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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), Mike O'Hearn (Titan), Tanoai Reed (Toa), Justice Smith (Justice), Erin Toughill (Steel), 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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Preliminaries 5
June 16

Lots of new and lots of twins.  Plus, the bracket fills.  First, letís start the Family Feud.

Lillian Thomassen
5í9Ē 145 lbs
Concrete Artist

Clinessa Burch
5í8Ē, 143 lbs.
Concrete Business Owner

Theyíre separated by 5 minutes, an inch, and 2 lbs.  They both get their night off with Hit and Run.  Swinging the big balls are Crush, Hellga, Siren, and Phoenix.  Clinessa is able to get 6 runs in before Phoenix knocks her off.  Lillian tried to do one better, but Phoenix struck again.  However, at 2 points a pop, we start off the womenís match with an impressive 12-12 tie.

Now to two people who arenít twins.

Adam Hill
6í0Ē 165 lbs
ER Doctor

Mike Gamble
6í0Ē 160 lbs
Dancer

They start with Pyramid.  Adam gets Toa while Mike receives Titan, and itís the Glads who give out all the pain.  60 seconds, zero points.

Back to the women we go with Rocket Ball.  Jet and Venom will be playing the aerial defenders.  Both girls start with a score on their first run, but not much after that.  Clinessa does win the event 4-3 and so she leads 16-15 after 2 events.

To the men we go and we introduce a new Gladiator.  Heís an Olympic javeliner that will rock you like a Hurricane.  His baptism: Tilt.  Gamble gets up first, and Hurricane boldly predicts a 2-second win.  The result: a 4-second win.  (Splitting hairs, Iíd say.)  Adam, on the other hand, is able to stay deadlocked with the new Glad.  He gets 5 points and leads by that margin.

Now itís time for the womenís Wall.  Lillian gets Jet and Clinessa, Siren.  Jet does a number on the larger sister, but canít finish the job.  She falls, but Lillian stays on.  Meanwhile, Clinessa is able to get up and over in 54 seconds for 10 points, while Lillian survives on the Wall for 5.  Clinessa has the matchís biggest lead now with the 25-21 advantage.

The next round for the men is Earthquake and itís the first time in the ring for Wolf.  Mike gets into a slap fight which does exactly nothing.  Heís done in 6 seconds.  Adam starts doing the same thing, but charges him hard and fast.  His momentum prevents Wolf from escaping on the cable and gets another 10 points.  At the half, Adam starts to pull away with a 15-0 lead.

As we recap some of the other events, we see Crush and Steel reigning supreme on Pyramid and Venom and Phoenix doing the same on Skytrack, so itís still 25-21 heading into our new event, Snapback.  Instead of the old Powerball-with-bungee game, itís a quick 30-second test of endurance.  The contenders have to go forward while a Gladiator pulls them back.  The farther they are when time expires, the more they score.  Hit the button, and their Glad goes flying for 10 big points.  Clinessa will be dragging Hellga while Lillian squares off against Crush.  The littler sister barely gets a hand in the 4-point zone, but Lillian gets a clean 8 to giver her a 29-27 lead heading into the Eliminator.

The menís recap shows an odd Hit and Run, with Mike prevailing 12-0.  On the Wall, Adam almost makes it all back, but he slips and falls, making it a scoreless event.  (Now thatís worth going to NBC.com to watch.)  With a 15-12 lead, Adam draws Justice while Gamble gets Titan again.  The Glads look to have the upper hand, but when the whistle blows, Adam barely gets 8, Gamble gets 4, and the Glads get launched just for the hell of it.  The ER doc extends his lead back to 23-16.

Itís Eliminator time.  If either champion gets one of the top 2 spots, theyíre automatically in the semis.  Luckily, any respectable time gives them an opportunity to move on.  Lillian has a 1-second head start, but itís the rope swing thatís the real game breaker, as Clinessa has issues sticking the landing.  It gets close at the obvious spot, but there wasnít really any dispute as Lillian holds serve and wins in a time of 3:08.7. 

WOMENíS LEADERBOARD

Tiffaney Florentine*

2:57

Abbe Dorn*

2:58

Lillian Thomassen

3:08

Vanessa Warren

3:36

Rochelle Gilken

3:48

Melissa Trinidad

9:42

Lillianís time isnít a lock, but at the 3rd spot, the odds are in her favor.

To the men we go, and Adamís 3.5 second lead holds up superblyÖÖuntil the Travellator.  In a great move, Mike is able to use his momentum from the seesaw to slingshot him up the belt and past Adam into the winnerís circle with a jaw-dropping 1:58.9!  2:03 only ends up being a hard-luck loss for Adam.

MENíS LEADERBOARD

Mike Gamble*

1:58

Randee Haynes*

2:06

Brick Reilly

2:10

Tony Tolbert

2:55

Gerry Garcia

3:02

Melvin Davis

10:28

Mikeís time puts Brick on edge, but theyíre both still ones to watch as the semis grow nearer.  Next time, we go from Family Feud to the Newlywed Game!  Itís Gladiators, brother!