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American Ninja Warrior: All Stars Special was the first ever American Ninja Warrior's post-season tournament, which was recorded after American Ninja Warrior 7's season finale, and premiered on May 29th, 2016 (3 days before American Ninja Warrior 8's season premiere).

Team Competition

Competitors

There were 2 teams competed (Team Matt and Team Akbar), with 5 competitors in each team. Each team consisted of 3 American Ninja Warrior veterans, 1 rookie (competitor who firstly appeared on American Ninja Warrior 7), and 1 female competitor. The members of each team was chosen by the host and co-host of American Ninja Warrior (Matt Iseman for Team Matt and Akbar Gbaja-Biamila for Team Akbar).

Team Matt Team Akbar


Competition Format

The competition worked as followed:

  • The stages used were Stage Two, Stage Three, and Stage Four (side-to-side).
  • There were 3 heats in Stage Two, 2 heats in Stage Three, and 1 heat in Stage Four.
  • Each heat consisted of 2 competitors (1 competitor from each team).
  • In each heat, the competitor who completed the course (or made the furthest) in the fastest time would receive points for his/her respective team: 1 point for each heat in Stage Two and Stage Three, and 3 points for the heat in Stage Four.
  • The points would be cumulated among those three stages, and the team who got the highest points would be the champion.
  • There was no time limit to complete the stages (Stage Two, Stage Three, and Stage Four).


Stage Two

Obstacles

Rope Jungle
Double Salmon Ladder
Unstable Bridge
Butterfly Wall
Roulette Row
Wall Lift

Results

Team Name Result Notes Winning Team
Heat 1
Team Matt Joe Moravsky Clear (1:08.52) American Ninja Warrior's Stage Two Speed Record. Team Matt
Team Akbar Brent Steffensen 2. Double Salmon Ladder Missed the jump to the fourth rung of the first ladder.
Heat 2
Team Akbar Jamie Rahn 5. Roulette Row Failed to make the transition to the second hoop Team Matt
Team Matt Lance Pekus Clear
Heat 3
Team Matt Grant McCartney 3. Unstable Bridge Transition to the second plank. Team Akbar
Team Akbar Daniel Gil Clear

Standings After Stage Two

Place Team Total Points
1st Team Matt 2 points
2nd Team Akbar 1 point


Stage Three

Obstacles

Psycho Chainsaw
Doorknob Grasper
Floating Boards
Ultimate Cliffhanger
Pole Grasper
Hang Climb
Area 51
Flying Bar

Results

Team Name Result Notes Winning Team
Heat 1
Team Matt JJ Woods 3. Floating Boards Transition to the third board. Team Akbar
Team Akbar Flip Rodriguez 4. Ultimate Cliffhanger Transition to the final ledge.
Heat 2
Team Akbar Meagan Martin 4. Ultimate Cliffhanger Transition to the fifth ledge. Team Matt
Team Matt Jessie Graff 4. Ultimate Cliffhanger Transition to the fourth ledge. Completed the Floating Boards faster than Meagan Martin.

Standings After Stage Three

Place Team Total Points
1st Team Matt 3 points
2nd Team Akbar 2 points


Stage Four

Obstacles

Rope Climb (75 feet)

Results

Team Name Result Notes Winning Team
Team Matt Lance Pekus Clear Team Matt
Team Akbar Flip RodrIguez Clear (0:30.23) Reached the top of the tower in the fastest time. POM Run of the Night.

Standings After Stage Four (Final Standings)

Place Team Total Points
1st Team Akbar 5 points
2nd Team Matt 3 points
American Ninja Warrior: All Stars Special's Team Competition champion: Team Akbar

Skills Competition

Giant Pegboard

The obstacle consisted of a circular pegboard, divided into 12 equally-size segments, with 15 holes in each segment.

Each competitor was given 60 seconds to clear as many segments as possible, by traversing the pegboard in clockwise direction. Whoever traverse the most segments, he/she would be the champion.

Competitors

Ben Melick
Jessie Graff
David Campbell
Brian Arnold

Results

Name Results Notes
Ben Melick 12 segments
Jessie Graff 10 segments
David Campbell 13 segments
Brian Arnold 15 segments
American Ninja Warrior: All Stars Special's Giant Pegboard champion: Brian Arnold


Supersonic Shelf Grab

The obstacle consisted of a supersized version of the Flying Shelf Grab, with a much larger distance between the shelves, requiring competitors to build a much bigger swing and momentum to make the transition from the first shelf to the second shelf.

The competition worked in an elimination fashion. Each competitor was given just one attempt to clear the obstacle in required distance. If they could complete it, they would move on the next round (with the distance between the shelves was made larger in the next round). If they couldn't complete it, they would be eliminated from the competition. The competition continued until only one competitor could clear the required distance in any round, the required distance had reached the maximum point for safety reasons, or the remaining competitors in any round failed to clear the required distance.

