'American Gladiators' hosts reveal new games for new season

May 2, 2008, 06:57 PM | by Adam B. Vary

Categories: TV Biz

American Gladiators hosts Hulk Hogan and Laila Ali revealed three new games for the show's second season, which premieres Monday, May 12, at 8 p.m. on NBC. "My favorite [game] is a new one called Rocket Ball," Hogan said while speaking with reporters at NBC's "All American Summer" Press Day in Pasadena on Friday. "It's kind of like a mix between slam-dunk basketball and football. You've got these round hoops, way up in the air. You've got two contenders and two Gladiators, and you hit this launch button, and you get launched 25 to 30 feet in the air and try to put the ball in one of the hoops. At the same time, the Gladiator is trying to knock the ball out of the way, or hit you physically. That game is really intense."

Ali, daughter of Muhammad Ali and a former Dancing With the Stars contestant, introduced a game called Tilt, "which is like a tug-of-war that takes place over the water," she explained. There's also one called Vertigo, adopted from the U.K. version of Gladiators, which involves a race between a contender and a Gladiator across a field of hanging poles. "To start," she said, "you have to climb up a pole, and then you have to make the poles sway using your body weight to get to the next pole. Way up in the air. I wouldn't want to do that. But I like it!"


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