American Ninja Warrior: All-Stars is the second postseason tournament of American Ninja Warrior 7. It aired on May 29th, 2016 as a two-hour special.
The All Star Special took place at Mt Midoriyama in Las Vegas, Nevada between the events of Season 7 and Season 8. during the first hour of the all-stars was the Team Competition and during the second hour was the Skills Competition.
The team competition consisted of two five person teams picked by the hosts of American Ninja Warrior, Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbaja-Biamila. Each team has three veterans, one rookie and one female competitor.
|Matt Iseman||Joe Moravsky||Lance Pekus||JJ Woods||Grant McCartney||Jessie Graff|
|Akbar Gbaja-Biamila||David Rodriguez||Brent Steffensen||Jamie Rahn||Daniel Gil||Meagan Martin|
The competition began on the same Second Stage that was used in American Ninja Warrior 7, the obstacles were the same from the original season.
Second Stage Obstacles
There were three head to head match-ups/heats on Stage 2 each heat was worth one point.
|Team Matt||Joe Moravsky||Clear (1:08.52)||Joe was the first to run.|
|Team Akbar||Brent Steffensen||Failed Double Salmon Ladder||First wall.|
By that point Team Matt was leading 1-0
|Team Matt||Lance Pekus||Clear|
|Team Akbar||Jamie Rahn||Failed Roulette Row||First Hoop. Jamie was the first to run.|
So now the score was Team Matt: 2 Team Akbar: 0
|Team Matt||Grant McCartney||Failed Unstable Bridge||Transition to second board. Grant was the first to run.|
|Team Akbar||Daniel Gil||Clear|
So the score was Team Matt: 2 and Team Akbar: 1
The competition continued on the Third Stage that was used in that same competition.
Third Stage Obstacles
- Psycho Chainsaw
- Doorknob Grasper
- Floating Boards
- Ultimate Cliffhanger
- Pole Grasper
- Hang Climb
- Area 51
- Flying Bar
There were two head to head match-ups/heats on Stage 3 each heat was also worth one point.
|Team Matt||JJ Woods||Failed Floating Boards||JJ was the first to attempt|
|Team Akbar||David Rodriguez||Failed Ultimate Cliffhanger||Transition to final ledge.|
Since David went farther than JJ, Team Akbar won the heat and now both teams were tied 2-2.
|Team Matt||Jessie Graff||Failed Ultimate Cliffhanger||She cleared the first three obstacles faster the Meagan.|
|Team Akbar||Meagan Martin||Failed Ultimate Cliffhanger||Meagan was the first to attempt. She finished the first three obstacles in 3:19.|
By now the score was Team Matt: 3 and Team Akbar: 2
As the competition was now moving on to Stage 4 where there was going to be a side by side climb off on the 75 ft tower for the first time ever. This heat on stage 4 was worth 3 points.
Final Stage Obstacle
- Rope Climb (75 ft)
|Team Matt||Lance Pekus||Clear|
|Team Akbar||David Rodriguez||Clear (30.23)||David finished first.|
The Final Score was Team Akbar: 5 points and Team Matt: 3 Points making Team Akbar the winners in the competition.
The Skills Competition was when some of the most iconic obstacles were supersized to the max.
Giant Peg Board
The First part of the skills competition consisted of a Giant Peg Board where each of the four athletes chosen to take on this obstacle, would have one minute to clear as many sections on the peg board as possible while moving clockwise around it. The Giant Peg Board was shaped like a giant clock that was divided into 12 sections with 15 holes in each section with a total of 180 holes in the whole peg board.
Therefore Brian Arnold won the Giant Peg Board competition and he won a medal as a reward.
Supersonic Shelf Grab
The Second part of the skills competition consisted of the Supersonic Shelf Grab where each of the four athletes chosen to take on this obstacle, would jump off a mini-tramp catch themselves on a small shelf that has just a two-inch ledge and then lache a certain distance and catch themselves on a second shelf that also has a two-inch ledge with just their fingertips. Each of them had one attempt they would get eliminated if they came up short. The competition began with the distance between the two shelves at 9 ½ feet compared to the actual Flying Shelf Grab's distance which is 8 ft and it will increase each time two or more competitors finish the jump.
9 ½ ft Gap
10 ½ ft Gap
12 ft. Gap
13 ft. Gap
14 ft. Gap (Maximum Distance)
With that they reached the max, for safety reasons the gap couldn’t be any greater than 14 feet. Since they both cleared the maximum distance, they both were deemed co-champions and both earned medals.
Super Salmon Ladder
The third part of the skills competition consisted of the Super Salmon Ladder where each of the four athletes chosen to take on this obstacle, would use their upper body strength to hoist themselves up the rungs. There were 35 rungs in all equaling the obstacle to be 4 stories tall.
|Dustin McKinney||22 rungs|
|Kacy Catanzaro||11 rungs|
|Lance Pekus||28 rungs|
|Michael Bernardo||35 rungs|
With Michael Bernardo cleared all 35 rungs, he won the Super Salmon Ladder competition and he won a medal as a reward.
Giant Jump Hang
The fourth part of the skills competition consisted of the Giant Jump Hang where each of the four athletes chosen to take on this obstacle, would jump off a mini tramp and leap from a great distance and grab the hanging cargo net. The competition began with the mini-tramp 16 feet away from the cargo net and its distance will increase each time two or more competitors clear it. This event was digested.
16 ft. Gap
17 ft. Gap
17 ½ ft. Gap
When both JJ and Nicholas came up short therefore both of them were declared co-champions and were each given a medal.
The fifth and final part of the skills competition consisted of the Mega Wall which was the Warped Wall taken to a whole new level. Each of the four athletes chosen to take on this obstacle, would sprint down the runway and scale the wall with one attempt each person, if they came up short they would be eliminated. Whomever scales the wall would move on to the next round. The Mega Wall started out at 16 feet tall and will increase its height if two or more competitors advance.
16 ft. Warped Wall
18 ft. Warped Wall
18 ½ ft. Warped Wall
18'9 ft. Warped Wall
The sun was already rising at this point of the competition.
19 ft. Warped Wall
David Rodriguez became the champion for this final event, winning another medal.