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Paula Meronek
Paula
Biographical
Original Season RW: Key West
Born July 7, 1981
Hometown Meriden, Connecticut
Game Summary
Challenges The Duel
The Inferno 3 (final)
The Gauntlet III (final)
The Island (final)
The Duel II
Fresh Meat II
Cutthroat
Rivals (won)
Battle of the Exes
Rivals II (won)
Eliminations 9 (4 wins, 5 losses)
Money Won $126,000
Social Media
Twitter paulawalnutsMTV
Instagram paulabeckertyo

Gameplay

The Duel

Bio: Confrontational, yet sensitive; bitchy, yet likeable; damaged, yet self-aware; attractive, yet insecure -- Paula possesses a variety of contradictory personality traits. This Quinnipiac University grad was the first Real Worlder to have a panic attack within the first 12 hours of living in the house -- of course, that may have been brought on by too many drinks and Johnny pointing out her rather obvious eating disorder (a comment that eventually led to a middle school name calling between the two). Despite her seemingly mild demeanor, after a few drinks alter-ego "Paula Walnuts" will be telling you to, "kiss my ass!" After voluntarily seeing a therapist in Key West, Paula is working through issues with her ex-boyfriend (yes, the one who put her in the hospital) despite the concerns of others. Will this sensitive girl be able to handle the intense pressure of this cut-throat competition?

Episode Challenge Partner Result
1 Reaching Out N/A SAFE
2/3 Ring Toss SAFE
3 Pass With Care Tyler SAFE
4 Roller Derby N/A OUT

The Inferno 3

Bio: Confrontational, yet sensitive; bitchy, yet likeable; damaged, yet self-aware; attractive, yet insecure -- Paula possesses a variety of contradictory personality traits. This Quinnipiac University grad was the first Real Worlder to have a panic attack within the first 12 hours of living in the house -- of course, that may have been brought on by too many drinks and Johnny pointing out her rather obvious eating disorder (a comment that eventually led to a middle school name calling between the two). Despite her seemingly mild demeanor, after a few drinks alter-ego "Paula Walnuts" will be telling you to, "kiss my ass!" Paula showed up in Brazil ready to compete in The Duel. Despite her strong will and upper body strength (who knew she was so strong!) she wasn't able to hold on in The Duel and was sent packing. Will this sensitive girl be have a better shot at strong arming the competition in the Inferno?

Episode Challenge Partners Result
1 Unbraided Good Guys SAFE
2/3 Ladder Race SAFE
3 Battering Ram SAFE
4 Wrap and Roll SAFE
5 Rope Burn SAFE
6 Reversible Climbing Wall SAFE
7 Grape Smash SAFE
8 Steady As You Go SAFE
9 Leaps and Bounds SAFE
10 Dog Day Afternoon SAFE
11 Hand Car SAFE
12 Giraffic Park WIN
13 Captain's Chair SAFE
14 Hook Me SAFE
15 Nothin' But Net INFERNO
16 The Big Five LOSER

Money Won: $10,000

The Gauntlet III

Bio: Despite her youth, Paula is a Challenge Veteran as she returns for a third go-round. During The Inferno 3, she rose to the top as one of the fiercest competitors, but her lack of alliances nearly cost her a trip to the Final. She arrives to The Gauntlet III fresh out of a relationship, and isn't shy about announcing that she's single.

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 GAUNTLET
Well-Balanced SAFE
9 Army Strong LOSER

The Island

Bio: After coming up short on The Gauntlet III, Paula relocated to New York City and moved in with fellow challenger Ryan. When lines are drawn and people's positions on The Island are at risk, she finds her loyalties questioned and her friendships on the line. Always a flirt, Paula sets her sights on a new guy that she's determined to get -- whether he likes it or not! But is she looking for a new love or a pawn in the game?

Episode Face-Off Vote Result
1 Leaning Tower Tonya SAFE
2 Ring Wrestle Abram SAFE
3 The Rack Rachel SAFE
4 Ball Buster N/A WIN
5 Bridge It Tyrie SAFE
6 Rat in a Cage Cohutta SAFE
7 Timber Colie SAFE
8 Water Bound N/A SAFE
Final Challenge LOSER

The Duel II

Bio: Confrontational, yet sensitive; bitchy, yet likeable; damaged, yet self-aware; attractive, yet insecure -- Paula possesses a variety of contradictory personality traits. This Quinnipiac University grad is a partier whose crazy, inebriated personality was dubbed "Paula Walnuts." Paula is a veteran's veteran of The Challenge, with The Duel II marking her fifth time in the game. Unfortunately for Paula, she's a four-time loser, who last time out was betrayed by her Island alliance at the last minute and found herself left out of the boat that won the prize. After all these tries, does she still have what it takes to compete? Or is Paula more determined than ever to take a run at finally winning a Real World/Road Rules Challenge?

Episode Challenge Partner Result
1/2 Last Man Standing N/A SAFE
2 Freezing as Puck Evan SAFE
3 All Shook Up N/A SAFE
4 Luging My Mind Dunbar SAFE
5 Don't Let Go SAFE
6 Dangle Duo SAFE
7 Burnt N/A OUT

Fresh Meat II

Bio: Last seen on The Duel II, Paula returns on Fresh Meat II desperate to finally win a Challenge after multiple crushing defeats. This veteran sums it up best when she begs, "To the gods of Fresh Meat...Please! I need this one!" Paula promises to keep a level head this time around, but the pressures of the game might ignite her famously short fuse. Will this spitfire master her emotions and cruise to victory? Or will she live up to her nickname and go "Walnuts?"

