‘The Challenge’: CT Tamburello Would’ve Competed With Cara Maria Sorbello in ‘Ride or Dies’

<p><em><a href=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/tag/the-challenge/”>The Challenge</a> </em>champ CT Tamburello didn’t return for season 38’s <em>Ride or Dies</em> after winning back-to-back seasons. If he did, the veteran said he would have competed alongside two-time winner Cara Maria Sorbello.</p>

<h2 id=”h-ct-tamburello-would-have-teamed-up-with-cara-maria-sorbello-in-the-challenge-ride-or-dies”><strong>CT Tamburello would have teamed up with Cara Maria Sorbello in ‘The Challenge: Ride or Dies’</strong></h2>

<p>After winning back-to-back seasons of <em>The Challenge</em>, CT Tamburello is seemingly content leaving the <a href=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/tag/reality-tv”>reality TV</a> franchise, which he’s been a part of since 2004, on a high note.</p>

<p>In a March 2023 interview with <a href=”https://open.spotify.com/episode/1aKUaq5ftk8404K2ekSqJi?si=2a5e4124611441cf&nd=1″ target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”>podcast <em>Challenge Mania</em>,</a> the five-time champ claimed he received invitations to the recently concluded <em>Ride or Dies</em> as well as Paramount+-based spinoffs <em>All Stars</em> and <em>World Championship.</em> However, he declined them.</p>

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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-width=”550″ data-dnt=”true”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Victory looks good on CT & Amber B ? <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/TheChallenge36?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#TheChallenge36</a> <a href=”https://t.co/akJonHbFiT”>pic.twitter.com/akJonHbFiT</a></p>— The Challenge (@TheChallenge) <a href=”https://twitter.com/TheChallenge/status/1385040803387428866?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>April 22, 2021</a></blockquote><script async src=”https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script>

<p>When asked who he would have teamed up with had he competed in last season’s <em>Ride or Dies</em>, without hesitating, CT Tamburello named his “homegirl,” two-time champ Cara Maria Sorbello. <em>The Real World</em> star admitted he thinks about enjoyable experiences with people and things he’s “lost” when reminiscing.</p>

<p>One of those memories that he claims still “haunts” him dates back to season 25’s <em>Free Agents</em> (2014) when he failed to solve a tangram for her. CT recalled the <em>Vendettas</em> winner had a broken arm at the time, and the other castmates refused to help her. Additionally, he revealed they had a deeper history outside of the game, as she went to the same high school as his little brother.</p>

<h2><strong>CT and Cara Maria teamed up in ‘Free Agents’ for a challenge</strong></h2>

<p>After debuting in 2010’s <em>Fresh Meat 2</em>, Cara Maria has participated in nine seasons alongside CT. However, they’ve never competed as teammates. In 2014’s <em>Free Agents</em>, the five-time champ agreed to pair up with Cara Maria, who had a broken arm at the time, for a challenge. However, they didn’t win, almost guaranteeing her spot in elimination.</p>

<p>Speaking to veteran Leroy Garrett after the daily, CT admitted he could’ve worked with <a href=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/the-challenge-laurel-stucky-throwing-elimination-invasion-of-the-champions.html/”>eventual winner Laurel Stucky</a> instead, considering it best for his game But, the reality TV favorite noted he felt bad for her and thought she deserved a break after nearly everyone in the house targeted her.</p>

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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-width=”550″ data-dnt=”true”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Pole Wrestling is a Challenge elimination classic so we’re throwing it back to this epic battle between Cara Maria and Ashley K! ? <a href=”https://t.co/XDM2TWtgTL”>pic.twitter.com/XDM2TWtgTL</a></p>— The Challenge (@TheChallenge) <a href=”https://twitter.com/TheChallenge/status/1167207167319052288?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>August 29, 2019</a></blockquote><script async src=”https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script>

<p>This interaction demonstrates how they fit the “ride or dies” theme as the five-time champ went to bat for Cara Maria when no one else would, putting his game on the line.</p>

<p>CT went on his winning streak toward the end of her presumed career on the show, as she hasn’t competed since season 34’s <em>War of the Worlds 2</em> (2019). If she had continued returning and competed alongside CT in <em>Ride or Dies</em>, the two might have earned him his third victory in a row, and her third total, as it’s hard to believe another team would have taken them down in the historic 100-hour final.</p>

<h2><strong>Cara Maria is a two-time ‘The Challenge’ champ</strong></h2>

<p>It’s unclear why Cara Maria, a fan favorite when she competed, hasn’t returned since 2019. However, she’s made it apparent that she wants to participate in another season.</p>

<p>After becoming the first team eliminated <a href=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/the-challenge-olivia-and-horacio-best-rookie-duo.html/”>during her rookie debut</a> in <em>Fresh Meat 2</em>, the Massachusetts native placed second twice in back-to-back seasons.</p>

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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-width=”550″ data-dnt=”true”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>The strongest competitors play with a lot of heart. <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/TBT?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#TBT</a> to when Cara Maria broke her hand mid-elimination and STILL pulled out a win proving she has heart of a champion. <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/TheChallenge34?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#TheChallenge34</a> <a href=”https://t.co/fvBiRYJz5O”>pic.twitter.com/fvBiRYJz5O</a></p>— The Challenge (@TheChallenge) <a href=”https://twitter.com/TheChallenge/status/1182311071559766016?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>October 10, 2019</a></blockquote><script async src=”https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script>

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<p>Although the two-time champ is one of the only recent female winners, she hasn’t returned since <em>War of the Worlds 2</em>, where her team came up short in the finals. <em>The Challenge: World Championship</em> airs Wednesdays on Paramount+.</p>

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