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How Terrible Was ‘American Gladiators’?

(Don “Wolf” Yates — the reason the “Amber Alert” was invented.)

Judging from the two minutes I watched, pretty fucking terrible. I was surprised at how similar the show looked to the ’90s version — same games, same scoring system, same pre-op transsexuals. But again, I only caught a couple minutes, and didn’t see Gina “Crush” Carano once. If we missed anything important, let us know in the comments section.

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Brian- January 7, 2008 at 1:01 am
The camera work on this show is nauseating. If Hulk Hogan said "brother" another time in the same sentence I would've had an aneurysm. It was like watching a NASCAR event at a highschool Battle of the Bands concert. The stadium obviously isn't big enough to have all of the events. The Eliminator has turned into an episode of Ninja Warrior (see Barrel Roll). And yes, if any of the Gladiators moved into a new city, I'm sure they would have to inform their neighbors.... if you know what I mean.
BIG CHRIS- January 6, 2008 at 8:04 pm
What else am i going to watch??? I will watch all the MMA fight cards I have recorded in my DVR box...
Marc- January 6, 2008 at 7:47 pm
It depends on what you're looking for as to whether or not it sucks. If you're looking for serious, top-level athletic competition, then AG sucks. If you're looking for a lighthearted, fun and utterly brainless hour of athletically flavored entertainment, with the emphasis on entertainment, sort of like pro-wrestling with actual competition, then it's worth an hour of your time each week. I had it on in the background as I did a project for work and found it worth a few laughs and hoots. I especially enjoyed the color commentary, in particular when the announcer mocked contestants, though I agree that Hogan and Ali were both horrible hosts. And with the writers' strike still going and MMA events so few and far between, what the hell else are you going to watch?
lolwut- January 6, 2008 at 6:32 pm
the only reason i watched the full 2 hours was to catch a glimpse of gina carano, at one point she got tangled with the contestant and went tumbling down the mountain which was the highlight of the show to me lol.
Ron M- January 6, 2008 at 6:29 pm
I did see the 2 hour even though I flipped back and forth between that a college hoops game on Fox Sports Net. I did see Crush in a few of the games. It's wan't that bad, but it wasn't that great either.
BIG CHRIS- January 6, 2008 at 4:07 pm
Yeah the only way this would have been worth watching is if they played against celebrities and real athletes....I would love to see these guys try to toss around Gabriel Gonzaga like they did those 100 pound scrubs last night....or Kimbo Slice even....
Toolman- January 6, 2008 at 3:48 pm
yep it was bad! very bad! I can't believe someone thought Hulk Hogan hosting was a good idea. I give it one month tops.