On Real World: Las Vegas, Naomi claimed to not care that her romantic interest Leroy slept with other women. Leroy recalls, "We had a friends with benefit type thing, and I'm like, this is sweet! And then, it turned into a disaster." Naomi admits, "Towards the end, I did catch feelings." But coming into the Battle of the Exes, Leroy is focused solely on the game, "I don't want to hook up with her here. I want to leave that in the past and see if we can make some money." Will this couple be able to keep their heads in the game or will they let their emotions get the best of them?
On The Real World: Las Vegas, Cooke and Naomi clashed over their mutual affections for their roommate Leroy. Now, these onetime romantic rivals are each other's only allies. Naomi vents, "Cooke is an over-competitor and overachiever. I feel like she might be a bitch." One of the most physically mismatched teams in Rivals II, Cooke is a fitness fanatic who plays on the Philippine national soccer team, while New York City girl Naomi is one of the least athletic players in the game. Although Naomi hopes to use this perceived weakness to her advantage, Cooke worries that her partner doesn't have the desire and toughness needed to win. "The girl can't even run a mile. I could run 10. I'll definitely need to have a lot of patience with Naomi and really help her to believe in herself," Cooke confesses. Can Cooke coach Naomi to a win? Or will this pair crumble under pressure?