Sunday, December 31, 2017

William Tries Champagne Gum (New Year's Special!)

In the final video of 2017, William tries out a unique flavor of gum: champagne! In honor of the New Year, William Tries champagne flavored gum and a bonus rainbow ice flavored gum. Which one will be better?

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Getting HYPED For Ultimate Beastmaster! (Season 2 Preview And Predictions)

Ultimate Beastmaster is almost here and William is *VERY* excited! Season 1 of the Netflix original series was excellent and season 2 looks like quite a few improvements were made. So in anticipation for the new season, William analyzes the season 2 trailer and gives his three predictions for the season. Who will win? Will it be USA, France, Italy, Spain, India or China? Guess we'll have to watch to find out!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Playground Revenge: The Complete Series

Go back in time to watch footage of the live action obstacle course video game, Playground Revenge. Watch the entire series in its entirely with improved visual quality compared to the videos currently on YouTube. In addition, two behind the scenes videos have been resurrected and included in this collection!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

10 Year Anniversary Q&A! Answering Your Questions About Sasuke, ANW, Hg Labs and More!

Ten years ago, I uploaded my very first video to YouTube where my friends and I ran a three stage obstacle course. Now, after ten years of making videos, I celebrate the milestone with my first Q & A video, featuring questions from you! So join me as I discuss Sasuke, ANW, Kunoichi, KuroOvi, Hg Labs and more!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Mercury Laboratories: The Complete Series

In honor of the ten year anniversary of the Mercury Laboratories, TwoTwentyTwo Productions presents the entire Mercury Laboratories, series neatly organized in one large convenient package. Each video is presented in its original format and editing, without any corruption that occurred on the original YouTube uploads.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

My Entry For The American Ninja Warrior Obstacle Design Challenge!

For the second year, ANW and SB Nation held the American Ninja Warrior Obstacle Design Challenge; a contest where viewers submit their own designs for possible obstacles to be used on season 10 of the show! The obstacles for season 9 were overall really good so for this year, I decided to throw my hat into the ring by submitting two obstacle designs. Will the ANW crew be interested in either the Monorail or the Sands of Time? We'll have to wait and see.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The ANW Cocktail!

Inspired by American Ninja Warrior, I created the ANW cocktail! Will it taste like hitting the buzzer? Or will it just taste like failing the Floating Steps.

Monday, November 13, 2017

William Tries Kinder Surprise Eggs (Banned in the US)

While in Italy, William found and bought a package of Kinder Surprise Eggs. So naturally he decided to try some!

Friday, September 22, 2017

American Ninja Warrior 9 Review: Las Vegas Stage 2, Stage 3 and Final Stage

It's the season finale! The end of American Ninja Warrior 9 has arrived and William breaks down Stage 2, Stage 3, and the Final Stage. After a mostly exciting season, surely they can't possibly find a way to mess this up!


Friday, September 15, 2017

American Ninja Warrior 9 Review: Las Vegas Stage 1, Part 2

It's (still) finally here! The second half of Stage 1 has aired and William has thoughts about YouTube, Facebook, wrestling, and occasionally some Ninja Warrior stuff! Who knows what will happen!

Also, did you hear that Kacy was retiring?! Why didn't ANW tell us this fact every waking moment the show was airing? How else would I know it was going to happen?

Friday, September 8, 2017

American Ninja Warrior 9 Review: Las Vegas Stage 1, Part 1

This is it! The Las Vegas Midoriyama National Finals have begun! Stage 1 had some changes made and William breaks down the course and discusses the first half of Stage 1!

Friday, September 1, 2017

American Ninja Warrior 9 Review: Denver Finals

It's the final regional finals course! And the Wedge is back! Those guys are so screwed! Join William as he talks about ninjas like Ian Dory, Brian Arnold (and his nose), Megan Martin, and Lorin Ball. Also, is it really appropriate for an obstacle to be sponsored?

Also, Ian Dory makes great faces while on the Wedge, you should watch his run solely for that.

Friday, August 25, 2017

American Ninja Warrior 9 Review: Kansas City Finals

So. Kansas City. That happened. I guess we should discuss what went down. You know, it's very important to talk about these things.

