Former WWE Wrestler Chris Jericho to Host New Robot Fight Show on SyFy
Former WWE star Chris Jericho has landed himself himself a new gig. And it is one that should get everyone talking.
As industry website InsideTV.com notes, the Canadian star has just hosted the first season of SyFy's Robot Combat League, which will feature (you guessed it!) giant ultra-expensive robots boxing each other.
InsideTV.com explained the basics of the premise, with was developed for SyFy by renowned reality show producer Craig Plestis and robotics genius Mark Setrakian:
Robot Combat League will have 12 teams. Each consists of a fighter (dubbed a “robo-jockey”) and a robotics engineer (a “robo-tech”). The fighters and techs are from various backgrounds, such as a race car driver, an Olympic athlete, a National Guard helicopter pilot. One of the robo-jocks, for example, is MMA fighter Amanda Lucas (Star Wars visionary George Lucas’ daughter). Each team is paired with their own unique robot, all designed by Setrakian, that will have unique strengths and vulnerabilities. And, of course, the robots will have a colorful names, such as “Steampunk” and “Sgt. Smash.”
The site then goes on to note that the winning team will win $100,000 in prize money, not, as you may have initially thought, control of planet Earth.
The report explains that Jericho will serve as a matchmaker and host (sort of like the Raw GM position, only with robots instead of wrestlers). The program marks the star's biggest mainstream gig to date since his stint on the highly-watched ABC reality show Dancing with the Stars in 2011.
Due to debut on February 26 next year, the show looks to be heavily inspired by last year's Real Steel, a moderately successful science-fiction movie starring Hugh Jackman, which was based in the world of underground robot boxing. SyFy President Mark Stern even acknowledges in the article that the film was one of his main reasons for green lighting Robot Combat League.
So, Jericho has a new project lined up, and that's all well and good, but I have some lingering questions: Will he show up on Smackdown (also on Syfy) to promote it? Could Robot Combat League beat Homeland at the Emmy Awards next year? Will the robots cut better promos than Ryback?
Also, is it really a good idea to finance and develop massive scary robots capable of great destruction? Haven't these people ever seen the Terminator films?
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