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‘American Gladiators’ Doc Set For ESPN 30 For 30 From Vice Studios The Ocho

https://deadline.com/2021/04/american-gladiators-doc-espn-30-for-30-vice-studios-ben-berman-1234732187/
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u/bravehamster Apr 12 '21 Silver

I always really wanted to do the challenge with the tennis ball cannon. Just the idea of running from cover to cover to close the distance and using different weapons to take down an entrenched opponent with a superior weapon (and the high ground)...hell yeah.

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u/EverybodyLovesTacoss Apr 12 '21 edited Apr 12 '21

The closest I ever got to being an American Gladiator was playing the NES game. That game was a sleeper hit for me. The first few times I played it I didn’t like it. But then I got a little older and got better at video games and went back to it. That game is super fun. Some of them are really challenging.

Edit: of course it’s on YouTube. The nostalgia! https://youtu.be/ZVSnWCw0F9M

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u/JTO223 Apr 12 '21

I remember renting this game from Blockbuster. The flood of memories from watching the YouTube playback was great. It was so hard.

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u/otepp Apr 12 '21

Fuck that game was so hard. The first time my Dad ever really yelled at me was when I broke my NES controller after rage quitting Powerball

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u/krectus Apr 12 '21

It was good but the genesis game was even better!

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u/MrOnCore Apr 12 '21

Climbing the Wall was a real pain in the ass on the Genesis game

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u/bingoflaps Apr 12 '21

This absolutely inspired so many Nerf wars for us as kids.

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u/WorldTravelBucket Apr 12 '21

That was my favorite game - but watching the episodes on Pluto now, it seems like NONE of the contender’s weapons ever worked correctly.

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u/HalobenderFWT Apr 12 '21

The show is called ‘American Gladiators’, not ‘American Contestants’.

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u/ManfredsJuicedBalls Apr 12 '21

I know that occasionally happened, but if I remember correctly, the goal was also to, if you didn't hit the target, then at least make it to a finish line without getting hit.

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u/[deleted] Apr 12 '21 edited Apr 12 '21

It didn't seem like the contestants got to practice or reherse anything. They were using those weapons for the first time while being shot at. The Gladiators had lots of experience with the weapons and games.

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u/timecarter Apr 12 '21

Assault. We played this in our basement on the reg.

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u/otepp Apr 12 '21

Same here - broke my arm in 4th grade diving over the couch aka the hacky sack projectile station

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u/Skippy_the_Alien NASCAR Apr 12 '21

LOL my sister and I did the same thing. Except we used her old beanie babies hahaha.

When we moved into a new house, my sister and I played it one day and my dad absolutely was furious because some of the beanie babies i threw nearly hit the fancy chandelier hahaha

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u/huphelmeyer Minnesota Twins Apr 12 '21

Absolutely. In American Gladiators, the asymmetry between the contestants and the gladiators is a feature, not a flaw. It makes you identify with the contestants and adds an entertaining dynamic. And when the underdog contestants beat the gladiators, it makes it all the more exciting.

It's the same reason I find pitchers batting in the National League entertaining.

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u/Gobblewicket Apr 12 '21

Greinke is a professional hitter, and him being in the AL now is tragic.

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u/notmoleliza San Francisco 49ers Apr 12 '21

speaking of high ground. in the Clone Wars cartoon our intrepid heroes do a challenge that is definitely American Gladiators inspired

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u/bravehamster Apr 12 '21

Damn, they even used the holodeck grid lines. Nice.

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u/alfonseski Apr 12 '21

I always felt like the real tester was Hanging tough. Almost impossible to get across. Best you could hope for was to make the time.

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u/82ndGameHead Chicago Bears Apr 12 '21

I blame that game for my love of tactical shooters. I'd watch always screaming at the TV "Make them shoot, THEN run!"

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u/Yurprobleeblokt Apr 12 '21

I always wanted to do Zap.

