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American Ninja Warrior Recap 7/9/18: Season 10 Episode 6 “Minneapolis City Qualifiers”

The show had apparently never been to Minneapolis, Minnesota and tonight’s all new episode of "American Ninja Warrior" was the city’s first ever Qualifiers. The obstacle course tonight was the Floating Steps, then the Double Twister, the Ring Jump, Diamond Dash, the Battering Ram, the Warped Wall however two of those obstacles were new and there was same stipulation for both versions of the Warped Wall as the last time. The contestant has one shot at the Mega Warped Wall and upon failing they’re left with one chance at the regular Warped Wall. The first person to test out this new obstacle course was Dr. Cody Sessions. He was newbie this year and was in his thirties. The odds for him making through to the Warped Walls wasn’t that great to begin with and so the audience really began to root for him when it looked like he did have what it takes. READ MORE...

American Ninja Warrior Recap 6/25/18: Season 10 Episode 5 “Philadelphia City Qualifier”

"American Ninja Warrior" was back in Philadelphia for tonight’s all new episode. The course for tonight was at an abandoned power plant. The plant lit the city for sixty years before it was retired and so it was only fitting that first competitor of the night was retired NFL footballer Jason Avant. He used to play for the Eagles as a wide receiver and it turns out he was a huge fan of the show. Jason had even trained with a famous ninja in preparation for his own run and that along with his past as an athlete was all the preparation he needed. He had some struggle with disembarking off the Floating Steps and afterwards it had been smoother sailing. Jason was the first to go up against the Spinning Bowties and had no problem with it or the Broken Bridge. READ MORE...

American Ninja Warrior Recap 6/18/18: Season 10 Episode 4 “Indianapolis City Qualifiers”

"American Ninja Warrior" was in Indianapolis on tonight’s all new episode. This particular qualifier was unique because he went around Monument Circle which meant it was actual circular. The contestants would all have to run a much trickier obstacle course and to make matters even more difficult there were several new obstacles. There was the Floating Steps, the Cannonball Drop, the new one called the Wheel Flip, the Block Run, another newbie called the Spin Hopper, and that was followed by the dreaded Warped Wall. There were still two options of the Warped Wall and one carried an automatic ten thousand however it limits how much each contestant could try going up either of the Warped Walls. The minor one carried a near limitless tries and the Major Wall meant one try on each. And that’s why many have tried to go after the Minor Wall. That is if they at least make it to the Warped Wall! The first ninja up was Derrick Pavoni who earned the nickname the "Pizza" Ninja. He worked at his family pizzeria and his family were also seen handing out pizza to everyone in the crowd, so it should have been a great night for Derrick. He started the course still eating pizza and unfortunately he began to struggle right away. He struggled with getting off the Floating Steps and had gone on to fall on the Cannonball Drop. Derrick was over much sooner than everyone had believed and that disappointment is going to sting for a while. The next competitor to take on this course was Bill Westrick. He was fifty and had just received a knee replacement. And still he managed to make it past the obstacle and didn’t fall until he was on the fourth obstacle. READ MORE...

American Ninja Warrior Recap 6/13/18: Season 10 Episode 3 “Miami City Qualifiers”

Everyone was in Miami on tonight’s all new episode of "American Ninja Warrior" as the show continued with the Miami tryouts. The show was forever shaking things up and they did that again with rearranging the obstacle course. This time around the contestants faced the Floating Steps, the Fly Wheels, the Razor’s Edge, the Ring Turn, the Slippery Summit, and the two editions of the Warped Wall. Some of the obstacles were familiar to the crowd however the newer ones carried all the risks. The contestants usually practiced their full run at home and so these newer obstacles were things they didn’t even think to protect themselves against. Yet, regardless of this fear, there was nothing that could deter Bootie Cothran. He was the first ninja of the night and he wanted this year to be the year. Bootie always tried out and he always just missed the opportunity to press the buzzer. READ MORE...

American Ninja Warrior Recap 5/24/18: “Red Nose Day: Celebrity Ninja Warrior”

In honor of Red Nose Day, a handful of celebrities are set to take part are in the obstacles. Kristine Leahy announces that each celebrity will go through 6 obstacles. Each obstacle will raise 5k for charity. WWE Superstar Nikki Bella is up first with Gram McCartney. They make it through the first obstacle. On to the second, she almost loses her footing but makes it. Nikki gets through the third obstacle with Gram ahead of her cheering her on. The crowd chants for her as she begins obstacle four. She loses her grip and falls into the pool. READ MORE...

American Ninja Warrior Recap 9/11/17: Season 9 Episode 14 “Las Vegas – Finals Night 2”

‘American Ninja Warrior’ opened with a brief message for Kacy Cantazero. Kacy led the way for most women on the show and she proved that women could clearly keep up with their male competitors however Kacy has gained some competition lately and so many were wondering if Kacy would shine tonight. But before the show could once again show Kacy at her best, the others competing tonight had to earn their spot in the finals. The show has added a few new courses that some of their former contestants weren’t used to. However, tonight Rigel Henry with all of his supposed Hollywood looks had somehow managed to fail on a familiar course. Rigel slipped on the Jumping Spider after he failed to get one foot up on time and so he crashed out on an obstacle that had taken out lesser men before him yet luckily didn’t mess with all of his golden hair. So the contestants this year were a bit different because they had a certain flare to them. READ MORE...

