What started weeks ago
will finally come to a head tonight as the best 85
athletes from all over the nation will test their mettle
against the most difficult obstacle course ever devised
for television. Will a veteran make the final cut? Will
a rookie mount Midoriyama? We are four stages and 23
obstacles away from answering the $500,000 question and
perhaps naming the first... AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR!
Aside from the top 15 from each of the
four cities, we also have 25 wild cards including top 3 alternates from
each city, the top female athletes, and the top athletes over 40.
We have 11 out of 60 so far. The final 25
will make their case tonight. Among them: Jessie Graff, Isaac Caldiero,
Lance Pekus, and the man, the myth, the legend, Brent Steffensen.
Stage 1 will test speed and agility.
Stage 2 will test strength and endurance. Stage 3 is the ultimate test
of upper body strength. Survive all of that, and only the Big Tower
awaits. There is no substitute for total victory. Only the one who
summits the Big Tower at the end will claim $500,000.
And it all starts with Stage 1. The
contestants will have 2 minutes 10 seconds to complete this course.
- TIMBERS: Eight slanted logs
- GIANT CYCLE: Vault from the tramp to the circle, then time your leap
to the landing platform
- ROPE GLIDER: Ride down a cable to a floating mat.
- JUMPING SPIDER: Tramp jump plus spider climb.
- HALFPIPE ATTACK: Up the wall, then ride the rope to...
- WARPED WALL
- SPINNING BRIDGE: Spinning balls, four of them.
- FINAL CLIMB up the cargo net.
Hit the button at the end before time
runs out, you're on to stage 2. Otherwise, it's game over.
Starting tonight with...
- Mario Mendoza (40; San Francisco;
general contractor) - FAIL Jumping Spider
- Michael Needham (28; Flemington, NJ; landscaper) - FAIL Giant Cycle
- Josh Romeo (22; Lake Orin, MI; criminology student) - FAIL Spinning
Should be noted that since his run in the
qualifiers, Lance Pekus became a father. Ninja Cowboy is forthcoming.
- Michael Silenzi (26; Antioch, IL;
physical therapist) - FAIL Jumping Spider
- Laura Kisana (28; La Verkin, UT; barista/Isaac Caldiero's GF) - FAIL
- Dr. Noah Kaufmann (38; South Lake Tahoe, NV; ER physician) -
And that makes 12 people out of 66 in
- Sam Sann (46; Houston; hairstylist) -
FAIL Giant Cycle... Faceplants!
- Grant David (24; Orlando; acrobatic performer) - FAIL Halfpipe Attack
- William "The Spartan" Brown (28; Cocoa, FL; power plant manager) - COMPLETE!
Four more athletes are out early,
including Kelvin Antoine and Luke Carson.
- Isaac Caldiero (31; Denver; rock
climber) - FAIL Jumping Spider
- Casey Finley (30; Chanute, KS; gymnastics coach) - COMPLETE!
Next up, the new father...
- Lance Pekus (26; Salmon, ID; rancher) -
FAIL Jumping Spider
- Jesse La Flair (28; Los Angeles; parkour instructor) - The Jumping
Spider killed him last year... This year.. COMPLETE! (:26.97)
Andres de la Rosa is also moving forward.
Next up, a stuntwoman who's already made history this year.
- Jessie Graff (29; Santa Monica, CA;
stuntwoman) - FAIL Jumping Spider
- Brian Arnold (35; Brighton, CO; nursing home maintenance director) -
- Kacy Catanzaro (23; Belleville, NJ; obstacle race trainer) - Brent's
GF... FAIL Giant Cycle
- Yev Kouchnir (34; Sarasota, FL; photographer/former Marine) -
- Brian Wilczewski (21; Mount Laurel, NJ; mechanical engineering
student) - FAIL Timbers
- Tim "Livewire" Shieff (25; Barking, CT; freerunner) - FAIL Jumping
Only five runners left...
- Sean Morris (25; Sarasota, FL;
cinematographer) - FAIL Halfpipe Attack
- Travis Rosen (38; Franklin, TX; stock market investor) - COMPLETE!
We've saved the best three runs for last.
- Drew Drechsel (24; Gainesville, FL; car
dealership GM) - COMPLETE! (:21.63)
- David "Flip" Rodriguez (23; Miami; freerunning instructor) - FAIL
- Brent Steffensen (33; San Antonio; obstacle race trainer) - Looking to
redeem himself after failing the City Final. COMPLETE! (:30.63)
Brent is hanging loose and heading to
Stage 2. Joining him!...
1) ELET HALL (:39)
2) LORIN BALL (:38.6)
3) JAMES McGRATH (:38.4)
4) JOE MORAVSKY (:36)
5) BRENT STEFFENSEN (:30)
6) JESSE LA FLAIR (:27)
7) JOSH COOK (:26)
8) CHRIS ROMRELL (:24)
9) WILLIAM BROWN (:22.7)
10) PAUL KASEMIR (:22.3)
11) DREW DRECHSEL (:21)
12) JAMIE RAHN (:19)
13) CASEY FINLEY (:18)
14) NOAH KAUFMAN (:14)
15) TRAVIS ROSEN (:13)
16) YEV KOUCHNIR (:09)
17) KYLE SINACORI (:07)
18) ANDRES DE LA ROSA (:04)
19) BRIAN ARNOLD (:03)
20) TRAVIS WEINAND (:02)
21) IDOKO ABUH (:01)
Next week, our 21 remaining athletes will
take on the brutal obstacles of stage 2. Who will move on and who will
move out? See you on G4.
For more information on the contestants,
including never-before-seen footage, or to watch this episode in its entirety, go to
g4tv.com/anw or nbc.com/anw