These days, you can’t take a quick pass through “Challenge” competitors’ Twitter accounts without catching a well-wish from Cara Maria to Laurel, or a jokey shout-out to Johnny from his “Real World: Key West” housemate, Tyler, but if you’ll recall, these people used to HATE. EACH. OTHER. Don’t believe us? Watch any episode of “Cutthroat” and tell us Laurel wouldn’t have preferred a garden hose to CM as a teammate. So how did these former foes mend fences? Brick by “Rivals” brick.
Two years ago, the game that forced nemeses to work together miraculously made buddies out of mortal enemies (Kenny and Wes still serve as the exception), and we’re wondering if the same science will apply to the competition’s sequel. Judging by the cloud of animus in the pre-season interviews, it’s a little unlikely, but occasionally Hell does suffer a cold spell.
When it comes to who might emerge from “Rivals II” as friends — or at least on decent terms — we’ve placed our bets on five teams. Take a quick look, and tell us who you think has the best chance at a less contentious future.
They may be Twitter enemies, but it’s still odd to see two people who’ve never met in person paired up for a “Rivals” competition. For all we know, Frank and Johnny’s first face-to-face contact could go so well that “Catfish” everywhere will draw inspiration. Social media back-and-forths aren’t always indicative of real-life relationships, and since Frank and Johnny are both loud, unapologetic and proven winners, we could have the next odd couple on our hands!
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