Blaze trained as a 1984 Olympic athlete in jumping and hurdling until an injury sidelined those hopes. That didn’t stop her from taking the 1990 Miss Natural International Bodybuilding Championship crown. On the side, she worked toward a law degree and practiced criminal law. Gladiator Blaze had an aggressive reputation.
The Conquer event best showcased her style. Sha-ri Pendleton married Rodney “Knightmare” Mitchell, an athlete from rival T.V. show “Knights and Warriors.” The union was a bit contentious at the time. They have one son, Re-al Mitchell, who is also a talented athlete. Today, she’s a high school coach and teacher.
Hailed King of the Duel, Shadow was defeated only once in three highly competitive years. With daunting strength and determination, Contenders lived in mortal fear of the mighty Shadow. He launched his career in track and field hoping to sign with the NFL. Turning to bodybuilding, he won numerous titles.
The original Gladiator team captain loved his days at the Arena until he was caught doing illicit substances. Ejected from Gladiators, Jefferson King was now doing manual labor like gravedigging. Ten years later he finally kicked another addiction and is now leading others to reclaim their lives at Intuitive Recovery.
Malibu was one of the six original Gladiators from Season 1. Offstage, the California cool surfer dude not only trained in Karate and hand-to-hand sword fighting but was a professional wrestler, a pro racquetball player, and a movie star as well. To be fair, Malibu is a much cooler alias for Deron McBee.
McBee has portrayed menacing villains in films such as "Batman Forever" and "Mortal Kombat: Annihilation." Malibu returned to "American Gladiators" for the 1991 Live Tour. One look and you probably wouldn't guess that he started his showbiz career as a deputy sheriff for the L.A. County Sheriff Department.
Wolf may be a newbie to "American Gladiators," but his ferocity is unmatched. Appearing on two seasons of the 2008 NBC reboot, this competitor clocks in at a daunting 6'4" and 230 pounds of brute force. Don "Hollywood" Yates has wanted to be a showbiz star since he was a kid. As a professional rodeo bullfighter, he won as many titles as broken bones.
He suffered 130 bone breaks, three knee surgeries and barely survived being gored by a bull. He's one tough dude. At a Las Vegas bodybuilding event, Wolf was approached by NBC scouts. He turned down a WWE contract and starred as Wolf instead.
As a four-year all-star triple athlete at San Bernardino High School, Lori Fetrick turned to bodybuilding and became an NPC National Level Bodybuilder, placing third nationally and taking the title for 1st in California. In 1990, Ice stood up to the Gladiator challenge in Season 2, dominating the Powerball event.
Primarily active from 1991 to 1996, Ice competed in five seasons of "American Gladiators" as well as the Live Tour. Before she opened her own gym in Florida, she worked as a personal trainer. These days, she's at Transamerica as a financial professional. And as of 2023, Fetwick has $325,000 to her name.