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Nelson Thomas
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Challenger Profile
Original Series Are You the One? 3
Born November 3, 1988 (1988-11-03) (age 32)
Hometown San Marcos, Texas
Challenge Career
Seasons Rivals III
Invasion of the Champions (final)
XXX: Dirty 30
Vendettas
Final Reckoning
Total Madness
Double Agents
Spies, Lies & Allies
Daily Wins 8
Eliminations 14 (9 wins, 4 losses, 1 draw)
Money Won $36,250
Social Media
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Nelson Thomas is a contestant from Are You the One? 3. He was a finalist on Invasion of the Champions. He also competed on Rivals III, XXX: Dirty 30, Vendettas, Final Reckoning, Total Madness, Double Agents, and Spies, Lies & Allies.

Biography

Retrieved from MTV.com

Invasion of the Champions

With one season and one devastating loss under his belt, tough as nails Nelson is ready to take the reins and steer himself to victory. Growing up on the wrong side of the tracks, Nelson desperately hopes to prove that an inner city kid can rise above and shape his own destiny. He explains, "I came from poverty, I didn't think I was going to college. I fought every day. I did not give up, and I turned my life around. I'm here to win. Point blank." Roaring and ready to go, Nelson vows to take on anyone and anything in order to be the best. But when tensions rise and another Underdog's game backs Nelson into a corner, his red-hot temper will flare. Will Nelson be able to put his pride aside and let sleeping dogs lie? Or will this cocky competitor blow his chances by biting off more than he can chew?

XXX: Dirty 30

Throughout Invasion of the Champions, Nelson touted his loyalty to his alliance. But as the number of folks from his inner circle dwindled, so did Nelson's devotion. In a three-way elimination, Nelson made a secret double deal: one with his best friend Cory and another with Shane. The knife in Cory's back was just what Nelson needed to propel himself into the final.

Vendettas

Nelson is determined to prove that someone from his original MTV show (aka Are You the One?) is capable of winning The Challenge. On Invasion of the Champions, he made it to the Final and captured an impressive second place (only seconds behind CT). Like his pal Cory, Nelson is determined to knock out veterans like Bananas. Will he make history and finally prove Are You the One? folks can be champions? Or will the old guard come together to knock down this emerging threat?

Final Reckoning

Shane and Nelson competed alongside one another as Underdogs on The Challenge: Invasion of the Champions. Shane made backdoor deals with numerous people on his team and when Nelson caught wind of it, he lashed out at him. Will their history of anger be kicked to the curb to earn each of them their first Challenge win?

Total Madness

Veteran powerhouse Nelson returns to the game hungry as ever for his first-ever Finals win after multiple close calls and disappointing exits. As an elimination beast, Nelson is perfectly suited for the game's latest twist and is utterly fearless when it comes to stepping down onto the elimination floor. Of course, he may find himself there quite often if he doesn't learn to keep his notorious ability to stick his foot in his mouth in check, which has been his downfall on more than one occasion. Hopefully, his best friend Cory can help keep Nelson under control. If he can rein in his hotheadedness, Nelson has a great shot at claiming his long-awaited Challenge crown.

Double Agents

Nelson made one of the most unprecedented and selfless moves in Challenge history, volunteering himself for elimination to ensure his best friend Cory a spot in the final. Ultimately, this cost Nelson his own chance at the final, and now, he returns hungrier than ever to lock down his first ever Challenge win. With one of the best elimination records in Challenge history, Nelson stands a good chance to make it far. With renewed focus and a never-back-down attitude, this may be Nelson's time to finally take home the crown.

Spies, Lies & Allies

After being blindsided by his supposed bro Fessy on The Challenge: Double Agents, the fiercely loyal Nelson plans to play his most cutthroat game ever and will run over anyone who stands in his way. As ever, he'll be bolstered by fighting alongside his bestie, Cory, who has often helped to temper Nelson's wild ways. With the motivation of winning money to care for his mother, Nelson has enough passion and drive to make this season his for the taking.

Rivals III

Challenge History

Episode Challenge Partner Result
3 Dirty Laundry SAFE
4/5 Out on a Limb JUNGLE
6 Laps of Judgement SAFE
7 Road to Nowhere OUT

Elimination History

Episode Jungle Partner Opponents Result
5 Weight For Me WIN
7 Chill Out OUT

Notes

  • Nelson & Amanda were brought into the game prior to the "Dirty Laundry" challenge as replacements for Leroy & Averey.

