Professional wrestler and VH1 reality show star Hulk Hogan has signed on to host NBCâ€™s upcoming remake of â€œAmerican Gladiators,â€ sources say.
Hogan made the rounds at NBCâ€™s Burbank offices last week and has accepted the job. The deal is still being finalized, but sources say both parties are committed.
NBC sees Hogan as â€œthe perfect fitâ€ for the â€œGladiatorsâ€ revival, sources say. In addition to his experience as a physical performer during his years with the World Wrestling Federation, Hogan has proved he can draw viewers with sheer force of personality in his successful VH1 reality series â€œHogan Knows Best.â€
The network plans to showcase â€œGladiatorsâ€ sometime in midseason.
Like the early-1990s original, the new â€œGladiatorsâ€ will have everyday weekend warriors competing against the showâ€™s cast of athletes. The remake will add special effects, water skills and high-tech stunts.
HE’S DEFINITELY past the age of looking good without his shirt!
My wife and I always notice that his gut is way too bulgy. It doesn’t look muscle-y, but it doesn’t look fat. It’s like a big tumor.
I used to love American Gladiators. I’m probably going to watch this one.
My friend, who was the US amauer kickboxing champ, in the 1990s tried out to be a competitor. The first thing they have you do is 50 push ups in 60 seconds. That weeded out myself and about 95% of the others, including my friend. I did 47 and he did 48. After that, you had to do a bunch of pull ups, then some agility. The survivors were extremely wirey and strong but no match for a 250lb gladiator.
PS. The gladiators would never pass the skills they put us through even juiced up with all the steroids they use…way too bulky.