American Ninja Warrior

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American Ninja Warrior
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Genre Documentary
Sports Entertainment
Format Live-action
Directed by Patrick McManus
Presented by Matt Iseman
Akbar Gbaja-Biamila
Jenn Brown
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 6
No. of episodes 28
Production
Executive producer(s) Arthur Smith
Kent Weed
Holly M. Wofford
Vittoria Cacciatore
Camera setup Multiple-camera
Running time 60-85 minutes
Production company(s) A. Smith and Company
Tokyo Broadcasting System Television
Lake Paradise Entertainment
Distributor G4 Media (2009-2013)
NBCUniversal Television Distribution (2014-present)
Broadcast
Original channel G4 (2009–2013);
Esquire Network (2014-present)
NBC (2012–present)
Original run December 12, 2009 (2009-12-12) – present
Chronology
Preceded by American Ninja Challenge (2006–08)
Related shows Sasuke
External links
Website

American Ninja Warrior is a sports entertainment competition spin-off of the television series Sasuke. The series began on December 12, 2009, in Los Angeles, with the top 10 competitors moving on to compete at "Mount Midoriyama"[note 1] in Japan. American Ninja Warrior succeeded G4's American Ninja Challenge as the qualifying route for Americans to enter Sasuke.

Beginning with the fourth season in 2012, regional finalists and wild card competitors competed on an identical Mount Midoriyama course in Las Vegas, Nevada, rather than traveling to Japan to compete on Sasuke. NBC (who owns G4) announced in September 2013 that it would air a special USA versus Japan series later that year wherein top American and Japanese competitors would go head-to-head on the Las Vegas Mount Midoriyama course.[1]

The sixth season premiered on Monday, May 26, 2014 at 9/8c on NBC and Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 8/7c on Esquire Network.

Season 1 (2009)[edit]

The first season of American Ninja Warrior was held in Los Angeles, where hundreds of competitors came to challenge themselves against the course and qualify for a shot at making it to Japan to compete in Sasuke 23 later in the year. The special premiered on December 12, 2009, on G4 TV and was hosted by G4's Blair Herter and Alison Haislip.

Notable competitors included: famed freerunners Levi Meeuwenberg and Brian Orosco, mixed martial artist Jason "Mayhem" Miller, and Hollywood stuntman Rich King.

Finalists[edit]

Season 1 (Sasuke 23) finalists
Place Name SASUKE # Failed obstacle
1st Brian Orosco 73* Unstable Bridge
2nd Levi Meeuwenberg 95* Shin-Cliffhanger
3rd Travis Furlanic 44 Jumping Spider
4th Paul Darnell 43 Half-Pipe Attack
5th Rich King 42 Unstable Bridge
6th Caine Sinclair 41 Timed Out Rope Ladder
7th Shane Daniels Timed Out Tarzan Rope
8th Geoff Iida Warped Wall
9th Joop Katana Timed Out Slider Jump
10th Rick Huelga Timed Out Slider Jump
  • Despite Orosco finishing first overall, Meeuwenberg received a higher number due to his SASUKE experience.

Sasuke 23 (Mount Midoriyama)[edit]

Stage 1: only Rich King, Levi Meeuwenberg and Brian Orosco successfully completed this stage. The majority of the American Ninja Warrior competitors ran out of time.

Stage 2: Levi Meeuwenberg was the only American competitor to complete this stage.

Stage 3: Levi Meeuwenberg was the only American competitor to advance to this stage, but he fell on the "Shin-Cliffhanger".

Season 2 (2010)[edit]

The second season called American Ninja Warrior 2 began on December 8, 2010 in Venice Beach, California where 300 competitors took on the course. The 15 semi-finalists moved on to the "Ninja Warrior Boot Camp" in the remote California mountains, where they competed in a series of team challenges. Then the final moved on to compete in the season finale of American Ninja Warrior 2 as a part of Sasuke 26 at Mount Midoriyama in Japan.

This season was hosted by Matt Iseman and Jimmy Smith, with G4's Alison Haislip as a sideline reporter.

Notable competitors this year included: professional freerunner Brent Steffensen, former American Gladiator Evan Dollard, and former Survivor contestant Ozzy Lusth.

Finalists[edit]

The 15 semi-finalists headed to "Ninja Warrior Boot Camp" where they were broken down into three teams: Red Dragons, White Tigers, and Blue Monkeys. From then on, 5 were eliminated from competition and 10 moved onto Mount Midoriyama in Japan to compete in the season finale of American Ninja Warrior 2 for a chance to win $250,000 and be the first "American Ninja Warrior".

The 10 finalists earned the chance to compete at Sasuke 26 (Ninja Warrior) which aired on January 2, 2011 on G4.

Final 10: In order they received their American flag "colors" (bandannas):

Red Dragons:

Order # Competitor
1 Brent Steffensen
2 Travis Furlanic
3 Paul Kasemir
4 David Campbell

White Tigers:

Order # Competitor
1 Shane Daniels
2 Levi Meeuwenberg

Blue Monkeys:

Order # Competitor
1 Brian Orosco
2 Patrick Cusic
3 Adam Truesdell
4 Evan Dollard

Season finale in Japan[edit]

None of the American Ninja Warrior season 2 competitors were able to complete stage 3, but half (5 out of 10) completed stage 1 and progressed onto stage 2, where 4 out of 5 made it onto stage 3.

