Roo Yori: 5 Fun facts about a fun guy

Roo Yori The ANW podcast gives us the scoop on Roo! Season 11 was jam-packed with action and filled with great Ninja moments. But now there’s a void in our Monday nights, and we’re looking elsewhere to fill our need for Ninja… Lately, the American Ninja Warrior Podcast has been helping to fill that void. The podcast aired a new episode each week during season 11 of American Ninja Warrior, and we faithfully listened. Now, we’re listening again, and catching all the details we missed the first time around. Season 11’s first podcast featured Roo Yori, a canine enthusiast who […]

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Watch Chris Wilczewski play the American Ninja Warrior video game

Photo By: David Becker/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images The season is over, but you can still test your skills—without even leaving the couch. After an exciting Season 11, we’re all jonesing for more American Ninja Warrior. Luckily, there’s a solution: the American Ninja Warrior video game. Released back in March, the game is available on the Nintendo Switch™, PlayStation®4, and Xbox One. You can create your own course, run a randomized course, customize your player, train like a ninja, and choose from a variety of celebrations. It’s pretty cool. But don’t take our word for it, watch long-time Ninja […]

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A quick note on ANW Nation’s management

Matthew Hayward/NBC Introducing some new voices! If you’re reading this, it’s too late… Just kidding. But seriously, this going public means I’m out of here for a bit. I’ll be taking a break from editing ANW Nation while I welcome my baby into the world. So in a way, yeah, it is too late to save me. 🙂 Traveling with the Ninja Warrior crew every year is always pretty special, but season 11 was even more memorable for me. Of course, there’s the fact that we actually got to see a winner! But also because I carried my first child […]

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Look back at season 11: Stages Three and Four of the National Finals

David Becker/NBC It all came together in an unforgettable conclusion. American Ninja Warrior’s 11th season culminated in an epic finale. 21 Ninjas took on Stage Three, which gave us a thorough view on a stage we usually only see a glimpse of. Stage Three got right down to business and narrowed the field significantly. The course hadn’t been completed in the regular season since season seven. On this night, we finally saw two more make it through. Daniel Gil and Drew Drechsel both cleared all seven obstacles for the first time in their careers. That unlocked the gate to Stage […]

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Check out this two-minute highlight reel of the National Finals

We’ll take everything we can get as the season starts to fade behind us! Still not quite ready for the end of the American Ninja Warrior season? Neither are we! Check out the video above for a two-minute run through on some of the most smile-inducing moments of the National Finals. We’re talking Stage One, Stage Two, Stage Three, and of course, Stage Four. We get to enjoy the talents and highlights from some runs that didn’t end quite the way we wanted them to, like Najee Richardson, and Tiana Webberley. The video is packed with fun saves and buzzer […]

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Look back at season 11: Stage One of the National Finals

David Becker/NBC Stage One delivered the damage we’ve come to expect from it. With the Power Tower and the qualifying regions behind us, American Ninja Warrior charged ahead to the National Finals in Las Vegas. Stage One delivered exactly what we’ve come to expect from it. There were surprise falls, like Jessie Graff and Kevin Bull. But we didn’t expect to see the Safety Pass in play from two big names: Flip Rodriguez and Drew Drechsel. Overall, 28 Ninjas cleared Stage One over the course of two episodes. That set us up for a historic Stage Two. Before we get […]

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Help us pick the top 10 moments of season 11

David Becker/NBC Which moments immediately come to mind? We need your help picking the top 10 moments of American Ninja Warrior’s 11th season! We KNOW you have opinions. Let’s hear them. Here’s how this will work. Take to the comments section below and tell us your favorite moments from season 11. In a few days, we’ll pull out the ones that we saw mentioned a few times and organize them into a poll. Vote on the poll and the number of votes per moment will determine how we rank the top 10 moments! (Not exactly scientific, but, eh, we’re just […]

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Look back at season 11: Cincinnati Qualifiers and City Finals

Dennis Mong/NBC The City Finals gave us all a huge jolt of renewed energy. Cincinnati brought a huge breath of fresh air to the American Ninja Warrior fans. After zero finishers in the Seattle/Tacoma and Baltimore City Final regions, beleaguered fans needed something to cheer for. They got it in this city. No woman had completed the City Finals course since season six. Cincinnati saw two female rockstar Ninjas at the top of the Spider Trap: Michelle Warnky and Jesse Labreck. The location gave the viewers and the Ninjas the jolt of energy they needed to charge ahead into the […]

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Look back at season 11: The Baltimore Qualifiers and City Finals

William Gray/NBC Well, yes, this was the course with Angry Birds. Oh, Baltimore. American Ninja Warrior fans had some STRONG reactions to this region. Mainly, the City Finals episode. That’s where we met the new obstacle, Angry Birds, and people got angry. The eighth obstacle was so tough that no one in this stacked region could pass it; not Najee Richardson, Allyssa Beird, or Joe Moravsky. That meant no one moved on to the ninth obstacle, or finished the course. This came hot on the heels of the Seattle/Tacoma City Finals, another region with zero finishers. Needless to say, the […]

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Look back at season 11: Oklahoma City Qualifiers and Finals

Brett Deering/NBC Big battles and tough new obstacles marked this location. Oklahoma City brought us an American Ninja Warrior clash of the titans. On the City Finals episode, Daniel Gil faced off against friend and protégé Mathis “Kid” Owhadi on the Power Tower. The breathless battle ended with Mathis moving on to the National Finals with the Safety Pass. The course itself introduced two obstacles that would make a return later in the season. The Diving Boards, that dealt out plenty of damage to the competitors, moved to Stage One in Vegas. Snap Back, and its interesting, moving grab, headed […]

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