American Ninja Warrior Recap 9/4/17: Season 9 Episode 13 “Las Vegas Finals – Night 1”

Over the last twelve weeks, 100’s of athletic have pushed themselves to compete for $1,000,000 in the national finals. This is night one of the National finals and the show opens on the strip in Las Vegas, NV. Matt and Akbar welcome the fans and note that there are only 100 athletes left in the completion. Kristine introduces the eight obstacles that will be used tonight. In order to stay in the completion, they all must be completed within 2 minutes and 30 seconds. The obstacles are: Snake Run, the Propeller Bar, the Double Dipper, the Jumping Spider, the Parkour Run, the Warped Wall, the Domino Pipes, and the Flying Squirrel Gabe Hurtado is a 32-year-old show salesman from Fresno, CA. Gabe is known for his trademark bandana and hopes to do better than his run at the finals last year. Unfortunately, Gabe can’t make it passed the second obstacle and is out of the race. Another familiar face to ANW is Karsten Williams. He is a 36-year-old personal trainer for McKinney, TX. This is his fourth appearance in the finals. Karsten makes it all the way to the Domino Pipes but then losing his footing and falls into the water. READ MORE...

American Ninja Warrior Recap 8/28/17: Season 9 Episode 12 “Denver City Finals”

The show opens in Denver, CO and Matt and Akbar welcome the fans to the final night of the city qualifiers. This is the last opportunity athletes will have to advance to the live finals in Las Vegas. Kristine introduces the ten obstacles tonight and they are: the Floating Steps, the Warped Wall, the Ring Swing, the Bouncing Spider, Paddle Boards, the Rail Runner, the Salmon Ladder, the Wedge, the Ninjago Roll and finally the Elevator Climb. If a contestant can finish all ten obstacles they will be guaranteed a spot in Las Vegas. The first contestant of the night is Ian Weber who is a 29-year-old shakerboard champion form Provo, UT. Also on hand tonight is the governor of Colorado, John Hickenlooper, who is excited to cheer all of the athletes on to victory. Ian has a strong start but the Bouncing Spider proves to be too much for him and he falls into the water. Next up is the first female of the night, Larissa Cottle. Larissa is a 24-year-old concrete worker from Lehi, UT. She is a strong athlete but also a proud mother to her two-year-old daughter. Larissa also starts strong but the Rail Runner kicks her butt and she falls into the water. READ MORE...

American Ninja Warrior Recap 8/21/17: Season 9 Episode 11 “Kansas City City Finals”

The show opens in Kansas City, MO and Matt and Akbar welcome the fans to the city finals. The contestants will be competing for a chance to move on to the finals in Las Vegas. Kristine introduces the ten obstacles tonight and they are: the Floating Steps, the Warped Wall, the Hang Glider, the Broken Pipes, Crank It Up, the Bar Hop, the Salmon Ladder, the Floating Monkey Bars, Iron Maiden and finally the Elevator Climb. If a contestant can finish all ten obstacles they will be guaranteed a spot in Las Vegas. Morgan "Moose" Wright is the first athlete to take on the obstacle course. Morgan is a 42 year old P.E. teacher from North Ft. Myers, FL. His two daughters and wife are on the sidelines cheering "Moose" on. He makes it all the way to the Salmon Ladder but falls on the first rung. Time will tell if his time is good enough to move on to the finals in Las Vegas. Alex Smith of the Kansas City Chiefs is in the crowd cheering on the warriors. Alex Carson is an Engineer from Kansas City, Mo and is 30 years old. He is excited to tackle the course tonight for the third time. The Floating Monkey Bars are too much for Alex and he falls into the water. Deren Perez is an officer in the Coast Guard and he flew 7000 miles to compete on the show but Crank It Up proves to be too much for him and he falls into the water below. Jelani Allen, a college student, brought is grandfather along as his support but the Floating Monkey Bars prove to be too much for him and he falls to his defeat. READ MORE...

American Ninja Warrior Recap 8/7/17: Season 9 Episode 9 “Daytona Beach City Finals”

The show is set in Daytona Beach, FL tonight and Matt and Akbar welcome an excited crowd at the Speedway. Contestants will compete for a chance to move on to the finals in Las Vegas. Kristine introduces the ten obstacles tonight and they are: the Floating Steps, Wingnuts, the Rolling Pin, the Broken Bridge, Rolling Thunder, the Warped Wall, the Salmon Ladder, the Giant Cubes, the Circuit Board and finally the Elevator Climb. If a contestant can finish all ten obstacles they will be guaranteed a spot in Las Vegas. Tonight’s episode is dedicated to never giving up. 34 athletes will compete tonight and give everything they have got to move on to the national finals. Eddy Stewart is a 34 year old firefighter from Hueytown, AL and will be the first contestant to tackle the course. Eddy almost falls into the water on his dismount from the Broken Bridge but is able to save himself at the last minute. Unfortunately, the eighth obstacle proves to be too much for Eddy and he falls into the water on the Giant Cubes. It is highly likely that Eddy’s performance will land him a spot in the finals in Las Vegas. Time will tell based on the other competitor’s performance. READ MORE...