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.