the game during the previous episode.

NOTE: Trey & Zach finished the "Breaking on Through" Jungle before Leroy & Ty, but were disqualified for failing to alternate breaking through each floor. Prior to the elimination round, host T. J. Lavin stated in the rules that each partner was required to alternate breaking through floors; however, Zach broke through the first two floors. Therefore, Leroy & Ty were declared the winners by default.

Rivals III

Episode Jungle Winning pair Losing pair
2 Back It Up Johnny & Jessica Devin & Cheyenne
3 N/A
5 Weight for Me Nelson & Amanda Johnny & Jessica
6 N/A
7 Chill Out Jamie & KellyAnne Nelson & Amanda
9 Hear Me Out Wes & Nany Jamie & KellyAnne
10/11 Spun Out Nate & Christina Cory & Ashley
11 Shattered Dreams Wes & Nany Nate & Christina
12 Tunnel Vision Dario & Nicole Wes & Nany
13 Don't Wine for Me, Argentina Bananas & Sarah Dario & Nicole

NOTE: Host T. J. Lavin surprised every team that no Jungle nomination would be held following the "Dirty Laundry" challenge in Episode 3.

NOTE: Thomas & Simone were nominated for the Jungle in episode 6. However, due to a personal emergency back home, Thomas quit the game, and Simone was sent home as a result of being his partner. T. J. Lavin then explained that a Jungle would still happen if Wes & Nany drew a black skull. As the result of Wes & Nany both drawing white skulls, no Jungle was held in Episode 6.

Battle of the Exes

Battle of the Exes

Episode Dome Winning pair Losing pair
1 X Knocks the Spot Wes & Mandi Nate & Priscilla
2 X Battle Leroy & Naomi Wes & Mandi
3 Banded Together Ty & Emily Leroy & Naomi
4 X Knocks the Spot Aneesa & Rachel Tyrie & Jasmine
5 X Battle Ty & Emily Abram & Cara Maria
6 Banded Together Dunbar & Paula Aneesa & Rachel
7/8 Hall Pass Ty & Emily Dunbar & Paula
8/9 X Battle Johnny & Camila Mark & Robin

Battle of the Exes II

Episode Dome Winning pair Losing pair
1 Pole Position Adam & Brittany Dustin & Jessica
2 Banded Together Johnny & Averey Thomas & Hailey
3 He Said, She Said Adam & Brittany John & Simone
4 Breaking Up Adam & Brittany Knight & Jemmye
5 Strung Out Leroy & Nia Bananas & Nany
6/7 Stacking Up Johnny & Averey Adam & Brittany
7 Hooking Up Leroy & Nia Johnny & Averey
8 Hammer It Home Jordan & Sarah Zach & Jonna
9/10 Hall Brawl Leroy & Nia Wes & Theresa
10/11 X Battle Leroy & Theresa Bananas & Nany

Battle of the Seasons

Episode Arena Winning pair Losing pair
1 Hall Brawl Cara Maria & Eric Lacey & Wes
2 Balls Out Camila & Eric Danny & Melinda
3 Knot So Fast Chet & Sarah Brandon & Cara Maria
4/5 Water Torture Devyn & JD Camila & Eric
5 Balls Out Chet & Sarah McKenzie & Preston
6 Knot So Fast Dustin & Nany Laura & Trey
7 Water Torture Sam & Zach Jemmye & Knight
8 Hall Brawl Sam & Zach CJ & Jasmine
9 Balls Out Marie & Robb Alton & Nany
10 Water Torture Dustin & Trishelle Marie & Robb
11 Knot So Fast Ashley & Frank Derek & Jonna

NOTE: During the "Water Torture" Arena at the beginning of Episode 5, Eric grew frustrated and quit when he determined that his weight prevented him from competing in the Arena, despite being in the lead. As a result, Team Fresh Meat was disqualified, and Team Brooklyn was declared the winner by default.

Free Agents

Episode Elimination Winner Loser
1 Balls In 05 Frank 09 Chet
18LaToya 04Jemmye
2 Wrecking Wall 20 Jonna 22 Emilee
05 Frank 27 Dustin
3 Looper 02Cara Maria 26Nia
4 Oppenheimer 02Cara Maria 18LaToya
23Zach 19Brandon
5 Balls In 03Bananas 11Isaac
24Laurel 12Jasmine
6 Looper 08Theresa 28Camila
25Jordan 21Swift
7 Wrecking Wall 10Aneesa 20Jonna
03Bananas 25Jordan
8 Oppenheimer 15Cohutta 07Preston
24Laurel 10Aneesa
9 Balls In 02Cara Maria 16Jessica
13Leroy 15Cohutta
10/11 Wrecking Wall 01CT 13Leroy
24Laurel 02Cara Maria
11 Puzzle Pyramid 03Bananas 01CT
24Laurel 08Theresa

NOTE: Johnny was selected for the elimination round in Episode 3, but did not have to compete. There were four cards in "The Draw," but only three male players were eligible for participation — CT, Jordan and Swift — none of them drew the "kill card." Therefore, by virtue of Frank's illness that resulted in his removal from the competition, no male elimination round was held.

Battle of the Bloodlines

Episode Losing team Pit Winner Loser
1 Jenna & Brianna End of My Rope Jenna Christina
2 Cohutta & Jill Squaring Off Thomas Cohutta
3/4 Blue Team Door Slammer Jenna Larissa
5 Blue Team My Way or the Highway Mitch Raphy
6 Blue Team Ring My Bell KellyAnne Nany
7 Blue Team Home Wrecker Mike Stephen
8 Blue Team Spun Out Jenna KellyAnne
9 Blue Team Hand It Over Jamie Mike
10 Cara Maria & Jamie Through Think & Thin Cara Maria & Jamie Bananas & Vince
11 Aneesa & Rianna Mine Not Yours Cara Maria Aneesa

NOTE: Jamie and Mike were selected for The Pit in Episode 9. However, instead of facing each other, each player was met with a shocking twist when CT and Zach were brought into the game. Following a coin flip by host T. J. Lavin, each player was set up to face either CT or Zach in the "Hand it Over" pit elimination, in an endurance competition.

Invasion of the Champions

Episode Fortress Team Fortress Winner Loser
2 N/A In The Trenches Tony Bruno
Kailah Marie
3 Who's Got Balls? Cory Theo
Jenna Anika
4 Thai Rise Sylvia LaToya
Nelson Anthony
6 Underdogs Tuk Tuk Bang Bang Sylvia Kailah
Shane Tony
7 Champions Pole Wrestle Darrell Zach
Cara Maria Ashley K.
8 Underdogs Bell Ringer Nelson Dario
Jenna Sylvia
9/10 Champions Balls In Darrell Bananas
Laurel Cara Maria
10 N/A
11/12 Underdogs Inside Out Ashley M. Amanda
Nicole
Nelson Shane
Cory
12/13 Champions Knot So Fast Camila Laurel
CT Darrell

NOTE: Theo quit the Fortress in Episode 3 after not wanting to jump off the cliff. Cory was declared winner as a result.

NOTE: Host T.J. Lavin  first announced that no elimination round would be held following the "Crossover" challenge in Episode 10 and instead that each contestant was treated to a house party. However, that was a part of the Bloodbath twist and it was a underdog go-away party where the underdogs will face each other in two consecutive elimination rounds. The first one will be a 4-way challenge in which one player of each gender will be eliminated if they finish last. Hunter and Jenna were eliminated due to finishing last. The second competition will be the first three-way elimination in Challenge history with another one eliminated player.

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