Zach Nichols
Challenger Profile
Original Series RW: San Diego (2011)
Born August 4, 1987 (1987-08-04) (age 31)
Hometown Brighton, Michigan
Challenge Career
Seasons Battle of the Seasons (2012) (won)
Rivals II
Free Agents (final)
Battle of the Exes II
Invasion of the Champions
Vendettas (final)
Final Reckoning
Challenge Wins 22
Eliminations 7 (3 wins, 4 losses)
Battle of the Ex-iled 1 (1 loss)
Money Won $153,000
Spinoffs Champs vs. Stars (2017)
Challenge Wins 6
Money Raised $10,000
Social Media
Twitter ZNichols15
Instagram zachnichols15


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Everything has turned upside down since the last time we saw Team San Diego. Blonde bombshell Ashley and muscle jock Zach were inseparable lovers during their season, but after a sour breakup, Zach confesses, "Ashley ripped my heart out, put it in a blender and served it to me for breakfast." But how will Ashley react when Zach hooks up with another girl in the house? Hothead Frank enters the game hell-bent on leading his team, but Zach has other ideas. These two alpha males hated each other during their season, but arrive at Battle of the Seasons hoping to change that, as Frank admits, "The thing that means the most to me is being able to cross the finish line with Zach. I wouldn't want to cross the finish line with anybody else." Frank and Zach may be friends for now, but will the pressures of the game reignite their past hatred? Rounding out the team is Sam, the least athletic and most politically inept teammate, who is out to prove to her team that she is a worthy asset. Will San Diego be able to start fresh and compete with a clean slate? Or will their toxic past rise up and destroy their chances of winning?

The male team that poses the biggest physical threat... is also the one fraught with the most bad blood. Zach and Trey hate each other and neither is afraid to express it. Zach seethes, "Trey is your typical douchebag. He's the friend no one likes. He's truly a disgusting human being and now I gotta carry Mighty Mouse to a final." Their feud has even spread to social media, where Zach assailed Trey's character in interviews and on Twitter. As Trey explains, "At first those things kind of bothered me and then I realized Zach is just a really insecure bitch. He wants everything to go his way because he's the biggest dude in the house." While Zach's size and strength are undeniable, he has a sensitive core that may cloud his judgment. For Trey, though, this Challenge is about redemption. After a disappointing debut last season, this Baltimore boy yearns to make a name for himself and finally impress his peers with his athletic ability. Will Zach love winning more than he hates Trey? Or will this toxic pair self-destruct?

After a winning rookie year in Battle of the Seasons, Zach made an unexpected exit from Rivals II when he was disqualified in the elimination round less than halfway through the game. Zach recalls, "Obviously I embarrassed myself last time. So, I'd like to redeem myself in that sense. I'm just in a much better place, mentally and physically." At 6'3" and 240 pounds, Zach is the biggest guy in the house and a threat to win any challenge, but his quick temper and sharp tongue have proven to be a serious liability. Will a kinder, gentler giant emerge? Or will old patterns repeat themselves?

Zach fell hard and fast for Jonna's baby blues on Battle of the Seasons. The two continued their romance after the show, when Zach relocated to Los Angeles to be with Jonna. However, Zach quickly realized it wasn't a good match and abandoned Jonna without looking back. For years, Jonna and Zach tiptoed around a tattered past without ever speaking a word. Zach explains, "I've wanted nothing to do with her since we broke up. She's got some animosity towards me, so we've got to settle that right away if we plan on doing anything in this Challenge." A wistful Jonna seeks closure from Zach for her broken heart and Jonna admits, "Because of how our relationship ended, I'm not sure if I’m going to be able to trust Zach this time around. And trust is one of the most important things for partners in this game." Will Zach and Jonna finally break the ice and slide into a Final? Or will old wounds send them into dark, tumultuous waters?

