Deadline broke the news today that MGM and WWE are teaming up to bring back the classic competition series “American Gladiators.”
Deadline reports that Mark Burnett and his team are pitching a reimagined version of the show. There are no details yet on which networks/streaming services might be interested in picking up the show or if there have been pitches made to networks at this time.
“American Gladiators” was a popular competition series that aired in syndication in the early 90s. The show pitted a regular cast of “Gladiators” against everyday competitors.
There are some WWE connections from the first two incarnations of the series. The first version of the show was hosted by Mike Adamle, who later went on to work for Vince McMahon’s XFL and he had a brief announcing stint in WWE in 2008. The first run for American Gladiators lasted from 1989 until 1996 and then was rebooted on NBC in 2008 with Hulk Hogan and Laila Ali as the hosts.
There was an attempt to revive the show, with Seth Rogan on board, in 2018 but those attempts were not successful.