'The Challenge' Season 38: Exes Jordan Wiseley and Tori Deal to compete against each other for first time since split
ARGENTINA, SOUTH AMERICA: 'The Challenge: Ride or Die' is guaranteed to throw some curveballs at its players. Ex-fiancée Tori Deal's jaw drops in a super trailer for Season 38 of 'The Challenge,' as veteran Jordan Wiseley joins the battle with partner Aneesa Ferreira.
Tori and Jordan are competing in the same Challenge for the first time since their public separation in November 2020, and it appears the two have some unfinished business. "Being with Jordan, I put my sadness on him," Tori confesses to lover Devin Walker, who claims the ex-couple never truly reconciled. Later in the clip, Tori confronts Jordan, "You decided at one point in time you were done with me." He claims that his choice to return to the program isn't motivated by a desire to "get back at you." She shouts, "You're a liar!"
Tori and Jordan originally met on the 2017 episode of 'The Challenge: Dirty XXX.' They got engaged while filming MTV's 'The Challenge: War of the Worlds 2,' and Jordan's proposal debuted in November 2019. "I thought I knew love when Jordan and I were together, but there is a different kind of love that two people feel when they decide it's time to experience life apart," Tori said in one of the long Instagram posts announcing their split.
She added, "This decision was not made with malice, and it does not stem from a place of anger. I know some of you may think that there was 'one big thing' that happened to cause this, but there wasn't. The reality of some relationships is that there can be a lot of little things that slowly build up over time. All of those little incidents showed us that we each need our own space."
"It's been one of the toughest stretches of my life to silently struggle with our happiness and love," Jordan wrote. "What this time has taught me is that I love Tori from the depths of my soul."
He said, "We are just two people who love each other deeply, but are both battling with our own struggles and happiness. ... I love Tori with all of my heart, and this hurt is something I'll never forget ... and I don't want to. I will always cherish our time together, but I'm also excited to see what the future holds for us both. I think she lights up the world around her, and I can't wait to watch. It's been a tough time for us, but we are moving through this together, even if we are going on separate paths."
Even though it wasn't an exes-themed season — quite the contrary, in fact — Jordan Wiseley met his ex-fiancée Tori Deal on season 38 of 'The Challenge'. "We hadn't seen each other in a year and a half and there was just so much there that still needed to be said," Wiseley exclusively told PEOPLE. "We knew stuff needed to be talked about."
"The audience has been with us since before we were a thing and now after we're a thing, and anything that happens there, it's just as much their business, too," he explained. "We were able to find good common ground and closure, and the audience getting to experience that with us is a huge full circle thing."
He and Tori got along so well that they collaborated on a forthcoming film called 'The Stalking Fields.'
"We support each other in so much," Jordan explained. "We're not back together, but we're definitely in contact."
Jordan says that he had to think about whether he wanted to go to a season with Tori.
"I had to do some real thinking," he stated. "I just straight up asked [production], 'Is Tori going?' They're like, 'Yeah.' I was like, 'All right.' And then just decided, 'Hey man, I was here first.' This is something that I really love to do. I love competing on The Challenge, and I'm super grateful for everything that's come from it, and I don't want to be done yet. So I was like, 'You know what? I'm in. Let's go.'"
He made that decision at the last minute, so he went into 'Ride or Die' feeling "very unprepared but also anxious."
"There had been no training whatsoever, and that was something that was very scary to me," Jordan said. "I brought that up when the question was even posed. I was like, 'I haven't trained at all.' They were like, 'Your out of shape is most people's in shape.'"
Due to her social game, the three-time Challenge champion considers teaming up with Aneesa Ferreira for season 38 to be "a blessing." Jordan, on the other hand, admits that having two veterans in the game made them a target from the outset. "I was really hoping our reputations would keep us up for a little while, but they were like, 'No, we know you guys. You're going in'" Jordan explained.
'The Challenge: Ride or Die' premieres Wednesday, October 12, at 8 pm ET on MTV.