THE CHALLENGE: VENDETTAS – SEASON PREVIEW

Vendettas Cast Photo

Next season starts of The Challenge is season #31. It will premiere on Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018.

This season the cast competes for a lot of money in Gibraltar, UK.

It’s almost time for yet another season of The Challenge.

From MTV…. “The winners of each challenge will receive money for their individual bank accounts, but once players are eliminated, their money is added to the final prize pot. In a major game twist this season, ‘Grenades’ will be awarded to players surviving grueling elimination rounds, giving them a chance to get back at anyone else in the house they may have a vendetta against. With everyone out for themselves, stealing an entire bank account from another player, forcing players to be shackled together during another challenge or selecting players to stay up the entire night before a challenge, will surely shake up the competition and heighten the drama, doubt, and deception in the house.”

Below is a comprehensive list of the cast, complete with Challenge history, fantasy statistics, performance notes and our opinion of their drama potential.

Cast members are listed in alphabetical order with veterans first, then alphabetical order of rookies at the bottom.

Brad Fiorenza (The Real World San Diego – 2004) – 37 years old. 9th season. Brad was on Battle of the Sexes 2, where he was eliminated Episode 15; The Inferno II, where he was eliminated Episode 10; The Gauntlet II, where he was eliminated Episode 14; The Duel,  where he lost in the final; The Gauntlet III, where he was eliminated Episode 9; The Duel II, where he came in 2nd place in the finals with partner Rachel; The Ruins, where Brad was kicked off Episode 8 for punching Darrell; and Cutthroat, which he won.

Fantasy stats: Brad has not yet been on a season we have done fantasy scoring for.

Performance notes: He is 4-2 in eliminations. 1-time Champion.

Vendettas – Trailer – Brad vs. Marie

Drama potential: High. Brad is divorced and according to the trailer and internet rumors, has some sort of relationship with Britni. We’ve seen him fight and be very competitive in the past, and while it’s usually safe to assume someone has mellowed with age and parenthood, we do see him and Marie fighting in the trailer. Additionally, since he’s a strong competitor, he’ll likely be around for many episodes.

Britni Thornton (AYTO? 3) – 26 years old. 2nd season. Britni was on XXX, where she was eliminated Episode 14.

Fantasy stats: XXX – 140 points.

Performance notes: She is 2-1 in eliminations.

Drama potential: Medium to high. Britni is a bit feisty, as shown last season. She does not seem to be a fan of Kailah, who is on this season. Also, we know Britni and Brad hook-up this season.

Cara Maria Sorbello (Fresh Meat II) – 31 years old. 12th season. Cara Maria was on Fresh Meat 2, where her and partner Darrell were eliminated Episode 1; Cutthroat, where she came in 2nd; Rivals, where she and partner Laurel came in 2nd place; Battle of the Exes, where her and partner Abram were eliminated Episode 5; Battle of the Seasons, where she was eliminated Episode 3; Rivals 2, where Cara Maria was brought in as a replacement partner for Cooke at the beginning of Episode 2 and they came in 2nd; Free Agents, where she was eliminated Episode 11; Bloodlines, where she won with cousin Jamie; Invasion, where she was eliminated Episode 10; and Champs vs. Pros, where her and partner Darrell redeemed their Fresh Meat 2 season bust and won. She was also on XXX, where she came in 2nd place in the final.

Vendettas – Trailer – Cara Maria and Kyle

Fantasy stats: Rivals 2 – 60 points.  Free Agents – 145 points. Bloodlines – 340 points. Invasion – 65 points. Champs vs. Pros – 160 points.  XXX – 180 points. Average of 158 points per season. (Champs vs. Pros not counted in average, since it was a short season).

Performance notes: She is 12-5 in eliminations. 2-time Champion.

Drama potential: High. Cara Maria didn’t hook up last season, but she sure fought with Kailah at the reunion! In the trailer, it looks like Cara Maria makes out with Nicole and someone else. Cara Maria had a bit of a chip on her shoulder last season, so she may be prone to fighting. Plus, her not best friends Tony and Bananas are on this season.

Cory Wharton (The Real World: Ex-plosion) – 26 years old. 5th season. Cory was on Bloodlines; where he and cousin Mitch came in 2nd, Rivals 3; where he and partner Smashley were eliminated Episode 11, Invasion; where he came in 3rd, and XXX, where he was eliminated episode 10. Cory was on Champs vs. Stars, where he was eliminated Episode 1.

Fantasy stats: Bloodlines – 250 points. Rivals 3 – 40 points. Invasion – 280 points. XXX – 120 points. Average of 172.5 points per season.

