Celebrating Akbar Gbajabiamila for his birthday

Photo by: Maarten de Boer/NBCUniversal/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images We look back at photos through the years in honor of his big day. It’s Akbar Gbajabiamila’s birthday!!! The energetic, enthusiastic, pun-loving host of American Ninja Warrior is 42 today and we’re taking a moment to celebrate him. Akbar joined American Ninja Warrior as a host back in season five. He brought an infectious sense of wonder and awe to the show as he called the runs. He was truly impressed by the competitors at every turn and it showed. Since then, he’s become the king of the puns, and […]

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The National Finals are coming to life and there are photos to prove it

Photo by: David Becker/NBC It’s a relief to actually see the show returning to its hallowed ground. When season 12 of American Ninja Warrior was put on pause in March of 2020, we didn’t know what to expect. The months crawled on and we waited for any sign that things might improve and we might get a season. We were overjoyed when the show filmed an amended season 12 in the Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis. But the lack of a National Finals was a bit sad. Those Vegas lights and the final four stages of the competition […]

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Watch Jesse Labreck’s first-round run from the Women’s Championship

SPOILER: This is a full run from the upcoming Women’s Championship SPOILER ALERT: This video and article contains spoilers from the upcoming American Ninja Warrior Women’s Championship. We are so excited for the first American Ninja Warrior Women’s Championship! To help us make it through the last few days before it airs, NBC has dropped Jesse Labreck’s FULL run from the first round. There are some pretty unavoidable spoilers here. Matt Iseman mentions that Allyssa Beird may be on the bubble to move on. He also says that four women have already fallen on Beehive. So it seems like things […]

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Poll: Who will be the first American Ninja Warrior Women’s Champion?

Give us your predictions! When it comes to American Ninja Warrior, a “winner” is usually not a given. But that’s different for the upcoming Women’s Championship. There will be a winner and we want to know your predictions. Season 12 of American Ninja Warrior was filmed under COVID restrictions that prevented the show from traveling to Las Vegas for the traditional National Finals. In order to bring the season to a close, the show organized a Power Tower playoff with the top eight competitors. So for one season, we knew it would close with a winner. However, usually, we have […]

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NBC’s promo for the first-ever Women’s Championship is here!

The special will air on Sunday, May 9 at 7 pm. It’s not a secret that we’re jubilant over the news that the first-ever American Ninja Warrior Women’s Championship is on its way. Now, NBC has dropped the promo for the special two-hour episode just a week before its debut and it has us gasping for air. The Women’s Championship will air on Sunday, May 9 (Mother’s Day) from 7-9 pm on NBC. 12 of the top women from the show will take on three rounds of competition, giving it their all for a chance at the $50,000 prize. The […]

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Sandy Zimmerman and Najee Richardson embody the Ninja Warrior spirit for season 13

The show has selected the two competitors to be the “key art” for American Ninja Warrior’s 13th season. Season 13 of American Ninja Warrior is in production at this very moment. The show will return to our televisions just in time to kick off summer on Monday, May 31 at 8 pm on NBC. We now have the key art for season 13 and it has us even more excited (if that was possible). Sandy Zimmerman and Najee Richardson are the “poster” woman and man for season 13. They represent exactly what this show is all about. Sandy was the […]

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Ethan Swanson just reached a huge backflip milestone

Photo by: David Becker/NBC He’s pulled off the flip for 1000 consecutive days now. In case you were wondering, Ethan Swanson is still doing backflips. The seven-time American Ninja Warrior competitor has been doing a backflip a day for about two and a half years. Today (April 29) marked his 1,000th day of backflips. We feel a little nauseous just thinking about that, but this isn’t about us. Congratulations, Ethan! At this point, where has Ethan NOT done a backflip? He’s backflipped inside. He’s backflipped outside. He’s backflipped on American Ninja Warrior. Ethan’s dedication to the backflip has never waivered. […]

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Explainer: Revisiting the rules around how women advance on Ninja Warrior

Elizabeth Morris/NBC We get a few questions about this every season, so let’s break it down. The premiere of American Ninja Warrior’s 13th season is just about one month away! It all kicks off on Monday, May 31 at 8 pm on NBC. As each season approaches, we like to spend a little time clarifying things for any new viewers or clear up any questions for returning viewers. To start that off this time around, we’ve seen several questions coming up regarding how women advance on the show. It has been a little while since we’ve visited that subject, so […]

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Poll: What should happen if more than one Ninja completes Stage Four?

Photo by: David Becker/NBC Should the $1 million prize change? The season 13 American Ninja Warrior National Finals are swiftly approaching. Both the Qualifiers and the Semifinals have been filmed. The remaining competitors will head to Las Vegas in the coming weeks to take on the final four stages. In order to become an “American Ninja Warrior Champion,” the competitor must complete all four stages of the National Finals. Stages one and two are timed. Stage three is a nearly impossible upper body gauntlet. Stage Four is an 80-foot rope climb that must be completed in 30 seconds. That’s the […]

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Sandy Zimmerman turned her crushed backyard course into a chance for growth

Photo by: Elizabeth Morris/NBC The community rushed to her aid when they heard a massive tree fell on her “Ninja Fortress.” American Ninja Warriors face obstacles with unswerving dedication, both on and off the course. But what if the course itself faces an obstacle? Sandy Zimmerman, a four-time veteran of the show and the first mom to hit a buzzer, was recently faced with that challenge. Years of work were put into jeopardy when her home course was partially crushed by a tree in a recent storm. The course is not only for Sandy’s benefit, it’s important to her Ninja […]

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