The Los Angeles Qualifying Round episode of American Ninja Warrior aired on June 1, 2016. This marked the American Ninja Warrior 8 premiere and took place at Universal Studios Hollywood in Universal City, California, with a Hollywood setting background. The episode was hosted by Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbaja-Biamila. Kristine Leahy co-hosted as the sideline reporter. Competitors in this episode included Kevin Bull, Grant McCartney and Jessie Graff.


1. Floating Steps

2. Tick Tock

3. Escalator

4. Ring Jump

5. I-Beam Cross

6. Warped Wall


In the episode, Stuntwoman Jessie Graff became the first woman in American Ninja Warrior history to make it up the new 14 1/2-foot Warped Wall. Along with Graff, who finished 11th, professional rock climber Natalie Duran, who finished 19th, also moved on to the city finals. This was the first time in American Ninja Warrior history that two women made it into the Top 30. Stock trader Kevin Bull earned the "POM Wonderful Run of the Night" with the fastest time (2:02.81). Competitors who also finished the course include David Rodriguez, Nicholas Coolridge and Grant McCartney.

Shocking falls include Tiana Webberley, Tory Garcia and Brandon Mejia.

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