WWE and MGM team up to bring back America’s Gladiators

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Deadline announced today that MGM and WWE are teaming up to bring back the classic “American Gladiators” competitive series.

Deadline reports that Mark Burnett and his team are coming up with a reimagined version of the series. There are no details yet on what networks / streaming services might be interested in resuming the show or if there have been any pitches made to the networks at this time.

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“American Gladiators” was a popular competition series that aired in syndication in the early 1990s. The show pitted a regular cast of “Gladiators” against everyday competitors.

There are a few WWE connections from the show’s first two incarnations. The first version of the show was hosted by Mike Adamle, who went on to work for Vince McMahon’s XFL and he briefly announced a move to WWE in 2008. The first round for American Gladiators lasted from 1989 to 1996, then was rebooted on NBC in 2008 with Hulk Hogan and Laila Ali as hosts.

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There was an attempt to revive the show, with Seth Rogan on board, in 2018, but those attempts were unsuccessful.