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Wall Lifting (ウォールリフティング), shortened to the Wall Lift in English broadcasts, has been the final obstacle in the Second Stage for every tournament except SASUKE 18, during which the Shoulder Walk took its place. Its function is simple: the competitor must lift three walls of increasing weights 2.4m apart and make it to the finish line before time runs out. The three walls weight 30kg (66 lbs), 40kg (88 lbs), and 50kg (110 lbs). For the first seven tournaments, competitors just needed to walk through the gates in order to clear the Second Stage. Starting in SASUKE 8, a button was added, requiring competitors to press it in order to stop the clock and open the gates. If competitors went through the gates without touching the button, they were disqualified (as Paul Hamm did in SASUKE 14).

The obstacle was named the WALL LIFTING in SASUKE 1 and WALL LIFTING RUN in SASUKE 2. In SASUKE 3, it was changed to the katakana which still stands today.

Visually, the obstacle was painted with black and white stripes with the numbers "1", "2", and "3" for the first twelve tournaments. From SASUKE 13 to SASUKE 17, it was repainted with black and silver stripes with the Roman numerals "I", "II", and "III". From SASUKE 19 to SASUKE 27, the numbers and stripes were removed and replaced with plain wooden walls. For SASUKE 30, the walls were changed back to metal and painted silver with Japanese symbols.

After Levi Meeuwenberg injured his foot in SASUKE 20 the walls were raised approximately 2-3 inches off the ground. This made the obstacle slightly easier as competitors could reach under the walls instead of lifting them from the sides. The walls would eventually be lowered to their pre-SASUKE 20 height in SASUKE 32.

For SASUKE 28 and SASUKE 29, it was changed into the Passing Wall, a modification of the obstacle. The original version returned in SASUKE 30, though it was modified by having the first wall be identical to the one used for the Passing Wall. Due to being the next obstacle after the Backstream, the wet hands caused by it made lifting the walls more difficult.  

Competitors' Success Rate

  • All results based on the TBS broadcast and external information found.
SASUKE Clears Attempts Percentage
1 6 8 75%
2 9 14 64.29%
3 6 8 75%
4 11 11 100%
5 1 1 100%
6 5 5 100%
7 5 5 100%
8 4 5 80%
9 4 6 66.67%
10 4 4 100%
11 7 9 77.78%
12 10 10 100%
13 5 8 62.50%
14 10 12 83.33%
15 6 6 100%
16 8 8 100%
17 8 8 100%
19 0 0 N/A*
20 1 1 100%
21 3 4 75%
22 4 4 100%
23 7 7 100%
24 7 7 100%
25 5 5 100%
26 6 6 100%
27 10 10 100%
30 9 13 69.23%
31 8 10 80%
32 8 8 100%
Total 176 202 87.13%
  • - No one made it to the obstacle.

American Ninja Warrior

In American Ninja Warrior 4, this obstacle appeared in the Southeast and Northeast courses, with the walls weighing less than the Stage 2 obstacle. Furthermore, Wall Lift has appeared as the final obstacle of the Second Stage in every incarnation of the Las Vegas Finals since their inception in American Ninja Warrior 4, with the walls weighing the same as their Sasuke counterparts, albeit with an alternate, counterweight-based system.

Ninja Warrior UK

In Ninja Warrior UK 1 and 2, Wall Lift appeared as the fifth obstacle in the Second Stage of the finals course. It currently marks the farthest any competitor has reached in either tournament, with Tim "Livewire" Shieff reaching the third wall, before timing out there.

In the second tournament however, the obstacle went untouched, as no one managed to reach that far on the course.

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