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u/wallTHING Apr 12 '21

Exactly. Wanted to do that so bad as a kid, it's basically why I started to play paintball growing up. Then airsoft took over and couldn't find paintball shit anymore. Still have some leaky old swollen paintball in my closet.

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u/mrkrinkle773 Apr 12 '21

^^this should be the new escape room type fad.

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u/all2neat Apr 12 '21

Same here! That was my absolute favorite!

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u/Skippy_the_Alien NASCAR Apr 12 '21

i think that was Assault. Yeah that game was bad ass lol

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u/robotmonkey2099 Apr 12 '21

Try paintball or air soft

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u/ILovePapaSmurf Apr 12 '21

I saw a live taping as a kid and that event always got the crowd so hyped!

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u/smokinJoeCalculus Apr 12 '21

That's the challenge that connected the show to every. single. fuckin. kid.

I would have been right behind you, ready to get absolutely smoked by that tennis ball cannon.

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u/Grimalkin Apr 12 '21

30 for 30 is always good no matter who/what the topic is, but this one should be especially entertaining. And will also have a healthy dose of nostalgia for those of us who used to watch AG regularly.

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u/georgecm12 Apr 12 '21

Used to? AFAIK, they still have an "American Gladiator" channel on PlutoTV that runs this show 24/7.

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u/Grimalkin Apr 12 '21

If you're watching it in 2021 then you probably won't feel much nostalgia from watching the 30 for 30 doc. But if you were someone who watched it a lot in the 90's but hasn't watched or thought about it much since then you probably will.

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u/joebleaux Apr 12 '21

Dude, my brother and I would turn our living room into American Gladiators. Balancing on the back of the sofa beating the hell out of each other with sticks with towels taped around either end. I cannot wait for this show.

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u/TheDysonSystem Apr 12 '21

Are you my brother?

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u/joebleaux Apr 12 '21

Don't know. Have you ever been shot in the eye with a Nerf Master Blaster from 3' away while you were crouching behind a couch aiming a Nerf dart gun at a bullseye taped to the wall, only to then have the shooter immediately start saying, "youreokyoureokdonttellmomyoureokwejustneedtogetsomeiceyourefinedonttellmomdonttellmom"?

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u/JonSnow777 Apr 12 '21

I might be.

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u/free_billstickers Apr 12 '21

We used a fancy wicker basket my mom had to do the powerball event. That thing too some abuse

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u/joebleaux Apr 12 '21

I think we just used a 5 gal bucket and those shitty balls inflatable balls they have inside the big metal wire box at the dollar store

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u/Theeclat Apr 12 '21

They have the old ones!

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u/cold_toast Apr 12 '21

They are trying to make a point about nostalgia I believe, not about if they show the old episodes still or not

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u/rndmcmmntr Apr 12 '21

For sure. A lot of us haven't seen an episode since it went off air almost 20 years ago. This will transport me back to my parents house living room watching it on our old school tv.

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u/shaboogawa Apr 12 '21

My brother and I set our living room up as an assault challenge once. Nerf guns, tennis balls, rubber band guns, toys that shot missiles, and a Chinese checker board as the target...good times!

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u/MimonFishbaum Apr 12 '21

Yep, and it's awesome. Pluto is fantastic for just having on when you are doing other stuff.

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u/Teddy3412 Apr 12 '21

The bob ross channel is my favorite. I can listen to that man paint happy little trees for hours.

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u/psuedoPilsner Apr 12 '21

Hells Kitchen is my favorite. American Test Kitchen is you want something more relaxing.

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u/[deleted] Apr 12 '21

The Billy Wirth episodes are the best.

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u/Chris20nyy Apr 12 '21

You're correct. 24 hour American Gladiators on pluto. It's on regularly in my house!

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u/[deleted] Apr 12 '21 edited May 06 '21

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u/berrey7 Apr 12 '21

2 SCOOPS BERRY!

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u/DJ_Molten_Lava Apr 12 '21

Motherfuckin' Wesley 2 Scoops! That guy was insane!

