American Ninja Warrior

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The popularity of the American Ninja Challenge has led G4 to create an licenced version of SASUKE, from series distributor Tokyo Broadcasting System titled American Ninja Warrior, with all contestants from the United States and all play-by-play commentary in English. As of early August, 2009, the competition has been decided. The competition was filmed from Saturday, August 29th, 2009, through Tuesday, September 1st, 2009.


The filming took place at 2861 Los Feliz Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039, with G4 working in conjunction with Pilgrim Films & Television. Open Try-Outs were scheduled on both Saturday, August 29th and Sunday, August 30th, from 7 AM to 6 PM. Although the days are being used as Open Try-outs, participants have submitted entry videos through G4 to Pilgrim Films, and certain entrants have been called to schedule a specific Try-Outs for one of the two days.

Out of all the competitors that competed on the first two days on the first six obstacles, only those with the top 30 times would move onto the semi-finals. From there, the top 30 would run the full obstacle course with the top 15 moving onto the finals. The finals consisted of two training challenges. For the first, competitors had to haul ten cinder blocks across a 50 foot gap while being strapped to a bungee cord. For the second, competitors had to run an obstacle course consisting of an army crawl, a balance beam while carrying a heavy barrel, and running through tires. The top ten combined times were flown to SASUKE 23.




Rope Swing

Burasagari Maruta

Jumping Spider

Pipe Slider

Soritatsu Kabe

Semi Final ObstaclesEdit

Tarzan Rope

Jumping Bars

Rope Ladder


ANW Qualifying Round ResultsEdit

Name (Age) Profile Result Notes
P.J. Hradilek (28) Personal Trainer Failed Rokudantobi
Chi-Yoon Chung (38) Film Editor Failed Rokudantobi
Shawn Carper (31) Forklift Driver Failed Rope Swing First to beat the Rokudantobi
Luvelle Mendoza (22) Saleswomen Failed Rokudantobi
Ginnie Phong (29) Designer Failed Rope Swing
Peter Austin (23) Developer Failed Rope Swing He forgot to grasp the rope, and fell at the beginning platform.
David Moss ("Green Man") (25) Editor Failed Rope Swing
Trish Knopp (31) Trainer Failed Rope Swing
Ryoga Vee (29) Entertainer Failed Rope Swing His toe touched the water.
Dylan Wight (31) Clerk Failed Rope Swing His feet touched the water.
Jim Ounniyom (25) Film Maker Failed Jumping Spider First to beat the Rope Swing and Burasagari Maruta.
Jeff Torres (24) Actor Failed Jumping Spider
Brett Sims (23) Two-time Veteran/Construction Worker Failed Pipe Slider First to beat the Jumping Spider
Daniel Devane (29) Technician Clear (1:52.00 seconds) First to beat the Pipe Slider and Soritatsu Kabe. First to beat the Qualifier.
Xin Wuku (28) Freerunner/American Gladiator Clear (1:24.73 seconds)
Jason Miller (28) MMA Fighter Clear (2:55.11 seconds)
Kevin Zeeff (24) Prop Master Failed Pipe Slider
Lisanna Haskins (26) Coach Failed Pipe Slider
Ryan Stratis (26) Military Soldier Clear (1:13.98 seconds)
Brian Kretsch (26) Salesman Clear (1:00.00 seconds)
Matt Asanuma (22) Student Clear (59.12 seconds)
Chris Christensen (23) Student Failed Jumping Spider
Rick Huelga (37) Designer Clear (58.17 seconds)
Shane Daniels (23) Controller Clear (51.52 seconds)
Geoff Iida (36) Deputy District Attorney Clear (46.39 seconds)
Ruselis Perry (32) Martial Artist Clear (47.99 seconds)
Sean Morris (21) Limo Driver Clear (45.38 seconds)
Gabe Nunez (26) Stuntman Clear (45.66 seconds)
Brian Orosco (26) Freerunner Clear (44.12 seconds)
San Thach (27) Comedian Failed Soritatsu Kabe
Joop Katana (28) Programmer Clear (59.07 seconds)
David Campbell (32) Musician Clear (35.00 seconds)
Travis Furlanic (24) David Campbell's Nephew Clear (43.56 seconds)
Chris Delfin (25) Contractor Clear (37.19 seconds)
Ryan Cousins (23) Graphic Artist Clear (37.84 seconds)
Luci Romberg (28) Stuntwoman Failed Pipe Slider
Richard King (29) Stuntman Clear (35.80 seconds)
Caine Sinclair (23) Freerunner Clear (39.00 seconds)
Paul Darnell (27) Stuntman/Freerunner Clear (35.79 seconds)
Mashashi Oguchi (30) Salesman Failed Rope Swing
William Spencer (26) Stuntman Clear (33.00 seconds)
Levi Meeuwenberg (23) Freerunner Clear (38.22 seconds)
Dustin Sims (??) Brother of Brett Sims Failed Jumping Spider All Cut. Intentionally front-flipped off of the trampoline into the water.

