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American Grit - S01 E09

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WWE Superstar John Cena informs the teams of their next challenge, during which they will complete four grueling obstacles, collecting a tire at the end of each completed course. The winner of this evolution round is not only safe from "The Circus" but also secures a spot in the final competition. Then, the remaining contestants will only have 30 minutes to mentally and physically prepare for the final evolution challenge of the season, when the teams must suspend upside-down above a waterfall and individually make it across a wire, hand-by-hand for the fastest average score. The winning team will earn an advantage as they enter the final circus, which will be the ultimate test of perseverance. Not only will "The Circus" be a more challenging course, but they will also have to run the course twice. The contestants will only have two options: to persevere and win up to one million dollars or give up, "ring out" and go home.

 
Episode Title: Tired Out/Over the Falls
Airs: 2016-06-09 at 20:00
  • Mark A. Perigard

    [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
  • Daniel D'Addario

    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
  • Brian Lowry

    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
  • Ken Tucker

    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
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