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Rivals III
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Season 28
Location Huatulco, Mexico
Mendoza, Argentina
Episodes 15 (including reunion)
Season Run May 4 – August 3, 2016
Host TJ Lavin
Prize Money $350,000
Winner(s) Johnny Devenanzio
Sarah Patterson
Cast
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Full cast excluding Amanda and Nelson
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Rivals III is the 28th season of The Challenge. Filming began on the first week of November and concluded in December.

Description

They’ve been pissed off. They’ve been wronged. They’ve been betrayed. And now they want vengeance! Rivals is back and the stakes couldn’t be higher! Twenty-six fan-favorites from The Challenge, The Real World, and Are You The One? will head to exotic Mexico and be paired up with their biggest enemy! However...this time around the game has a shocking twist – players will be paired up with their rival – of the opposite sex! These guys and girls must figure out a way get over their bad blood as they compete in a series of heart-pounding challenges in order to earn a share of the massive $350,000 prize! Tempers will rise, passions will flare, and pride will be on the line in the most shocking season of The Challenge yet!

Cast

Teams
Male partner Female partner Finish
BananasRivals3Icon
Johnny "Bananas" Devenanzio
RW: Key West
SarahRivals3Icon
Sarah Patterson
RW: Brooklyn
Winners
in Split Decision
VinceRivals3Icon
Vince Gliatta
Battle of the Bloodlines
JennaRivals3Icon
Jenna Compono
RW: Ex-Plosion
Runners-Up
in Split Decision
DevinRivals3Icon
Devin Walker
AYTO? 3
CheyenneRivals3Icon
Cheyenne Floyd
AYTO? 3
Third Place
in Split Decision
DarioRivals3Icon
Dario Medrano
AYTO? 2
NicoleRivals3Icon
Nicole Ramos
Battle of the Bloodlines
Eliminated
in Grapes. Wrath.
WesRivals3Icon
Wes Bergmann
RW: Austin
NanyRivals3Icon
Nany González
RW: Las Vegas (2011)
Eliminated
in Raging Bullies
NateRivals3Icon
Nate Siebenmark
AYTO? 2
ChristinaRivals3Icon
Christina LeBlanc
AYTO? 2
Eliminated
in Rivals: Civil War
CoryRivals3Icon
Cory Wharton
RW: Ex-Plosion
AshleyRivals3Icon
Ashley Mitchell
RW: Ex-Plosion
Eliminated
in Rivals: Civil War
JamieRivals3Icon
Jamie Banks
Battle of the Bloodlines
KellyAnneRivals3Icon
KellyAnne Judd
RW: Sydney
Eliminated
in Let Sleeping Dogs Wake
TonyRivals3Icon
Tony Raines
RW: Skeletons
CamilaRivals3Icon
Camila Nakagawa
Spring Break Challenge
Disqualified
in Stand by Me
NelsonRivals3Icon
Nelson Thomas
AYTO? 3
AmandaRivals3Icon
Amanda Garcia
AYTO? 3
Eliminated
in Camilanator: Salvation
ThomasRivals3Icon
Thomas Buell
RW: Ex-Plosion
SimoneRivals3Icon
Simone Kelly
AYTO? 1
Quit
in The Naked Truth
JohnnyRivals3Icon
Johnny Reilly
RW: Portland
JessicaRivals3Icon
Jessica McCain
RW: Portland
Eliminated
in Where the Ratchet Things Are
BrandonRivals3Icon
Brandon Tindel
AYTO? 2
BrianaRivals3Icon
Briana LaCuesta
AYTO? 2
Quit
in I'm Going Home
LeroyRivals3Icon
Leroy Garrett
RW: Las Vegas (2011)
AvereyRivals3Icon
Averey Tressler
RW: Portland
Medically Removed
in The Curse of the Black Skull

Format

Similar to the Battle of the Exes format, each team participates in numerous challenges, which are followed by an elimination round — "The Jungle." The winning team of each challenge is safe from elimination, while the last-place finisher is automatically sent to the The Jungle. The winning team also earns the right of choosing two teams that will face the last-place finisher in The Jungle. Prior to The Jungle, the two teams nominated by the winning team participate in a elimination draw in which all four participants either draw one of three white skulls or one black skull out of a bag (similar to the Free Agents season). When a participant draws a black skull, his or her team will face the last-place finisher in The Jungle. The team who wins the elimination round returns to the game and has a shot at a $350,000 prize, while the losing team is eliminated from the game.

