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The Cross Bridge (クロスブリッジ), known on the English broadcast as the Bridge of Blades, was a First Stage obstacle, firstly introduced in SASUKE 13. It was placed immediately after the Sandan Rolling Maruta.

Its function was similar to that of the Godantobi, but rotated around a center axis.

Although few failed the obstacle, it eliminated some strong competitors, such as Nakayama Kinnikun in SASUKE 13 and Yamada Katsumi in SASUKE 15. In Yamada's case, he lost his balance after he completed the obstacle and subsequently fell off the side, resulting in a course out.

It was removed after Nagano Makoto's kanzenseiha in SASUKE 17.

A modified version of the obstacle, the X-Bridge (which Ninja Warrior also called as the Bridge of Blades), would later appear in SASUKE 24, as the second obstacle in the First Stage, with six small blades instead of four large blades.

American Ninja Warrior Appearances

ANW4 Bridge of Blades

American Ninja Warrior 4's Bridge of Blades in Midwest and Midsouth region

ANW6 Bridge of Blades

American Ninja Warrior 6's Bridge of Blades in St. Louis

The Cross Bridge (called as the Bridge of Blades) appeared as the third obstacle on American Ninja Warrior 2 in qualifying and semifinal. Although there was no block down the middle, the padding caused it to be in a plus-shape, providing an interesting threat for the competitors. It was one of the most deadly obstacles of the day, eliminating many top competitors such as Brett Sims, Rick Huelga, and Paul Darnell. It was also extremely dangerous, as one competitor suffered a wound to the head that caused him to bleed.

The obstacle was modified on American Ninja Warrior 3 and also returned in Midwest and Midsouth region on American Ninja Warrior 4.

The obstacle returned once again on American Ninja Warrior 6, where it was used in St. Louis. However, competitors were not allowed to grab the obstacle with their hands. If they did so, they would be disqualified.

Other Appearances

Images (10)

Cầu Chữ X (X-Bridge) is SASUKE Vietnam's official name for the Cross Bridge. It was positioned in Stage 1A on SASUKE Vietnam. But on SASUKE Vietnam 2 and 3, it was moved to Stage 2.

-03- Bridge of Blades

Australian Ninja Warrior's Bridge of Blades

On Australian Ninja Warrior, the Bridge of Blades appeared as the third obstacle in every qualifying heat. However, competitors were not allowed to grab the obstacle with their hands. If they did so, they would be disqualified.

Competitor's Success Rate

  • All result based on the TBS/NBC broadcast and external information found
SASUKE/ANW Clears Attempts Percentage
13 26 30 86.68%
14 34 38 88.48%
15 18 21 88.72%
16 29 30 96.68%
17 38 42 88.52%
ANW2* 25 28 88.28%
ANW3* 27 27 100%
ANW4 146 148 98.32%
Total 334 356 92.56%
  • Only American Ninja Warrior 2 and 3's semifinal results are shown.

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