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Forty men and women have come to Hollywood with one goal: to take on the next generation of American Gladiators for a shot at $100,000.

Recaps by Joe Mello, GSNN


FACT FILE:
Hosts: Hulk Hogan & Laila Ali
Gladiators: Gina Carano (Crush), Monica Carlson (Jet), Alex Castro (Militia), Robin Coleman (Hellga), Evan Dollard (Rocket), Breaux Greer (Hurricane), Beth Horn (Venom), Matt Morgan (Beast), Mike O'Hearn (Titan), Tanoai Reed (Toa), Justice Smith (Justice), Erin Toughill (Steel), Corinne van Ryck de Groot (Panther), Valerie Waugaman (Siren), Jennifer Widerstrom (Phoenix), Xin Wuku (Zen), Don "Hollywood" Yates (Wolf)
Referee: Al Kaplon
Announcer: Van Earl Wright
Creators: Johnny Ferraro & Dan Carr
EP: Howard T. Owens, Mark Koops, Johnny C. Ferraro, J. Rupert Thompson
Origin: Gladiator Arena, LA Sports Arena, Los Angeles
Packager: Reveille, Room 403 Productions, MGM
Website: nbc.com/gladiators

 

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Semi-Finals 3/Finals
August 4

Itís finals night, thanks to those damn Olympics, but first, some unfinished businessóthe third and most intriguing semi-final.

#4 Randee Haynes
5í8Ē 175 lbs.
Carpenter

#3 Mike Gamble
6í0Ē 160 lbs
Choreographer

Previously, Randee was on the first show of the 2nd season.  Mike got ĺ of hit points from Hit & Run.  We start with Pyramid.  Mike gets Justice and Randee draws the Beast.  (Thatís 608 pounds of Gladiator for those of you scoring at home.)  Beast kinda lets Randee get 5.  Justice does a good job with Gamble until the afterburners kicked in.  The Glad went for the finisher and missed, letting Mike score 10 with under a second to go.  You know itís going to be fun with a 10-5 score after Pyramid. 

#3 Abbe Dorn
5í6Ē 152 lbs.
Denver P.D.

#4 Annie Castellano
4í11Ē 108 lbs
College Student

Round 1 for the women is Rocket Ball.  Doing the aerial acrobatics will be Panther and Crush.  Panther delivers a ďwicked hahdĒ shot to the Boston collegiate, which causes the contender to pause.  Luckily, she only got the wind knocked out of her and only lost by a score of 7-5. 

Menís Hang Tough is next.  Wolf doesnít get Randee, but Randee doesnít get points because he didnít get a blue ring.  The Glad redeems himself by dunking Mike, so thereís no change of score.

Now itís time for the women, and Atlasphere.  In the big balls are Venom and Phoenix.  Annie gets a buzzer beater to prevent the shutout, but itís still a 4-2 loss and now an 11-7 deficit.

Menís Atlasphere now.  Against the contender is 1200 lbs of metal and the 450 lbs of Hurricane and Militia.  Despite a couple of misfires (gee, this really is classic Atlasphere), Randee is victorious 4-2.  Mikeís advantage is now only 12-9.

Round 3 for the women is the revised 10/5/0 Gauntlet.  Our batting order is Phoenix, Venom, Siren, and Hellga.  The back half gives Abbe a mighty dose of pain, but she still manages 5 points.  Siren proves to be the MVP of the match, helping light up Abbe and keep Annie scoreless.  So instead of 10-6, itís 5-0 for Abbe and 16-7 for Abbe after three.

Back with the men.  Skytrack was Skytrack and Titan on Joust was Titan on Joust.  No bonus points for the one-hit kill on Mike, though.  No change in the score.

Round 6 for the men is Power Ball.  Titan, Toa, and Beast will be playing defense, and Titan says he shouldnít be the concern.  After some flash and panache, Randee wins 5-2 and take a look at this.

 

Pyramid

Hang Tough

Atlasphere

Skytrack

Joust

Power Ball

Grand Total

Randee

5

0

4

0

0

5

14

Mike

10

0

2

0

0

2

14

A 3 vs 4 match tied up heading into the last event?  You canít get more dramatic than that.  Randeeís 8-second gap in seed time will mean jack tonight.

Over on the womenís side, Crush yielded two draws on Tilt while Steel did Crushís job on Joust.

Itís 21-12 heading into womenís Powerball.  Crush, Panther, and Siren are defending.  Annie took the long way around to score a center bucket, but it was the difference in a much-needed 6-4 win.

 

Rocket Ball

Atlasphere

Gauntlet

Tilt

Joust

Power Ball

Grand Total

Abbe

7

4

5

5

0

4

25

Annie

5

2

0

5

0

6

18

Theyíve been slow and steady, but Abbe has the lead.  With their seed times separated by only 2 seconds, that may be enough.

We start with the menís Eliminator.  No head start means itís a good old-fashioned foot race.  And it is a good-old fashioned foot race, but Mike gets priority on the Rolling Pin, and that was it for the race.  The Gambler wins ANDÖ

MENíS LEADERBOARD

Tim vs. Alex Brick

1:17.5

Jeff vs. James

1:43.2

Mike vs. Randee

1:35.0

95 seconds is good enough to get him into the finals.  Both he and Tim might have dodged a bullet because speed is no good when the other guy drops 40 on you.

