Wrestling champion Chris Jericho steps into the television reality ring as host of Syfy’s Robot Combat League, which makes its debut on February 26.
The next generation of arena combat, Robot Combat League features twelve state-of-the-art robots and twenty-four contestants who will be split into teams to control their robotic competitor. Each team will be a mix of professional athletes and accomplished high-tech engineers and robotics experts who will guide their robot fighters into battle.
Chris Jericho, a six-time World Wrestling Champion who recently made a surprise comeback to the WWE wrestling ring, is excited and optimistic about the future of fighting with robots.
“The thing that’s so cool about it,” said Jericho to The Deadbolt ahead of Robot Combat League on Syfy, “is that there’s always the human element of something like that, like boxing, wrestling, or UFC. But with this, it’s robots doing it. The weird thing about it is that we’ve seen this in movies and television for the past fifty years since the 1960s. All of the stuff that was predicted in those movies and TV shows is happening.”
Although Chris Jericho began his wrestling career over twenty years ago at a time when robot combat was only seen in movies and television, Jericho knows that technology has made the seemingly impossible now possible.
Through ground-breaking engineering on Robot Combat League, a human’s fighting spirit has been fused with a powerful robotic machine built for destruction. As Jericho admitted, technology has come a long way since becoming the first Undisputed WWF Champion in 2001.
“Skype is kind of like Captain Kirk talking to a Klingon on his screen,” Jericho continued, “and now you can do that. It’s like someone on a planet talking to a guy in a spaceship. You can do it now. You can actually talk to someone on a plane now on your phone. So the fact that we have these fighting robots that you can see and feel, it really does blow my mind.”
As host of Robot Combat League, Jericho will set up each week’s fight and provide viewers with a play-by-play commentary of the fighting action.
Each two-person team is paired with its own unique robot and will fight in a first-of-its kind competition using a high-tech exo-suit that translates their movements to their robot. Each fight consists of three rounds of action, with the winning team advancing in the competition.
“I bet ten years from now,” added Jericho to The Deadbolt, “we’ll be looking back at Robot Combat League and go, ‘how archaic are those robots?’ I think it’s going to be so advanced that they may actually have robot wrestling matches. But at that point I’ll be the host of Robot Combat League, the biggest show in the world, and I won’t have to worry about wrestling anymore. I’ll just make a robot Chris Jericho and send him into the ring.”
Robot Combat League debuts Tuesday, February 26 at 10PM ET/PT on Syfy.
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