Stage 1[edit]

Order # Finalist Outcome Obstacle/time
1 Adam Laplante * Failed Half-Pipe Attack
2 Patrick Cusic Failed Rolling Escargot
3 Paul Kasemir Completed Time: 129.15
4 Adam Truesdell Failed Giant Swing
5 Evan Dollard Failed Rolling Escargot
6 Brent Steffensen Completed Time: 121.29
7 Travis Furlanic Completed Time: 115.27
8 Shane Daniels Failed Timed Out Final Climb
9 David Campbell Completed Time: 108.49
10 Brian Orosco Completed Time: 109.04

* alternate, replaced Levi Meeuwenberg who broke his wrist during a taping of Jump City: Seattle

Stage 2[edit]

Order # Finalist Outcome Obstacle/time
1 Paul Kasemir Completed Time left: 2.57
2 Brent Steffensen Completed Time left: 21.64
3 Travis Furlanic Failed Balance Tank
4 David Campbell Completed Time left: 23.43
5 Brian Orosco Completed Time left: 5.76

Stage 3[edit]

Order # Finalist Outcome Obstacle
1 Paul Kasemir Failed Doorknob Grasper
2 Brent Steffensen Failed Ultimate Cliffhanger
3 David Campbell Failed Ultimate Cliffhanger
4 Brian Orosco Failed Roulette Cylinder

American Ninja Warrior Season 1 and 2: Format changes from Sasuke[edit]

The first and second seasons of American Ninja Warrior has a few notable differences from the Japanese ("Sasuke") version. They are:

  • Stage 1: in the American version competitors compete against each other for the 30 fastest times to advance to stage 2, while in Japan competitors are required to complete the course in a designated time limit. Consequently, the American version sets a fixed, predictable number of 30 competitors advancing to stage 2, while in the Japanese version, the number of qualified competitors could technically range from any number between from 0 to 100, making the result highly unpredictable. There's no official limit of competitors for stage 1 stated, whereas in Japan, only 100 competitors can attempt stage 1.
  • Stage 2: in the American version, it is an expanded version of stage 1 (a repeat of Stage 1 with a few additional obstacles at the end), while in Japan, Stage 1 and 2 are entirely different. Again, in the American version, competitors are competing against the course and each other, only 15 competitors with the best times advance to stage 3, whereas in Japan competitors are competing against a rigid time limit.
  • Stage 3: In stage 3, competitors have to complete 4 different tasks with the lowest combined time (consisting of carrying 10 bricks across a beach while being held back by bungee cords, carrying barrels over logs, hopping through tires, etc.). Only the 10 competitors with the lowest times win a trip and a chance to compete at Mount Midoriyama in Japan. As such, there is no "final" stage in the American version.

note* this is a description of the qualifying rounds to compete at the Mount Midoriyama course. Top ten finishers of ANW attempted Stages 1, 2, and 3 of Japanese course with same time restrictions and results are listed above.

Season 3 (2011)[edit]

The third season began airing on July 31, 2011 on G4. Tryouts took place in May 2011 at Venice Beach, California. After the tryouts, the top 15 competitors competed in Ninja Warrior Boot Camp with the top 10 moving on to Japan for the finals of the competition as a part of Sasuke 27 and a chance at becoming the first American to conquer the course and win a $500,000 endorsement deal with K-Swiss. No competitors made it beyond stage 3.

The final episode aired on August 22, 2011 as a two-hour primetime special on NBC.[2][3]

This season was once again hosted by Matt Iseman and Jimmy Smith, with Haislip as a sideline reporter.

Notable competitors this year included: Denver Broncos wide receiver Matt Willis, professional freerunners Tim "Livewire" Shieff (2009 World Champion) and Michael "Frosti" Zernow (who competed in Survivor: China and Jump City: Seattle).

Stage 1[edit]

Order # Finalist Outcome Obstacle
1 Brent Steffensen Completed
2 Paul Kasemir Completed
3 David Campbell Completed
4 James McGrath Completed
5 Drew Dreschel Failed Warped Wall
6 Travis Furlanic Completed
7 Travis Rosen Completed
8 David "Flip" Rodriguez Completed
9 Jake Smith Completed
10 Ryan Stratis Completed

Stage 2[edit]

Order # Finalist Outcome Obstacle
1 Brent Steffensen Failed Metal Spin
2 Paul Kasemir Completed
3 David Campbell Completed
4 James McGrath Completed
5 Travis Furlanic Failed Metal Spin
6 Travis Rosen Failed Metal Spin
7 David "Flip" Rodriguez Failed Slider Drop
8 Jake Smith Failed Double Salmon Ladder
9 Ryan Stratis Completed

Stage 3[edit]

Order # Finalist Outcome Obstacle
1 Ryan Stratis Failed Ultimate Cliffhanger
2 James McGrath Failed Ultimate Cliffhanger
3 Paul Kasemir Failed Ultimate Cliffhanger
4 David Campbell Failed Ultimate Cliffhanger

Season 4 (2012)[edit]

The fourth season of American Ninja Warrior began airing on May 20, 2012 on both G4 and NBC. There were six regional competitions held in three locations: Venice Beach, CA (Southwest and Northwest), Dallas, TX (Midwest and Midsouth), and Miami, FL (Northeast and Southeast) that determined the 100 competitors to participate in the qualifying rounds. The winner of the ANW Season Four competition receives $500,000 and the coveted "American Ninja Warrior" title. The season finale, held in Las Vegas, NV, was the first time that Mount Midoriyama was held on U.S. soil. Submission videos for American Ninja Warrior Season 4 have been collected since January 25, 2012.[4]

This season was again hosted by Matt Iseman, with a new host, skier Jonny Moseley, and newcomer Angela Sun as the sideline reporter.

