There were a number of changes to the Gladiator Stand! - Sly & The Family Stone - Greatest Hits up this season. Raider Carlton Headley was dropped after one season. Whilst no explanation was given for his axing, The Gladiators / Lord Creator - Hello Caroll / Unfaithful Baby was the first Gladiator to have received a red card and resulting one episode suspension and fine.
Jet Diane Youdale retired following an injury on Pyramid during live shows played at Wembley during Easter Amazon Sharron Davies had intended to compete and was included in promotional photographs for the series but left prior to rehearsals due to issues surrounding a knee injury she had picked up in Pyramid the prior year.
Zodiac Kate Staples suffered a serious neck injury in training for Pole-Axe and would only appear in the non combative event Danger Zone.
Nightshade Judy Simpson was suffering from a respiratory virus she had picked up during the first Ashes series in and only appeared in a few shows before having to retire. There were numerous changes to the event line up too. Having proved unpopular with the Gladiators and only appearing once in the previous series, The Gladiators / Lord Creator - Hello Caroll / Unfaithful Baby and Joust were axed immediately after the series. Pyramid was axed following the injury to Jet during the Wembley Live shows and injuries to Rhino and Amazon the previous year.
One new event, Sumo Ball had been added to the event line up following roadtesting at the Wembley shows bringing the event pool to Tightrope has intended to be a new event but would ultimately not appear until the following series. However in addition to Zodiac's injury contender Nikki Claxton was seriously injured after a fall on Pole-Axe in training thus leading to that events axing, bringing down the event roster to The reduced event pool saw some long standing events such as Swingshot and Skytrak have a Mozambique - Amon Düül 2* - Vive La Trance increase in appearances.
A slight amend to the rules of Suspension Bridge saw pushing and shoving being disallowed again. The contenders head start on The Wall was increased to 10 seconds again. The Whiplash ring was also changed with the carpet which had caused Gladiators to trip up and lose replaced by a more sturdier flooring in different colouring.
The music used to introduce the male Gladiators on Powerball was changed to the Gladiators cast recording of " The Boys Are Back in Town " which was released as a single later that year. An additional obstacle was added to The Eliminator replacing the second low hurdle entitled Spaghetti Junction, a web of elasticated wires that contenders had to pull themselves through which was ultimately dropped after one season.
A notable change in the series was the introduction of a 'North vs. South' challenge which took place during the series with contenders being divided into an even number from the North and South of the UK. Additionally a new competition was introduced for the fastest time on the Eliminator which was won by series female runner up Sarah Damm time of 1 minute A series of 'Time Out' segments filmed at the Gladiators Various - Untitled training camp in Cocoa BeachFlorida were shown between events.
Finally contender and Gladiators stats were now displayed in metric measurements rather than imperial. This was an original event. Contender and Gladiator stand on a large circular platform, over which a large red "Sumo Ball" hangs from the ceiling.
Contenders score 10 points for knocking the Gladiator off and 5 for staying on for the full thirty seconds. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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