Invasion of the Champions

Challenge History

Episode Challenge Partners Result
1/2 The Over Under SAFE
3 Shell Shocked Amanda SAFE
4 Caged and Confused FORTRESS
5/6 Knockout Underdogs SAFE
7 Roll with the Punches SAFE
8 Curry Up FORTRESS
9/10 Fallout SAFE
10 Crossover SAFE
11/12 X-It FORTRESS
12/13 Caved In SAFE
14/15 Final Challenge Ashley M. SECOND
Nicole
Camila

Elimination History

Episode Fortress Opponents Result
4 Thai Rise WIN
8 Bell Ringer WIN
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Cory
WIN

Notes

  • Nelson received $15,000 for finishing the Final Challenge in second place.
    • He received an additional $21,250 from the Underdogs team bank account, bringing his total earnings to $36,250.

XXX: Dirty 30

Challenge History

Episode Challenge Partners Result
1 The Purge SAFE
Blue Team WIN
SAFE
2/3 Cool Under Fire WIN
3/4 Battle Royale Blue Team XX
6/7 Pirates' Treasure Veronica WIN
7/8 Ups and Downs Green Team SAFE
8/9 Talk Thirty to Me PRESIDIO
11 Saved by the Bell Team Nelson DQ

Elimination History

Episode Presidio Opponent Result
9 Rampage WIN

Notes

  • Nelson was disqualified from the game following the "Saved by the Bell" challenge due to a physical altercation with Derrick K.

Vendettas

Challenge History

Episode Challenge Partners Result
1 Get Off the Rock SAFE
2/3 Who’s Got Balls? RING
3/4 #Vendettas SAFE
4/5 Food Wars Team 7 SAFE
6/7 Gasping for Air Team 1 SAFE
7/8 Puppet Master Blue Team SAFE
8/9 Car Crash Team 1 WIN
9/10 Kickin' Ass Green Team SAFE
11 This Land is My Land Red Team RING
12 Spanish Treasure Team 2 SAFE
12/13 Help Me, Rhonda SAFE
13 Outside the Box OUT

Elimination History

Episode Ring Opponent Result
3 Balls of Fire WIN
11 Yankin' My Chain DRAW

Final Reckoning

Challenge History

Episode Challenge Partner Result
1 Opening Challenge SAFE
2/3 Wreck Yourself SAFE
5 Shark Bait SAFE
6/7 Off the Rails SAFE
7/8 Dig Deep SAFE
8/9 Don't Push Me Around SAFE
10/11 Dunking for Dinner SAFE
11/12 Sky Bridge ARMAGEDDON
12/13 Caged In SAFE
14/15 What Goes Up Must Come Down ARMAGEDDON
16/17 Hit List SAFE
17 Heads Will Roll OUT

Elimination History

Episode Armageddon Partner Opponents Result
12 Tread Lightly WIN
15 Meet Me Halfway CaraMariaFRIcon.png MarieFRIcon.png
Cara Maria & Marie
WIN

Redemption History

Episode Apocalypse Partner Opponents Result
18 King of the Ring OUT

Total Madness

Challenge History

Episode Challenge Partners Result
1 Battle Lines SAFE
2 Airdrop Extraction Team 8 SAFE
3 Decode and Detonate SAFE
4 Cold War Team 2 SAFE
5/6 Bomb Squad Team 3 SAFE
6/7 Fast & Furious Aneesa SAFE
8 Decontamination PURGATORY
9 Tunnel Rats Team 1 SAFE
10 Throne Off SAFE
11 Flag Down SAFE
12 Tanks-A Lot Team 4 SAFE
13 Bloc'd In Team 2 SAFE
14 Running Out of Time SAFE
15 Crash Course OUT

Elimination History

Episode Purgatory Opponent Result
8 Pole Wrestle WIN
15 Hall Brawl OUT

Double Agents

Challenge History

Episode Mission Partner Result
1 Decryption Amber M. SAFE
2 Ice Spy SAFE
3 Road Kill SAFE
4 Drone Control OUT

Elimination History

Episode Operation Opponent Result
4 Hall Brawl FessyDAIcon.png
Fessy
OUT

Spies, Lies & Allies

Challenge History

Episode Mission Partners Result
1 Compromised Priscilla SAFE
2 Heli Heist SAFE
3 Sea Cave Recon SAFE
4 Undercover Comms SAFE
5 Mindfield SAFE
6/7 Turning Agents SAFE
8 Dive Bomb SAFE
9 Bombshell Battle Big T SAFE
10 Diamond Dash Sapphire Cell SAFE
11 Satellite Sabotage SAFE
12 Brush Connect Ruby Cell TBD

Post-Challenge

Trivia

  • Nelson is the first contestant to compete in an elimination that was declared a draw.

External Links

Rivals III Contestants
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Double Agents Contestants
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