Episode Challenge Partner Result
1 Dirty Mouth Jeff SAFE
2 I'll Be There For You SAFE
3 Water Logged OUT

Cutthroat

Bio: "The last time you saw me, I was screaming and crying and falling down on Fresh Meat II. Yet another loss under my belt," reveals veteran Paula. This six-time Challenge competitor is also a six-time loser and she is more than hungry for her first win. Paula all-too-often finds herself being backstabbed by her friends at the end of the game. However, this time around, she is confident that her friends will stick by her. Paula explains, "I trust Tori, Brad, Tyler, and Dunbar. I know that they have my back." Will Paula's tortured history repeat itself? Or will Cutthroat finally mark an end to her losing streak?

Episode Challenge Partners Result
1 Gas Problems Red Team SAFE
2 Brain Buster SAFE
3 Bed Head WIN
4 Bottleneck Stampede WIN
5 Surf's Up SAFE
6 Sky Hook SAFE
7 Gimme a Hand SAFE
8/9 High Ball SAFE
9/10 Riot Act DQ

Note: Paula was disqualified for repeatedly grabbing the boundary chains in the "Pole Me Over" gulag, after being warned that doing that would result in a disqualification.

Rivals

Bio: Always the bridesmaid but never the bride, Paula has too often been left behind as her so-called allies claim victory. This Real World: Key West alum has never won a final in her seven seasons on The Challenge. Some blame Paula's losing streak on her misplaced loyalty for her shady friends. Others blame her tendency to "go Walnuts" under pressure. One way or another, finally securing victory will mean having to work with a longstanding rival. When asked about her new partner, Paula asserts, "She is made of greed and she has stolen money from the bank of Paula." Will Paula be able to keep her animosity towards her rival in check long enough to secure a win?

Episode Challenge Partner Result
1 High Dive Evelyn JUNGLE
2 Car Crusher WIN
3 Sync or Swim WIN
4 Hammock Crawl SAFE
5 Against the Current SAFE
6 Catch and Release SAFE
7 Sawed Off WIN
8/9 Bombs Away WIN
9/10 Final Challenge WINNER

Money Won: $52,000

Battle of the Exes

Bio: Paula was attracted to Dunbar on their first show together, The Island, and the twosome had a fleeting hookup. Later on The Duel II, after a jealous Paula caught Dunbar kissing opposing team member Kimberly, she successfully orchestrated Kimberly's elimination, causing Dunbar to dub Paula, "the worst friend he's ever had." Ever since then, their relationship has been rocky at best, as Paula clearly states, "What did I do in life to end up being attached to this man? I cannot be with him! He's annoying and obnoxious." Dunbar, as well, seems to be worried about his newest partner, professing, "Paula needs to learn to trust and listen to me. And that's probably not going to happen because -- oh yeah -- she hates me!" It seems as though the only thing this pair of exes can agree upon is their mutual hatred.

Episode Challenge Partner Result
1 Give Me Some Honey Dunbar SAFE
2 Hook Up SAFE
3 Mental Connection WIN
4 Rolling in the Deep SAFE
5 Don't Rock the Boat SAFE
6 Lube Me Up DOME
7/8 Race to the Altar OUT

Rivals II

Bio: Heads turned and jaws dropped when one of the game's most fearless players was teamed with a total bundle of nerves. The last time these two competed together, Emily sent Paula home from Battle of the Exes. However, a win still eludes Emily, while Paula arrives at the house as the defending Rivals champion. Emily relates, "Paula is a nut case. She is panicky and stressful. But she knows how to win a Final. She's done it before and that's something I can't say." Paired with such a huge physical threat, Paula already feels like she hit the jackpot when it comes to Rivals II, remarking, "I literally could not ask for a better partner. She is all quads and traps and muscles. She's like a lost X-Man or something." This veteran pair may have what it takes to compete in a Final, but they have to contend with a target on their backs from the moment they enter the game.

Episode Challenge Partner Result
1 Game of Inches Emily WIN
2 XXX Games WIN
3 Mind Over Splatter WIN
4 Stumped WIN
5 Frog Smash SAFE
6 Frenemies WIN
7 Blind Leading the Blind SAFE
8 Swingers SAFE
9 Rampage WIN
10/11 Color Correction SAFE
11/12 Dream Island WINNER
Nightmare Island

Money Won: $64,000

Eliminations

The Duel

Episode Duel Opponent Result
4 Pole Wrestle Aneesa OUT

The Inferno 3

Episode Inferno Opponent Result
15 Shimmy Aneesa WIN

The Gauntlet III

Episode Gauntlet Opponent Result
8 Sliders Katie WIN

The Duel II

Episode Duel Opponent Result
7 Back Off Aneesa OUT

Fresh Meat II

Episode Exile Partner Opponents Result
3 Lost and Found Jeff Evelyn OUT
Luke

Cutthroat

Episode Gulag Opponent Result
9/10 Pole Me Over Emily DQ

Rivals

Episode Jungle Partner Opponents Result
1 Hands On Evelyn Aneesa WIN
Robin

Battle of the Exes

Episode Dome Partner Opponents Result
6 Banded Together Dunbar Aneesa WIN
Rachel
7/8 Hall Pass Ty OUT
Emily

Gallery

Trivia

  • Paula and Evan served as announcers for the 2010 spin-off Spring Break Challenge.
  • Paula and Sarah are the only female Real World cast members to win more than one challenge.
    • Paula and Sarah are also the two female cast members with the most appearances in a final challenge.

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