Competitors

Meagan Martin
Kevin Bull
Drew Drechsel
Isaac Caldiero

Results

Name Result Notes
Distance: 9.5 feet
Meagan Martin Clear
Kevin Bull Clear
Drew Drechsel Clear
Isaac Caldiero Clear
Distance: 10.5 feet
Meagan Martin Fail Eliminated from the competition.
Kevin Bull Clear
Drew Drechsel Clear
Isaac Caldiero Clear
Distance: 12 feet
Kevin Bull Fail Eliminated from the competition.
Drew Drechsel Clear
Isaac Caldiero Clear
Distance: 13 feet
Drew Drechsel Clear
Isaac Caldiero Clear
Distance: 14 feet (maximum distance)
Drew Drechsel Clear
Isaac Caldiero Clear
American Ninja Warrior: All Stars Special's Supersonic Shelf Grab champion: Drew Drechsel and Isaac Caldiero


Super Salmon Ladder

The obstacle consisted of a supersized version of the Salmon Ladder, with 35 rungs and about 4 stories (13.2 meters) in height.

Each competitor would start at the second rung and tried to reach the highest rung as possible. Whoever reached the highest rung, he/she would be the champion. However, if there were at least 2 competitors who could reach the highest rung, the competitor who reached it in the fastest time would be the champion.

Competitors

Dustin McKinney
Kacy Catanzaro
Lance Pekus
Mike Bernardo

Results

Name Result Notes
Dustin McKinney 22nd rung
Kacy Catanzaro 11th rung
Lance Pekus 28th rung
Mike Bernardo 35th rung Reached the top of the ladder.
American Ninja Warrior: All Stars Special's Super Salmon Ladder champion: Mike Bernardo


Giant Jump Hang

The obstacle consisted of a supersized version of the Jump Hang, with a much larger distance between the trampoline and cargo net, requiring competitors to build a much bigger bounce from the trampoline to reach the cargo net.

The competition worked in an elimination fashion. Each competitor was given just one attempt to clear the obstacle in required distance. If they could complete it, they would move on the next round (with the cargo net was placed further in the next round). If they couldn't complete it, they would be eliminated from the competition. The competition continued until only one competitor could clear the required distance in any round, the required distance had reached the maximum point for safety reasons, or the remaining competitors in any round failed to clear the required distance.

The Giant Jump Hang was the only competition to be digested (only shown the highlight) during the broadcast.

Competitors

Abel Gonzalez
Brent Steffensen
JJ Woods
Nicholas Coolridge

Results

Name Result Notes
Distance: 16 feet
Abel Gonzalez Clear
Brent Steffensen Clear
JJ Woods Clear
Nicholas Coolridge Clear
Distance: 17 feet
Abel Gonzalez Fail Eliminated from the competition.
Brent Steffensen Fail Eliminated from the competition.
JJ Woods Clear
Nicholas Coolridge Clear
Distance: 17.5 feet
JJ Woods Fail Eliminated from the competition.
Nicholas Coolridge Fail Eliminated from the competition.
American Ninja Warrior: All Stars Special's Giant Jump Hang champion: JJ Woods and Nicholas Coolridge


Mega Wall

The obstacle consisted of a supersized version of the Warped Wall, with a much taller wall and longer runway than during city qualifiers/city finals, requiring competitors to build a much bigger speed and momentum to reach and climb to the top of the wall.

The competition worked in an elimination fashion. Each competitor was given just one attempt to clear the obstacle in required height. If they could complete it, they would move on the next round (with the wall's height was made taller in the next round). If they couldn't complete it, they would be eliminated from the competition. The competition continued until only one competitor could clear the required height in any round or the remaining competitors in any round failed to clear the required height.

The sun was rising during this final competition.

Competitors

Alan Connealy
Jamie Rahn
Joe Moravsky
Flip Rodriguez

Results

Name Result Notes
Height: 16 feet
Alan Connealy Clear
Jamie Rahn Clear
Flip Rodriguez Clear
Joe Moravsky Clear
Height: 18 feet
Alan Connealy Fail Eliminated from the competition.
Jamie Rahn Clear
Flip Rodriguez Clear
Joe Moravsky Clear
Height: 18.5 feet
Jamie Rahn Clear
Flip Rodriguez Clear
Joe Moravsky Clear
Height: 18.75 feet
Jamie Rahn Fail Eliminated from the competition.
Flip Rodriguez Clear
Joe Moravsky Clear
Height: 19 feet
Joe Moravsky Fail Eliminated from the competition.
Flip Rodriguez Clear
American Ninja Warrior: All Stars Special's Mega Wall champion: Flip Rodriguez