Gladiators redux

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Top Properties

 

Finally, it has arrived... American Gladiators is back!!! I've been waiting anxiously for the return of the athletic-inspired competition that pits mortal men and women, like you and me, versus Gladiators with bodies that make make Adonis insecure.

 The original series ran from 1989 to 1996 in syndication. Contestants battled each other in a series of events versus Gladiator competition; Man versus man, woman versus woman earning points for the final showdown.....The Eliminator!

Some of the events were Assault, Powerball, Breakthrough and Conquer, Joust, Human Cannonball, The Wall, Atlasphere, Hang Tough, Swingshot, The Maze, Sky Track, Gauntlet, Pyramid, Tug-O-War, Whiplash, Snapback. *Assault, the Joust, Breakthrough and Conquer, Powerball , and The Wall were the only events to be played on all seven seasons of the original show. In the 2008 version Assault, Joust, Powerball, Gauntlet, Hang Tough, Pyramid, and the Wall have returned....

Donned in a very Americana red, white and blue some Gladiators came and went and many were replaced along the way. My favorite was Laser, the only Gladiator to participate in all seasons of the original run.  

Mike Adamle was the main voice of the show and had many a co-host including other former NFLers Larry Csonka, Joe Theisman and Todd Christensen. 

 

 

The new show debuted on Sunday the 6th with back-to-back pre-taped episodes. The Gladiators now wear black and silver uniforms (you know- VERY American) and the show is "hosted" by WWE star Hulk Hogan and female boxer Layla Ali. Most of the  show is narrated and Hogan and Ali just interview, and invterview and interview....competitors are interviewed before and/or after every event. It does a good job promoting trash-talking but makes the show short on events.

The Gladiators seem a little more fierce with the competition- and like many of them from the 90s, are a wee bit cheesy. My "favorite" is Wolf who (appropriately) howls like a wold before and after contests he's in.....The best part about Wolf is he's a dead ringer for Dodgeball's White Goodman (or at least his mural):

 

Anyone catch the new gladiators or have thoughts on the old?

 

 

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Jim Ludes is a REALTOR with Century 21 Coleman-Hornsby in Grundy and Will County, IL. If you have a question about real estate that he might be able to help with, email him at Jim@JimLudes.com or call/text at 815-712-7786. If you'd rather observe from afar or become friends first, check him out at:

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Charles Tharp
Prudential California Realty - Fontana, CA
Inland Empire, Real Estate & Short Sale Specialist
I watched the first episode last night and it brought back a lot of memories. I remember I actually went to a taping back in 92 I think. My favorite event is still assault, although I like the old version better.
Jan 07, 2008 09:18 AM #1
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Eddy Martinez
Nationwide Funding Group - Highland Park, CA

Thanks for the heads up Jim i was a big fan of this show when the show was on in the early nineties. The Eliminator was always the most exciting part. What was the name of the original deaf gladiator?

Eddy

Jan 07, 2008 09:35 AM #2
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Jim Ludes
RE/MAX Top Properties - Coal City, IL
Grundy/Will County, IL REALTOR

Eddy- Siren #1 was deaf.....and it's on again tonight!!

Charles- how awesome, as a youth- I would have killed to go live....assault WAS cool- kinda lame now (though the ball seems to be traveling much faster). I love pyramid....wish they brought back the giant hampster balls though :(

 

Jan 07, 2008 09:40 AM #3
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Adam Brett
The Adam and Eric Group - Fullerton, CA
The Adam and Eric Group, Fullerton's Finest
I watched a bit of this last night.  Seems like the same old thing.  Not too impressed with the level of players.
Jan 07, 2008 09:45 AM #4
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Jim Ludes
RE/MAX Top Properties - Coal City, IL
Grundy/Will County, IL REALTOR
I think the production team constantly switching the cameras is annoying...can't focus on the action---but that's not what they want.....they want trash talking and big hits and spills.
Jan 07, 2008 09:49 AM #5
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David Hood
Chino Valley Real Estate - Chino, CA
Another great post Jim, I missed the first but I will have to have a look see.
Jan 07, 2008 10:20 AM #6
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Jay McGillicuddy
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty - Exeter, NH
Real Estate Broker
Seems as exciting as watching candle pin bowling. 
Jan 07, 2008 10:57 AM #7
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Michael Eisenberg
eXp Realty - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham Real Estate Guy
Never saw the first version, but my family enjoyed watching last nights.
Jan 07, 2008 12:20 PM #8
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Jim Ludes
RE/MAX Top Properties - Coal City, IL
Grundy/Will County, IL REALTOR

Jay- good thing for the Internet...never heard of candlepin bowling- seems to be kind of a new england thing, huh? Maybe you should blog about it!! :)

Watched the Gladiators again tonight and it still didn't do it for me.

Know what I'm waiting for?????????????????????????????????

KNIGHT RIDER

Jan 07, 2008 03:28 PM #9
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David Hood
Chino Valley Real Estate - Chino, CA
KNIGHT RIDER, how long is the writers strike going too last? It's only a matter of time before we see the six million dollar man and the A team....
Jan 09, 2008 01:46 AM #10
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