Money for finalists is split as follows:

  • First Place: $275,000 ($137,500 each)
  • Second Place: $50,000 ($25,000 each)
  • Third Place: $25,000 ($12,500 each)

Twists

  • Share or Steal: Each contestant will compete against their partners for points. The partner that accumulates the most points will decide to share or steal the money they earned in the Final Challenge.

Game summary

Elimination chart

Episode Power Team Jungle contestants Jungle games Jungle outcome
# Challenge Last-Place Team Winners' picks White Skull pick Black Skull pick Winning team Losing team
1/2 Give Me Some Slack Vince & Jenna Johnny & Jessica Brandon & Briana Brandon & Briana Devin & Cheyenne Back It Up Johnny & Jessica Devin & Cheyenne
Devin & Cheyenne
3 Dirty Laundry
N/A
4/5 Out On a Limb Cory & Ashley Johnny & Jessica Nelson & Amanda Thomas & Simone Nelson & Amanda Weight For Me Nelson & Amanda Johnny & Jessica
Thomas & Simone
6 Laps of Judgement Bananas & Sarah Tony & Camila* Wes & Nany Wes & Nany
N/A
Thomas & Simone
7 Road to Nowhere Nate & Christina Jamie & KellyAnne Nelson & Amanda Devin & Cheyenne Nelson & Amanda Chill Out Jamie & KellyAnne Nelson & Amanda
Devin & Cheyenne
8/9 Up All Night Bananas & Sarah Wes & Nany Devin & Cheyenne Devin & Cheyenne Jamie & KellyAnne Hear Me Out Wes & Nany Jamie & KellyAnne
Jamie & KellyAnne
10/11 Take It to the Grave Dario & Nicole Nate & Christina Cory & Ashley Devin & Cheyenne Cory & Ashley Spun Out Nate & Christina Cory & Ashley
Devin & Cheyenne
11 Catch & Release Bananas & Sarah Nate & Christina Wes & Nany Devin & Cheyenne Wes & Nany Shattered Dreams Wes & Nany Nate & Christina
Devin & Cheyenne
12 Bridging The Gap Bananas & Sarah Dario & Nicole Wes & Nany Devin & Cheyenne Wes & Nany Tunnel Vision Dario & Nicole Wes & Nany
Devin & Cheyenne
13
N/A
Devin & Cheyenne Bananas & Sarah Don't Wine For Me, Argentina Bananas & Sarah Dario & Nicole
Vince & Jenna Dario & Nicole
13/14 Final Challenge Bananas & Sarah 2nd place: Vince & Jenna; 3rd place: Devin & Cheyenne

Notes

  • Leroy & Averey were removed from the competition in episode 2 due to injury. Leroy initially revealed in episode 1 that he was suffering from a pinched nerve in his back, though he and Averey participated in the "Give Me Some Slack" challenge. Prior to the first Jungle nomination in episode 2, T.J. delivered the news that Leroy was medically unable to continue competing, and Averey was sent home as the result of being Leroy's partner.
  • Nelson & Amanda were brought into the competition prior to the "Dirty Laundry" challenge in episode 3, as a replacement team for Leroy & Averey.
    • T.J. surprised every team that no Jungle nomination would be held following the "Dirty Laundry" challenge in Episode 3. In addition, no winning or losing team was announced, but if it was, it would have been either Nate & Christina, Wes & Nany or Tony & Camila.
  • Prior to the "Out On A Limb" challenge in episode 4, Brandon quit the game due to homesickness. Briana was sent home as the result of being Brandon's partner.
  • After losing in the first Jungle, Devin & Cheyenne were brought back to the competition prior to the second Jungle as a replacement team for Brandon & Briana.
  • 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.
  • Nate & Christina finished last in the "Laps of Judgment" challenge in episode 6 after losing one of their tokens. At the end of the challenge, Nate & Christina asked if any one of the teams had taken their token by accident, but no one said they had it. However, at the nomination ceremony. T. J. Lavin then explained that Tony & Camila sabotaged Nate & Christina by grabbing one of their tokens. Though Tony & Camila did it by accident, they were automatically sent into the Jungle instead of Nate & Christina.
  • Prior to the "Up All Night" challenge in episode 8, Tony & Camila were disqualified from the competition after they engaged in a drunken, disorderly and near-violent altercation with each other.
  • No challenge was held prior to the Final Cork selections, and no team had immunity from the final Cork draws. Devin & Cheyenne and Vince & Jenna each drew white works out of a bag, and secured their spots in the final challenge, while Dario & Nicole and Bananas & Sarah each drew black corks, and participated in the last Jungle.

