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The Ruins
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Season 18
Episodes 12 (including reunion and special)
Aired from September 30 – December 23, 2009
Location Phuket, Thailand
Winners Champions
Derrick Kosinski
Evan Starkman
Johnny Devenanzio
Kenny Santucci
Susie Meister
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The Ruins is the 18th season of the Real World/Road Rules Challenge. It premiered on September 30th, 2009 and concluded with the "S#!t They Should Have Shown" special on December 23rd, 2009.

Description

Twenty-eight competitors have been tapped to compete in an exciting new Real World/Road Rules Challenge. We're pitting grizzled and greedy former winners, henceforth known as "Champions," to do battle against a team of equally greedy newcomers and past Challenge losers we've dubbed "Challengers." They will meet in exotic Thailand to see who can face the rigors of The Ruins.

Although players will compete at teams, they will also bank winnings into individual bank accounts as they compete in nine intense challenges and a thrilling finale. There is $300,000 up for grabs and, as always, the players will do whatever it takes to get their cut of the Challenge prize.

Not everyone will last until the end to earn a share of the wealth. After each weekly challenge, one man and one woman from each team will compete in "The Ruins" -- a head-to-head battle between two competitors, where one man and one woman will be eliminated. The winner of "The Ruins" not only stays in the game, but pockets the loser's bank account, making them richer -- as well as a bigger target in the eyes of the other players. The loser? Well, the loser goes home flat broke.

Avoiding "The Ruins" depends on how well teams do in the challenges. Before each challenge, each team will nominate six people -- three men and three women from their ranks -- to be eligible for "The Ruins." After every challenge, the winning team will split $20,000 evenly. Then, the winning team's lucky six nominees will be "the match-makers" who will select which man and woman from each team will be sentenced to "The Ruins." The selected men will have their "Ruins" competition and so will the women. The losers will be sent packing.

As with any Challenge, the competitor who plays their cards right and forms the best alliances will find they have the power. Those who do not may just find themselves in "The Ruins." However, in Thailand, going into the elimination round is a risk that could pay off, as the winner ends up acquiring their opponent's bank account.

Only the players that make it to the end will walk away with the cash they've banked and compete in the finale. Plus, the winners of the finale will earn an additional grand prize!

Ultimately, friendships will be put to the test, hearts will be broken and battles will rage -- both on and off the playing field -- as players do whatever it takes to be crowned the winners of The Ruins!

Cast

Champions
Player Original season Finish
Derrick Kosinski RR: X-Treme Winners
Evan Starkman Fresh Meat
Johnny Devenanzio RW: Key West
Kenny Santucci Fresh Meat
Susie Meister RR: Down Under
Darrell Taylor RR: Campus Crawl Episode 8
Johanna Botta RW: Austin Episode 7
Veronica Portillo RR: Semester at Sea Episode 6
Syrus Yarbrough RW: Boston
Ibis Nieves RR: X-Treme Episode 5
Wes Bergmann RW: Austin
Katie Doyle RR: The Quest Episode 4
Tonya Cooley RW: Chicago
Evelyn Smith Fresh Meat Episode 2
Challengers
Player Original season Finish
KellyAnne Judd RW: Sydney Runners-Up
Sarah Rice RW: Brooklyn
Casey Cooper Fresh Meat Episode 9
Dunbar Merrill RW: Sydney Episode 8/9
Kimberly Alexander RW: Hollywood
Brad Fiorenza RW: San Diego Episode 8
Cohutta Grindstaff RW: Sydney Episode 7
Danny Jamieson RW: Austin Episode 4
Adam King RW: Paris Episode 3
Brianna Taylor RW: Hollywood
Nick Brown RW: Hollywood Episode 2
Shauvon Torres RW: Sydney
Diem Brown Fresh Meat Episode 1
Chet Cannon RW: Brooklyn