You know, sometimes these things happen. Sometimes the Broken Pipes prove to be a challenging obstacle. Sometimes people make mistakes on the Iron Maiden. And sometimes people just have difficulty cranking it.

...up. Cranking It Up. That's what I meant.

Oh yea, there were no finishers this episode. Oh well. No big deal.

Friday, August 18, 2017

American Ninja Warrior 9 Review: Cleveland Finals

It's the Cleveland Finals! With Jesse Labreck! And Jamie Rahn! And Najee Richardson! And Joe Moravsky! And a terrible f****** obstacle that ruined the whole thing!

I'm getting impatient with ANW. What should have been a great episode on paper left me confused and bored. ANW needs a change and it needs to come quickly.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

American Ninja Warrior 9 Review: Daytona Beach Finals

The Daytona Beach Finals are in the books, and one ninja sped his way to the finish line! We get introduced to some giant cubes that aren't actually cubes and witness how challenging (and potentially dangerous) the Elevator Climb is.

Also, Jessie Graff does the splits, Sean Darling-Hammond becomes the nicest guy ever, and a bunch of my favorites get fast forwarded again!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

American Ninja Warrior 9 Review: San Antonio Finals

I hate the Hourglass Drop. It's a bad obstacle and I hate that ANW still insists on using it.

Anyway, it's now time to talk about the San Antonio Regional Finals of American Ninja Warrior, which featured a really cool obstacle called the Spinball Wizard. Shame we didn't get to see much of it. Oh well.

Anyway, this episode had some great performances from Daniel Gil, Barclay Stocket, Karsten Williams, Thomas Stillings, and Brent Steffensen. And Kacy Catanzaro put on her best performance in years. Also, a miracle happened; Nicholas Coolridge actually got airtime!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

American Ninja Warrior 9 Review: Los Angeles Finals

The regional finals have begun! And it started on a high note, no less! Join William as he discusses the Los Angeles regional finals featuring the debut of the Elevator Climb and the return of the Stair Hopper!

Also, Charlie Andrews uses the power of MIT on the course, Sean Bryan uses the power of God on the course, and Grant McCartney uses the power of dance on the course. However, not all of these methods were successful! Who's going to Vegas?

Friday, July 21, 2017

American Ninja Warrior 9 Review: Denver Qualifiers

It's the final week of qualifiers! Unfortunately, the Denver Qualifiers ended the first rounds with a wet fart of a course.

Join William as he discusses the many issues he had with the course, the handful of shocking eliminations, and why sometimes seven isn't a lucky number.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

American Ninja Warrior 9 Review: Cleveland Qualifiers

Okay, American Ninja Warrior. You got me. You win this time. I watched the Cleveland Qualifiers and I honestly enjoyed it more than most people expected me to. You know that one part? I liked it. I liked all of it.

So join me as I discuss Jessie LaBrek, Allyssa Beird, Mike Bernardo, Joe Moravsky, the Heartbreaker, weird editing mistakes, ANW Fantasy, and much more!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

American Ninja Warrior 9 Review: Kansas City Qualifiers

The Kansas City Qualifiers have aired and William has some thoughts! Three new obstacles are introduced, but only two of them were any good. Lance Pekus finds redemption while Brandon Mears and Maggi Thorne put on some of their best performances to date.

Also, it was a good night for the Sasuke Maniacs Forum. Not only was the winner of the obstacle contest an SMF member (he designed Crank It Up) but two SMF members reached the top 30! Unfortunately, they didn't make TV this episode, but still! Go SMF!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

American Ninja Warrior 9 Review: Daytona Beach Qualifiers

Episode 3 of American Ninja Warrior 9 has aired and this time the competitors ran the course on the Daytona International Speedway! Even though the course included the difficult and time consuming Rolling Thunder, one ninja* was able to zoom pass the competition!

