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Ninja Warrior All-Stars Special will air May 17

It will air on Thursday, May 17, at 9pm EST.

Drew Drechsel during the 2017 All-Stars competition.
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It has just been announced that American Ninja Warrior’s annual All-Stars special will air on May 17, from 9pm-11pm EST on NBC!

Fans eagerly await this special. It’s filmed each year after the National Finals are completed. Unique challenges and mega obstacles are brought in and the Ninjas get to test their skills without the weight of the regular season competition on their back.

Generally, it’s laid out in two portions: The All-Stars Competition and the Skills Challenges.

The competition allows Matt Iseman, Akbar Gbajabiamila, and Kristine Leahy to each put together teams of three Ninjas. They then compete for time on the stages of the National Finals.

Last year, Jessie Graff, Flip Rodriguez, and Nicholas Coolridge banded together to win the team competition for Kristine Leahy.

The Skills Challenges allows the Ninjas to push themselves to the limit on obstacles that expand until they can no longer be beaten. There has been a growing Warped Wall and the epic Super Salmon Ladder.

Drew Drechsel beat out Najee Richardson on the Super Sonic Shelf Grab with a huge 15-foot leap last year.

It’s essentially two hours of Ninjas playing and it’s a LOT of fun to watch! The new edition will air on Thursday, May 17 at 9pm EST on NBC!