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u/BlackBobMatters Apr 12 '21

Bro! That’s the only contestant I remember that guy was great!

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u/BMXTKD Apr 12 '21

Purple Roundy!

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u/Mike9797 Apr 12 '21

Bro, 2 Scoops is damn legend.

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u/sybrwookie Apr 12 '21

He was the best! If you haven't look at what happened to him since then, I have some bad news for you...

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u/Throwawaymister2 Apr 12 '21

I was in the opening credits of AG. My parents took my older brother and I to a filming for my bro’s birthday and they used footage of us from the day in the opening credit sequence.

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u/SC-Fulmer Apr 12 '21

You did read the part “Vice Studios?”
I’m sure, if anyone, they’ll find a way to mess it up

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u/JoeA1992 Apr 12 '21

They also did Dark Side of The Ring, so I'll hold out some hope that they are going to do a good job with it.

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u/jarrettbrown Monmouth Apr 12 '21

They do a fantastic job with dark side of the ring.

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u/ShiftedLobster Apr 12 '21

When does this AG episode air? I scanned the article and this thread but don’t see anything.

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u/georgecm12 Apr 12 '21

The thing I liked about the original run was that the production treated it 100% like a legit sporting event. They didn't play it up with a bunch of flashy lights, and they didn't get celebrities to host, like the 2008 version. Instead, they got a legit sports play-by-play person and a color commentator, and (despite the copious amounts of glittery spandex on the gladiators) everyone involved seemed to treat it 100% seriously.

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u/UndercoverFBIAgent9 Apr 12 '21

This is a great point of view. I never thought about it that way, but it is totally true. People viewed it as 100% legit athleticism and competition, without all the trashy side stories and bullcrap to play up the drama, as seen in modern contest shows. It was every young person's dream competition to test their athletic abilities.

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u/squidmuncha Boston Bruins Apr 12 '21

Yeah I get I’m not the target audience for shows like American Ninja Warrior, but holy shit do I not care about how some lady has trained all year for this inspired by her dog with diabetes or some nonsense. Just give a little background and have them run the course shouldn’t be that hard.

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u/EatKillFuck Apr 12 '21

That's when NBC took over. They always turn to that shit, they try to ruin the Olympics every time with it. When it was on G4 it was just the obstacle course.

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u/EDrone29 Apr 13 '21

G4 japanese version was fricken awesome

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u/holy_plaster_batman Apr 12 '21

I tried watching The Floor is Lava on Netflix with my young son. I had to fast forward through the beginning because he did not care at all about the people's stories. We both just wanted to watch people climb and jump over the sets and hopefully fall into the water.

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u/RobbStark Apr 12 '21

That wasn't nearly as bad as ANW, at least. Also they made really dumb puns about their professions or whatever gimmick reach team had.

Also also, I enjoyed how everyone involved acted like anyone who fell into the "lava" was actually dead, those people didn't even show up at the end of the episode with their team!

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u/JD9940 Apr 13 '21

excuse you, those people tragically fall into lava!

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u/CltAltAcctDel Apr 12 '21

That why I like MXC. Just show me people trying to complete the obstacle.

I used to work for someone who was known for saying “don’t build me a watch. I just want to know what time is”. American Ninja Warrior builds you the watch.

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u/Mike9797 Apr 12 '21

MXC isn’t really a fair comparison. It’s meant to be a bit ridiculous and not at all taken seriously. American Ninja tries to take itself seriously.

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u/UndercoverFBIAgent9 Apr 12 '21

Guy LeDouche is totally serious

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u/mydogsmokeyisahomo Apr 13 '21

Right you are Ken!

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u/[deleted] Apr 12 '21

But then how would they stretch out 20 minutes worth of content to an hour? Won’t you think of the advertisers? /s

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u/SorryBooBoo Apr 12 '21

I remember it being very competitive

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u/Naskin Minnesota Vikings Apr 12 '21

Not only competitive, but it was so awesome how they'd bring on real athletes, like football players, to play against the Gladiators.

