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American Gladiators: Alex Makes It Into Final 8!

January 28, 2008 08:00 AM by Rich

american-gladiators-logothumbnail.jpgThe four competitors in tonight’s episode were fighting for a spot in the final eight and be part of the semi-finals. Toni Oppliger [Athletic Director, 5â⬠5", 121lbs] was a competitor on the original show returning for a second chance. Kim Marciniak [Cheerleader, 5â⬠3", 116lbs] set out, in blue, to see that she did not have a chance at winning this competition. For the men Alex Rai [History Teacher, 5â⬠8", 150 lbs] in blue competed against Mark Baker [Chiropractor, 5â⬠11", 185 lbs] in red.

The women faced off against Stealth, Siren, and Venom, in Powerball as their first competition. When the whistle sounded it immediately became a very physical event. Toni was taken down repeatedly by the gladiators with body jarring tackles. Kim did not fair much better, being taken to the mat several times. Near the end of the event she did manage a very good spin move to break a tackle and get a ball into one of the canisters. When time expired Kim had managed one additional score while the gladiators kept Toni scoreless. The men then squared off against Titan, Mayhem, and Toa, in Powerball. When the event started, Alex showed incredible speed as he raced past the gladiators to quickly score twice. Mark used a rather unusual tactic of taking jump shots at the canisters to avoid being tackled by the gladiators. While not entirely successful, Mark did managed to sink two of his shots for a total of four points. Alex was able to get one more ball into a canister for a total of six.

Joust was next up for the women who faced off on the platforms with Siren. Toni gave a good showing, trading blow for blow with the gladiator. She was forced back to the far edge of her platform once however never seeming to be off-balance. Siren gave a good showing but took a shot to the back sending her for a short drop into some cold water. When Kim stepped up to face Siren it appeared Siren struck the first blow before the whistle. The referee blew the whistle several times to no avail. The gladiator went to her knees on the platform immediately regaining her feet. That was all it took when the referee announced the gladiator was out due to both knees being on the platform and giving Kim ten points.

Militia faced off against Alex in Earthquake as the men’s next event. Alex’s wrestling skill was not quite enough to overcome the size difference between the men on this moving platform. He managed to avoid being pushed off the platform even causing Militia to lose his helmet. Alex latched on to the gladiator’s leg and Militia responded by simply grabbing one of the support ropes while swinging the leg over the edge. Alex hung there for a few seconds before Militia shook him off. Mark wasted no time when the whistle sounded. He went right after the gladiator, and in a quick six seconds, took him over the edge of the platform to the mats below and a ten point award.

The women hit the rings against Fury in Hang Tough. Toni got off to a slow start being unable to get to her second ring until after several attempts. As Fury closed in on her she finally got a rhythm which allowed to her to fight off the gladiator. She got stuck far from the platform and despite the gladiator giving it her best, Toni hung on until time expired to earn five points. Kim got off to a much better start swinging out into the course to find a way past Fury. Unfortunately for her Fury caught her quickly and using the Scissor Squeeze took both of them into the water below. The men faced Hang Tough and the irrepressible Wolf. With the same speed he showed in Powerball, Alex worked his way past Wolf, who ended up way out of position to stop the competitor, to make it to the platform and ten points. Wolf never got close enough to even touch Alex during this event. Mark took to the rings next and tried to find a way to get past Wolf as well. Missing a ring, Mark ended up holding on to his ring giving Wolf a chance to catch up. Taunting the competitor, Wolf joined him on the ring, prying his fingers off and sending them both into the water below.

The Assault, with Hellga manning the gun for the gladiators, challenged the women next. Toni took to the course getting to the first position and firing the sling shot with no problem. Racing to the cannon she managed to get it loaded while avoiding Hellga’s missiles but again missed the target. Toni got to the sand pit and found the arrow for the crossbow. Hitting the smoke screen she raced to the fourth position and loaded. It appeared Hellga was having a gun problem so Toni got almost an unmolested shot, missing again as time ran out. Kim’s run at the course no more successful. She got to the sling shot sending off her shot almost immediately, almost as if she didn’t even try to aim. Dodging the tennis balls coming at her, she got to the cannon and missed with that shot too. Making a quick move to the sand pit, finding the arrow, and another quick run to the crossbow, Kim got off her shot just as time ran out.

The final event for the men before the Eliminator was Hit and Run. Justice, Titan, Mayhem, and Wolf, faced the competitors trying to knock them off the bridge. Alex was first to take his chances going at a full run when the whistle sounded. He completed two trips without a demolition ball coming anywhere near him. During the fourth run, he had to dive under one ball, getting back up at a run to finish the trip. Going across for the fifth time he dove and slid under one of the balls nearly sliding off the bridge. When time ran out he had completed a record seven trips earning fourteen points. Mark was a bit more conservative in his approach. Using more caution he slowly traversed the bridge completing his first trip fairly easily. Starting back across his foot slipped between two of the planks causing him to fall and using valuable seconds as he freed himself. He continued to be cautious and finished a total of three trips for six points when time ran out.

The women were first into the Eliminator in this competition. With a one-half second head start, the two competitors started nearly together. Toni hit the wall, getting up and over with very little problem, and into the water on the other side for her underwater swim. Kim, on the other hand, had a great deal of difficulty with this first obstacle failing to get up the wall in her first few attempts. While her opponent struggled, Toni got under the fire and started up the cargo net. The barrel roll was relatively easy for her but the hand bike proved a challenge as she fell into the pit. Kim was still trying to get over the wall with no success. Toni climbed out of the pit, over the balance beam and started up the thirty foot pyramid as Kim finally reached the top of the wall to continue on. Taking the zip line in stride, Toni fell on her first two attempts at the travelator, grabbing the rope on her third attempt. Fighting her way to the top she finished the event in three minutes, forty-four seconds, which was not good enough to make the final eight.

The men’s run through the Eliminator gave Alex a four second head start over Mark. Alex took the wall with no trouble and was quickly into the water on the far side. Mark had no trouble with the wall either, getting over and into the water as Alex started up the cargo net. As Alex went across the hand bike Mark was finishing the barrel roll right behind him. When they both got the pyramid, Alex was reaching the top as Mark started up from the bottom. Alex went down the zip line and up the travelator on his first attempt finishing the course in an amazing one minute, thirty-eight seconds. This put Alex into the final eight and taking Molivann out!

See you next week here at Reality TV Magazine for the Semi-Final Competitions!

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