Before American Ninja Warrior returns for the summer, it’s time to watch a three-hour competition between the US, Latin America and Europe.
The season premiere of American Ninja Warrior is a couple of weeks away still, but NBC knows how to build hype. And building hype, in this case, is putting out a three-hour (per the press release) special episode after the celebrity edition that ran on Red Nose Day.
Yes, it’s time for another round of USA vs. The World, and ANW has actually expanded the world to include Latin America. Each of the three teams has six competitors ready to show off their skills on the Vegas finals course, the hardest of them all.
Let’s take a look at the promo first:
That’s right, Jessie Graff is back and on Team USA alongside Jake Murray, Josh Levin, Daniel Gil, Brian Arnold, and Drew Drechsel. That’s going to be a tough team to beat. Before you think Graff made it on just because she’s a woman, though, NBC has also released her run on Stage 2 in full already.
There’s no better way to get excited for this special than to watch her at work:
That’s nearly seven minutes of glorious action. Careful listeners will note that it seems like some of Team USA will stumble at first, but considering that the score stands at 4-4-1 Europe-USA-Latin America after Graff’s run, this is likely from relatively early in the show. That’s backed up by host Akbar Gbajabiamila dubbing it the “run of the night” and noting that it might seem premature to do so.
But when one of your competitors makes some “herstory,” to quote Gbajabiamila again, you make some exceptions.
Date: Sunday, June 4
Start Time: 8 p.m. ET
Episode: “USA vs. The World” special
American Ninja Warrior will take over NBC’s primetime block tonight, so strap in now.