Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Gauntlet 3

Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Gauntlet 3

Infobox Television
show_name = Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Gauntlet III

caption =
runtime = 60 minutes (including commercials)
creator = Jonathan Murray and Mary-Ellis Bunim
genre = Reality TV - Competition
starring = TJ Lavin (Host)
country = USA
location = Nayarit, Mexico
language = English
network = MTV
first_aired = January 23, 2008
last_aired = March 19, 2008
num_series = 15
num_episodes = 9
preceded_by = ""
followed_by = ""
website =

"Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Gauntlet III" is the fifteenth season of the reality television competition series, "Real World/Road Rules Challenge". The challenge takes place in Nayarit, Mexico. It is formatted like "". It features Veterans vs. Rookies. Those on the Veterans team had been on at least two prior seasons, and those on the Rookies team had been on fewer than two seasons prior to "The Gauntlet III".


The competition consists of a series of team challenges (sometimes called "missions") with an elimination challenge, known as the "Gauntlet", following each of the team challenges except the final.

Each team challenge puts the team of Veterans against the team of Rookies. Prior to the challenge, it is announced whether males or females will compete in the Gauntlet following the challenge.

After each team challenge, on a male Gauntlet day, the winning team selects a male member of the losing team to protect from the Gauntlet and another male member to send into the Gauntlet. The losing team then selects one of its own males to go against the person picked by the winners. On a female Gauntlet day the players protected and sent into the Gauntlet are females.

After the two players for the Gauntlet are picked, the host spins a wheel to determine which challenge will be played in the Gauntlet. The loser of the Gauntlet is eliminated from the game.

In this season, minor prizes are awarded after each challenge to the team members that were not vulnerable to elimination in the following Gauntlet; i.e. on challenges before male Gauntlets, prizes are awarded to female members of the winning team. The grand prize is $300,000, which is split among the remaining members of the team that wins the final challenge.

* No player can be saved from the Gauntlet on two consecutive opportunities. (For example, if the Veterans win the sixth challenge and save Johanna, lose the eighth challenge, and win the tenth challenge, then they cannot save Johanna from the tenth Gauntlet; even though they aren't two consecutive female Gauntlets, they are two consecutive opportunities.)
* When only three people are vulnerable to being chosen for the Gauntlet, the winning team saves one of them (subject to the above rule) and the remaining two go to the Gauntlet. (no choice for the losing team)
* No Gauntlet challenge is played twice consecutively. (see "Gauntlet challenges" below)
* This season differs from "" in that the teams do not have captains.
* This season differs from most prior two-team "Challenges" in that there are no bank accounts; prize money is only given for the final challenge.


Host: T. J. Lavin, BMX rider

For more information about the cast members, including the "Challenge" seasons in which they have appeared, see the article for their original season of "The Real World", "Road Rules", or the "Fresh Meat Challenge".

Of the 33 players on this season of the "Challenge", only six have won previous seasons of the "Challenge". Coral won ', Katie won ', MJ won ', and Ev, Kenny, and Janelle won '.

Gauntlet challenges

The game to be played in the Gauntlet is determined by spinning a wheel. The wheel contains six sections, one for each Gauntlet game and one for 'spin again'. The game that was played in the previous Gauntlet is replaced by another 'spin again' section, and therefore, no Gauntlet game can be played twice in a row.

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.

Played 2 times: Alex vs. Nehemiah, Tyler vs. Frank

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.

Played 2 times: Angel vs. Jillian, Ryan vs. Nehemiah

Ball Brawl

The two competitors have to get footballs aligned in a vertical pattern back the starting point. They both race at the same time to get the footballs, and they are allowed to tackle the person and strip the ball. 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.

Played 6 times: Brooke vs. Jillian, Jillian vs. Janelle, Coral vs. Beth, Tori vs. Melinda, Casey vs. Ev, Adam vs. Danny


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 are allowed to watch and help them solve it.

Played 4 times: Johnny vs. Evan, Frank vs. Zach, Ryan vs. Derek, Katie vs. Paula

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. This is very similar to Reverse Tug of War used in the The Gauntlet 2.

Played 1 time: MJ vs. Frank

Game summary

* The first episode featured a game of tug-of-war between the Veterans and Rookies to determine which rooms would be assigned to which teams. The Veterans won the game.
* Tyrie quit during the third episode to return to his girlfriend who was in the hospital.Episode 3] MJ was brought in as a replacement for Tyrie in the fourth episode.Episode 4]
* Coral quit the game prior to the female Gauntlet in episode seven, being fed up with her team and learning they would put her in the Gauntlet against Ev, but the Gauntlet was still played. This marks the 2nd challenge that Coral didn't make to the final mission.
* The last male Gauntlet day was split between episodes 8 and 9. The challenge Well-Balanced and the deliberation by the Rookies was in episode 8; the Rookies' picks, Veterans' deliberation and pick, and Gauntlet were in episode 9.
* The Rookies in the final challenge were Frank, Jillian, Johanna, Nehemiah, Rachel, and Tori.
* The Veterans in the final challenge were Adam, Brad, CT, Diem, Eric, Ev, Evan, Kenny, Paula, and Robin.
* Brad, CT, Diem, Eric, Johanna, Kenny, Rachel, Robin and Tyrie never stepped into the Gauntlet.