Jungle progress

Teams Episodes
1/2 3 4/5 6 7 8/9 10/11 11 12 13 Finale
Bananas & Sarah SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE WIN SAFE WIN WIN JUNGLE WINNERS
Vince & Jenna WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SECOND
Devin & Cheyenne OUT JUNGLE N/A SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE THIRD
Dario & Nicole SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE JUNGLE OUT
Wes & Nany SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE JUNGLE SAFE JUNGLE OUT
Nate & Christina SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE JUNGLE OUT
Cory & Ashley SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
Jamie & KellyAnne SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE JUNGLE OUT
Tony & Camila SAFE SAFE SAFE JUNGLE SAFE DQ
Nelson & Amanda SAFE JUNGLE SAFE OUT
Thomas & Simone SAFE SAFE SAFE QUIT
Johnny & Jessica JUNGLE SAFE OUT
Brandon & Briana SAFE SAFE QUIT
Leroy & Averey OUT
Competition
     The team won the final challenge.
     The team lost the final challenge.
     The team won the challenge and was safe from the Jungle.
     The team was not selected for the Jungle.
     The team was selected for the Jungle, but pulled a white skull and was safe.
     The team was selected for the Jungle, but did not have to compete.
     The team won in the Jungle.
     The team lost in the Jungle.
     A contestant was removed from the competition due to injury, so his/her partner was also eliminated.
     A contestant withdrew from the competition, so his/her partner was also eliminated.
     The team was disqualified from the competition due to violent behavior.

Episode guide

Episode Air date Viewers (in millions)
1 "Mexican Standoff" May 4, 2016 0.66
2 "The Curse of the Black Skull" May 11, 2016 0.70
3 "The Replacements" May 18, 2016 0.73
4 "I'm Going Home" May 25, 2016 0.84
5 "Where the Ratchet Things Are" June 1, 2016 0.73
6 "The Naked Truth" June 8, 2016 0.74
7 "Camilanator: Salvation" June 15, 2016 0.78
8 "Stand by Me" June 22, 2016 0.86
9 "Let Sleeping Dogs Wake" June 29, 2016 0.84
10 "Digging Your Own Grave" July 6, 2016 0.92
11 "Rivals: Civil War" July 13, 2016 0.76
12 "Raging Bullies" July 20, 2016 0.80
13 "Grapes. Wrath." July 27, 2016 0.68
14 "Split Decision" August 3, 2016 0.72

Gallery


The Challenge Seasons

Road Rules: All Stars · Real World/Road Rules Challenge · Challenge 2000 · Extreme Challenge · Battle of the Seasons (2002)
Battle of the Sexes · The Gauntlet · The Inferno · Battle of the Sexes 2 · The Inferno II · The Gauntlet 2 · Fresh Meat · The Duel · The Inferno 3 · The Gauntlet III · The Island · The Duel II · The Ruins · Fresh Meat II · Cutthroat · Rivals · Battle of the Exes · Battle of the Seasons (2012) · Rivals II · Free Agents · Battle of the Exes II · Battle of the Bloodlines · Rivals III · Invasion of the Champions · XXX: Dirty 30 · Vendettas · Final Reckoning