Each team has to unscrew an oversize wing nut until it has been removed off a track, which contains the key to the next checkpoint, which is based on the "Sliders" elimination game.Note: Prior to this checkpoint, Eric collapsed and needed medical assistance, and the Veterans team became disqualified when he was removed from the final challenge.After cooling off, the Rookies and Veterans are ready to face-off.The next morning, it's time for the next challenge.Each team starts out on a yacht half a mile off the Mexican Riviera, with once key handed to them by T. The first checkpoint is a combination of the "Chill Out" and "Assembly Required" games, in which players from each team must jump into a large ice tub in order to retrieve 20 pieces of a puzzle that are located at the bottom of the ice tub.Once a team has solved their puzzle, they can obtain another key, and then race to the next checkpoint, which is based on the "Screw You" challenge.The wheel contains six sections, one for each Gauntlet game and one for 'spin again'. Lavin explains to each team that all team members must cross the finish line to win the Army Strong Final Challenge.The game that was played in the previous Gauntlet is replaced by another 'spin again' section, and therefore, no Gauntlet game can be played twice in a row. Every player has to jump off the yacht, and swim to the shore, in which the remainder of the challenge will be a footrace, containing checkpoints that are reminiscent of the aforementioned challenge games. Each checkpoint contains a key that a team will need in order to obtain instructions for further checkpoints, and after the first checkpoint, teammates must be connected together by chains for the remainder of the race unless they are instructed otherwise.
After the challenge, Rookie Melinda, who was accidentally hit in the head with one of the slats, is rushed to the hospital with fiancé Danny.
After digging through the sand, the Veterans raise their flag ahead of the Rookies, however T. Lavin does not blow horn, because the Veterans had already been disqualified. Lavin, who welcomes the contestants to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. It's time the woman's Gauntlet, so the Rookies face off against the Veterans in the "Wring Out" challenge.
Once the Rookies raise their team flag, they are declared the winning team. And season 3 of The Real World/Road Rules Challenge promises to have more drama and backstabbing than ever. The Veterans feel pretty confident that they have this in the bag.
The losing team then selects one of its own males to go against the person picked by the winners.
On a female Gauntlet day, the players protected and sent into the Gauntlet are females.