Look back at season 11: Stages Three and Four of the National Finals

David Becker/NBC It all came together in an unforgettable conclusion. American Ninja Warrior’s 11th season culminated in an epic finale. 21 Ninjas took on Stage Three, which gave us a thorough view on a stage we usually only see a glimpse of. Stage Three got right down to business and narrowed the field significantly. The course hadn’t been completed in the regular season since season seven. On this night, we finally saw two more make it through. Daniel Gil and Drew Drechsel both cleared all seven obstacles for the first time in their careers. That unlocked the gate to Stage […]

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Check out this two-minute highlight reel of the National Finals

We’ll take everything we can get as the season starts to fade behind us! Still not quite ready for the end of the American Ninja Warrior season? Neither are we! Check out the video above for a two-minute run through on some of the most smile-inducing moments of the National Finals. We’re talking Stage One, Stage Two, Stage Three, and of course, Stage Four. We get to enjoy the talents and highlights from some runs that didn’t end quite the way we wanted them to, like Najee Richardson, and Tiana Webberley. The video is packed with fun saves and buzzer […]

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Look back at season 11: Stage One of the National Finals

David Becker/NBC Stage One delivered the damage we’ve come to expect from it. With the Power Tower and the qualifying regions behind us, American Ninja Warrior charged ahead to the National Finals in Las Vegas. Stage One delivered exactly what we’ve come to expect from it. There were surprise falls, like Jessie Graff and Kevin Bull. But we didn’t expect to see the Safety Pass in play from two big names: Flip Rodriguez and Drew Drechsel. Overall, 28 Ninjas cleared Stage One over the course of two episodes. That set us up for a historic Stage Two. Before we get […]

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Help us pick the top 10 moments of season 11

David Becker/NBC Which moments immediately come to mind? We need your help picking the top 10 moments of American Ninja Warrior’s 11th season! We KNOW you have opinions. Let’s hear them. Here’s how this will work. Take to the comments section below and tell us your favorite moments from season 11. In a few days, we’ll pull out the ones that we saw mentioned a few times and organize them into a poll. Vote on the poll and the number of votes per moment will determine how we rank the top 10 moments! (Not exactly scientific, but, eh, we’re just […]

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Look back at season 11: Cincinnati Qualifiers and City Finals

Dennis Mong/NBC The City Finals gave us all a huge jolt of renewed energy. Cincinnati brought a huge breath of fresh air to the American Ninja Warrior fans. After zero finishers in the Seattle/Tacoma and Baltimore City Final regions, beleaguered fans needed something to cheer for. They got it in this city. No woman had completed the City Finals course since season six. Cincinnati saw two female rockstar Ninjas at the top of the Spider Trap: Michelle Warnky and Jesse Labreck. The location gave the viewers and the Ninjas the jolt of energy they needed to charge ahead into the […]

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Look back at season 11: The Baltimore Qualifiers and City Finals

William Gray/NBC Well, yes, this was the course with Angry Birds. Oh, Baltimore. American Ninja Warrior fans had some STRONG reactions to this region. Mainly, the City Finals episode. That’s where we met the new obstacle, Angry Birds, and people got angry. The eighth obstacle was so tough that no one in this stacked region could pass it; not Najee Richardson, Allyssa Beird, or Joe Moravsky. That meant no one moved on to the ninth obstacle, or finished the course. This came hot on the heels of the Seattle/Tacoma City Finals, another region with zero finishers. Needless to say, the […]

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Look back at season 11: Oklahoma City Qualifiers and Finals

Brett Deering/NBC Big battles and tough new obstacles marked this location. Oklahoma City brought us an American Ninja Warrior clash of the titans. On the City Finals episode, Daniel Gil faced off against friend and protégé Mathis “Kid” Owhadi on the Power Tower. The breathless battle ended with Mathis moving on to the National Finals with the Safety Pass. The course itself introduced two obstacles that would make a return later in the season. The Diving Boards, that dealt out plenty of damage to the competitors, moved to Stage One in Vegas. Snap Back, and its interesting, moving grab, headed […]

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What does an American Ninja Warrior winner mean to you?

David Becker/NBC Everyone watches the show through a different lens. What does it mean for you? Drew Drechsel was surprisingly calm for someone who was about to have the whole world know his big secret. The American Ninja Warrior producers and NBC organized a small viewing party in Los Angeles for the season 11 finale. Ninjas and crew members got a chance to mingle together, setting their roles on the show to the side. Drew and his girlfriend, April, had just taped a segment on the Ellen Show. After arriving at the viewing party jittery with excitement, Drew had settled […]

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Watch Drew Drechsel hit six buzzers this season

David Becker/NBC It all came together in his ninth year on the show. This was Drew Drechsel’s year. It’s pretty undeniable at this point. American Ninja Warrior’s 11th season was Drew’s 9th year on the show. That’s almost a decade of hard work and dedication. And yeah, things came together. Drew hit the buzzer at the Atlanta Qualifiers and City Finals, heading to the Power Tower both times and earning the Speed Pass and Safety Pass. He snagged the $10,000 Mega Wall while he was at it too. At the National Finals, Drew had one terrifying moment when he fell […]

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Watch season 11’s final climbs from Drew Drechsel and Daniel Gil

David Becker/NBC It was anyone’s guess right down to the final seconds. American Ninja Warrior’s 11th season culminated in a climb-off on Stage Four of the National Finals. Both Drew Drechsel and Daniel Gil completed Stage Three, making them only the third and fourth competitors in the show’s regular season history to do so. Daniel completed Stage Three just about one second faster than Drew. That provided him with an advantage for Stage Four. Daniel was allowed to pick the climbing order on the 75-foot tower. He opted to go second. That would mean he would know the time he’d […]

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