Notable competitors this year included: British film actor William Moseley, Tennessee Titans defensive end Kamerion Wimbley, stuntman Dan Mast, "Roam" (a.k.a. A.J. Amores) and "Chairman Platinum" from MMO video game company Artix Entertainment, freerunners from Jump City: Seattle David "Young Flip" Rodriguez and Drew Drechsel, and Harlem Globetrotters basketball player Bull Bullard.

100 finalists made it out of the regional competitions and were invited to Las Vegas.

Stage 1[edit]

Order # Finalist Outcome Obstacle
1 Tom Hutchman Failed Giant Swing
2 David Money Failed Final Climb
3 Cade Halada Failed Jumping Spider
4 Ronnie Shalvis Sr. Failed Jumping Spider
5 Michael Pericoloso Failed Half-Pipe Attack
6 Marcus Ramos Failed Giant Swing
7 Alan Connealy Failed Half-Pipe Attack
8 Ben Wicks Failed Warped Wall (Time Out)
9 Michael 'Frosti' Zernow Failed Jumping Spider
10 Nick Kostner Failed Rope Ladder (Time Out)
11 Matt Mings Failed Jumping Spider
12 Andres De La Rosa Failed Jumping Spider
13 Tremayne Dortch Failed Half-Pipe Attack
14 Paul O' Connor Failed Half-Pipe Attack
15 Ronnie Shalvis Jr. Failed Jumping Spider
16 Nathaniel Aye Failed Giant Swing
17 John Sapsoto Failed Warped Wall (Time Out)
18 Gunner Bahn Failed Half-Pipe Attack
19 James Wyatt Failed Half-Pipe Attack
20 Tony Reddick Failed Giant Swing
21 Dylan Curry Failed Jumping Spider
22 Andrew Lowes Failed Spin Bridge
23 Natalie Strausser Failed Rolling Log
24 Phillip Pirollo Failed Spin Bridge
25 Brian Kretsch Failed Jumping Spider
26 Nathaniel Spencer Completed
27 Niko Bogucki Failed Warped Wall (Time Out)
28 Kelvin Antoine Failed Fell Off Course after Giant Swing
29 Ryan Thompson Failed Half-Pipe Attack
30 Joshua Grant Failed Spin Bridge
31 Bradley Smith Jr. Failed Jumping Spider
32 Ben Snead Completed
33 Selena Laniel Failed Jumping Spider
34 Bob Pondrom Failed Giant Swing
35 Adam Grossman Failed Giant Swing
36 Dan Mast Failed Half-Pipe Attack
37 Will Dodd Completed
38 Ryan Saegert Failed Warped Wall (Time Out)
39 Danny Johnson Completed
40 Kevan Reoli Failed Rolling Log
41 Jake Smith Failed Warped Wall (Time Out)
42 Brendon Kelly Failed Jumping Spider
43 Patrick Cusic Failed Warped Wall (Time Out)
44 Paul Darnell Completed
45 Ryoga Vee Failed Warped Wall (Time Out)
46 Scott Robinson Failed Jumping Spider
47 Andrew Wood Failed Step Slider
48 J.B. Douglas Completed
49 Lorin Ball Completed
50 Thomas Hall Failed Spin Bridge
51 Dorian Cedars Failed Rope Ladder (Time Out)
52 Jonathan Morin Failed Jumping Spider
53 Risa Scott Failed Step Slider
54 Christopher Digangi Failed Jumping Spider
55 Justin Walcker Failed Jumping Spider
56 Josh Lobeck Completed
57 William Brown Failed Jumping Spider
58 Joyce Shaboz Failed Rolling Log
59 Derek Nakamoto Completed
60 Nickolas Stephen Failed Spin Bridge
61 Jesse Villarreal Failed Spin Bridge
62 Nathan Sausedo Failed Rolling Log
63 Ahmed Toure Completed
64 Sean Morris Failed Spin Bridge
65 Chad Simpson Failed Jumping Spider
66 Michael Silenzi Failed Warped Wall (Time Out)
67 Travis Graves Failed Spin Bridge
68 Joshua Horsely Failed Warped Wall (Time Out)
69 Sat Khalsa Failed Spin Bridge
70 William 'Bull' Bullard Failed Final Climb (Time Out)
71 Brent Steffensen Completed
72 Arthur Skov Failed Jumping Spider
73 Elet Hall Completed
74 Justin Sweeney Failed Spin Bridge
75 Kevin Klein Failed Jumping Spider
76 Michael Eckert Failed Jumping Spider
77 Remi Bakkar Completed
78 Stephen Volcko Failed Jumping Spider
79 Chris Wilczewski Completed
80 Kyle Cochran Failed Spin Bridge
81 Jaret Salas Failed Warped Wall
82 Jared Woods Failed Half-Pipe Attack
83 Kole Stevens Completed
84 Jack Morgan Failed Giant Swing
85 Dan Galiczynski Failed Jumping Spider
86 Sean Noble Completed
87 Brian Arnold Completed
88 Travis Rosen Completed
89 Jesse La Flair Failed Jumping Spider
90 Andrew Karsen Failed Half-Pipe Attack
91 Luis Moco Failed Warped Wall (Time Out)
92 David Campbell Failed Spin Bridge
93 Brandon Douglass Completed
94 Drew Drechsel Completed
95 Evan Dollard Completed
96 Matthew Derouen Failed Step Slider
97 Tim 'Livewire' Sheiff Failed Spin Bridge
98 James McGrath Completed
99 Paul Kasemir Completed
100 David Rodriguez Completed

Stage 2[edit]

