The semifinalists are determined when a New York City detective duels with a former marine in the men's round. In the ladies tilt, a student tries to make the grade against a figure skater. Hulk Hogan and Laila Ali host.
It's the vigor of youth vs. the wisdom of the aged in the ladies heat, as a 20-year-old college student tries to put up a Grade-A battle against a 52-year-old investment manager. In the men's round, a dolphin trainer rumbles with a media director.
Here's the skinny: Four amateur athletes who successfully lost weight are featured. In the men's skirmish, a teacher (who shed 65 pounds) tries to chalk up a win against a waiter (who dropped more than 100 pounds). The women's tilt features battlers who both lost more than 60 pounds.
The men's match features a science teacher and a Columbine survivor. In the ladies' skirmish, a military vet squares off against a crime reporter. Lou Ferrigno, star of the TV show "The Incredible Hulk" (1978-82), makes an appearance.
Season 2 opens with some new gladiators and a flashier arena. Amateur athletes battling in grueling games---and running afoul of the gladiators---include a black belt; a firefighter; a grocery-store owner; and a carpenter. Hulk Hogan and Laila Ali host.
The first semifinal round features returning winners in battle against the predatory gladiators. In the men's competition, a rock climber squares off against a fireman. In the ladies' contest, a fitness trainer tangles with a gymnastics instructor.
The second year of competition features two new events, Atlasphere and Hang Tough, and four new gladiators: Ice, Diamond, Turbo and Thunder. Returning gladiators are Lace, Gemini, Nitro, Blaze, Gold and Laser. Hosts: sportscaster Mike Adamle and NFL Hall of Famer Larry Csonka.
The gladiators go up against former NFL players Cliff Branch, Jack Ham, Jim Kiick, Greg Pruitt, Phil Villapiano and Charles White. Events include the Atlasphere, Hang Tough, the Eliminator and the Joust. Hosted by Mike Adamle and Larry Csonka.
Olympic athletes compete for $10,000. In the women's contest, silver-medal skiier Picabo Street battles bronze-medal figure skater Debi Thomas. In the men's competition, gold medalists Bob Ctvrtlik (volleyball) and Mitch Gaylord (gymnastics) square off. Mike Adamle and Lisa Malosky host.