Syfy Brings ‘Real Steel’ to Life with ‘Robot Combat League’

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robot combat league Syfy Brings Real Steel to Life with Robot Combat League

It’s been said that art imitates life, but every once in a while, the reverse happens. Case in point, last year’s sci-fi action film Real Steel depicted a reality wherein boxing robots battle each other in the ring, essentially replacing human boxers. Hugh Jackman starred as a former boxer who piloted one such machine, and while the film was a modest success at the box office, its premise has proven oddly prescient.

Syfy has officially announced the upcoming debut of Robot Combat League, a new reality series which pits – yes, you guessed correctly – robot against robot in tournament-style showdowns. WWE wrestler Chris Jericho will host the show.

Here’s a bit more detail on its format, straight from the Syfy press release:

The idea of robots in battle has captured the imagination for generations. Now, through ground-breaking engineering, the fusion of a human’s fighting spirit with a powerful robotic machine built for destruction has become a reality. This extraordinary new series will feature twelve teams consisting of a fighter (a “robo-jockey”) and a robotics engineer (a “robo-tech”) from myriad backgrounds including a race car driver, an Olympic athlete, a National Guard helicopter pilot along with a mix of professional fighters and software engineers. Each team is paired with its own unique robot and will fight in a first-of-its kind competition using a high-tech exo-suit that translates their movements to their robot. Each fight consists of three rounds of intense action, with the winning team advancing in the competition.

jericho Syfy Brings Real Steel to Life with Robot Combat League

Since human fighters are not required in this particular competition, Jericho will instead set up each fight and provide commentary of the ensuing battle. Meanwhile, his robotic co-stars, were designed and built by Mark Setrakian, whose work has been features in films like Men in Black, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and Hellboy.

The concept of battling robots has been around since at least the mid-1960s, with the release of Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots. However, this latest project takes that concept to the extreme, and it’s subsequent success or failure should prove an interesting litmus test for similar future projects. Without a doubt, a certain audience will love the prospect of watching machines give each other a beatdown, but whether or not that target audience will stick around long enough to make the show a hit is the real question.

Will you be watching Robot Combat League? Let us know in the comments.

Robot Combat League will premiere on February 26 at 10pm ET on Syfy.

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  1. If this brings back Battlebots AND Robot Wars, I’m all for it

    • Amen to that. I miss those shows.

    • Robot Wars was the greatest show ever! Right next to Monset garage! Please bring those back to basic cable!

  2. If the minimum requirement are humanoid robots and not those vacuum cleaner from robot wars

  3. Oh this could be crazy fun. But yeah, I agree with megamacy. Humanoid or nothing…..

  4. They could use the Microsoft Kinect for the “Shadow” function.

  5. I wonder if this will be a Sci-Fi take on WWE/WWF xD

    • As in full on suplexes, injuries, careers ending due to concussions? No, it won’t be.

      I used to enjoy Robot Wars. Craig Charles was a hilarious host.

  6. Uh oh, watch out UFC.

  7. Looking forward to some contemporary fun and ‘violence’. If the show is well produced and characters worth rooting for, then we’ll be watching!

  8. Awesome concept, using real fighters and athletes. Im a little worried these suits wont be as nimble as were hoping and just look like two giant rock em sock em robots pounding each other until one gets a loose wire. If the robots are half as versatile and quick as Im hoping, then this is going be awesome to watch. Otherwise, its just going to be two giant hunks of metal banging randomly into each other and get boring FAST.

  9. I have to tell ya that im a 42 year old kid at heart and loved the movie real steel and when i seen the commercial for robot combat league was really thrilled and cant wait to watch it . I think it should be a great hit . Good job syfy

  10. Yes I will be watching! I’ve been a fan of robots ever since I can remember and Real Steal was awesome in. In itself but to actually see people actually doing it is something even Grander!

    • ha ha i like your spirit im 13 building on small robots like rock em sockem but since i saw realsteel im working on hydrolic stuff with my uncle and taking apart old and new electronic toys and making small metal bodies i hope i can make a real sport of this i have alot of work ahead.

  11. I’ve heard so much about this show there’s no way I would miss it! We’re having a party to watch the first one together. After hearing about everything that went in to building these robots and getting them ready for action, I just can’t wait. Good luck to Robot Combat League!

  12. I will be watching. I hope the show focuses more on technology than extreme sports stupidity!

  13. WOOOOOO! I watched the first episode online and it was unbelievable. So much better than Battlebots and Robot Wars. I’m going to start having parties to watch this show. Everyone splits into two teams and we turn it into a drinking game. Oh and everyone has to dress in aluminum foil. The ultimate nerd party. Can’t wait for the premiere tonight!

  14. Great stuff!! Looking forward to future episodes. Keep them coming!!

    • i am working on like that im 13 but me and my uncle are working taking apart old and new toys and electronic stuuf im making a robot thats piloted by a ipad or a xbox controller also mine is gonna have blue and orange flames naming it heatwave the other robot venom its black and green red eyes and hands have posion emblems on it.

  15. I watched the first show and cant wait till the next, but i don’t think they will be able to stand buy them selfs for a while, one hit with the force the put out and they fall like a building. All i can hope for is that it gets a lot of support so it keeps going so that the bots can advance and make them more like the ones in real steel.

  16. hope it’s as good as it looks

  17. Where were the shows filmed?

  18. HECK YEA!!!A bunch of people should make more advanced robots and get together and start another show or just upgrade robot combat league? “WE HAVE WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY PEOPLE.” Keep it on the air, Great Show!!!