Performance notes: He is 3-2 in eliminations.

Drama potential: High. Cory hooks up. Just last season, he hooked up with Camila and Aneesa. While Aneesa denied their kiss at the reunion, we awarded it fantasy points because it sure looked like a kiss! Cory has also managed to form a solid rivalry with Bananas. Cory is young and passionate. He fights.

Devin Walker (Are You The One? Season 3) – 28 years old. 3rd Challenge. Devin was on Rivals 3, where he and Cheyenne were eliminated Episode 2; brought back as replacements in Episode 6 and came in 3rd place in the finals. He was eliminated in episode 5 of XXX, a victim of the episode 1 purge who was unable to win redemption and get back into the game.

Fantasy stats: Rivals 3 – 110 points. XXX – 0 points. Average of 55 points per season.

Performance notes: He is 0-1 in his only real elimination (not counting the XXX redemption), where he and Cheyenne lost to Johnny Portland and Jessica, which should count as being 0-5… but Devin won Are You The One? Second Chances, which is AYTO’s version of The Challenge.

Drama potential: Medium to low. Devin has a flare for the dramatic, but he’s also pretty chill. He doesn’t seem to have a big temper.

Jemmye Carroll (The Real World: New Orleans) – 29 years old. 6th season. Jemmye was on Battle of the Seasons, where she was eliminated Episode 7; Rivals 2, where she and partner Camila came in 3rd place; Free Agents, where she was eliminated Episode 1; and Battle of the Exes 2, where she and Knight were eliminated Episode 4. She was also on XXX, where she was eliminated episode 16.

Vendettas – Trailer – Jemmye Yells at Nelson

Fantasy stats: Rivals 2 – 95 points. Free Agents – 0 points. Battle of the Exes 2 – 0 points. XXX – 20 points. Average of 28.75 points per season.

Performance notes: She is 2-3 in eliminations.

Drama potential: Medium to low. Jemmye doesn’t really hook up. In the trailer, we see her getting involved in a couple of fights, including telling Nelson to not get his dumbass kicked off the show again. Jemmye speaks her mind and is unapologetic.

Johnny “Bananas” Devenanzio (The Real World: Key West) – 35 years old. 18th. Bananas was on The Duel, where he was eliminated Episode 1; The Inferno 3, where he lost the final, The Gauntlet 3, where he was eliminated Episode 3;The Island, he won, The Ruins, he won; Cutthroat, where he was eliminated Episode 9; Rivals, where he won with Tyler; Battle of the Exes, he won with Camila; Rivals 2, he came in 2nd place with Frank; Free Agents, which he won; Battle of the Exes 2, where he and Nany were eliminated Episode 11; Bloodlines, where he and cousin Vinny were eliminated Episode 10; Rivals 3, where he won with Sarah and notoriously took the money; Invasion, where he was eliminated Episode 10; Champs vs. Pros, where he was eliminated by Wes in Episode 2; and XXX, where he was eliminated Episode 15. He is on this current season of Champs vs. Stars.

Fantasy stats: Rivals 2 – 75 points. Free Agents – 260 points (15 drama, 245 performance). Battle of the Exes 2 – 60 points. Bloodlines – 130 points. Rivals 3 – 240 points. Invasion – 40 points. Champs vs. Pros – 25 points. Average of 134.2 points per season. (Champs vs. Pros not counted in average, since it was a short season).

Performance notes: He is 7-7 in eliminations. Bananas is a 6-time Champion. Since taking the prize money from Sarah in Rivals 3, he’s proven himself an untrustworthy villain. He may be sent to elimination a lot, so he could score big if he wins those, or he could be an early exit.

Drama potential: Medium. Bananas is practically married, so he’s not going to hook up, but he will absolutely fight, guaranteed. Bananas and Leroy are veterans in alliance, who are at odds with “young bucks” Cory and Nelson.

Kailah Casillas (The Real World: Go Big or Go Home) – 25 years old. 3rd Challenge. Kailah was Invasion, where she was eliminated Episode 6; and on XXX, where she was eliminated right before the final.

Fantasy stats: XXX – 165 points. Invasion – 125 points. Average of 145 points per season.

Performance notes: She is 3-1 in eliminations.

Drama potential: Medium. Last season, Kailah began an odd alliance-turned-rivalry with Cara Maria. Kailah also fought with Hunter. While Hunter isn’t on this season, Cara Maria is and Kailah isn’t afraid of her. Kailah does have a boyfriend, so she’s not likely to hook-up.

