New Reality Series 'Robot Combat League' to Premiere Tuesday, February 26 on Syfy

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November 26th, 2012

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Series Debuts Tuesday, February 26 at 10PM ET/PT

NEW YORK, NY – November 26, 2012 – Syfy announces a gripping new reality series premiering Tuesday, February 26 at 10 p.m. ET/PT which reinvents gladiatorial combat for the 21st century. Each week, Robot Combat League will feature tournament-style battles between eight-feet tall, state-of-the-art humanoid robots controlled by human “robo-jockeys”. Hosting the series is Chris Jericho, the wildly popular WWE wrestler and multifaceted performer.


The idea of robots in battle has captured the imagination for generations. Now, through ground-breaking engineering, the fusion of a human’s fighting spirit with a powerful robotic machine built for destruction has become a reality. This extraordinary new series will feature twelve teams consisting of a fighter (a “robo-jockey”) and a robotics engineer (a “robo-tech”) from myriad backgrounds including a race car driver, an Olympic athlete, a National Guard helicopter pilot along with a mix of professional fighters and software engineers. Each team is paired with its own unique robot and will fight in a first-of-its kind competition using a high-tech exo-suit that translates their movements to their robot. Each fight consists of three rounds of intense action, with the winning team advancing in the competition.


In his role as host, Jericho will set up each week’s fight and provide viewers with a play-by-play commentary of the fighting action. Jericho began wrestling at age 19 and is one of the most popular champions in the history of the WWE. In 2001 he was crowned the first ever WWE Undisputed Champion and has been named one of the top five most charismatic performers of all-time. Jericho was also a popular contestant on season 11 of Dancing With the Stars and is the lead singer of the #1 charting hard rock band, Fozzy. The two-time NY Times best-selling author grew up in Winnipeg, Canada, and now currently resides in Tampa, FL.


The robots of the Robot Combat League were designed and created by robotics expert, Mark Setrakian, a leader in the sport of robotic combat. In his distinguished career, Setrakian has developed life-saving robotic systems, and pioneered cutting-edge creature effects, animatronics and control technology for such films as Men In Black, The Grinch and Hellboy. Setrakian combines a keen study of biology with innovative engineering to create robots with uncanny organic movement, earning his reputation as the man who brings machines to life.


Robot Combat League is produced by Smart Dog Media, with Craig Plestis serving as executive producer.
Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site ( <> ), and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in more than 98 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies. (Syfy. Imagine greater.)

  • Steven Leitner

    Sounds very similar to that old show on Comedy Central, Battlebots.

  • Sam

    I think it sounds awesome! They took ideas from old shows and made it better. I am so excited to see the bots battle and how each round functions. For sure a show I will be watching this winter Thanks syfy!

  • coolioni

    Oh boy here we go again….
    Another cheap reality game show on SyFy..

    Oh my God Chris Jericho!! It can’t be…
    Another crossover like Haven did to bring some redneck wrasllin fans !!!
    YEE HAW !!!

  • Simon Jester

    I can’t believe I’m actually saying this about a reality show… but I might actually watch that.

  • SuperMario

    similar to battlebots? I bet these robots could crush those little toasters! this is gonna be awesome.

  • Legendary

    this has EPIC written all over it! february can’t come soon enough!!

  • Wrestlemania4023

    Jericho for President!! I’ll definitely be watching.

  • scifi

    The third season for Jericho! lol.

  • Other Than That Mrs. Lincoln How Was The Play?

    Sound potentially better than the old Battlbots on Comedy Central.

    Hope the Bots will be allowed to have Chainsaw hands.. bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz and circular saw hands and other rockets coming out of their chest. Female bots could have 2 large chest warheads. Male bots could have crotch rocket. LOL! Ok, that wont happen. But I hope they get to try and tear off their opponents head. They could get real life Boxers to work the controls as special guests.

  • Other Than That Mrs. Lincoln How Was The Play?

    I would make mine look like a Cylon Centurion – newer version – except each finger would have a shotgun shell inside.

  • Other Than That Mrs. Lincoln How Was The Play?

    Maybe they could get Edward James Olmos, Dean Stockwell, ect to guest host.

  • Tyler

    Now if they can just find a way to bring back “Junkyard Wars” with a shinny Sci-Fi theme!

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