Also, William discusses the awesome Wing Nuts, the questionable Rolling Pin, Jessie Graff's run, some devastating fails, and why you should tint your plexiglass. A lot to discuss in this one!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

American Ninja Warrior 9 Review: San Antonio Qualifiers

The San Antonio qualifier has aired, featuring a bunch of local ninjas, including a few NBC never bothered to show us! William discusses the new Sky Hooks and discovers his biggest issue with the profile pieces.

Also, did you know Kacy Catanzaro was on this episode? I feel like ANW never mentioned it to us. At least Barclay Stocket was given a chance to shine.

Monday, June 19, 2017

American Ninja Warrior 9 Review: Los Angeles Qualifiers

American Ninja Warrior 9 has begun and William has some opinions on the new rules for the regionals. Meanwhile in LA, ANW introduces some cool new obstacles, Grant McCartney impresses on the course, and did the National Nina League have a negative impact on some of the competitors?

Sunday, June 11, 2017

William Tries Pepsi Fire

While away for the weekend, William discovers the new Pepsi Fire at a gas station and decided to give it a taste and review it on video. It's supposed to be a hot cinnamon cola. Keyword: supposed.

This video was recorded from my hotel room while attending AnimeNEXT.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Destroying My Own Obstacle!

Look, sometimes you build and design your own obstacle course. And sometimes things just don't work out. In fact, sometimes the things you make break. Oh well, these things happen. Might as well make the most of the situation and destroy the broken section in a video!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Let's Play Team Ninja Warrior Run

With Team Ninja Warrior now airing on the USA Network, William checks out the free Team Ninja Warrior browser game that was recently released called Team Ninja Warrior Run. The game is an endless runner that only requires one button. However, how much does it actually have to do with Team Ninja Warrior?

Friday, April 7, 2017

Sasuke Grand Champion Makoto Nagano's Intro for the Final Stage Podcast!

While at the National Ninja League Finals, Sasuke Grand Champion Makoto Nagano was gracious enough to record an intro for the last episode of the Final Stage Podcast! Huge thank you to Nagano for taking the time to do this for us! Also, make sure you stay until the very end of the episode for some bonus footage of Nagano!

Final Stage Podcast Episode 24: Ultimate Beastmaster Review: The Next Generation of Obstacle Courses

What happens when you take a show like Ninja Warrior and give it a Hollywood budget? You get Netflix’s Ultimate Beastmaster. The gigantic obstacle course competition featured 108 competitors from 6 countries competing in a real life video game where only one can claim the title. Among those competitors: Kinnikun Nakayama and Yuuji Urushihara. Join William and Arsenette as they review the massive show!

Also, the National Ninja League Season 2 Finals happened and William met Makoto Nagano there! Join us as we discuss the weekend of events, who won, and who to look forward to in ANW 9!

And finally, this is the last episode of the Final Stage Podcast. Arsenette and William reflect on the past two years. Thank you so much for following us on this wild ride.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Thursday, March 30, 2017

National Ninja League Season 2 Finals - ALL THE NINJAS

At the end of Stage 1, all the available competitors from the National Ninja League finals got together to take a giant group photo. Also, a bonus video is at the end to show a small piece of what ninjas like to do in their downtime.

National Ninja League Season 2 Finals - Final Stage Course Overview

Only one stage remains! Take a tour of the final stage of the National Ninja League Finals. Fifteen remain, but only the one competitor who goes the furthest and fastest will be crowned National Ninja League Champion!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

National Ninja League Season 2 Finals - Stage 2

It's the second stage of the National Ninja League Finals! With a course that tests both strength and speed, how many of the remaining 27 competitors will reach the Final Stage?

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

National Ninja League Season 2 Finals - Interview: Mike Bernardo - Finally Knowing What To Do

While at the National Ninja League Finals, I had the chance to talk with longtime fan and competitor Mike Bernardo. Mike goes deep into the ups and downs of the life of a ninja competitor, the obstacles he's trying to overcome, and what he needs to do to one day reach the top of the mountain.

National Ninja League Season 2 Finals - Stage 2 Course Overview

It's stage two! Take a tour of the course the remaining 27 competitors will have to face.

Monday, March 27, 2017

National Ninja League Season 2 Finals - Stage 1 Group 3

It's the third and final group of stage one! With the only the top competitors left, how many more people will more on to stage two?

