American Gladiators x WWE

Blockquote Deadline understands that MGM has teamed up with WWE for a reimagined version of the non-scripted series that will feature a slew of WWE wrestling superstars.

It seems like good timing for the Hollywood studio and Vince McMahon’s wrestling federation given the success of physical competition series in the non-scripted space from American Ninja Warrior to Floor Is Lava and Holey Moley as well as the growing focus on WWE with Netflix’s interactive film Escape The Undertaker and a documentary series about McMahon from Bill Simmons as well as Blumhouse TV scripted series The United States of America Vs. Vince McMahon in the works.

I mean… this makes perfect sense - and could actually be a really good opportunity for some underutilized talent to get noticed.

Between this and the Undertaker vs New Day Netflix special - this seems like the perfect culmination of an analogy my friend made… WWE is the Harlem Globetrotters / AEW is the NBA. Both are very successful properties - and both are basketball - but you’d never compare the two.

As somebody who used to love watching American Gladiators as the lead-in to RAW on Tuesday afternoons on TSN in the mid-90’s, this makes perfect sense.