I think I tried not to watch the remake of "American Gladiator" because I knew I'd be hooked. I watched anyway. I'm hooked.
A remake of the show that ran from 1989-96, it would be better if all the Gladiators and all the contestants were women. But that's just me.
It's like the old show in that two athletic women compete against each other and two athletic men compete against each other. The Gladiators are always pushing them or crashing into them or knocking things into them or shooting things at them or throwing them into the water.
A tough new Gladiator is Hellga. Yes she spells it with two l's. I'll tell you, no guy ever made her fetch him a beer if she didn't want to. She reminds me a little of former Carolina Panther offensive lineman Matt Elliott.
My new favorite Gladiator is Venom, which probably is not her real name. (Venom is my ex-wife's name). She is mean and athletic, but there is something sweet about her. She probably likes long walks in the rain and sad movies and puppies. So what if the puppies are pit bulls? She wears a silver outfit and cool black boots, and she has blonde hair and I don't think she dyes it because she doesn't seem like that kind of person.
The ratings are sensational. And I promise that if they get rid of the guys they'll be even better.