The Wall Lifting (ウォールリフティング), shortened as the Wall Lift in English broadcasts, has been the final obstacle in the Second Stage for every tournament except in SASUKE 18 (during which the Shoulder Walk took its place), SASUKE 28 and SASUKE 29 (during which the Passing Wall took its place).
Its function is simple: the competitor must lift three walls of increasing weights, which is 2.4m apart between one wall to other other, and make it to the finish line before time runs out. The three walls weighs 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 pressing the button, they would be 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, being the only obstacle that officially used English alphabets. In SASUKE 3, it was changed to the katakana, which still stands today.
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.
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.
- For the first twelve tournaments, the obstacle was painted with black and yellow stripes with the numbers "1", "2", and "3".
- 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.
- From SASUKE 30 onwards, the walls were changed back to metal and painted silver with the currently used Japanese daiji numerals "壱", "弐", "参", though that was firstly used on the Passing Wall.
The Wall Lifting also appeared at KUNOICHI 10 as the last obstacle of the BLUE Stage (Second Stage). The weight of the walls have toned down to 10kg (22 lbs), 15kg (33 lbs), and 20kg (44 lbs), in order to make the obstacle easier for women.
The KUNOICHI version features transparent walls with blue and yellow borders, while having increasing amounts of foam ball within them as the weight, along with the numerical scheme used in the obstacle's pre-SASUKE 13 color scheme.
Coincidentally, its first appearance has the same completion rate as its first appearance in SASUKE, as 3 out of 4 competitors completed the obstacle in KUNOICHI 10, and had a 75% completion rate. While in SASUKE 1, 6 out of 8 competitors completed the obstacle, which also has 75% completion rate (with the only difference being the number of competitors attempts and clears).
Competitors' Success Rate
- All results based on the TBS broadcast and external information found.
- - No one made it to the obstacle.
American Ninja Warrior Appearances
On American Ninja Warrior 4, the obstacle appeared as the sixth obstacle in Northeast and Southeast region (because of that, the number of obstacles during Northeast and Southeast region qualifiers and finals was 7 and 10 respectively, rather than 6 and 9 in other 4 regions), with the walls weighing less than the Stage Two version (45 lbs, 55 lbs, and 65 lbs, i.e. roughly 20kg, 25kg, and 30kg).
Furthermore, the Wall Lift appeared as the sixth and final obstacle in Stage Two from American Ninja Warrior 4 to American Ninja Warrior 7, with the walls weighing the same as their SASUKE version, albeit with an alternate counterweight-based system and the walls were being raised.
- During American Ninja Warrior 4's Northeast and Southeast region qualifiers and finals, the walls were painted plain red.
- During American Ninja Warrior 4 and American Ninja Warrior 5's Stage Two, the walls were colored with red and white stripes.
- During American Ninja Warrior 6 and American Ninja Warrior 7's Stage Two, the walls were changed with transparent walls, made entirely from Plexiglas.
Competitors' Success Rate
- All results based on the NBC broadcast and external information found.
Ninja Warrior UK
In the finals of all three Ninja Warrior UK tournaments, the Wall Lift appeared as the final obstacle of the Second Stage. On Ninja Warrior UK 1 and 2, the obstacle went undefeated, but on Ninja Warrior UK 3, two competitors (Jonny Urszuly and Cain Clarke) managed to beat it.