Friday, March 24, 2017

National Ninja League Season 2 Finals - Stage 1 Group 2

Stage 1 continues! Even more people take on the fast paced obstacle course! Will more than 2 people clear the stage this time?

Thursday, March 23, 2017

National Ninja League Season 2 Finals - Interview: David Ravi - Australia's Emerging Ninja Scene

One of my favorite things about the NNL weekend was all the new people I got to meet and interact with. One of those people was David Ravi, a gym owner who traveled with a group of people from Australia to compete in the National Ninja League. David was such a genuinely nice guy that I knew I had to interview him. So join us as we discuss the early stages of the Ninja Warrior scene in Australia and what it's like to train and compete while running your own gym.

National Ninja League Season 2 Finals - Interview: Philip Scott - From Ninja Fan To Ninja Competitor

When I found out that my friend Philip had finally qualified for the National Ninja League Finals, I was ecstatic. Philip is a good guy and I'm glad to see him succeed through his training. So as a reward for achieving his career best, I gave him his first video interview!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

National Ninja League Season 2 Finals - Stage 1 Group 1

Stage one of the National Ninja League Finals begin! For season 2, stage 1 requires competitors to complete 7 obstacles in only 55 seconds. How many people from group 1 will clear the stage?

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

National Ninja League Season 2 Finals - Interview: Jon Alexis Jr. - The Giant Among Ninjas

During the National Ninja League Finals, I had the opportunity to talk to Jon Alexis Jr. to discuss Ninja Warrior. Also, we talk about his experiences in both American Ninja Warrior and Team Ninja Warrior!

National Ninja League Season 2 Finals - Stage 1 Course Overview and Demonstration

Here's the course layout and rules for stage one of the National Ninja League Season 2 Finals, featuring demonstrations from Brian Kretsch and Brian Wilczewski!

Monday, March 20, 2017

National Ninja League Season 2 Finals - Quick Look at Makoto Nagano's Booth

At the National Ninja League Finals, Makoto Nagano had a booth where people can take photos with him and buy some merchandise. This video is a very quick look at what the booth looked like, including the banner he was presented with at Sasuke 32 and the red button at the end of stage 1.

National Ninja League Season 2 Finals - Makoto Nagano's Speech

Thanks to the generosity of many, enough money was raised to bring Sasuke Grand Champion Makoto Nagano to the National Ninja League Finals in Concord California to watch the event and meet the many people who were inspired by him. At the end of the event, Nagano gave a speech thanking everyone for making this possible.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Final Stage Podcast Episode 23: Kunoichi 9 Review: Best Kunoichi Ever!

Kunoichi has finally returned and, you know what? It was fantastic! William and Arsenette break down the revival and talk about all the things the show did right.

Also, we discuss the ANW All Star Special, preview the National Ninja League Finals, give our impressions of Ultimate Beastmaster, and more!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Final Stage Podcast Episode 22: Kunoichi Is Back! Esquire Is Dead! Beastmaster has Arrived!

After 7.5 years of inactivity, Kunoichi 9 is finally here! William and Arsenette preview the newly revived show and all the new changes and obstacles the show features. Also, we get ready for Ultimate Beastmaster's debut on Netflix and discuss which two Sasuke competitors will be competing on the course. Unfortunately, we have to discuss the announced cancellation of the Esquire Network and what effect it may have on Sasuke and Ninja Warrior in the future.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Final Stage Podcast Episode 21: Sasuke 3 Review: Keep Rolling, Rolling, Rolling Log

There are many memorable obstacles in Sasuke history. But in Sasuke 3, we saw one of most memorable, and one of the most destructive, obstacles of all time make its debut: The Rolling Log. Through its entire run, the Rolling Log laid many Sasuke hopefuls to waste, especially in Sasuke 3. However, despite its destructive nature, one competitor was able to rocket into superstardom.

Also, we discuss Team Ninja Warrior: College Madness, the return of Kunoichi, Ultimate Beastmaster and some exclusive SASUKE 33 news!