I must admit- with all these boys in the horror community talking about Wrestling, I've been getting jealous. But not jealous enough to want to watch wrestling because it's the worst. However I decided that American Gladiators comes pretty darn close to professional wrestling, only it's not the worst....it's the greatest thing that was ever invented!
American Gladiators reminds me of the days when I would come home from school, turn on the TV and *pretend* the only thing on was American Gladiators. Little did the general public know, American Gladiators was the best thing on TV at that time. Although I suppose Supermarket Sweep
and Shop Till You Drop
came pretty close. Anywho, I will always have fond memories of tensing up while watching the eliminator- the part where the contestants had to bust through one of 3 doors- and 2 of those doors had a Gladiator waiting to maul them?? Or how about Assault- where the contestant dodged rapid fire tennis balls and hid behind the cover of a few twigs to try and shoot a rocket launcher at the target? Shit was crazy man! Plus nothing screams terror like 6 scary body builders ready to pulverize you...and women with veiny steroid muscles....bleck. Although I will admit there was a strange part of me that wanted to dress up as Zap for Halloween but we won't get into that.
While season 2 may have been American Gladiators peak- I will always a large spot in my heart for that first epically bad/amazing season.
My life only continued to get better in college when I realize that ESPN Classic was like a personal gift from Jesus to me. They played reruns of old American Gladiators! Everyday I would rush home from my 3:oo class, avoid my homework like the plague--all to get a taste of that old time Gladiator goodness. And now brace yourselves because I know many of you do not have fancy cable channels these days but you can still take part in the classic Gladiator madness because there is an AMERICAN GLADIATORS YOUTUBE CHANNEL. Where you can watch any classic American Gladiators show ever! Yes. YES!
Still not convinced American Gladiators is the best thing ever? Remember Malibu?
What about that epic smack down between Billy Wirth and Gemini!?
I know, I know I was just thinking the same thing. Why are you still reading this- go watch American Gladiators!!! Now!