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Nelson Thomas
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Challenger Profile
Original Series AYTO? 3
Born November 3, 1988 (1988-11-03) (age 30)
Hometown San Marcos, Texas
Challenge Career
Seasons Rivals III
Invasion of the Champions (final)
XXX: Dirty 30
Vendettas
Final Reckoning
Challenge Wins 8
Eliminations 11 (8 wins, 2 losses, 1 draw)
Money Won $36,250
Social Media
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Instagram _nelsonthomas

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?

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 N/A SAFE
3 Shell Shocked Amanda SAFE
4 Caged and Confused N/A 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
11/12 Inside Out CoryInvasionIcon
Cory
WIN

Notes

  • Nelson received $15,000 for finishing the Final Challenge in second place.
    • Nelson received an additional $21,250 from the Underdogs' team bank account.

XXX: Dirty 30

Challenge History

Episode Challenge Partners Result
1 The Purge N/A SAFE
Blue Team WIN
N/A 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 N/A 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 after punching Derrick K. during a heated altercation following the "Saved by the Bell" challenge.

Vendettas

Challenge History

Episode Challenge Partners Result
1 Get Off the Rock N/A 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 N/A 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 MarieFRIcon
Cara Maria & Marie
WIN

Redemption History

Episode Apocalypse Partner Opponents Result
18 King of the Ring OUT

Gallery

Trivia

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

External Links

Rivals III Cast Members
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VinceRivals3Icon JennaRivals3Icon
DevinRivals3Icon CheyenneRivals3Icon
DarioRivals3Icon NicoleRivals3Icon
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Nelson & Amanda
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JohnnyRivals3Icon JessicaRivals3Icon
BrandonRivals3Icon BrianaRivals3Icon
LeroyRivals3Icon AvereyRivals3Icon
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Vendettas Cast Members
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Bottom Four
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Final Reckoning Cast Members
AshleyFRIcon HunterFRIcon
JossFRIcon SylviaFRIcon
NatalieFRIcon PaulieFRIcon
CaraMariaFRIcon MarieFRIcon
BananasFRIcon TonyFRIcon
KamFRIcon KayleighFRIcon
NelsonFRIcon ShaneFRIcon
Nelson & Shane
CoryFRIcon DevinFRIcon
DaVonneFRIcon JozeaFRIcon
AmandaFRIcon ZachFRIcon
BradFRIcon KyleFRIcon
AngelaFRIcon FaithFRIcon
DerrickFRIcon ToriFRIcon
CTFRIcon VeronicaFRIcon
KailahFRIcon
MelissaFRIcon
BritniFRIcon ChuckFRIcon
JemmyeFRIcon JennaFRIcon
Winner
Finalist
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Eliminated at Challenge
Disqualified
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