Order # Finalist Outcome Obstacle
1 Nathaniel Spencer Failed Double Salmon Ladder
2 Ben Snead Failed Double Salmon Ladder
3 Will Dodd Failed Double Salmon Ladder
4 Danny Johnson Failed Double Salmon Ladder
5 Paul Darnell Failed Unstable Bridge
6 J.B. Douglas Failed Unstable Bridge
7 Lorin Ball Failed Double Salmon Ladder
8 Josh Lobeck Failed Double Salmon Ladder
9 Derek Nakamoto Failed Metal Spin
10 Ahmed Toure Failed Balance Tank
11 Brent Steffensen Completed
12 Elet Hall Failed Unstable Bridge
13 Remi Bakkar Failed Double Salmon Ladder
14 Chris Wilczewski Failed Slider Drop
15 Kole Stevens Failed Slider Drop
16 Sean Noble Failed Unstable Bridge (Dismount)
17 Brian Arnold Failed Balance Tank
18 Travis Rosen Failed Balance Tank
19 Brandon Douglass Failed Unstable Bridge
20 Drew Drechsel Failed Unstable Bridge (Dismount)
21 Evan Dollard Failed Double Salmon Ladder
22 James McGrath Failed Slider Drop
23 Paul Kasemir Failed Metal Spin
24 David Rodriguez Failed Balance Tank

Stage 3[edit]

Order # Finalist Outcome Obstacle
1 Brent Steffensen Failed Hang Climb

Season 5 (2013)[edit]

The fifth season of American Ninja Warrior premiered on June 30, 2013 on G4 with subsequent shows airing on NBC and G4.[5] Notably, the sideboard advertising along the course listed Esquire Network as the broadcaster as the fifth season was to premiere after G4's transition to Esquire on April 22, 2013. The network switch was eventually delayed to September 23, 2013 and Esquire took over Style Network's channel space instead. Because of this, additional reruns of the season aired on Saturday nights on NBC through the summer, to maintain ratings momentum due to G4's lame duck status, with ANW being their only new program since they wound down all their original programming in January 2013.

Regional competitions were held in the following four locations to determine the 100 competitors to participate in the other stages: Venice Beach, CA; Baltimore, MD; Miami, FL; and Denver, CO. Tryouts for the season began in February 2013,[6] with the last of the regional rounds taking place the following May.[7] The winner of the ANW Season Five competition receives $500,000 and the coveted "American Ninja Warrior" title. Like the previous season, the season finale will be held in Las Vegas, NV, making the U.S. version of Mount Midoriyama its permanent home.

The season is again hosted by Matt Iseman, with two newcomers, Akbar Gbaja-Biamila and Jenn Brown as the sideline reporter.

Notable competitors this year included: Tennessee Titans safety Jordan Babineaux, freerunners from Jump City: Seattle Brian Orosco, Michael "Frosti" Zernow, David "Flip" Rodriguez, Drew Drechsel, Jake Smith and Brent Steffensen (the first American to complete stage 2). His run ended on stage 3 the "Ultimate Cliffhanger" obstacle, Sasuke (TV series) & ANW veteran David Campbell, stunt-woman Jessie Graff (first woman in ANW history to make it to a regional finals [8]), personal trainer/former American Gladiator "Venom" Beth Horn, world champion freerunner Tim "Livewire" Shieff, Harlem Globetrotter Bull Bullard, "Artix" (a.k.a. Adam Bohn) from the video game studio Artix Entertainment, Olympic Gold Medalist runners Dee Dee Trotter and Lauryn Williams, Olympic Silver Medalist heptathlon athlete Hyleas Fountain, 7th grade English teacher Colby Frontiero, Emergency Room physician Noah Kaufman, MD who reduced another competitor's dislocated shoulder [9] (Alan Connealy,) former National Guardsman & ANW veteran Ryan Stratis, professional MMA fighter Jason Soares, Olympic silver medalist gymnast Terin Humphrey, former professional snowboarder Graham Watanabe, professional UFC MMA fighter and The Ultimate Fighter season 14 winner John Dodson, and former NFL player Shawne Merriman.

This was the first season where females attempted the Warped Wall (obstacle #6) of a course. Nika Muckelroy made it to the Warped Wall in the Denver qualifying course. Jessie Graff fell in the Flying Nunchucks (obstacle #5) during Venice qualifying but advanced in 30th position and reached the Warped Wall of the Venice finals. Both were unable to get up the wall in the 3 attempts given.

Stage 1[edit]

Order # Competitor Time Left
1 Elet Hall 00:39.25
2 Lorin Ball 00:38.62
3 James McGrath 00:38.47
4 Joe Moravsky 00:36.23
5 Brent Steffensen 00:30.63
6 Jesse La Flair 00:26.97
7 Josh Cook 00:26.03
8 Christopher Romrell 00:24.86
9 William Brown 00:22.73
10 Paul Kasemir 00:23.54
11 Drew Drechsel 00:21.63
12 Jamie Rahn 00:19.26
13 Casey Finley 00:18.90
14 Noah Kaufman 00:14.10
15 Travis Rosen 00:13.50
16 Yev Kouchnir 00.09.67
17 Kyle Sinacori 00:07.60
18 Andres De La Rosa 00:07.60
19 Brian Arnold 00.03.64
20 Travis Weinand 00:02.30
21 Idoko Abuh 00:01.98

Stage 2[edit]

Order # Competitor Time Left
1 Casey Finley 00:42.36
2 James McGrath 00:35.66
3 Idoko Abuh 00:28.70
4 Joe Moravsky 00:17.70
5 Brian Arnold 00:12.65
6 Travis Weinand 00:10.13
7 Travis Rosen 00:05.17

Stage 3[edit]

Order # Finalist Outcome Obstacle
1 Brian Arnold Failed Flying Bar
2 Travis Rosen Failed Floating Boards
3 James McGrath Failed Floating Boards
4 Joe Moravsky Failed Floating Boards
5 Travis Weinand Failed Doorknob Grasper
6 Casey Finley Failed Roulette Cylinder
7 Idoko Abuh Failed Roulette Cylinder

No one defeated Stage 3, but Brian Arnold fell on the last obstacle, the Flying Bar, making him the farthest-going American on the Mount Midoriyama course since Kane Kosugi reached the final stage on SASUKE 8. He also made it farther than any competitor in American Ninja Warrior history, surpassing Brent Steffensen, who failed on the Hang Climb in Stage 3 the previous season.