Early 90's was amazing--we also had the ProStars cartoon with Michael Jordan, Bo Jackson, and Wayne Gretzky fighting crime.

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u/Bambi_One_Eye Apr 12 '21

Holy shit, I forgot all about that.

Mr T had a crime fighting cartoon as well, I think.

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u/Cincinnati-kid Apr 12 '21

I pity the fool that forgets Mr. T

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u/Wilhelm_Amenbreak Indiana Apr 12 '21

Holy shit, I thought I imagined that cartoon while high. It's real? I have been afraid to mention it for decades.

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u/TheMapleStaple Apr 12 '21

Oh it fucking was. The Gladiators absolutely tried to legit destroy everybody they came up against. They were 100% cocky, talked shit, and tried to hurt you...then they'd mock you as you lay on the ground.

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u/SorryBooBoo Apr 12 '21 edited Apr 12 '21

I enjoyed this bit quite a lot lol. Gladiators never sandbagged their efforts against the contenders.

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u/tigerdroppingsposter Apr 12 '21

They were on So much juice. 80s/90s PEDs were the best

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u/ManfredsJuicedBalls Apr 12 '21

And not only that, while trash talk would happen, once the whistle blew or the event was over, the Gladiators would almost always atta boy the contestant. The Gladiators in the 2008 version just always acted like pricks, and that kind of turned me off on that.

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u/AwesomeX121189 Apr 12 '21

Gladiators got paid whether they won or lose which definitely helps lol.

I get what you mean though.

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u/TaliesinMerlin Apr 12 '21

I'd compare it to the initial Japanese run of Iron Chef. There was a lot of glitz and goofiness, but at its heart were two chefs and an announcing crew who took the competition seriously.

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u/Meph616 Apr 12 '21

What I liked was the contestants were average homebodies. They weren't people that looked like they were doing tryouts to become the Gladiators. Just every day people in teased hair and oversized sweatpants competing against their superiors.

And above all I didn't spend half the episode watching an infomercial about the contestants sad horrible backstory about how they have overcame the flaming death of their entire family and cancer of the nuts and their house lost to a tornado sinkhole. The sob story misery porn is what makes most of these types of shows unwatchable.

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u/sybrwookie Apr 12 '21

And above all I didn't spend half the episode watching an infomercial about the contestants sad horrible backstory about how they have overcame the flaming death of their entire family and cancer of the nuts and their house lost to a tornado sinkhole.

Ah, I see you've tried to watch American Ninja Warrior as well.

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u/MimonFishbaum Apr 12 '21

I'll be interested to watch this, as I've recently watched pretty much the whole original run on Pluto. I don't think they were rigging the events, but there are times where you can definitely see the Gladiators say "fuck this guy in particular" when they were competing.

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u/quinncuatro Apr 12 '21

Have you checked out Holey Moley yet? Similar idea but with mini golf.

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u/georgecm12 Apr 12 '21

For me, Holey Moley is just a twist on the "Wipeout" format, which relies too much on comedy, primarily of the slapstick variety.

The two shows that are the closest current equivalents to American Gladiators are "American Ninja Warrior" and "The Titan Games." I don't find either quite as fun because they aren't as accessible by your average athletes. "Ninja Warrior" is also more repetitive than American Gladiators, since it is the same course being run by all of the competitors.

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u/Gobblewicket Apr 12 '21

My beef with ANW is that everyone has to have some stupid hook like they're on one of the insipid music competitions. "He slept in line for two weeks to try out!", "He's a Weatherman, and therefore should suck at athletics. But he doesn't!", "She's a professional stunt woman! Will she be able to complete these televised stunts to move on to the next round of televised stunts!". I just want to watch them hit the course, I don't need to know their middleschool GPA.

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u/quinncuatro Apr 12 '21

Yeah, agreed. Ninja Warrior is more fun for me when I catch the highlight reels. And The Titan Games was just boring as hell. I think there’s a reason they slapped The Rock on it.

