Monday, January 13, 2014

"American Ninja Warrior"- U.S.A. VS. JAPAN SPECIAL

For each of the first three stages in Vegas, there will be a best-of-five head-to-head match. The winning team receives one pt. for S1, two for S2 & three for S3, w/ S4 being done if there's a tie.

S1:

1. James "The Beast" McGrath (S3 finalist; when he first competed in '10, he was preparing himself in his aunt's Quest 3.5 SE) vs. Shingo "The Godfather" Yamamoto (gas station manager who's the only one that has never missed a "Sasuke")

Shingo's Previous Results:
9/26/97: Dodging Hammer (S2)
9/27/98: Pipe Slider (S3)
3/13/99: T.O. on Rope Climb (S4)
10/16/99: Balance Bridge (S1)
3/18/00: PS
9/9/00 (nobody failed S2 in that one): Rolling Log (S1)
3/17/01: Spider Climb (S4- injured)
9/29/01: T.O. on RC (S1)
3/16/02: Rumbling Dice (S3)
9/25/02: T.O. on RC (S1)
3/21/03: Cliff Hanger (S3)
10/1/03: CH (S3)
4/6/04: T.O. on Wall Lifting (S2)
1/4/05: Curtain Cling (S3)
7/20/05: Body Prop (S3)
12/30/05: Jump Hang (S1)
10/11/06: BP (S3)
3/21/07: Flying Chute (S1)
9/19/07: Jumping Spider (S1)
3/26/08: Halfpipe Attack (S1)
9/17/08: FC (S1)
3/30/09: HA (S1)
9/27/09: Arm Rings (S3- injured)
New Yr.'s Day '10: T.O. on Tarzan Rope (S1)
3/28/10: Balance Tank (S2)
2/2/11: Rolling Escargot (S1)
10/3/11: Spinning Bridge (S1)
12/27/12: SB (S1- originally retired after that cycle)
6/27/13: T.O. on Backstream (S2)

Japan won the coin toss & will go 2nd.

James: FINISH (1:16.67)
Shingo: T.O. ON WARPED WALL

2. Paul Kasemir (S2 & S3 finalist) vs. Hitoshi "The Muscle" Kanno (gymnast)

Hitoshi's PR:
3/26/08: JS
3/30/09: DQ on Spider Flip (touched part of frame & climbed alongside platform)(S3)
9/27/09: T.O. on G-Rope (S4)
New Yr.'s Day '10: T.O. on Tarzan Rope
3/28/10: BT
2/2/11: RE
10/3/11: Withdrew on DSL due to shoulder injury (S2)
12/27/12: Crazy Cliffhanger (S3)
6/27/13: CC

Hitoshi: FINISH (1:25.43)
Paul: FINISH (1:24.8)

3. Brent Steffensen (four-time finalist) vs. Kazuma "The Speed Demon" Asa (hedge trimmer)

Kazuma's PR:
9/17/08: WW (S1)
10/3/11: DSL
12/27/12: CC
6/27/13: CC

Brent: FINISH (1:14.53)- NEW S1 RECORD
Kazuma (who previously held that record): FAIL ON GIANT CYCLE BECAUSE HE HIT HIS HEAD ON IT (6.97)- U.S. SWEEPS STAGE

S2: The U.S. won the coin toss for this stage.

4. Brian Arnold vs. Ryo "The Superfan" Matachi (painter)

Ryo's PR:
9/17/08: FC
3/28/10: Circle Slider (S1)
2/2/11: RE
10/3/11: T.O. on RC (S4)
12/27/12: T.O. on Passing Wall (S2)
6/27/13: T.O. on B

Ryo: FAIL ON SECOND RUNG OF DSL (19.67)
Brian: FINISH (1:14.63)

5. Travis Rosen vs. Yuuji "The Grand Champion" Urushihara (shoe salesman & Unlimited Cliffer member)

Yuuji's PR:
9/17/08: FC
3/30/09: T.O. on G-R
9/27/09: Unstable Bridge (S2)
New Yr.'s Day '10: TOTAL VICTORY (3.57 left)
3/28/10: DSL
2/2/11: HA
10/3/11: TV #2 (6.71 left- the other two who achieved TV were crab fisherman Kazuhiko Akiyama on 10/16/99 & fisherman Makoto Nagano on 10/11/06; however, Yuuji wasn't classified an All-Star)
12/27/12: CC
6/27/13: T.O. on B

Travis: FAIL ON METAL SPINNER (1:30.3)

Yuuji: FAIL ON 4TH RUNG OF DSL (17.67)

R3:
Kazuma: FAIL ON DSL TRANSITION (26.03)
James: FINISH (1:15)- ANOTHER STAGE SWEEP! (3)

S3:

R1:
Ryo: FAIL ON 2ND FLYING BAR (4:01.5)
Brian: DITTO (3:59.63; Ryo landed the first bar just a fraction of a sec. faster)

R2:
James: FAIL ON 2ND FLOATING BOARD (39.53)
Yuuji: DITTO (40.2; James got there a little faster)

R3:

Shingo: FAIL ON 2ND FLOATING BOARD (1:28.5)
Brent: FAIL ON HANG CLIMB (3:10.83; one rd. away from America winning this event)

R4:
Paul: FAIL ON 2ND FLYING BAR (3:53.37)
Hitoshi: FAIL ON UC (2:35.77)- U.S. SWEEP!

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