USA vs Japan (2014-Present)[edit]

During the Season 5 finale of American Ninja Warrior, NBC announced that a special USA vs. Japan matchup would take place, the first-ever team competition in American Ninja Warrior's history. The two-hour special premiered on January 13, 2014 at 8pm EST and matched five Japanese Sasuke All-Stars and New Stars - heroes of the original Ninja Warrior - against five American stars representing American Ninja Warrior at the American reconstruction of the Mount Midoriyama course in Las Vegas. At stake was the United States vs. Japan championship - also branded as the first world championship for Sasuke/American Ninja Warrior - and a trophy to match. American Ninja Warrior's regular broadcasting crew - analysts Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbaja-Biamila along with sideline reporter Jenn Brown - called the event for NBC. Already, the next match in this series has been scheduled for the original Mt. Midoriyama course at the Tokyo Broadcasting System lot in Aoba-ku, Yokohama in 2015.[10]

Inaugural Match (Las Vegas, 2014)[edit]

Rosters[edit]

United States (American Ninja Warrior) Japan (Sasuke)
  • Brent Steffensen
    First American to complete Ultimate Cliffhanger
  • Paul Kasemir
    4-time Midoriyama veteran
  • James McGrath ("The Beast")
    3-time Midoriyama veteran
  • Travis Rosen
    3-time Midoriyama veteran
  • Brian Arnold
    Top finisher at ANW 5 (Flying Bar)
  • Shingo Yamamoto ("The Godfather")
    All-Star, veteran of every Sasuke season
  • Yuuji Urushihara ("The Grand Champion")
    New Star, two total victories in Sasuke
  • Ryo Matachi ("The Superfan")
    New Star, reached Final Stage once
  • Hitoshi Kanno ("The Muscle")
    New Star, reached Final Stage once
  • Kazuma Asa ("The Speed Demon")
    New Star, Stage 1 world record holder

Scoring[edit]

The teams faced off on each stage in turn, with each stage hosting its own round of five one-on-one matches and no competitor allowed to run the same stage twice. The first national team to win three matches out of five earned the point(s) for that stage. Stage One was worth one point, while Stage Two was worth two points and Stage Three was worth three. In the event of a 3-3 tie after the first three stages, the tiebreaker would be a one-off showdown where each country would pick one team member for a race to the top of the Final Stage.

Stage 1[edit]

  • This stage was worth one point
Match-up United States Finish Time Japan Finish Time Point
1 James (The Beast) McGrath 1:16.67 Shingo Yamamoto Failed on Warped Wall USA
2 Paul Kasemir 1:24.80 Hitoshi Kanno 1:25.43 USA
3 Brent Steffensen 1:14.53 (new record) Kazuma Asa Failed on Giant Cycle USA

Stage 2[edit]

  • This stage was worth two points
Match-up United States Finish Time Japan Finish Time Point
1 Brian Arnold 1:14.63 Ryo Matachi Failed on Double Salmon Ladder USA
2 Travis Rosen Failed on Metal Spin Yuuji Urushihara Failed on Double Salmon Ladder USA
3 James McGrath 1:15.00 Kazuma Asa Failed on Double Salmon Ladder USA

Stage 3[edit]

  • This stage was worth three points
Match-up United States Finish Time Japan Finish Time Point
1 Brian Arnold Failed on Flying Bar (3:56.53) Ryo Matachi Failed on Flying Bar (3:55.03) Japan
2 James McGrath Failed on Floating Boards (0:37.53) Yuuji Urushihara Failed on Floating Boards (0:37.54) USA
3 Brent Steffensen Failed on Hang Climb Shingo Yamamoto Failed on Floating Boards USA
4 Paul Kasemir Failed on Flying Bar Hitoshi Kanno Failed on Ultimate Cliffhanger USA

Final Score: United States 6-0 Japan

American Ninja Warrior Team Champions: United States

Season 6 (2014)[edit]

The sixth season of American Ninja Warrior premiered on May 25, 2014 on NBC with subsequent shows airing on Monday nights at 9:00pm EST[11] and Tuesday nights at 8:00pm EST on Esquire Network.[12]

Regional competitions were held in the following five locations to determine the 100 competitors to participate in the other stages: Venice Beach, CA, a return to Dallas, TX, new location St. Louis, MO, Miami, FL and Denver, CO. Like the previous season, the winner of the ANW Season Six competition receives $500,000 and the coveted "American Ninja Warrior" title. The season finale will be again held in Las Vegas, NV, the permanent home of the U.S. version of Mount Midoriyama.

The season is again hosted by commentators Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbaja-Biamila with Jenn Brown as the sideline reporter.