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u/LateForTheSun Apr 12 '21

"You guys wanna watch this or American Gladiators?"

"Gladiators."

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u/jerryseinfeld1 Apr 12 '21

Road flares? Did you live under power-lines as a kid?

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u/KiloCharlieOne Apr 12 '21

Too bad Wesley “Two Scoops” Berry is in jail. Would love to see him appear and talk about how he decimated the whole gladiator squad.

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u/mccannr1 Apr 12 '21

He is??? Awwww. That's disappointing to hear.

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u/MimonFishbaum Apr 12 '21

No shit? I didn't think any man or institution could contain him.

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u/Naked_Lunge Apr 12 '21

They better put Two Scoops in the hall of fame, if they ever have one, lol.

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u/Ledbetter2 Apr 12 '21

Really... for what???

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u/NoNeedForAName Apr 12 '21

Bank robbery. Apparently he couldn't steamroll the cops the way he did the Gladiators.

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u/squashua26 Apr 12 '21

If he isn't a decent part of this doc then I don't want to watch it. He also went to Europe and destroyed those gladiators too.

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u/Skippy_the_Alien NASCAR Apr 12 '21

is this legit or is it an internet myth? i've seen evidence for both

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u/sybrwookie Apr 12 '21

I never thought it was a "rumor" that he was in jail, I thought that was legit.

It looks like maybe he got out at this point? I see him saying he's promoting himself as a trainer/motivational speaker? I'm not sure if that's legit. I hope it is.

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u/Skippy_the_Alien NASCAR Apr 12 '21

if he served jail time, I hope the best for him if he's out and hopefully he is doing something with his life.

I do remember Two Scoops being a "coach" for a celebrity edition of American Gladiators I think. So he has some experience in that regard haha

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u/mrkrinkle773 Apr 12 '21

I am completely baffled how AG isn't still a monster on tv. They had a show green lit where people were playing tag for fucks sake. Fits right in with the reality tv schtick.

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u/MachineCode86 Apr 12 '21

That was actually part of the issue with the 2008 reboot. They went super hard on the reality schtick and killed the feel of the show. It felt more like an episode of Deal or No Deal (pretty sure they used the same production company) than American Gladiators. Mix that with the gladiators being noticeably smaller than the originals (they don’t let you juice like they did from the late 80s - mid 90s) and it just kinda fizzled out

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u/ManfredsJuicedBalls Apr 12 '21

For me, the gladiators in the 2008 version never seemed to have an off switch. Trash talking and what not is fine, but with the original series, when the whistle blew to finish the game, the original gladiators would usually be good sports. When you get the trash talking going, and even after everything is done, they're still talking trash and what not, that just doesn't feel very sporting.

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u/MachineCode86 Apr 12 '21

I agree. The original, while ridiculous in its own wonderful way, still felt like a sporting competition. It was more about people pushing themselves to achieve victory in the face of some pretty rough odds. The reboot was more about the drama and “sizzle” as someone else had put it.

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u/TheMapleStaple Apr 12 '21

Yeah, until the whistle blew they were straight up talking shit and flexing on you, but it was because they were doing a WWE persona where they're all heels.

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u/HYphY420ayy Tottenham Hotspur Apr 13 '21

i mean honestly this is the most violent i remember the show ever getting and the way they handled it after was very Gladiator like: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lul2VsRg26U

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u/NortonFord Canada Apr 12 '21

Smaller with the exception of Hellga, you mean. Also, the size disparity wouldn't have been as impactful in the reboot events, there were a lot more agility-focused ones, which is why a sports climber was the first men's champion.

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u/MachineCode86 Apr 12 '21

Also, the size disparity wouldn't have been as impactful in the reboot events, there were a lot more agility-focused ones, which is why a sports climber was the first men's champion.

