Mayhem got his foot in the door in 1989 as an alternate Contender but landed the real deal in 2008 on NBC’s then-new series, “American Gladiators.” As a full-fledged gladiator, he displayed a ferocious competitive edge with tremendous strength augmented by a background in theater, dance, and martial arts. Mayhem is a second-degree black belt.
Besides scoring the occasional role in T.V. and film, like “Without a Trace” and “How I Met Your Mother,” Mayhem teaches funk aerobics at Funk-Fitness in L.A. while dreaming of being an A-lister someday. Going by the real name William Romeo, Mayhem has a handsome net worth of $500,000.
Zap is an original. Known as the "ultimate Gladiator," she is one of the most beloved personalities. Identified by strength and beauty, Zap was the high school athlete who was also voted prom queen. In the early 1980s, she discovered bodybuilding. Raye Hollitt won several competitions from Venice Beach, the bodybuilding capital of the world.
Then, she landed the cover of many prominent muscle-building magazine publications. Her muscle-building acuity turned into a Hollywood career. A.G. recognized her after starring in "Skin Deep" with John Ritter. Hollitt was a paralegal before A.G. and has been a personal trainer, having owned two gyms in Pennsylvania, as well as a snowboard instructor.
This former Mr. America originally joined the team as an alternate, but everyone from fans to the production crew wanted to see more of the handsome hunk. Anointed Tower, he joined the cast. At 6'5', the 'Tower of Power' nickname fit. Steve Henneberry took on bodybuilding in 1989, eventually landing him the Mr. America title.
Next, acting and modeling gigs came his way, and he appeared on hit shows like "Married With Children." Tough as nails, a collision with Sabre during a Powerball match in Season 4 required 44 stitches on his head. Three hours later, he was back on the show!
Agile and quick on his feet, Cobra was recognized for his acrobatic kicks and split maneuvers. He dominated the Duel Podium, undefeated, never once being knocked off. Michael Wilson honed his skills by training as a kickboxer, a martial arts expert, and an amateur boxer. He won bodybuilding titles Mr. South London and Mr. Kent. Starring in eight series of the British Gladiators remake.
These days though, he is lucky to be alive. After a hip replacement surgery, pneumonia almost did him in. He says he still needs a second hip, a bicep, and a new shoulder due to too many insane workouts. "I would run ten miles before I'd even start my workouts."
Gemini is known for getting into a fight with Billy Wirth in the first season, yet on set he earned the nickname "gentle giant." Also referred to by his real name Michael Horton, Gemini is also known as an NFL lineman out of UCLA for the Panthers and the Saints, retiring just recently in 2019 with ten years under his belt.
Gemini practiced martial arts for six years and holds a second-degree black belt. Gemini, named for his personality split between calm and aggressive, was one of the original six Gladiators. He has two sons who both play pro football and an athletic daughter who played college volleyball.