Notable competitors[edit]

  • School Teacher Alex Kane
  • U.S. Olympic luger Kate Hansen
  • 5-time ANW veteran David Campbell
  • The Biggest Loser personal trainer Kim Lyons
  • former Ukraine Olympic gymnasts Vadym Krasnenko and Vadym Kuvakin
  • ANW veteran and stuntman Brian Orosco
  • 3-time ANW veteran Alan "The Beast" Connealy
  • James "The Beast" McGrath
  • U.S. Olympic Rower Susan Francia
  • former American Gladiator Evan "Rocket" Dollard
  • U.S. Olympic bobsledder Johnny Quinn
  • U.S. Olympic gymnast Jonathan Horton
  • U.S. Olympic gymnast Terin Humphrey
  • 4-time ANW veteran Brent Steffensen
  • professional wrestler Matt Capiccioni
  • 5-time ANW veteran Jamie Rahn (aka "Captain NBC")
  • Karson Voiles
  • Jared Gurney
  • Travis Rosen
  • Danny Goller
  • professional wakeboarder Shaun Murray
  • returning 5-year ANW veteran Brett Sims
  • retired-MLB baseball player Rich Thompson
  • U.S. Olympic luger Preston Griffall
  • 5-time ANW veteran Ryan Stratis
  • 3-time ANW veteran Drew Drechsel
  • 3-time ANW veteran David "Flip" Rodriguez
  • Harlem Globetrotter Bull Bullard
  • professional BMX rider Morgan Wade
  • professional MMA fighter Michelle Waterson
  • U.S. Olympic snowboarder Faye Gulini
  • 4-time ANW veteran Paul Kasemir
  • Brian Arnold, the American to make it the farthest at Mount Midoriyama.

Highlights[edit]

Women's Success[edit]

This season, the women who attempted the Warped Wall (obstacle #6) from last season competed. So far three women out of 60 have completed the course. Former NCAA gymnast Kacy Catanzaro made ANW history when she became the first woman to complete the qualifying course, making it up the warped wall on her second try at 5:26.18 at the Dallas qualifiers, ranking her 21 out of 30; this also makes her the first woman to make it up the Warped Wall. Catanzaro became the first woman to not only attempt the finals course but also to complete it, which she did with a time of 8:59.53, ranking her 7th out of 15. This made her the first woman to advance to Mount Midoriyama in Las Vegas.

ANW event coordinator Michelle Warnky became the second woman to finish the qualifying course, making it up the Warped Wall on her first try in a faster time (3:08.94) than Catanzaro at the St. Louis qualifiers, ranking her 19th out of 30. She also became the second woman ever to attempt the Salmon Ladder in the finals, coming up just inches short. She did receive a wild-card spot in Las Vegas, but she overshot on her dismount to the landing pad on the Silk Slider.

Rock climbing instructor Meagan Martin became the third woman to finish the course, making it up the Warped Wall on her third and final try at 4:46.29 at the Denver qualifiers, ranking her 22nd out of 30; she also became the first woman in ANW to complete the Devil Steps. [13] However, in the Denver Finals, she came up short and fell at the Spikes into Cargo. She received a wild-card spot in Las Vegas, and became the first woman to complete the Jumping Spider, but ran out of time on the Warped Wall.[14]

Before Catanzaro, Warnky, and Martin, the only woman to have beaten an American Ninja Warrior or Sasuke stage, trial, or qualifier was former Super Sentai stuntwoman Chie Nishimura (who beat Sasuke Stage 1 in 1998). Not even Kunoichi champions Rie Komiya or Ayako Miyake had managed it.

Other[edit]

Truss builder Stephen France made ANW history when he became the first amputee ever to compete with a prosthetic limb in the qualifying round in Miami. Also ANW Trainer Drew Drechsel sets the second fastest time in any quailifer with 0:44.24 run, only seconds behind Michael "Frosti" Zernow who had the fastest time on season three in the Venice quailifers. At 52 years old, Jon Stewart became the oldest person to complete a Finals Course.

Failed veterans[edit]

Brian Orosco - Competed since Season 1. Failed the qualifying round on the 2nd obstacle on the Rolling Escargot during Venice Qualifying.

Brent Steffensen - Competed since Season 2. Failed the qualifying round on the 5th obstacle on the Ring Toss during Dallas Qualifying

David "Flip" Rodriguez - Competed since Season 3. Failed the qualifying round on 4th obstacle on the Jump Hang during Miami Qualifying

Drew Drechsel - Competed since Season 3. Failed during the 2nd obstacle during the Miami Finals.

Lorin Ball - Competed since Season 2. Failed the Salmon Ladder during the Denver Finals.

Idoko Abuh - Competed since Season 5. Disqualified when he touched Dancing Stones during the Miami Finals.

Jesse La Flair - Competed since Season 4. Disqualified when he touched the Slack Ladder at the end during the Venice Qualifying.

Evan "The Rocket" Dollard - Competed since Season 2. Failed Cannonball Alley during the Venice Finals.

Dan Mast - Competed since Season 3. Failed Salmon Ladder during the Venice Finals.

James Sclar - Competed since Season 4. Failed Salmon Ladder during the Venice Finals.

Michael Bernardo - Competed since Season 2. Failed Bridge of Blades during the St. Louis Qualifier.

Travis Weinand - Competed since Season 3. Failed Rolling Escargot during Venice Qualifying.

Luis Moco - Competed since Season 2. Failed on the second obstacle the Rolling Log during the St. Louis Qualifying.

Brett Sims - Competed since Season 1. Failed the Dancing Stones during the Miami Finals.

William Brown - Competed since Season 4. Failed the Dancing Stones during the Miami Finals.

Brendan Kelly - Competed since Season 4. Failed the Rope into Cargo Net during the St. Louis Qualifying.

Kyle Sinacori - Competed since Season 5. Failed the Quintuple Steps during the Denver Finals.

Matthew Laessig - Competed since Season 2. Failed the Ring Toss during the Dallas Finals.