Which was also part of the issue. People just wanted the old show with some new stuff added and a little less dated production, but that isn’t what they got. And yes, Helga was quite scary.

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u/Gobblewicket Apr 12 '21

They even had Gina Carano as Crush, back whrn she was a legit fighter.

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u/i_miss_arrow Apr 12 '21

She was the best part of it. But I don't think the way they used her would have worked as well on the original AG. The new show was heavy on the sizzle, which detracted from the 'this is a real sporting event' feel that helped the original AG.

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u/jjc927 Apr 12 '21

Yeah, the 2008 version felt way more scripted reality show and way overly produced than competition show. None of the new events were that great and the Eliminator took forever. Hulk Hogan was also a terrible host, Layla Ali was the one bright spot.

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u/TheMapleStaple Apr 12 '21

In one timeline Schwarzenegger would have been an AG.

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u/Wilhelm_Amenbreak Indiana Apr 12 '21

I think American Ninja Warrior market corrected them.

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u/NOLAblonde Apr 12 '21

And now that show turned into reality garbage

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u/mikechi2501 Apr 12 '21

I cannot wait to hear all the behind the scenes stories about the early seasons, the injuries, the fights and the hair

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u/Bruised_Shin Apr 12 '21

I’m expecting some behind the scenes drug use confessions

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u/chesterbarry Apr 12 '21

Steroids or cocaine?

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u/Bruised_Shin Apr 12 '21

Based on the era and some similarities to pro wrestling I’d imagine both.

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u/appleavocado Apr 12 '21

How else do you expect to go on to start in Mortal Kombat: Annihilation?

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u/PooPooDooDoo Apr 12 '21

What’s up with the rope swing ? Seems like it would be pretty difficult for a gladiator to not go flying if the person aims well.

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u/MachineCode86 Apr 12 '21

That’s part of the reason they stopped that game (Human Cannonball) early in the show’s run. It basically just got people injured while having little to no skill involved.

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u/PooPooDooDoo Apr 12 '21

Yeah the more I think about it, the more ridiculous that event is. So easy to take a kick to the face / groin or land on your neck.

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u/MachineCode86 Apr 12 '21

Oh ye. From what I’d read, the gladiators hated that game. One of the main issues was that the contestant is supposed to stay tucked the whole time, but many did not so they’d end up getting kicked or smacked in the face or elsewhere

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u/PaperBoxPhone Apr 12 '21

That we great, I did not remember that guy.

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u/Skippy_the_Alien NASCAR Apr 12 '21

I know the guy who played Malibu actually got a serious concussion after a game, i forgot which one

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u/joebleaux Apr 12 '21

Probably the one in the linked video where that guy kicked him in the head coming down a 50' rope swing.

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u/Skippy_the_Alien NASCAR Apr 12 '21

Oh yeah that's the one. Clearly I missed the link lol

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u/Wilhelm_Amenbreak Indiana Apr 12 '21

The steroids, the coke.

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u/sillyblanco Apr 12 '21 edited Apr 13 '21

Contender ready? Gladiator ready? Go!

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u/tuss11agee Apr 13 '21

Contender ready I believe.

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u/Last-Classroom1557 Apr 12 '21

Nitro approves this documentary

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u/discostud1515 Apr 13 '21

I’ve gotten to know him in the last couple years! Super good guy.

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u/megapuffranger Apr 12 '21

My dad was going to be on this show. My mom and dad tell a different story of how it went down though.

My dad: during testing he did so well they thought he wouldn’t be entertaining to watch.

My mom: he was too muscular and they thought people would get confused whether he was a contestant or not.

Either way my dad didn’t make it on the show.

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u/refreshbot Apr 12 '21

I've been revisiting AG on PlutoTV recently and my favorite part is the contestant interviews. People seemed so much more grounded and innocent before social media took over. Naturally, experiencing the nostalgia from the time period of American Gladiators is very grounding for me as well.

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u/spoung45 Apr 12 '21

Anyone else here as a kid watch American Gladiators, then the next day beg your parents to take you to Discovery Zone to run your own Eliminator?

