A strong social player, Wendell formed a long-term alliance with Domenick Abbate on the original Naviti tribe before finding themselves on the bottom after a Tribe Switch. However, they linked up with Malolo members Donathan Hurley and Laurel Johnson, and a short Immunity Challenge run allowed him to make it to the second switch where he found Erik Reichenbach's Immunity Necklace which turned into a Hidden Immunity Idol. Shortly after the merge, Wendell and Domenick began secretly working with Donathan and Laurel, and controlling the game. On night 38, he defeated Angela Perkins at the Fire-making tiebreaker to secure himself a spot at the Final Tribal Council. Both he and Domenick ended up tied with five jury votes each, marking the first time in Survivor history where the jury vote ended in a tie between two players. Laurel then had to cast the deciding vote. Her friendship with Wendell caused her to vote for him, making him the Sole Survivor.
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Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Current Residence: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Occupation: Furniture Company Owner
Hobbies: Playing basketball, traveling, creating something from nothing.
Pet peeves: People who aren't open-minded despite facts/logic/new information, people that overuse the word "honestly," and not being in control of my destiny.
Three words to describe you: Witty, intelligent, and competitive.
What's your personal claim to fame? I left a comfortable job in the legal field to pursue my dreams.
Who or what is your inspiration in life? My family. I'd do anything for them or to make their lives better.
If you could have three things on the island, what would they be and why? First, my brush to take care of my beautiful beard and fro. Second, a chainsaw so I can make building things a lot easier, and finally, a sketchbook so I can doodle, draw, and write.
Which Survivor contestant are you most like? I think I'd play the game like Jeremy Collins because I'll always keep my heart in the right place, but I'll still be a serious competitor and threat.
What's your reason for being on Survivor? I've been a big fan for a while, and I've always wanted to push myself to the limits and see if I can really survive. Oh yeah, I'm playing for the million bucks, too. That would really help things.
Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor? I'm good with people and likable. I'm very diplomatic and can connect with people from different walks of life. I'm also not the biggest and strongest looking person, though I can compete with the best of them. That will get me past the first few votes. Then, my athleticism and skill at puzzles will help me win challenges when it becomes an individual game. Finally, my persuasive skills in front of a jury will win me the million. Boom.
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|Wendell's Voting History|
| Voted Against|
|1||Naviti Tribe Immune|
|Naviti Tribe Immune|
|3||Naviti Tribe Immune|
|4||Naviti Tribe Immune|
|5||Yanuya Tribe Immune|
|6||Yanuya Tribe Immune|
| Jury Votes|
| Angela, Chelsea, Donathan,|
Kellyn, Laurel,4 Sebastian
|Sole Survivor, Day 39|
^1 In The Sea Slug Slugger, Michael used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating Wendell's vote against him.
^2 In The Finish Line Is in Sight, the vote ended with a 2-2 tie between Laurel and Micahel, forcing a revote. Wendell did not change his vote on the revote.
^3 In Always Be Moving, the vote ended with a 3-3 tie between Donathan and Kellyn, forcing a revote. Wendell did not change his vote on the revote.
^4 In It Is Game Time Kids, the jury vote ended with a 5-5-0 tie between Wendell and Domenick. Per the rules, the second runner-up, Laurel, joined the jury and cast the deciding vote.
- Wendell plans to use his prize money to further expand his furniture business and pay off his student loans.
- Wendell was nominated for the 44th People's Choice Awards for The Competition Contestant of 2018.
- Wendell is the first castaway to win after a tie vote at the Final Tribal Council.
- Wendell is the first male, and second castaway overall, to be on an auxiliary tribe and become the Sole Survivor.
- Wendell is the second castaway to be the highest placing member in three different tribes, after Sarah Lacina.
- He is the first male with this distinction.
Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers
|Sole Survivor |
| Succeeded by|
|Survivor: Ghost Island Castaways|