The reality-based competition show for the supremely athletic, American Ninja Warrior, has been going strong on NBC since 2009. Based on the same premise as Japanese show Sasuke (itself a highly popular show currently in its 30th season), American Ninja Warrior has become popular among athletes across a variety of sports and athletic activities. From football players, to track and field stars, to skaters, to those skilled in parkour, no one sport seems to have a greater advantage than the other. Once they hit the course, everyone seems to be on the same level, as the rigorous obstacle course in the great equalizer.
To date, only two people have complete all four stages of the American Ninja Warrior obstacle course, Isaac Caldiero and Geoff Britten (both rock climbers), who successfully climbed the 75-foot rope up Mount Midoriyama. Truth be known, even the most skilled athletes fail on some of (what appear to be) the easiest obstacles, and no one, not even veterans considered to be favorites, can let their guard down, else they take a plunge into the Pom Wonderful pools.
Minor celebrities (mostly Hollywood stuntmen and women) have been seen on the course with varying degrees of success. The latest stuntwoman to taste success is Jesse Graff (Supergirl, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), who was the first woman to ever complete Stage 1 on the Finals – watch her impressive feat HERE. Not to be left out, actor Stephen Amell (Arrow, Teenage Mutant Turtles: Out of the Shadows) has let it be known via Twitter that he really wants to give the arduous American Ninja Warrior obstacle course a run for its money.
Hey @ninjawarrior - I would like to compete on your show in 2017.— Stephen Amell (@StephenAmell) September 3, 2016
Celebrities taking part in popular reality-based television shows is not a new concept (see: Dancing with the Stars, Celebrity Survivor, Celebrity Jeopardy and more), and generally all of the money they “win” is given to a charity of their choosing – that would most likely be the case if Amell was to appear on ANW. It’s widely known that Amell is in great physical shape and does as many of his own stunts as producers will allow. There are also videos of him in the gym running up The Wall and performing various parkour stunts. And of course, he also trains on the infamous Salmon Ladder on his superhero show, Arrow.
Amell is no stranger to participating in reality sports shows either, making a rather unique appearance on WWE Raw last August to slap down wrestler Stardust in magnificent fashion – that is until security pulled him off the flamboyant wrestler, who then retreated to the locker rooms like a scared rabbit. When you put together his athletic ability, obstacle course prowess and fan popularity, it’s clear that NBC should give Amell a shot at appearing on American Ninja Warrior, if only to benefit his two favorite charities: Stand for the Silent and Paws & Stripes.
The Flash season 3 will premiere Tuesday October 4th at 8pm on The CW; Arrow season 5 will premiere in the same timeslot on Wednesday, October 5th; Supergirl season 2 on Monday October 10th; and Legends of Tomorrow season 2 on Thursday October 13th.
Source: Stephen Amell
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