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Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge


Anyone else watching this on Dave (CMT in the US). It is in it's 4th season now which Dave are showing on Friday nights while older episodes air on weekend mornings.

Format is quite simple and the challenges quite stripped back in the heat of the desert, but the challenge is pretty tough and the Skullbuster finale arguably rivals Ninja Warrior. Each week 8 elite athletes take part, with men and women on alternate weeks. Each episode is a series of head to head challenges with the loser eliminated and winner moving on until the final one standing faces the Skullbuster, having to beat the current champions time to win $10k. If they don't the reigning champ ads another $10k to their winnings.


Round 1: 8 to 4

The contestants face off in duels. They basically involve variations of wrestling each other. One variation is retrieving a flag off your opponents leg, while Trench Warfare sees them start at opposite ends of a pit of water and have to ring a bell at the other end. Another variation sees the contestants bound at the waste having to race in opposite directions to ring their bell, dragging their opponent along.


Round 2: 4 to 2

These are head to head races, usually based on moving heavy items rather than speed, but with a bit of skill too. For example Ballbreaker sees them have to carry a 20kg ball to a shot line up a hill and throw it in a target, then repeat with a 30kg ball taking it higher up the hill, then finally a 40kg ball which has to be thrown over a wall at the top of the hill with the contestant then climbing over the wall themselves and ringing the bell.

Another variation sees them flipping a sequence of heavier tyres, putting tgem on poles and with the 4th tyre flipping it over the finish line.


Round 3: The Pit

The final two go head to head in a two part challenge. The first varies but is a race in the style of Round 2, for example pulling a 5ft then a 15ft log out of a hole, carrying it to a third hole where they place them to form a ladder to ring a bell. Another variation is collecting chains from three poles and dragging them back over the finish line.

The second part is The Pit and basically a wrestling match with the aim to throw your opponent out of the ring. Once the winner of part one enters the ring their opponent has 60 seconds to complete part one and enter the ring.


The Skullbuster

The winner of the episode faces the Skullbuster a ten part half mile obstacle course. To win $10k they must not only complete it but also beat the current champions time.

It varies slightly from series to series but begins with a run carruing a heavy log, then a rope swing over a mudpit. From there on most obstackes are "repeat obstacles" so if you fall you must go back and try again. Holding Pattern is the third obstacle and basically similar to Cliffhanger, followed by a monkeybar style challenge then running acriss various poles and logs.

The Log Jam is a series of 7 hurdles which must be jumped over, then Deep Freeze is a dip under metal grating in icy cold water. This is folowed by a run up a steep hill then ascent back down it, with the final challenge being Rope Burn, a 20ft climb up a rope to ring a bell.


It's a tough challenge - even if they complete it beating the time from the reigning champ is even trickier, meaning the reigning champ can win tens of thousands. At the beginning of a new season the reigning champ returns to set the time to beat on the updated Skullbuster course.



IMO this is great show within the genre - all played for real rather than laughs but the respect between contestants makes it very watcable and there is no sob story bullshit or contestants chosen to fail. Also a decent range of challenges - similar but different but enough to keep it fresh. They do seem to use the same rounds in back to back episodes - once for the men then for the women. They deserve praise to for having an equal number of female episodes from the very first series for what at first sight could be a very macho show.

Defo worth a watch though. New eps Fri at 8pm on Dave, with more eps on Saturdays and Sundays at 10am. I think the US airing on CMT is on Sunday nights

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I found this full:

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Will watch in a bit.

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I did see this on a Saturday morning a few weeks ago, and thought it was going to be Fear Factor-y (it's certainly set up that way to begin with with the six contestants in a desert), but the challenges weren't as interesting as I hoped. The one I saw began with a wrestling match - can't remember the aim of it - with two women fighting each other on the ground. I didn't stick with it any longer than that. The obstacle course sounds more interesting though.
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I watched it. This one was a women's episode and began with the elastic band battle. I was suprised when I saw this because I expected a more obstacle-y thing, but it was good in its own right. Then carrying heavy rocks through a pool was the second challenge. The side-by-side racing made it interested. Then they got to the Pole Dancer (I think) round. Tire-flipping is a classic exercise so no suprise it was included here, but getting it over the wood-polesproved to be quite difficult!! I never saw the pit as it wasn't used in this episode.

The Skullbuster was likely my favorite part, but do the last nine obstacles only stretch for 1/4 of a mile, because the first obstacle itself took up a quarter of a mile!! Definitely seemed longer but I'm no expert! I thought the course was really good for this type of show, even if only the Nutcracker stumbled the finalist (also kind of a weird name in this episode but whatever emoticon ).

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They do seem to use the same rounds in back to back episodes - once for the men then for the women



Like every round and consistently the same - not just coincidentally once in awhile? emoticon I could check but I'm too lazy emoticon

Also - on the subject of requesting answers - do the men and women compete together with their Skullbuster times or is their a male and a female division winner at the end?

I enjoyed it overall though, a very cut-and-dry show with fitting obstacles emoticon

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Does seem to be consistent - I would guess they film the men and womens episodes on the same day.

They have a mens champion and a womens champion.

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Ah okay, thanks. For most shows, they could mix them up in the order they air, but because they have a series-long champion here, they can't emoticon

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Seems it has a fifth season now - not sure how recent.

I can't find any online tho emoticon
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