WWE(R) Superstar John Cena(TM) and an elite group of mentors from the nation's most exclusive military units - Navy Seal Commander Rorke Denver, Army Sergeant Noah Galloway, Marine Gunnery Sergeant Tawanda "Tee" Hanible and Army Ranger Nick "The Reaper" Irving - will push sixteen fierce men and women beyond their limits while instilling in them the ethos of leaving no teammate behind. With up to a million dollars of prize money at stake, these competitors will work together with only two options: to persevere and win or give up and "ring out".
|Episode Title:||Ruck Up|
|Airs:||2016-04-14 at 21:00|
[Host John Cena is] smart and he’s funny when he goes off-script. He gives American Grit its shot at glory.Boston Herald Full Review
There’s a certain flair in the way Cena speaks, fluently, the language of military veterans. Better still, there’s genuine grace in the way he lets the veterans themselves do most the talking.Time Full Review
Cena brings energy and earnestness to the hosting chores, as do the mentors. Yet barring audiences forging some unforeseen bond with the by-the-numbers competitors, American Grit seems too familiar and derivative.Variety Full Review
American Grit is sluggishly paced, and plays like one of those weeks on Survivor when everyone is just waiting for the visit from their “loved ones” so they can cry and hug a little before the next test of strength.Yahoo TV Full Review