Wipeout premiered three years ago as a summer fill in, based on the similar Ninja Warrior out of Japan, this rendition is in it for the funny not the challenge. Hosted by John Henson, John Anderson and Jill Wagner the hosts are half of the appeal.
When first faced with the obstacle course from a viewers point of view, it doesn’t look too bad. Highly padded, not impossible and if you fall you hit water. Cool. The contestants are definitely original and you find yourself routing for the course to kick their butts.
There are three zones to Wipeout. You have the main obstacle course, a crank course which is a series of obstacles, flying objects and reasons to duck. If you make it through parts one and two, then you are in the final four and you head to the Wipeout zone. This is an arena of obstacles which starts with the contestant usually being shot out of a cannon or launched off a slide into the water.
You would think that the more physically fit you are the better you will fare, and while this helps with stamina sometimes it is the buffest that fall first. Making for serious giggles watching them fall face first into the water after bouncing off the Big Balls obstacle.
Big Balls is one of the best obstacles on the course, a series of five 8 ft diameter large big red balls that the contestants must cross. They are bouncy, like a kick ball, and much more difficult than they look. I have personally only seen three maybe four people ever get across without falling in to the pool below. Another one of my favorites that seems to get everyone is the punching wall. A wall spring loaded boxing gloves that pop out as the contestant tries to cross the half inch wide bar over the pool of mud. They also spit paint which is awesome! Punch, spit paint, and then down they go into the mud!
Absolute fun for the entire family and all ages, we all understand the universal language of pain. Wincing at the sight of someone being bent in half or hitting the ground with a crunch is truly awful but so hilarious! Wipeout is harmless fun and a great break from regular reality television where everyone seems to take themselves so seriously!