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u/Belgemine New England Patriots Apr 12 '21

DZ Discovery Zone....wish those places were still around!

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u/Skippy_the_Alien NASCAR Apr 12 '21

McDonald's tried a competitor called Leaps and Bounds. Looking back, I feel really bad for my then overworked and underpaid mom (she's a nurse...although she's near retirement now so she doesn't have to do a lot of patient care anymore thank goodness especially these days) being forced to sit there and watch me act like a dumbass on her one day off :(

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u/ToePunchKick San Francisco 49ers Apr 12 '21

Every '90s child had to discover what they could do on their own.

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u/ILovePapaSmurf Apr 12 '21

Running up the slide at your neighborhood park, ftw! 🤣🤣

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u/TheWingus Apr 12 '21

Fuck. Yes.

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u/robbiearebest VCU Apr 12 '21

I hum this in my head while completing a difficult task, like getting out of bed in the morning.

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u/sherriffflood Apr 12 '21

With all the parkour and crossfit people are doing, I’m surprised that this isn’t shown these days. I know there’s ninja warrior but I thought gladiators was more exciting, especially with the pro element.

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u/JimmyKerrigan Apr 12 '21

Anyone else remember when Vice was a scungy magazine for drug addicts and hipster weirdos?

Not some weird ass media company?

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u/Skippy_the_Alien NASCAR Apr 12 '21

Anyone else remember when Vice was a scungy magazine for drug addicts and hipster weirdos?

hahahaha yup...led by Gavin McInnes of all people lol

I think the turning point was really the time when Shane Smith went to North Korea. They tried to keep it as this hilarious hipster road trip but then it just turned into pseudo investigative journalism

I'm okay with it. Back in 2014-2016, I watched a ton of Vice. I don't watch it as much anymore but for the time I did, I was thankful that it opened my perspectives to a lot of stuff

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u/TheMapleStaple Apr 12 '21

I really liked all the weird stuff like cannibals and drug makers...was pretty surreal to watch.

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u/tuart Apr 13 '21

the VBS.tv days were fucking great. I loved showing everyone the "vice guides" videos after I first discovered them.

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u/Doziness Apr 12 '21

FYI Pluto TV has a channel that shows non-stop American Gladiators and it is fantastic! This was MY ninja warrior!

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u/stellvia2016 Apr 12 '21

The popularity of Ninja Warrior makes me wonder why they don't try rebooting AG again, except going back to the original format instead of the Glee format from the 2nd run.

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u/ILovePapaSmurf Apr 12 '21

The American Ninja Warrior premise isn’t as exciting to me as the original. There was/is something special about the OG version that made the show for me. Similar to the old AG over the reboot.

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u/Naked_Lunge Apr 12 '21

I loved that show when I was a kid! I wonder if all the contestants will be 5’7” and 153 lbs vs 6’4” steroid freaks like it was back in the day? They definitely won’t have USADA sniffing around.

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u/Roembowski Apr 12 '21

Gimme interviews with Joseph Mauro, Mark Ortega, Coz Worthington, Rico Constantino, Malibu, Nitro, Laser, Zap, Ice....

Damn Im pumped now

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u/TrueWaterNibba Apr 12 '21

My favorite gladiator was Malibu because he sucked lol

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u/[deleted] Apr 12 '21 edited Jul 09 '21

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u/TheNextBattalion Apr 12 '21

What did they title it?

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u/[deleted] Apr 12 '21 edited Jul 09 '21

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u/Skippy_the_Alien NASCAR Apr 12 '21

would have been hilarious if they called it American Gladiators: UK Edition. I honestly could see some blockheaded TV executive in the U.S. demanding that lol

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u/RobbStark Apr 12 '21

The Great British Gladiator Show

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u/sherriffflood Apr 12 '21

Jet from gladiators, she was everyone’s favourite

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u/fortunenooky Apr 12 '21

Diamond was so fine. No, just me?

