During the bulk of the 90s, Warrior was a U.K. original Gladiator. His mighty presence on six series of Gladiators was daunting. Quite literally. He weighed 291 pounds, the heaviest of any competitor. He was the toughest in Tilt and Powerball. Rugby was Michael Ahearne’s sport of choice.
It led to bodybuilding and winning more than 15 titles. The former bodybuilder and night club bouncer hit a legal snag in 1997. Convicted of money laundering, he spent some time in the slammer. After an appeal shortened his sentence, he opened a gym and tried his hand at an acting career.
The prize money drew worldwide heptathlete Peggy Odita to "American Gladiators." The accomplished athlete was at Stanford on a sports scholarship when she first heard of A.G. Defeating a Gladiator would be a breeze, she thought. The Season 5 Grand Champion said it was way tougher than she expected.
"The Gladiators didn't play," she said. "The games were extremely physical, and it was a good day when someone didn't have to go to the hospital." Next, Odita starred in Gladiators 2000, a kid show spin-off, presiding as narrator and referee. Post-Gladiators, Odita devotes her time to her family and two children.
At 6'3," Shirley Eson-Korito's height shoots up to the stars. Sky is the tallest and strongest female Gladiator and a daunting opponent. She joined the show with the American Gladiators Live Tour and served as Sky until the final season.
She got into modeling and bodybuilding as a young teen and placed well in several championships, notably, World Gym Classic in 1990. Part of her weight training regimen included long-distance cycling. In 2016, Eson-Korito went back to competitive bodybuilding. These days, she and her husband own a pet care facility in Florida.
Daz Crawford ranked 10th in the world as an amateur heavyweight boxer. The lad from Liverpool also led the pack as a martial arts contender, winning the RAF championship three times. England invited him to the Seoul Olympics for basketball. The incredible athlete's Hollywood ambitions found him studying acting in England.
Movies, modeling, television, and, of course, Gladiators followed. Daz starred as a villain in "The World is Not Enough" James Bond movie and with Wesley Snipes in "Blade 2." He competed on the very popular British Gladiators television adaptation of the original American version in series seven and eight. He as an estimated net worth of $18 million.
Tonya Knight discovered weightlifting in high school. Bodybuilding was huge in the '80s, and many Gladiators embraced the sport. After winning national and international bodybuilding competitions, Gold clocked in as one of the top professional female bodybuilders in the world.
She was a formidable competitor when she first threw her hat into the "American Gladiators" contest. A knee injury kicked her off the show. Now the IFBB Professional Bodybuilder is a licensed cosmetologist and a proud mother to her 15-year-old son Malachi. Atlas' twin brother, John Poteat, is the dad. Knight's motto is, "Train hard, win easy!" She has a net worth of $250,000.