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American Gladiators

The original, not the revamped version from a few years ago. The first season was totally cheesy, but it got progressively better as the years went on. Those buff male Gladiators made me realize I was gay, and I'd never miss an episode. My favorite Gladiator was that hottie Turbo.

by Anonymousreply 2310/07/2012

I hope they release the entire original show to DVD.

by Anonymousreply 103/02/2012

Same here, OP. I was obsessed with Turbo!

by Anonymousreply 203/02/2012

Not gay, but my girlfriend drolled over "Laser" at an auto show I took her to.

I wanted to go on there as Beer Belly, since I was fat but still exercised a lot and could fight.

by Anonymousreply 303/02/2012

Me too, R2. So much so that I'd hit record on my VCR whenever he was on. He was so gorgeous, and had a bod to die for. He was HUGE his first year on the show, and got progressively smaller as the show went on (I presume he gradually tapered off the steroids). I remember being mortified when he injured his leg during an game. It was painful to even watch it.

There were rumors about him being gay, but I think that's all they were. He's a high school girls' basketball coach nowadays.

by Anonymousreply 403/02/2012

By the way, his real name's Galen Tomlinson

by Anonymousreply 503/02/2012

Scroll down for helga! Woof!

by Anonymousreply 603/03/2012

You know that "Lazer" was openly gay, right?

by Anonymousreply 703/03/2012

Watching Gladiators on suer mornings made me realize I was gay.

by Anonymousreply 803/03/2012

R7 Laser married a porn star named Candy Evans. He lives in Florida and has two kids.

by Anonymousreply 903/03/2012

Oh Nitro...

by Anonymousreply 1003/03/2012

Nitro's (Dan Clark's) autobio was really good. He talks about years of steroid abuse, wild sexcapades, his time on AG, and even almost going to bed with a tranny before when he played football on an Italian league.

I remember when Turbo got sidelined because of his leg, they brought on semi-lookalike Tower, who was much taller and bigger than Turbo, but had that smae "look". When Turbo came back, they kept Tower, and they were known as the T and T twins.

by Anonymousreply 1103/03/2012

R9, I could have sword in was Lazer... so who am I thinking of?

Hot guy, in an interview was asked about his earring, and he just responded that he was gay, and they moved on. It was never a scandal. But I remember it clearly.

by Anonymousreply 1203/03/2012

Dunno what's up with my typing... "I could have SWORN IT was Laser."

Jesus.

by Anonymousreply 1303/03/2012

DOA was gay for pay. He did a couple of bottoming scences for Catalina back in the prehistoric early 90's as Tood Marshallbefor he became a roid monster. I believe his bottom scence was in Behind The Barn Door.

by Anonymousreply 1403/03/2012

[quote] Hot guy, in an interview was asked about his earring, and he just responded that he was gay, and they moved on. It was never a scandal. But I remember it clearly.

No! Sorry but you don't remember it clearly.

This was an urban myth that came to life during the original run of AG, and it was focused on Turbo. There were a lot of gay rumors about him, supposedly based on this interview and the fact that he wore an earring.

I saw the interview myself. At one point the interviewer would start sentences, and Turbo would complete them. The earring subject went something like:

Interviewer: "I wear an earring because...."

And the myth was that Turbo responded with "...I'm gay."

In reality, what he said was "...I can."

That's it. The rest is folklore.

by Anonymousreply 1503/03/2012

Correct, R15, and the interviewer was supposedly Michael Musto of The Village Voice. That earring just made Turbo even sexier. YUM.

by Anonymousreply 1603/03/2012

Turbo's misfortunate (and cringe-worthy) injury happens in this video. Afterward, when he's laying on a table backstage, I can't help but want to lick the sweat off of his huge, heaving chest.

by Anonymousreply 1703/03/2012

[quote] and the interviewer was supposedly Michael Musto of The Village Voice

Definitely not. I would have remembered that.

by Anonymousreply 1803/06/2012

bump

by Anonymousreply 1906/08/2012

A couple of the female Gladiators came out as lesbians. The butch 'Ice' was on an episode of some HGTV show with her girlfriend a few years ago.

by Anonymousreply 2006/08/2012

Yep, R20. I wish one of the hot male glads would have done the same thing (particularly Turbo)

by Anonymousreply 2106/08/2012

bump

by Anonymousreply 2210/06/2012

R20 - thanks for the clip!

by Anonymousreply 2310/07/2012
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