September 16, 1989 - May 11, 1996
Syndicated Sports Competition 208 Episodes
In this highly stylized physical competition contenders
were pitted not against each other but against muscular,
highly trained professional "gladiators." Four contenders
began each week, each in a separate contest, two men
facing male gladiators and two women battling female foes.
Contenders found their strength, agility, endurance, and
strategy tested as the gladiators attempted to defeat
them at every step. The ever-changing matches were
bruising, tough, and unusual--among them The Joust,
Powerball, Assault, Breakthrough and Conquer, Human
Cannonball, Hang Tough, The Wall, Swingshot, and The Maze.
The final event was The Eliminator, a taxing obstacle course
during which gladiators attacked the contenders with mock
weapons, or blocked their way, trying to slow them down.
Contenders earned points according to how well they fought
their way through all this, and high scorers advanced to an
elimination tournament. The male and female grand champions
at season's end each won $35,000--and knew they earned it.
Mike Adamle and Joe Theismann co-hosted the show, with
Todd Christensen replacing Theismann midway through
the first season. Larry Czonka took over as co-host in the
fall of 1990, replaced by Lisa Malosky three years later.
Tryouts, which attracted thousands of hopeful contenders,
were conducted in various cities around the country.
At the start of the 1995-1996 season gladiator Dan Clark traded
in his costume for a microphone--taking over as co-host.
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