"Trim the Fat: The Gauntlet III Reunion"

In this reunion show, several cast members discuss their experiences on the show. The most common topics of discussion are the various romances, backstabbing and deceit amongst the cast members. Frank and Jill are still a couple and living together. Tori and Brad are together, though living apart. Johanna and Wes broke up. Paula and Derek decided to remain friends. and Casey and Johnny are not a couple, nor are Ev and Brooke. Ev is told that Brooke is dating her ex-girlfriend, which Ev refuses to discuss. Although CT and Diem are not present, Katie tells everyone that they have broken up. Evan and Kenny say they are honeymooning in Mexico the next day. Coral heavily criticized Ev for betraying the women, but Ev says she didn't betray them but also didn't care if the men threw challenges to get rid of them. Evan openly mocks Lyndsey's view that Danny and Melinda were a "power couple", saying Danny's opinion had 0% value to the Veterans. Both Rachel and Tori say that their conflicts with Frank were in the past, and Evan and Kenny praised Frank for digging for hours to retrieve the winning chest of money in the final challenge, saying Frank should have gotten an extra cut up to $100,000 of the final $300,000 prize. Some, however, noted he already had due to his relationship with fellow winner Jillian. Beth was heavily criticized, with Brad stating they wanted her out because she might have thrown missions, and Kenny telling Coral that everyone wanted her to defeat Beth in the Gauntlet. Rachel apparently began a relationship with Eric, but neither of them will confirm this. Johanna comments about Melinda's false belief that she was betrayed over the Gauntlet deliberations. Eric's failure in the final challenge is discussed, and it is revealed that only Brad, Robin, and Katie are still friends with him. Katie says she likes the fact that Kenny and Frank were blunt about her lack of ability, and hates duplicitous individuals. Coral and Ev do not part on amicable terms, and footage from the upcoming "" season is shown, thus ending the reunion.

Music from the Gauntlet

Challenge 16: Army Strong

* "1,000 Strong" - Iced Earth
* "Life Is Beautiful" - SIXX:A.M.
* "Freakum Dress" - Beyonce Knowles
* "Running Up That Hill" - Placebo
* "Take This To Heart" - Mayday Parade
* "Wow, I Can Get Sexual Too" - Say Anything
* "When I Get Home, You're So Dead" - Mayday Parade
* "Shut Up and Drive" - Rihanna
* "Would You Love a Monsterman?" - Lordi
* "Going Through Changes" - Army of Me
* "Scream Out Lord" - Baltimore
* "Supermassive Black Hole" - Muse
* "Lose It" - Cartel (Last song played, as the Rookies raise their flag and win the competition)
* "Maniac (R.o.D.)- Four Years Strong

Memorable moments

*Veronica was offered to be a veteran for the challenge. This would've marked her first challenge appearance since Inferno 2. However, she turned the offer down claiming "she had business to take care of."
*Frank developed tension on his team not only for his alliance/realtionship with Jillian, but also for his arrogance. He repeatedly said his team was terrible (although he mostly said this in interviews, and the Rookies WERE terrible for the most part). Also, on deciding whether to choose Adam or CT to send into the Gauntlet, he had promised Adam, a longtime friend, he would keep him out of the Gauntlet, but the rest of the team overruled him.
*Coral and Beth became friends on this challenge, according to Beth. Coral constantly insulted Beth in interviews and complained about being forced to compete against her in a Gauntlet.
*Drama surrounded Katie again much like her old self. It started with her lashing out at CT, and later when she knew she was sent into a Gauntlet against Paula, she would turn to the Rookie team to help her win the Gauntlet.
*CT and Diem break up in this challenge.
*Brad and Tori developed a relationship, and would later be engaged.
*Tyrie quit at the end of Episode 3 for family issues. He was replaced by MJ from Real World: Philadelphia.
*Controversy surrounded Danny who was planning to strike a deal with the rookie team. If he threw the mission, the rookies would save him come the final men's gauntlet. Once word spread to the Veteran team, everyone targeted Danny for the Gauntlet. Consequently he was sent into the Ball Brawl Gauntlet against Adam and lost.
*This challenged marked the most upsetting challenge victory in the history of the Real World/Road Rules Challenges.



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#cite episode
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#cite episode
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