Leroy Garrett (The Real World: Las Vegas) – 32 years old. 9th season. Leroy was on Rivals, where he started partnered with Adam, but Adam was replaced with his buddy Michael, and they came in 3rd; Battle of the Exes, where he and partner Naomi were eliminated in Episode 3; Rivals 2, where he was eliminated Episode 7; Free Agents, where he was eliminated Episode 11; Battle of the Exes 2, where he and Theresa (who replaced his original partner Nia) came in 2nd; Bloodlines, where he went home Episode 3 because his cousin Candice was hurt; and Rivals 3, where he and partner Averey went home Episode 2 because Leroy had a pinched nerve in his back. He was on XXX, where he was eliminated in Episode 15.

Fantasy stats: Rivals 2 – 50 points. Free Agents – 75 points. Battle of the Exes 2 – 190 points. Bloodlines – 0 points. Rivals 3 – 0 points. XXX – 70 points. Average of 77 points per season.

Performance notes: He is 7-4 in eliminations.

Drama potential: Medium to low. Leroy won the award for most mature cast member last season when he calmly let Camila go on a racist rant against him. Leroy is a lover (who doesn’t hook up much), not a fighter. However, he may have some revenge to pay to Veronica, who ended up sending him into an elimination for no reason last season.

Marie Roda (The Real World: St. Thomas) – 29 years old. 4th season. Marie was on Battle of the Seasons, where she was eliminated Episode 10; Invasion, where she was eliminated Episode 2; and XXX, where she was eliminated episode 10.

Fantasy stats: Invasion – 0 points. XXX – 55 points. Average of 27.5 points per season.

Performance notes: She is 1-3 in eliminations.

Drama potential: Medium to low. Marie flirts, but hasn’t hooked up. Marie probably thinks of herself as feisty, so maybe she’ll start something with one of the rookies, just to be one with a strong bark, later shown to have no bite.  She practically quit last season, when she was not able to even try to eat gross foods in the redemption challenge.

Nelson Thomas (Are You The One? Season 3) – 29 years old. 4th challenge. Nelson was on Rivals 3, where he and partner Amanda came in as replacements in Episode 3 and were eliminated Episode 7; Invasion, where he came in 2nd place; and XXX, where he was kicked off for fighting in episode 11.

Fantasy stats: Rivals 3 – 45 points. Invasion – 265 points. XXX – 275 points. Average of 195 points per season.

Performance notes: He is 5-1 in eliminations.

Drama potential: High. Nelson is a lot of drama. He’s got a temper. He’s been kicked off. He is seemingly single. Nelson and Cory are aggressively after veterans like Bananas, trying to show they are the future of the game.

Nicole Ramos (The Challenge: Battle of the Bloodlines) – 25 years old. 4th season. Nicole was on Bloodlines, where she was eliminated Episode 6; and Rivals 3, where she was partnered with Dario and eliminated Episode 13. She was also on XXX, where she was eliminated in episode 10.

Fantasy stats: Bloodlines – 60 points. Rivals 3 – 85 points. XXX – 75 points. Average of 73.3 points per season.

Performance notes: She is 1-2 in eliminations.

Drama potential: Low. Nicole hasn’t hooked up. Nicole is actually pretty normal. The surprising thing we learned about Nicole last season is that she’s not a terrible competitor. Nicole gave a great effort and almost pulled an upset to beat Aneesa in a redemption challenge. Nicole’s experience and competitiveness may make her more valuable and have more fight than some rookies, but her size is still a big disadvantage to overcome.

Nicole Zanatta (Real World: Skeletons) – 27 years old. 2nd season. Nicole was on Invasion, where she came in 3rd place.

Vendettas – Trailer – Cara Maria and Nicole Kissing

Fantasy stats: Invasion – 180 points.

Performance notes: She is 1-0 in eliminations.

Drama potential: High. Nicole went after both Cara Maria and Laurel on Invasion. While Nicole ended up dating Laurel, this season looks quite different… Oh, and Nicole is pretty aggressive so there is high drama potential for her.

Shane Landrum (Road Rules: Campus Crawl) – 34 years old. 6th season. Shane was on Battle of the Sexes, where he was eliminated Episode 16, right before the final; The Inferno, where he was eliminated Episode 10; Battle of the Sexes 2, where he was eliminated Episode 14; Fresh Meat, where he was eliminated Episode 12; Invasion, where he was eliminated Episode 11/12.

Fantasy stats: Invasion – 150 points.