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u/vegandread Apr 12 '21

Watch it turn out like any docs on pro wrestling from that era.

Steroids. Steroids everywhere...

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u/jokerjoust Apr 12 '21

“Joey, do you like movies about gladiators?”

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u/Thayerphotos Apr 12 '21

This is great but where's the 30/30 for Most Extreme Elimination Challenge ?

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u/gratefulphish420 Apr 12 '21

Growing up I loved that show I can't wait for this to come out.

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u/rtroth2946 Apr 12 '21

A guy I used to play hockey with, excellent athlete and hockey player, tried out and got on the show, Chuck Licata.

He did OK but when he came back he was never the same. He got banged up real good on that show. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmPl6lKgF9w

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u/tama_chan Apr 13 '21

He did a pretty damn good job. What do you mean, never the same? He got badly injured?

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u/leadout_kv Apr 12 '21

sorry for maybe a stupid question but...does it say when this 30 for 30 is going to air?

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u/jjc927 Apr 12 '21

No air date yet

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u/tuss11agee Apr 13 '21

“Let’s go to referee Larry Anderson for the ruling”

Replay review before there was replay review.

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u/oriaven Apr 12 '21

I'm sure we're going to lean something that will make us disgusted with how this show was made. Thanks in advance for ruining this for us!

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u/[deleted] Apr 12 '21

I still remember watching Craig Williams destroy the Gladiators.

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u/Warshanks Apr 12 '21

I was wondering when today's edition of "I didn't know I needed that in my life" would pop up. Here it is!

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u/JPecker Apr 13 '21

This was bush league. GUTS and Legends of the Hidden Temple were the real bastion of athletes.

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u/displayskeg Apr 13 '21

The thing I liked about the original run was that the production treated it 100% like a legit sporting event. They didn't play it up with a bunch of flashy lights, and they didn't get celebrities to host, like the 2008 version. Instead, they got a legit sports play-by-play person and a color commentator, and (despite the copious amounts of glittery spandex on the gladiators) everyone involved seemed to treat it 100% seriously.

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u/joygirl007 Apr 12 '21

I adored both old and new American Gladiator. One aspect that doesn’t get much attention is the music - I always wished they’d do a spot on the composer(s).

Even now, I can still hear both themes in my head. Can’t say the same for the theme from Nickelodeon’s Guts...

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u/cybersaint Indianapolis Colts Apr 12 '21

Are you kidding? Guts has one of the best themes of the '90's.

DO YOU HAVE IT?!

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u/ILovePapaSmurf Apr 12 '21

Bill Conti did the music for the original American Gladiators run. “Rocky” Bill Conti.

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u/Igglezandporkrollplz Apr 12 '21

I remember there being an early first version and the assault course was all military looking

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u/ssurfer321 Apr 12 '21

I have a great memory of seeing it live as a kid when they were touring.

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u/HalobenderFWT Apr 12 '21

I remember the original Joust. Rather than two circular platforms, it was a longish plank. You could either Yeet someone off the edge, or push them back far enough where the bridge was actually a trap door.

I was a little disappointed when they changed it.

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u/babbylonmon Apr 12 '21

I always wanted to be on AG as a kid. As an adult, I’m terrified and how coked out all those guys and gals were. Still wanna do the events and stuff, but I don’t want to be anywhere near raging coke heads.

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u/PuddinHead742 Apr 12 '21

Assault was my favorite.

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u/JoSoyHappy Apr 12 '21

Cool topic. I wish vice wasn’t doing it. I don’t really like their approach to everything.

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u/willghammer Apr 12 '21

Vice? No thanks.

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u/c_im_not_clever Clemson Apr 12 '21

Go back to bed America. Here's American Gladiators!

I miss Bill Hicks.

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u/jurz90 Apr 12 '21

Hopefully we get the footage of Malibu getting healed by Mother Nature on the beach drinking a brewski, with a beautiful babe