Season 2 of American Gladiators! More events, more space, more
contenders, more Glads, same old pounding. At the end, another $100K
and a new car. Get ready, for this is Monday Night Gladiators.
with the men in the new event of Rocket Ball. Think of it as either
Swingshot done backwards or Powerball meets wire fu. The contenders
take balls and fling themselves towards the center goal. Here are your
5í8Ē 175 lbs
6í0Ē 191 lbs
are against the loudmouthed duo of Toa and Wolf. Sixty seconds later
and each contender end up with 2 one-point goals. Itís the double deuce
for the women is ye olde Pyramid. Hereís who we got.
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5í1Ē 111 lbs
Martial Arts Teacher
against the classic combo of Crush and Venom. Both were undefeated
heading into the event, and both are undefeated heading out of the
event. The ladies start scoreless.
2 time. We start with the men and the new 46-ring Hang Tough, which
means Wolf is the Gladiator to beat. Heís able to pull down Randee, but
itís at the 60.3-second mark, which means itís 5 points to the
contender. Jay isnít so lucky. He lasts only 23 seconds to fall behind
Game 2 for
the ladies is the Joust, and the never-been-beaten Crush. Elena was
surprisingly resilient, but the bout was too one-sided and she goes
down. MelissaÖÖlasted 7 seconds. Itís still a shutout on the ladies
side at the half.
Round 3 is the rough and tough Gauntlet. In the contendersí path are
Titan, Toa, Militia, and Justice. Jay gets through in 16 seconds for
the full 10. Randee gets a heapiní helpiní of Justice to the face and
only comes up with 6, but still keeps a 13-12 advantage.
the women for the Assault, now with no load times. Hellga mans the gun
here. Melissa manages the Slingshot, Turret Gun, Bazooka (where the
arrow was), and Crossbow before getting picked off; thatís four points.
Elena fires the Slingshot (poorly), Turret, Bazooka (backwards?!) and
Crossbow before time expired. Both girls are on the board and itís
still tied 4-4.
to the Pyramid for the menís last event. Justice and Titan man the
mountain. The contenders get closeóJay even gets a knee upóbut neither
one is able to score, which means itís 13-12 in Randeeís favor heading
into the Eliminator.
event for the women is the bigger, badder, 50-foot Wall. On the chase
is Venom and the new AG-champ-turned-Glad Jet. Itís a long haul, and
both Glads get their shots in, but itís Elena who gets up to the top in
52 seconds for 10 big points. Melissa fell off of her own volition,
which means the tie is broken and Elena has a big 14-4 advantage.
We end the
night with the Eliminator, also bigger and badder. We start with a swim
across two columns of fire, then the 30-foot cargo net. Next is the
rope swing, tightrope (commando lines from the old old show), and
hand bike. Then, a declining spinning log, up the Pyramid and back down
the zip line. Finally, itís a see-saw, that damned Travellator, and the
classic rope swing through the paper to finish.
with the men and Randeeís half-second advantage. Itís even after swim,
but Randee takes the lead at the cargo net. He never looks back and
wins in 2:06. Elenaís 5-second lead evaporates on the cargo net, and
itís dead even through the tight rope. Elena starts to pull away again,
but falls off the hand bike, making it back even. Melissa starts to
pull away and reaches the Travellator at the 3:50 mark. However, itís
slow going for both contenders. After more than 5 and a half minutes,
we finally get a breakthrough. Melissa makes it up and survives after
9:42.4 of torture.
for the night cap. Ladiesí first this time with the Pyramid.
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Maj. Vanessa Warren
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Air Force Helicopter Pilot
Venom, and newbie Jet. The new Glad may have lost on the Wall, but she
had zero problem with Pyramid. Venom had no issues, either, so itís 0-0
the menís first event, and we have a surprise.
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5í5Ē 157 lbs
Special Education Teacher
also a client. Heís playing with a prosthetic leg. However, thatís not
really an issue for Hang Tough. Gerry doesnít last too long against
Justice, and John is pretty much a deer in headlights. He loses his
momentum and drops fast. No score all around.
for the women equals the Gauntlet. In the track is Venom, Crush, Jet,
and Hellga. Vanessa takes a major licking from Hellga, but is able to
break through with 1/5 seconds left for the full 10. On the other side,
thereís an injury update. During one of her falls, Nikkiís leg clipped
the side of the pad, rolling her ankle. She has to drop out, so we get
a new Nikki.
5í7Ē 141 lbs.
6th Grade Teacher
through the Gauntlet 3 seconds faster, so itís 10-10 at the half.
for the men is Rocket Ball. On the defense are Titan and Wolf. John
still looks a little skittish and only manages 1 point. Gerry was able
to get a couple of 2-point baskets for a total of 5 and the lead.
for the women is NEW NEW NEW! The event is our first untimed event of
Vertigo. Pulled straight from the UK is Vertigo, a race across 30-foot
poles. Itís 5 points for the contender if they make it half way, 10 for
a win. However, they have to go against another new Gladiator. Itís
not the video gameís final boss, they just market her that wayóitís
Phoenix. Nikki has a fear of heights, Vanessa flies choppers for a
living. Both are no match for the new Glad, as itís no points for
either and itís still tied.
round 3 is Power Ball. Alas, itís harder to score and points are
reduced to 1 for the outer and 2 for the center, and Toa, Titan, and
Militia are making sure neither contestant has a leg to stand on. Only
one goal is scored in the minute, but it belongs to John. In this
pitcherís duel, Gerry only has a 5-2 lead.
event for the women is also Power Ball. Jet, Hellga, and Venom are
tonightís obstacles. Nikki breaks the tie 2-1 for a narrow 1-point
advantage heading into the final round.
menís side, itís time for the Wall. This round itís Wolf, and the other
champ-turned-Glad Rocket. For fairness, both contenders start at the
base of the Wall for this round. However, Rocket is able to fully cut
his teeth with his victory over Gerry. Wolf gets John, so itís 5-2
Gerry after 4.
Eliminator time. Nikkiís half-second head start is nothing, but she
leads by a length after the cargo net. However, she takes a header off
the rope swing and Vanessa takes the lead. Both fall off the hand bike
and into the ball pit below. Nikkiís the first one out and takes a
wicked hit off the cylinder. Itís still too close down the zip line,
and see-saw, but Vanessa uses her momentum going down to go up the
Travellator in one go to win in a time of 3:24.5. The menís race is,
alas, anticlimactic. Itís close at the base of the cargo net, but Jonís
leg serves as too big of a handicap. Gerry wins going away with a time
of 3:03. John does finish, though, to a roaring ovation from everyone.