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AMC Returns to the Table for a Second Season of the Arm-Wrestling Series Game of Arms

GOA_DM_1102_0627_560AMC announced today that it has ordered a second season of its unscripted arm-wrestling series, Game of Arms, which premiered last February with 1 million viewers, delivering the network’s highest weeknight original series premiere. The network has ordered 10 one-hour episodes of the series, which goes inside the raw, highly-competitive world of underground arm-wrestling. The competition series follows members of various regional arm wrestling clubs, as they hit the road each week to compete in intense matches, often sacrificing their jobs, health, and even relationships in pursuit of victory.
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Vocativ Lauds Game of Arms Influence

AMC_GOA_S1_Promo_BestMatches_KennyHughes_02-325This week, Vocativ acknowledges Game of Arms‘ role in spotlighting the sport. Plus, Game of Arms helps Erie, Pa. get some publicity.

Vocativ credits Game of Arms with “putting the new pioneers of the sport in the limelight.”

YourErie.com declares that the city’s Game of Arms competitors are “helping to put Erie into the national spotlight.”

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Today Show Wrestles With Game of Arms; KC Rolling Thunder Teammate Talks “Surreal” Experience

GOA_DM_1102_1294_325This week, The Today Show hosts members of NYC Arms Control. Plus, Game of Arms has been a “surreal” experience for Ethan Fritsche of Kansas City. Read on for more:

The Today Show‘s Willie Geist and Tamron Hall attempt to wrestle Game of Arms‘ competitors ahead of the season finale.

Kansas City’s WDAF-TV interviews its hometown Game of Arms competitor, the Kansas City Rolling Thunder’s Ethan Fritsche — who says his experience on the show has been “surreal.”

Hypable showcases a clip from the season finale, “Final Showdown,” teasing, “You probably won’t be expecting what happens at the end.”

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Game of Arms Q&A – Travis Bagent (Erie Wrecking Crew)

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Throughout Game of Arms, no contestant has drawn more attention – or more controversy – than Travis Bagent, the super-heavyweight sometimes known as “The Mouth of the South.” Bagent reflects on his experience arm wrestling over the course of the show’s first season.

Q: With the season at a close, have you been able to measure how the show has impacted arm wrestling’s popularity in the States?

Q: I think it tripled the number of people who show up to watch tournaments from the time the first commercial came out. Hundreds of beginners are also coming up to compete. That population change has been unbelievable.

Q: What about you? Has life changed much?

A: It couldn’t have gone any better for me. I can’t go into any small town without causing some kind of buzz – doesn’t matter if I’m sitting down to eat, getting gas, whatever. It’s been crazy how often I get recognized.

A: You’re a divisive guy, though. Does it matter if people are tuning in to see you lose?

A: My dream is that everyone is on my side, but I understand the reality. If I can get even half of them on the fence, then I’m happy. The initial reaction wasn’t positive, I’ll tell you that. When episode three popped on, I’d say 85% of Facebook posts were saying I was unsportsmanlike or just a prick. One guy was like, “I hope he dies!” But later, I think I got it to a 55% approval rate. [Laughs]

Q: Who do you think has the most potential coming out of the show?

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Game of Arms Q&A – Don Underwood (Kansas City Rolling Thunder)

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While most arm wrestlers are intense, few growl, snort, and scream with the same energy as Don Underwood, Kansas City’s mammoth super-heavyweight. Check out Underwood’s thoughts on “Hulking out” before the season finale of Game of Arms, airing tomorrow at 10/9c on AMC.

Q: How would you assess your overall performance this season?

A: I think I was pretty well spot on this year, minus losing to Travis Bagent. The guys on my team got in my head a little bit for that one and pulled me back. I didn’t get as excited and focused as I normally do, and that’s worked for me in the past.

Q: So you’re saying getting that amped up works to your advantage?

A: Getting pissed off is the only way I like to do it. I focus on bad things, like someone hurting my family or taking something from my kids, and what I’d do about it. The adrenaline fills my body and I win. Dramatically.

Q: You spoke about being bullied as a kid. How did that happen? It’s hard to imagine you as anything other than aggressive.

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Ten Ways to Get Ready for the Game of Arms Finale Tuesday at 10/9c

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Tuesday, April 29 at 10/9c is the moment Game of Arms fans have been waiting for: All the competitors head to Los Angeles for a double-elimination tournament where rivalries and grudge matches abound. Here are ten ways to get pumped up for the “Final Showdown.”

1. Meet the Game of Arms teams: New York City Arms Control, Sacramento Arm Benders, Kansas City Rolling Thunder, Baton Rouge Roughnecks and Erie Wrecking Crew.

2. Catch up with full episodes of Game of Arms.

3. Watch videos of the season’s best matchups.

4. Check out the Game of Arms standings page and vote for the best Game of Arms wrestler.

5. Watch talked about scenes from the season to relive the excitement of each episode, like Travis Bagent’s dramatic wins and Nick Zinna’s season-ending injury. Then watch a trailer for the Season Finale.

6. Find out what kind of guns you’ve got: Shake your phone to create a virtual bicep with the Game of Arms Arm Yourself App, then share your avatar with friends.

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Game of Arms Q&A – Bart Wood (Erie Wrecking Crew)

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After serving time in federal prison, Bart Wood got his life back together and became a standout competitor. Watch his Erie Wrecking Crew meet the Kansas City Rolling Thunder on tonight’s episode of Game of Arms.

Q: There are a lot of legends on the show, including Cobra Rhodes and Allen Fisher. Was there anyone you looked up to when you started wrestling?

A: Growing up in Erie, it was John Heynoski Sr. [John Heynoski Jr. is a Wrecking Crew teammate.] He was the toughest guy around. I tried to model myself after him. He actually became my teacher. And of course, we wound up having to pull each other years later.

Q: It’s not often you have to compete against your coach. Were you psyched out?

A: It was very hard. He knew every trick I had, and I knew every angle he had. It was a hard match to referee because we were trying to anticipate what the other was doing in the grip. I snuck one win over on him, but he came back to beat me twice in the finals. He was a living legend in our area. [Having a well-known name] can absolutely psych people out. When people go up against Cobra or Travis Bagent, they’re intimidated by the name alone.

Q: You’re a father of five. Would you want to see any of your kids get into the sport?

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Game of Arms Poll – Who Should Win in a Battle Between James Wagner and Bill Logsdon?

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In this week’s episode, James Wagner (Erie Wrecking Crew) goes head to head with Bill Logsdon (Kansas City Rolling Thunder) at the arm wrestling table on Game of Arms. Who will win? Make your prediction now!

Cast your vote now!

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Game of Arms Poll – Who Should Win in a Battle Between Dave Chaffee and Doug Allen?

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Tomorrow night, Dave Chaffee (Erie Wrecking Crew) meets Doug Allen (Kansas City Rolling Thunder) at the arm wrestling table. Who will win on Game of Arms? Make your prediction now!

Cast your vote now!

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Game of Arms Poll – Who Should Win in a Battle Between John Heynoski Jr. and Ethan Fritsche?

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In the next episode of Game of Arms, John Heynoski Jr. (Erie Wrecking Crew) stares down Ethan Fritsche (Kansas City Rolling Thunder) across the arm wrestling table. Who will win? Make your prediction now!

Cast your vote now!

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