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.
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
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 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.
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
- Only American Ninja Warrior 2 and 3's semifinal results are shown.