Game Summary

Elimination chart

Episode Challenge Winners Nominees for the Ruins The Ruins
Game
The Ruins Outcome
# Challenge Champions Challengers Winner Loser
1 Chain Gang Champions Darrell Kenny Wes Chet Cohutta Nick Shoots and Ladders Wes Chet
Johanna Susie Tonya Diem Sarah Shauvon Tonya Diem
2 Swing on By Champions Derrick Johnny Wes Cohutta Danny Nick Shadowfighter Wes Nick
Evelyn Katie Susie Casey KellyAnne Shauvon* KellyAnne Evelyn
3 Repo Race Challengers Ibis Susie Veronica Brianna Casey Kimberly Burnout Susie Brianna
Evan Kenny Syrus Adam Brad Danny Syrus Adam
4 Burning Bridge Champions Katie Susie Tonya* Casey Kimberly Sarah Oh Ring Sarah Katie
Darrell Derrick Johnny Cohutta Danny Dunbar Darrell Danny
5 Block Party Champions Evan Kenny Wes Brad Cohutta Dunbar Spool Cohutta Wes
Ibis Johanna Veronica Casey KellyAnne Kimberly Kimberly Ibis
6 Fruits of Your Labor Champions Derrick Johnny Syrus Brad Cohutta Dunbar Hog Tie Cohutta Syrus
Johanna Susie Veronica Casey KellyAnne Sarah KellyAnne Veronica
7 Rotary Club Champions Johanna Susie
N/A
Casey Kimberly Sarah Crunch Sarah Johanna
Darrell Evan Kenny Brad Cohutta Dunbar Darrell Cohutta
8/9 On the Fence Champions Susie
N/A
Casey KellyAnne Kimberly Rag Doll Susie Kimberly
Derrick Johnny Kenny Dunbar
N/A
Johnny Dunbar
9 Wall Walker Champions Susie
N/A
Casey KellyAnne Sarah Muay Thai Susie Casey
10 Final Challenge Champions

Notes:

  • Bold indicates that the contestant was sent to the Ruins.
  • Shauvon withdrew from the game in Episode 2 after sustaining a severe chest injury during the "Swing On By" challenge. She did not earn any money prior to her departure.
  • Tonya was disqualified from the competition in Episode 4, after she slapped Veronica multiple times during a heated argument. The money that Tonya earned was added to the final challenge total.
  • Prior to the "On the Fence" challenge in Episode 8, Brad and Darrell were disqualified from the competition after Brad instigated Darrell into punching him multiple times. Brad ended up suffering a swollen eye and the money they earned was added to the final challenge total.
  • No male Ruins was held at the end of Episode 9, after all the men from the Challengers team had already been eliminated.

Ruins Progress

Males Episodes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8/9 9 Finale
Derrick SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE WINNER
Evan SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE WINNER
Johnny SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE RUINS SAFE WINNER
Kenny SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE WINNER
Dunbar SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
Brad SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE DQ
Darrell SAFE SAFE SAFE RUINS SAFE SAFE RUINS DQ
Cohutta SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE RUINS RUINS OUT
Syrus SAFE SAFE RUINS SAFE SAFE OUT
Wes RUINS RUINS SAFE SAFE OUT
Danny SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
Adam SAFE SAFE OUT
Nick SAFE OUT
Chet OUT
Females Episodes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8/9 9 Finale
Susie SAFE SAFE RUINS SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE RUINS RUINS WINNER
KellyAnne SAFE RUINS SAFE SAFE SAFE RUINS SAFE SAFE SAFE LOSER
Sarah SAFE SAFE SAFE RUINS SAFE SAFE RUINS SAFE SAFE LOSER
Casey SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
Kimberly SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE RUINS SAFE SAFE OUT
Johanna SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
Veronica SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
Ibis SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
Katie SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
Tonya RUINS SAFE SAFE DQ
Brianna SAFE SAFE OUT
Evelyn SAFE OUT
Shauvon SAFE OUT
Diem OUT
Competition
     The contestant's team won the final challenge.
     The contestant's team lost the final challenge.
     The contestant was safe from the Ruins.
     The contestant was nominated for the Ruins, but was not chosen to go in and was safe.
     The contestant was put into the Ruins and won.
     The contestant was put into the Ruins and was eliminated.
     The contestant was disqualified from the competition due to physical violence.
     The contestant withdrew from the competition due to injury.

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