Performance notes: He is 1-3 in eliminations.

Drama potential: Medium to low.

Sylvia Elsrode (Real World Skeletons) – 29 years old. 2nd season. Sylvie was on Invasion, where she was eliminated Episode 9.

Fantasy stats: Invasion – 120 points.

Performance notes: She is 2-1 in eliminations.

Drama potential: Medium to low.

Tony Raines (The Real World: Skeletons) – 29 years old. 5th season. Tony was on Bloodlines, where he went home due to medical issues in Episode 4; he was kicked off of Rivals 3 with his partner Camila for an odd drunken fight in Episode 8; Invasion, where he was eliminated in Episode 6; and XXX, where he was eliminated right before the final, in episode 16.

Fantasy stats: Bloodlines – 65 points. Rivals 3 – 205 points.  Invasion – 75 points.  XXX – 150 points.  Average of 123.75 points per season.

Performance notes: He is 1-1 in eliminations.

Drama potential: High. Being the father of two babies from two different women doesn’t stop him from hooking up. While Tony toys with the idea of sobriety, it doesn’t seem to be

Veronica Portillo (Road Rules: Semester at Sea) – 39 years old. 11th season. Veronica was on Challenge 2000*, which she won; Battle of the Seasons, where she was eliminated Episode 1; Battle of the Sexes, where she was eliminated Episode 12; The Gauntlet, which she won; The Inferno, which she won; Battle of the Sexes 2, where she was eliminated Episode 11; The Inferno 2, where she lost in the Final; The Ruins, where she was eliminated Episode 6; Champs vs. Pros, where she was eliminated Episode 1; and XXX, where she was eliminated in Episode 15.

Fantasy stats: Champs vs. Pros – 0 points. XXX – 175 points.

Performance notes: She is 3-1 in eliminations. 3-time Champion.

*There were no eliminations back then – it was just six Real Worlders vs. six Road Rulers

Drama potential: Low to medium. Veronica scored most of her points last season through victories and “you killed it” points from T.J. She had a very awkward hook-up with frenemy Aneesa that she adamantly denied. Veronica clearly wants to keep her personal life personal, which is not really how these shows work.

Zach Nichols (Real World: San Diego 2011) – 31 years old. 7th season. Zach was on Battle of the Seasons with his San Diego cast-mates, which he won; Rivals II, where he and partner Trey were disqualified in Episode 5 for breaking the rules in the elimination (not seemingly on purpose, just didn’t listen); Free Agents, where he came in 3rd in the final; Battle of the Exes 2, where he was eliminated with partner Jonna in Episode 8; and Invasion, where he was eliminated in Episode 7 (after joining the show Episode 6). Zach is also on this season of Champs vs. Stars. He’s doing well.

Fantasy stats: Free Agents – 125 points. Battle of the Exes 2 – 50 points. Invasion – 30 points. Average of xx points per season.

Performance notes: He is 3-3 in eliminations. 1-time Champion.

Drama potential: Medium. Zach has been very chill and even-keeled on Champs vs. Stars. But that show doesn’t drive people insane with the round-the-clock taping like a regular season does. Regardless, Zach is not too likely to fight. Zach is single, so hook-up potential is there. And he’s a strong competitor who will likely last long in the competition.

Alicia Wright (AYTO? 5)  – 24 years old. Rookie season.

Eddie Williams (AYTO? 5)  – 22 years old. Rookie season.

Joss Mooney (Ex on the Beach – 30 years old. Rookie season.

Kam Williams (AYTO? 5)  – 23 years old. Rookie season.

Kayleigh Morris (Ex on the Beach)  – 29 years old. Rookie season.

Kyle Christie (Geordie Shore)  – 25 years old. Rookie season.

Melissa Reeves (Ex on the Beach)  – 34 years old. Rookie season.

Natalie Negrotti  (Big Brother 18) – 27 years old. Rookie season.

Rogan O’Connor (Ex on the Beach)  – 28 years old. Rookie season.

Victor Arroyo  (Big Brother 18) – 26 years old. Rookie season.

Other useful info:

MTV’s Trailer – http://www.mtv.com/video-clips/5jx1k8/vendettas-official-trailer-the-challenge-vendettas

Wikipedia page – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Challenge:_Vendettas

Are there any other scoring changes you’d like to see? Any added categories you think would be good? Leave your comment below or Tweet to us @OfficiallyUnoff (cause we’re Officially Unofficial).

We will finalize the scoring system this week in order to organize leagues in preparation for drafting fantasy teams. The premiere is only 3 weeks away!!!

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