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You either loved it or hated it growing up, but now in the 21st Century, the scourge of gym class has come back with a vengeance!

Follow the road to the championship here!

Recaps by Gordon Pepper, GSNN
 

FACT FILE:
Host:
Bil Dwyer, Zach Selwyn, Jerri Manthey
Creator: Rich Cronin
EP: Mark Cronin, James Rowley,
Packager: Mindless Entertainment, GSN Originals
Airs: Tuesdays at 10:00pm ET on GSN


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All-Stars/Finals - August 3

It's time for the big bad finale - The Undefeated CPA's (7-0) will go up against the second seeded Barbell Mafia (5-2). It's my team vs. the weight lifters team. The tie is on, the banner is up, and we are all ready to rumble!

But before we rumble, we get the all-star game! Well, that's a little wacky in the order, but here we go...

Team #1 - Friends of Bil's Team
Kel Waltrin - Curves of Steel
Tyrone Rush - Barbell Mafia
Billy Aquaviva - Sumo Storm
Tobias McKinney - CPA
Clay Krueger - Armed Response

Team #2 - Zach's Selwyn's Smoking Jacket Team
Kenny Sanchez - Stallion Batallion
Ben "Psycho" Toth - Ink, Inc.
Michael "Handsome" Costanza - CPA
Mark Pontius - SBD Mimes
David Benedetto - Armed Response

Interesting how Armed Response gets 2 guys in the All-Star game - and they don't even make it to the finals?

Round 1 - We get some nice catches, but it boils down to Pontius vs. Rush... and Aquaviva? Pontius hits the regeneration target. Rush's throw is caught by Toth, who nails Aquaviva for the win. (Zach leads, 1-0)

Round 2- Bil's team comes out pissed, as they wipe out Zach's team. Pontius is left all alone against Waltrin, Rush, McKinney and Krueger. Pontius takes out Waltrin, but he can't escape a double-team from Rush and Krueger. (Tied, 1-1)

Round 3 - The Dead Men Walking are Sanchez and Krueger. Another dead man may be Costanza, who straddles Kel Waltrin as he leaps over the line. Costanza gets back in thanks to a Toth catch and everyone gets picked off one by one. It comes down to Sanchez vs. Krueger. Sanchez keeps doing what he does all season - he doesn't go for the win. This time, Krueger victimizes him by hitting the regeneration target. Sanchez once again doesn't go for the target himself and once again gets stuffed by a double-team. The Friends of Bil win the All-Star game and a Sumo FINALLY wins something (Friends of Bil win, 2-1).

The reward? Bil gets an Extreme Dodgeball t-shirt and Zach's 6-week-old chewed up pen. That's love for you. In ten minutes, someone will love $2,000 as we get to the $10,000 finale.

Rosters -
CPA -
Tobias "Sniper" McKinney - Captain (6'5") - Can throw the ball 50 mph and is in the Dodgeball movie.
Mandy Sommers (5'2") - Can throw the ball 29 mph
Michael "Handsome" Costanza (5'"10, 46 mph) - Runs the L.A. Dodgeball Society
Steve Altes (6'0") 45 mph
Gretchen Weiss (5'2", 29MPH)

Barbell Mafia -
Tyrone Rush - Captain (6'0", 55 mph) - Former pro football player
Jeramy Freeman (6'0", 290) - Benches 650
Alan Grimes (5'10" 260)
Melissa Coates (5'5", 150)
Amazon Beard (5'5", 125)

The teams are playing for the Extreme Dodgeball Cup - and $2,000 per person.

Round 1 - Grimes knocks himself out immediately by stepping over the line. The CPA's use the same strategy they did in the semi-finals as they get rid of Rush and Costanza catches Freeman's shot. Beard gets double-teamed out and Costanza nails Coates for the 5-0 sweep.

By the way, the best kill of the year? McKinney's suicide leap. The CPA's are going to take everything...

Round 2 - ...but will they take this round and the match? It looks like it, as Freeman gets double-teamed. Rush's shot bounced off Costanza and is caught by Sommers, so Costanza comes back in, Altes is knocked out, but so is Coates. Grimes takes out McKinney, but Costanza takes out Grimes and only Amazon Beard is left for the Mafia. Her throw goes at Sommers - and that's a game ending mistake as Mandy catches the ball for the championship (CPA's win, 2-0).

THE CPA'S WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP! Whoopee!!!!!

The CPA's are awarded the trophy, which is a giant arm holding a ball. Everyone comes out to congratulate the CPAs as I am waving my banner and tie. That's it. Fade to black.

My take? Well, as you all know, I really enjoyed this show. This was fun and reminded me of the first season of American Gladiators. You agreed with it, as this recap is the most popular primetime show on this web site. GSN knows when they have a hit, and they renewed it in the middle of their run.

This wasn't perfect, but all of the pieces worked. Even Jerri and Zach, when they got into it, worked out well. Now if only they had funky stats and cooler graphics, it would be perfect. I'll give Mindless Entertainment a B+ on this one, knowing that with more teams, a longer season and more graphics, it can net an A.

Thanks again for reading the recaps, and we'll see you in a few months for the second season.

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