Itís not going to be that easy for the women, though.  Abbe does have a 3.5 second lead and is able to keep her opponent at armís length despite a brief back-and-forth on the Travellator. 

WOMENíS LEADERBOARD

Ally vs. Vanessa

2:07.0

Lillian vs. Tiffaney

2:06.2

Abbe vs. Annie

2:16.2

Unfortunately a major brain fart cause Abbe to almost skip the teeter-totter, pretty much costing her a spot in the finals.

Speaking of which, letís get to it!

#1 Tim Oliphant
Avg. Score: 14.5
Avg. Time: 1:21

#3 Mike Gamble
Avg. Score: 15.0
Avg. Time: 1:42

Timís been the Eliminator minuteman, but Mike shaved off 23 seconds from his Eliminator time.  Another 23 and he has the title.

Mike starts off Gauntlet against Toa, Titan, and thatís as far as he got.  20 seconds with Titan means no points.  Tim gets through those two, Justice, and Beast, but in 20.6 seconds.  Instead of 10-4 Tim, itís 5-0 Tim. 

#1 Ally Davidson
Avg. Score: 24.5
Avg. Time: 2:08

#5 Tiffaney Florentine
Avg. Score: 10.0
Avg. Time: 2:32

Tiffaney looks to be a big underdog here, but she had the faster time in the finals.

We start with Sideswipe and those swingers of Jet, Siren, and Phoenix.  Ally gets 2 before Phoenix clips her into the drink.  Tiffaney got 4 before Jet kicked the ball out and Siren kicked Tiffaney out.  Itís 4-2 to the underdog.

Itís Menís Swideswipe now.  Militia, Zen, and Wolf will add to the difficulty.  Mike had a ball kicked out at home base, so he picked another one up.  You canít do that, but he does stay dry with 5 points.  Tim gets a personal best of 7 before getting blowed up [sic] by Militia once more.  After two, itís 12-5 chalk.

Hang Tough is our next event for the women.  Ally is first and faces Phoenix.  She almost tries to grope the Gladiator for survival but it doesnít work.  Tiffaney, however, was able to get past Phoenix and score a 28-second win.  Big ups to the little woman who now leads 14-2.

Round 3 for the men is going to be interesting.  Itís Pyramidóa contest in which both men have scored 10 previously (and Tim an extra 5).  Tim gets a rubber match with Titan, and the Gambler wins Toa.  Titan ends up in a two-Glad pile-up which means itís a race to the top.  Tim, being the immediate benefactor is able to slam the button to get the extra 5.  The match was bananas, but Mike should be going ape over currently losing 22-10.

Round 3 for the women is Joust.  Crush is here to show her stuff one last time.  Tiffaney got in the first hit, but Crush got in the rest.  Against Ally, Crush says either she gets dunked or she jumps in herself.  Allyís defense fails, so Crush takes a dive (a round-off, no less).  She leaves with 0 losses and Tiffaney leaves Joust with her 14-2 lead.

In menís Hang Tough, Wolf went another 2-for-2.  Tim got cut above the eye, thanks to Titan, but he won Rocket Ball 4-1.

With Tim holding a 25-11 stranglehold, we go to the Wall.  Mike gets Militia and Tim gets the old champ, Rocket.  By the time the latter got to the wall, Tim was already half-way up.  Tim the SCUD missile gets to the top in 26 seconds for another 10.  MikeÖdoesnít.

 

Gauntlet

Sideswipe

Pyramid

Hang Tough

Rocket Ball

Wall

Grand Total

Tim

5

7

10

0

4

10

36

Mike

0

5

5

0

1

0

11

Despite not breaking 20 in his prior attempts, Tim explodes for 36, scoring in 5 of 6 events.  Mikeís going to need his opponent to lose a leg or something in order to claim victory here.

Pyramid for the women was much less exciting, as it was another shutout.  Rocket Ball was another story, as Ally was able to take a huge chunk out of her hole by winning 10-3.

All of a sudden, itís 17-12 Tiffaney before the Wall.  Our leader gets Venom while Ally gets the womenís former champ, Jet.  Itís a race to the top, but Tiffaney gets there first for the 10-5 win. 

 

Sideswipe

Hang Tough

Joust

Pyramid

Rocket Ball

Wall

Grand Total

Ally

2

0

0

0

10

5

17

Tiffaney

4

10

0

0

3

10

27

Ally underperforms while Tiffaney steps up.  The lead is 10, but you never know.  Ally was top seed for a reason.

Now itís time to see who gets $100,000 and a Toyota Sequoia.  Itís the Eliminator.  We start with the men and Timís 25-point lead.  With a 12.5 second difference in start times, Mike will probably need to run the course in a raw time of 60 seconds.  It doesnít happen as Tim is just too much, claiming victory in another amazing time of 81.1 seconds.  (Monster9, give this man a trip to SASUKE.  Please.)

Itís the womenís turn at the Eliminator.  Tiffaney entered the tourney as the 5th seed, but she has a 5-second head start.  Ally made a smoother climb up the cargo net to take the lead.  She fell off the hand bike, but Tiffaney also fell inches from the end.  Thatís enough to prevent any drama as Ally, the wedding day registrant wins the championship in a womenís best 1:45.7.  Jeff, husband and semi-finalist decides to dive in with her.

These are you champions for 2008: Ally Davidson and Tim Oliphant.  It was close, but chalk prevailed.  Will it do the same next time?  Will there be a next time?  Who knows, but so long from American Gladiators, brother!