David Money - Competed since Season 1. Failed the Monkey Peg during the Venice Finals

Contestants in Las Vegas[edit]

  • Alex Kane
  • Jamie "Captain NBC" Rahn
  • Geoffrey Lancaster
  • James "The Beast" McGrath
  • Karsten Williams
  • Sam Sann
  • Kevin Bull
  • David "The Godfather" Campbell
  • Kacy Catanzaro
  • Travis Rosen
  • Joe Moravsky
  • Jon Stewart
  • Isaac Caldiero
  • Paul Kasemir
  • Brian Arnold
  • Elet Hall
  • Jeremy Morgan
  • Ryan Stratis
  • JJ Woods
  • Chris Wilczewski
  • Noel Reyes
  • Michael Needham
  • Tremayne Dortch
  • Andrew Karsen
  • Robert Ing
  • Michelle Warnky (Wildcard)
  • Meagan Martin (Wildcard)
  • Rob "The Adonis" Moravsky (Wildcard)
  • Lorin Ball (Wildcard)
  • Brian Wilczewski
  • Lance Pekus
  • Noah Kaufman
  • Travis Brewer
  • Ben Melick
  • Alan Conneally
  • Yen Chen
  • Idoko Abuh (Wild card)
  • Evan "The Rocket" Dollard (Wildcard)
  • Matt "Ninja Baby" Zacharkow (Wildcard)

Best of the Runs[edit]

Robert Ing - First man to complete the qualifying course this season

Kacy Catanzaro - First woman to make it up the Warped Wall

Rob Moravsky - Funnest Qualifying run of the season

Michelle Warnky - Second woman to make it up the Warped Wall

Drew Dreschel - Second fastest Qualifying Run in history

Meagan Martin - Third woman to make it up the Warped Wall, first woman to complete the Jumping Spider.

Kevin Bull - First man to defeat Cannonball Alley, a high elimination rate obstacle

Kacy Catanzaro - First woman to complete the City Finals and punched her ticket to Mt. Midoryama without being a wildcard

Michelle Warnky - Second Woman to reach the Salmon Ladder

Joe " The Weatherman " Moravsky - Broke the Rumbling Dice and completed the course with the fastest time of the night

Jon Stewart - The oldest man to complete the City Finals

Stage 1 fails[edit]

Order # Competitor Result
1 Karsten Williams Silk Slider
2 Dustin McKinney Jumping Spider
3 Kevin Klein Spinning Bridge
4 Melanie Hunt Jumping Spider
5 Sam Sann Giant Cycle
6 David Gilbert Silk Slider
7 Connor Moyer Jumping Spider
8 Brian Kretsch Spinning Bridge
9 Luciano Acuna,Jr. Slik Slider
10 Dan Entmacher Silk Slider
11 John Vogt Silk Slider
12 Joel Brady Jumping Spider
13 Tremayne Dortch Jumping Spider
14 Noel Reyes Silk Slider
15 Karson Voiles Jumping Spider
16 Travis Brewer Half-Pipe Attack
17 James McGrath Silk Slider
18 Brandon Pannell Jumping Spider
19 Lance Pekus Jumping Spider
20 Andrew Karsen Silk Slider
21 Stephens Nunnally Jumping Spider
22 Amy Pajcic Jumping Spider
23 Michelle Warnky Silk Slider
24 Dustin Rocho Silk Slider
25 Derek Nakamoto Silk Slider
26 Mario Mendoza Jumping Spider
27 Alex Kane Spin Bridge
28 Solomon Harvey Warped Wall (Time Out)
29 Meagan Martin Warped Wall (Time Out )

Stage 1[edit]

Order # Competitor Time Left
1 Lorin Ball 00:35.29
2 Joe Moravsky 00:29.79
3 Abel Gonzalez 00:19.08
4 Jo Jo Bynum 00:17.85
5 Travis Rosen 00:17.73
6 Isaac Caldiero 00:16.58
7 Andrew Lowes 00:12.26
8 Ryan Stratis 00:08.66
9 Dr. Noah Kaufman 00:07.98

Stage 2[edit]

TBA

Stage 3[edit]

TBA

Obstacles in American Ninja Warrior Qualifiers[edit]

