By Fred Topel | Image property of respective holders.
American Gladiators: Venom
It's a brand new American Gladiators with brand new eye candy. Venom, a fitness model, is one of the new curvy warriors facing contestants in the games. A fan of the original series, she touts her version's improvements.
"It's bigger and better than ever," said Venom. "The lights, the action and the energy is pretty incredible. The water and special effects, it's just awesome. It's so cool."
It must be a power trip too. "Standing on top of that pyramid and looking down on them, I can't imagine what it feels like for them just looking up. You can just see fear in their eyes, like oh my God, I can't believe I'm going to do this. So that's a pretty good feeling. It's all mental. It's physical but it's all mental once you get out there so you've got to be ready for it, yeah. They're not going to take us down. That's our mentality."
Venom feeds off the crowd too. "Oh, the crowd has been wonderful. We get the crowd going, get them chanting our names. You get that energy from the crowd. That's the fun part. Then after the events, we'd go up in the stands and high five all the little kids. That is so cool so we can be role models too which is really important. When it's live like that, there's nothing like it. I live for that adrenaline rush. It's very cool."
Still, this isn't just show business. Venom is a hardcore athlete. "You have to be so focused. This is athletics, this is sports, this is true competition. We're warriors and you are so in the zone, at times I can't even hear the crowd. Then I kind of zone back in and I'm like, 'Oh, the crowd is cheering for me now.' It's just really intense and you have to be so focused. Yeah, the pressure's always on so we're going to bring it 150%."