Tonight is the night for “American Ninja Warrior.” After months of qualifying and city finals, fans will finally get a chance to see if anyone can make it to Stage 4 and become the first “American Ninja Warrior” as the National Finals conclude Monday night on NBC.
While fan favorites, like Kacy Catanzaro and Jon Stewart are out, 18 of the 90 National Finalists made it past Stage 1 in the past two episodes and will have their shot at Stage 2 Monday night. If any can get passed Stage 2, then they will have the opportunity to take a shot at Stage 3 and then Stage 4 to try and be the first to conquer Mount Midoriyama. Either way, a Season 6 champ will be named in the final episode.
Here are the 18 finalists who made it past Stage 1 and are still in the running to become the first “American Ninja Warrior":
Hall is a 23-year-old ski lift operator from Maryland.
Kasemir is a software engineer from Longmont, Colorado, who has competed in previous “American Ninja Warrior” seasons.
Dory is a 24-year-old farmer who completed the Denver city finals course.
One of the 15 wildcards, Cook has made it to Stage 2 despite not having completed a City Finals course this season.
Wilczewski is a 24-year-old gym owner from Mount Laurel, New Jersey. He is the brother of fellow finalist Brian Wilczewski.
Galiczynski is a gymnastics coach from Pennsylvania.
Chen is a 29-year-old advertising executive from Los Angeles, California.
Arnold is an “American Ninja Warrior” veteran who competed in Las Vegas last year, going further than anyone before, failing on the last obstacle of Stage 3.
Woods is a professional free runner who has previously competed in “American Ninja Warrior” Season 4.
One of the 15 wildcards, Ball has made it to Stage 2 despite not having completed a City Finals course this season. The break-dancer finished with the fastest time on Part 1 of the National Finals.
Moravsky is a meteorologist from Connecticut, earning him the nickname “The Weatherman.” He completed the St. Louis city finals course with the fastest time.
Gonzalez is a 30-year-old personal trainer who completed the Dallas city finals.
Jo Jo Bynum
Bynum is a software engineer from Huntsville, Alabama, competing for the first time on “American Ninja Warrior.”
Rosen is a stock trader from Tennessee.
Caldiero is a 33-year-old rock climber who finished the Denver city finals course with the fastest time.
One of the 15 wildcards, Lowes has made it to Stage 2 despite not having completed a City Finals course this season. He is a gymnast from Indiana.
Stratis is a member of the U.S. National Guard who has competed in previous “American Ninja Warrior” seasons.
Dr. Noah Kaufman
Kaufman is a 39-year-old emergency room doctor.
Who has the best chance of becoming the first "American Ninja Warrior"? The final episode airs Monday night at 9 p.m. EDT on NBC and re-airs Tuesday night at 8 p.m. EDT on Esquire. Tweet your thoughts to @Ja9GarofaloTV.