A seasonal competition in which two men and two women compete against each other and a roster of “American Gladiators”. Events include, The Assault, Joust, The Wall, Breakthrough and Conquer, Hang Tough, Powerball, and many others, all culminating in the final event, “The Eliminator”, a difficult obstacle course race. Every season there is a tournament to determine its “Grand Champion”. For two seasons, there was an “International” competition taped in England where the champions from 4-6 countries competed similarly.
American Gladiators featured four competitors, two men and two women, in most episodes. The players went through a series of seven physical challenges with the goal to eventually become the season’s overall winner, referred to as the Grand Champion. This was determined by a season-long tournament, whose format went through various changes during its run.
In the first two seasons, two tournaments were held in each season. Twenty contenders (ten of each sex) in each half-season tournament were chosen from a nationwide contestant pool based on tests of strength and agility, with several alternates chosen in case a contender could not continue due to injury. Five preliminary round matchups were played with the winners automatically advancing to the quarterfinal round, along with the three highest scoring losers. Any alternates from that point on came from the previous round’s losers.