Last time we heard from gargantuan Zach, he was making waves in the Rivals III Challenge house, and he wasn't even there! Zach shattered the heart of beloved Challenge cutie, Jenna, ending their longstanding relationship. Now that the two may be reunited, Zach asserts he isn't here to rekindle an old flame, "I'm not good at being in a relationship, I've tried and failed, but I'd like to win another Challenge because I am a champion, and I want to prove that it wasn’t just a fluke." Because he is a trainer and gym manager, Zach is a force to be reckoned with on the playing field, and people should watch out when this competitor brings his A-game.

Standing at 6 feet 3 inches, Zach Nichols is a fierce presence on The Challenge field and already considers himself a pro-athlete after his college football career. Although Nichols didn't pursue his dreams of becoming an NFL star, he still devotes all of his time and energy to fitness, enough so that he earned his Champ title on Battle of the Seasons. In the past, Nichols' tumultuous relationship with fellow cast member Jenna Compono has brought drama on every season they’ve done together. Will their relationship flourish? Or will it distract him from taking down the Stars?

Unfiltered and unafraid, Zach is amped to get a chance at another Challenge championship. He's known for dominating competitors but has had his fair share of blunders (including a devastating third place finish on Free Agents). The Battle of the Seasons winner is often found politicking with Bananas but always seems to be left at the starting line when plans change and deals are made. Will Zach be able to power through the competition? Or will he be left in the dust with no chance of making it to the top?

Amanda and Zach were on opposite teams during their first meeting on The Challenge: Invasion of the Champions. When Amanda spread rumors of Zach's ex-girlfriend and fellow Challenger, Jenna, hooking up with Bruno, Amanda and Zach immediately became enemies. Having never been aligned or on the same team, will they be able to start fresh and work cohesively?

Battle of the Seasons (2012)

Challenge History

Episode Challenge Partners Result
1 Don't Cross Me SAFE
2 Oil Change WIN
3 Hook, Line and Sinker SAFE
4/5 Don't Weigh Me Down SAFE
5 Chairman of the Board WIN
6 Insane Games SAFE
7 Logged Out ARENA
8 Hunger Games ARENA
9 Abandon Ship WIN
10 Force Field WIN
11 Sling Shot SAFE
12 Final Challenge WINNER

Money Won: $62,500

Elimination History

Episode Arena Partner Opponents Result
7 Water Torture WIN
8 Hall Brawl WIN

Rivals II

Challenge History

Episode Challenge Partner Result
1 Game of Inches WIN
2 XXX Games WIN
3 Mind Over Splatter SAFE
4 Stumped SAFE
5 Frog Smash DQ

Money Won: $500


  • Zach & Trey finished the "Breaking on Through" Jungle before Leroy & Ty, but were disqualified for failing to alternate breaking through each floor. Prior to the elimination round, TJ stated in the rules that each partner was required to alternate breaking through floors; however, Zach broke through the first two floors.

Elimination History

Episode Jungle Partner Opponents Result
5 Breaking on Through DQ

Free Agents

Challenge History

Episode Challenge Partners Result
1 Out on a Ledge Team Red SAFE
2 Auto Body Rally Aneesa SAFE
3 Bar Crawl Team Zach SAFE
4 Bounce Out Team Yellow ELIM
5 Piggy Back Team Purple WIN
6 Smarty Pants N/A WIN
7 Sausage Party SAFE
8 Hold That Pose Team Devyn WIN
9 Dug Out CT WIN
10/11 Crossover Theresa SAFE
11/12 Final Challenge Devyn THIRD

Money Won: $15,000

Elimination History

Episode Elimination Opponent Result
4 Oppenheimer WIN

Battle of the Exes II

Challenge History

Episode Challenge Partner Result
1 I Got You Babe SAFE
2 Rounding the Bases SAFE
3 On Again, Off Again SAFE
4 The Brush Off WIN
5 Open Arms SAFE
6/7 Don't Forget About Me SAFE
7 Are You the One? SAFE
8 Speed Dating OUT

Elimination History

Episode Dome Partner Opponents Result
8 Hammer It Home OUT

Battle of the Ex-iled

Episode Ex-ile Partner Opponents Result
8 It Takes Two to Tangle OUT

Invasion of the Champions

Challenge History

Episode Challenge Partners Result
5/6 Knockout Champions SAFE
7 Roll with the Punches OUT


  • Zach invaded the competition prior to the "Knockout" challenge as part of a season twist.