Semi-Final ResultsEdit

Name (Age) Qualifier Placing Result Notes
Brian Kretsch (26) 30th in Qualifier Failed Pipe Slider
Matt Asanuma (22) 29th in Qualifier Failed Jumping Bars First to beat the Tarzan Swing.
Tra Trung (21) 28th in Qualifier Clear (2:09.66 seconds) First to beat the Jumping Bars and Rope Ladder. First to beat Semi-Finals.
Gabriel Cortes (24) 27th in Qualifier Clear (1:59.43 seconds)
Jacob Smith (31) 26th in Qualifier Clear (1:58.19 seconds)
Sam Reynolds (34) 25th in Qualifier Clear (1:55.55 seconds)
Joop Katana (28) 24th in Qualifier Clear (1:49.00 seconds)
Gabe Nunez (26) 23rd in Qualifier Clear (1:50.97 seconds)
Elias Worsencroft (29) 22nd in Qualifier Clear (2:34.13 seconds)
Geoff Iida (36) 21st in Qualifier Clear (1:48.17 seconds)
Rick Huelga (37) 20th in Qualifier Clear (1:41.35 seconds)
Andrew Karsen (29) 19th in Qualifier Clear (1:41.28 seconds)
Ruselis Perry (32) 18th in Qualifier Failed Jumping Bars
Andrew Taber (21) 17th in Qualifier Failed Jumping Bars
Shane Daniels (23) 16th in Qualifier Clear (1:39.24 seconds)
Sean Morris (21) 15th in Qualifier Clear (1:32.77 seconds)
David Gruner (33) 14th in Qualifier Failed Pipe Slider
Brian Orosco (26) 13th in Qualifier Clear (1:45.91 seconds)
Travis Furlanic (24) 12th in Qualifier Clear (1:32.78 seconds)
Matt Marshall (39) 11th in Qualifier Clear (1:53.39 seconds)
Jason Khazi (25) 10th in Qualifier Failed Tarzan Rope
Dorian Cedars (34) 9th in Qualifier Failed Soritatsu Kabe
Caine Sinclair (23) 8th in Qualifier Clear (1:41.11 seconds)
Levi Meeuwenberg (23) 7th in Qualifier Clear (1:28.77 seconds)
Ryan Cousins (23) 6th in Qualifier Clear (1:36.48 seconds)
Chris Delfin (25) 5th in Qualifier Failed Tarzan Rope
Richard King (29) 4th in Qualifier Clear (1:35.26 seconds)
Paul Darnell (27) 3rd in Qualifier Clear (1:34.86 seconds)
David Campbell (32) 2nd in Qualifier Clear (1:30.70 seconds)
William Spencer (26) 1st in Qualifier Clear (1:23.15 seconds)

Finals ResultsEdit

Name (Age) Placing Notes
Brian Orosco (26) 1st 1:53
Levi Meeuwenberg (23) 2nd 1:54
Travis Furlanic (24) 3rd 1:58
Paul Darnell (27) 4th 2:03
Richard King (29) 5th 2:07
Caine Sinclair (23) 6th 2:14
Shane Daniels (23) 7th 2:17
Geoff Iida (36) 8th 2:18
Joop Katana (28) 9th 2:28
Rick Huelga (37) 10th 2:29
Andrew Karsen (29) 11th 2:33
Ryan Cousins (23) 12th 2:34
David Campbell (32) 13th 2:39
Sean Morris (21) 14th 2:40
William Spencer (26) 15th William was disqualified due to heat exhaustion and was taken to the nearest hospital.

Competition ResultsEdit

ANW Qualifier # in Tournament Name Result
1 73 Brian Orosco (26) Failed Unstable Bridge (Second Stage)
2 95 Levi Meeuwenberg (23) Failed Shin-Cliffhanger (Third Stage)
3 44 Travis Furlanic (24) Failed Jumping Spider (First Stage)
4 43 Paul Darnell (27) Failed Half-Pipe Attack (First Stage)
5 42 Richard King (29) Failed Unstable Bridge (Second Stage)
6 41 Caine Sinclair (23) Failed Rope Ladder (First Stage)
7 Shane Daniels (23) Failed Tarzan Rope (First Stage)
8 Geoff Iida (36) Failed Soritatsu Kabe (First Stage)
9 Joop Katana (28) Failed Slider Jump (First Stage)
10 Rick Huelga (37) Failed Slider Jump (First Stage)

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