ANW Season Qualifying Round City Finals
1 Quintuple Steps Rope Swing Spinning Log Jumping Spider Pipe Slider Warped Wall Tarzan Swing Jumping Bars Cargo Climb
2 Quad Steps Rope Swing Bridge of Blades Jumping Spider Jumping Bars Warped Wall Salmon Ladder Circle Slider Cargo Climb
3 Quad Steps Log Grip Bridge of Blades Jump Hang Jumping Bars Warped Wall Salmon Ladder Unstable Bridge Cargo Climb
4 (Southwest Regional) Quad Steps Log Grip Spinning Log Jump Hang Devil Steps Warped Wall Salmon Ladder Arm Rings Cargo Climb
4 (Midwest Regional) Quad Steps Log Grip Bridge of Blades Jump Hang Curtain Slider Warped Wall Salmon Ladder Lamp Grasper Cargo Climb
4 (Northeast Regional) Quad Steps Log Grip Bungee Bridge Jump Hang Jumping Bars Wall Lift Warped Wall Salmon Ladder Cycle Road Cargo Climb
4 (Northwest Regional) Quad Steps Log Grip Spinning Log Jump Hang Pipe Slider/Devil Steps Warped Wall Salmon Ladder Arm Rings Cargo Climb
4 (Mid-South Regional) Quad Steps Log Grip Bridge of Blades Jump Hang Rope Junction Warped Wall Salmon Ladder Lamp Grasper Cargo Climb
4 (Southeast Regional) Quad Steps Log Grip Bungee Bridge Jump Hang Swing Circle Wall Lift Warped Wall Salmon Ladder Cycle Road Cargo Climb
5 (Venice Qualifiers) Quintuple Steps Frame Slider Domino Hill Floating Chains Flying Nunchucks/Trapeze Swing Warped Wall Salmon Ladder Rope Maze Cliffhanger Spider Climb
5 (Baltimore Qualifiers) Quintuple Steps Downhill Jump Prism Tilt Swing Jump Circle Cross Warped Wall Salmon Ladder Rumbling Dice Body Prop Spider Climb
5 (Miami Qualifiers) Quintuple Steps Utility Pole Slider Balance Bridge Slider Jump Monkey Peg Warped Wall Salmon Ladder Ledge Jump Rolling Steel Spider Climb
5 (Denver Qualifiers) Quintuple Steps Rolling Log Rotating Bridge Jump Hang Kai
(8 1/2-9 1/2 ft)
Grip Hang
(36–40 in)
Warped Wall Salmon Ladder Floating Stairs Pole Grasper Spider Climb
6 (Venice Qualifiers) Quintuple Steps Spinning Wheel Slack Ladder Jumping Bars/Cargo Net Monkey Peg Warped Wall Salmon Ladder Cannonball Alley Body Prop Spider Climb
6 (Dallas Qualifiers) Quintuple Steps Log Grip Tilting Table Swing Jump Ring Toss Warped Wall Salmon Ladder Swinging Frames Pole Grasper Spider Climb
6 (St. Louis Qualifiers) Quintuple Steps Rolling Log Bridge of Blades Rope Swing/Cargo Net Double Tilt Ladder Warped Wall Salmon Ladder Rumbling Dice Crazy Cliffhanger Spider Climb
6 (Miami Qualifiers) Quintuple Steps Downhill Pipe Drop Dancing Stones Jump Hang Curtain Slider Warped Wall Salmon Ladder Minefield Floating Stairs Spider Climb
6 (Denver Qualifiers) Quintuple Steps Cat Grab Spinning Log Spikes into Cargo Devil Steps Warped Wall Salmon Ladder Arm Rings Doorknob Arch Spider Climb

Obstacles in American Ninja Warrior Finals[edit]

Stage 1[edit]

Comp # Stage 1 Obstacles Time Limit
1 Twelve Timbers Curtain Slider Log Grip Jumping Spider Half Pipe Attack Warped Wall (14 feet) Slider Jump Tarzan Rope + Rope Ladder 120s
2 Step Slider Hazard Swing Rolling Escargot Jumping Spider Half Pipe Attack Warped Wall (14 feet) Giant Swing Tarzan Rope + Rope Ladder 130s
3 Step Slider Rolling Escargot Giant Swing Jumping Spider Half Pipe Attack Warped Wall (14 feet) Spinning Bridge Tarzan Rope + Rope Ladder 125s
4 Step Slider Rolling Log Giant Swing Jumping Spider Half Pipe Attack Warped Wall (14 feet) Spinning Bridge Tarzan Rope + Rope Ladder 130s
5 Twelve Timbers Giant Cycle Rope Glider Jumping Spider Half Pipe Attack Warped Wall (14 feet) Spinning Bridge Tarzan Rope + Rope Ladder 125s
6 Piston Road Giant Ring Silk Slider Jumping Spider Half Pipe Attack Warped Wall (14 feet) Spinning Bridge Tarzan Rope + Rope Ladder 125s

Stage 2[edit]

Comp # Stage 2 Obstacles Time Limit
1 Downhill Jump Salmon Ladder + Stick Slider Unstable Bridge Metal Spin Wall Lift 70 s
2 Slider Drop Double Salmon Ladder + Unstable Bridge Balance Tank Metal Spin Wall Lift 95 s
3 Slider Drop Double Salmon Ladder + Unstable Bridge Balance Tank Metal Spin Wall Lift 90 s
4 Slider Drop Double Salmon Ladder + Unstable Bridge Balance Tank Metal Spin Wall Lift 105 s
5 Hang Slider Double Salmon Ladder + Unstable Bridge Balance Tank Metal Spin Wall Lift 125 s
6 Rope Maze Double Salmon Ladder + Unstable Bridge Butterfly Wall Metal Spin Wall Lift  ??? s

Stage 3[edit]

Comp # Stage 3 Obstacles
1 Arm Rings Descending Lamp Grasper Devil Steps Shin Cliffhanger Jumping Bars + Hang Climb Spider Flip Gliding Ring
2 Roulette Cylinder + Door Knob Grasper Cycle Road Ultimate Cliffhanger Jumping Rings Bungee Rope Climb Flying Bar
3 Arm Bike Flying Bar Ultimate Cliffhanger Jumping Ring + Chain See-Saw Bungee Rope Climb Bar Glider
4 Roulette Cylinder + Doorknob Grasper Floating Boards Ultimate Cliffhanger Bungee Rope Climb + Hang Climb Spider Flip Flying Bar
5 Roulette Cylinder + Doorknob Grasper Floating Boards Ultimate Cliffhanger Bungee Rope Climb + Hang Climb Spider Flip Flying Bar
6 Cannonball Alley Ring Toss Floating Boards Ultimate Cliffhanger  ??? +  ??? Spider Flip Flying Bar

Season 7 (2015)[edit]

NBC has Renewed American Ninja Warrior for a 7th Season.

Cities[edit]

Typographical errors[edit]

In Denver City Finals, when Meagan Martin failed on the Spikes into Cargo, it says "Finished" instead of "Fail."

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The name used on the American show redundantly includes both "Mount" and "Yama," the suffix meaning "mountain" in Japanese.

References[edit]

External links[edit]