Elimination History

Episode Fortress Opponent Result
7 Pole Wrestle OUT

Champs vs. Stars (2017)

Challenge History

Episode Challenge Team Result
1 Tow Truck Champs WIN
2/3 Parkour the Course SAFE
3/4 Slam Ball WIN
4 Push Ball SAFE
5 Jumbo Foosball SAFE
6 Flag Pole SAFE
7/8 Sink or Swim OUT

Money Raised: $10,000


Challenge History

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

Money Won: $75,000

Final Reckoning

Challenge History

Episode Challenge Partner Result
1 Opening Challenge WIN
2/3 Wreck Yourself SAFE
5 Shark Bait SAFE
6/7 Off the Rails WIN
7/8 Dig Deep SAFE
8/9 Don't Push Me Around WIN
10/11 Dunking for Dinner SAFE
11/12 Sky Bridge SAFE
12/13 Caged In OUT

Elimination History

Episode Armageddon Partner Opponents Result
13 Shake It Off OUT

Redemption History

Episode Apocalypse Partner Opponents Result
15 That's the Ticket N/A OUT


  • Zach & Amanda were unable to participate in the "That's the Ticket" Redemption elimination due to Zach fracturing his nose following the "Shake It Off" Armageddon.



Rivals II Cast Members
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EmilyRivals2Icon PaulaRivals2Icon
FrankRivals2Icon JohnnyRivals2Icon
CaraMariaExesIcon CookeRivals2Icon
JordanRivals2Icon MarlonRivals2Icon
CamilaRivals2Icon JemmyeRivals2Icon
AneesaRivals2Icon DiemRivals2Icon
KnightRivals2Icon PrestonRivals2Icon
JonnaRivals2Icon NanyRivals2Icon
LeroyRivals2Icon TyRivals2Icon
JasmineRivals2Icon TheresaRivals2Icon
TreyRivals2Icon ZachRivals2Icon
Trey & Zach
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SarahRivals2Icon TrishelleRivals2Icon
AnastasiaRivals2Icon JessicaRivals2Icon
DunbarRivals2Icon TyrieRivals2Icon
Third Place
Battle of the Exes II Cast Members
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LeroyExes2Icon TheresaExes2Icon
JayExes2Icon JennaExes2Icon
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Zach & Jonna
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CTExes2Icon DiemExes2Icon
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DustinExes2Icon JessicaExes2Icon
Finalist (Quit)
Medically Removed
Champs vs. Stars (2017) Cast Members
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Eliminated at Challenge
Medically Removed
Vendettas Cast Members
Bottom Four
Eliminated by Mercenary
Eliminated at Challenge
Medically Removed
Final Reckoning Cast Members
AshleyFRIcon HunterFRIcon
JossFRIcon SylviaFRIcon
NatalieFRIcon PaulieFRIcon
CaraMariaFRIcon MarieFRIcon
BananasFRIcon TonyFRIcon
KamFRIcon KayleighFRIcon
NelsonFRIcon ShaneFRIcon
CoryFRIcon DevinFRIcon
DaVonneFRIcon JozeaFRIcon
AmandaFRIcon ZachFRIcon
Amanda & Zach
BradFRIcon KyleFRIcon
AngelaFRIcon FaithFRIcon
DerrickFRIcon ToriFRIcon
CTFRIcon VeronicaFRIcon
BritniFRIcon ChuckFRIcon
JemmyeFRIcon JennaFRIcon
Eliminated by Mercenaries
Eliminated at Challenge