Local 'Gladiators' sought

September 12, 1991|By Jean Marbella

You've armchair-wrestled them on Saturday nights, now see if you're tough or crazy enough to take them on in real life.

"American Gladiators," a weekly television show in which 10 professional hunk and hunk-ettes battle amateur challengers, will be in Baltimore Monday looking for victims, er, competitors. The one-hour show, which airs locally on WJZ-TV at 12:30 a.m. Saturday, has developed a cult following in its two-year history.

Tryouts for challengers will be held at 5 p.m. at the Baltimore Arena, and the winners will then compete against the actual Gladiators in an Oct. 16 show at the arena. Men and women interested in trying out are asked to wear gym clothes and will be given a general fitness test, including a 40-yard dash and push-ups.

Four men and four women, plus two alternates, will be picked to compete against each other and the Gladiators in the same games you see on TV -- such as "Breakthrough and Conquer," "Powerball" and "The Eliminator" -- with a top prize worth $5,000.

The event is one of about 100 local matches, and the top point-getters will get to compete in a national championship next year that will award a $50,000 grand prize.

Tickets for the Baltimore event go on sale Monday at 10 a.m. at all TicketMaster outlets.

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