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Five Ninja Warrior things to look forward to in 2019

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The coming year will be packed with Ninja Warrior goodness

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Let’s face it, January can be pretty dismal. The holidays are fading in memory, but the short, dark days are still lingering. You’re imbued with the energy to chase new goals for the year, but the crappy weather can drag you down. It’s a rough, long month. Stay strong though, it will pass! To help inspire some dregs-of-winter hope, here are five exciting things American Ninja Warrior will deliver in the coming year that we can all look forward to.

1.) American Ninja Warrior’s 11th season

The show’s tenth season delivered some new elements, including the $10k Mega Wall and the new age limit of 19 years old. However, the National Finals still did not get to utilize Stage Four, with Sean Bryan and Drew Drechsel both falling on Stage Three. This leaves the door open for the coming season. It’s been three years since we’ve had a champion. We feel like it’s time.

2.) USA vs the World

The competition which features teams from around the globe challenging one another on the four stages of the National Finals will return. And it’s coming sooner than you think... That’s all we’re going to say about that! Okay, we’ll also say that we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the teams.

3.) All Stars Skills Competition

This is always one of our favorite nights of taping out in Las Vegas every year and we think it creates one of the most enjoyable off-season specials. The competition is 100% over. There’s no $1 million prize on the line. Heck, they’re not even competing for the glory of USA vs the World. It’s purely Ninjas at play, challenging themselves for the sake of seeing how far they can take a skill. Year after year, that format gives us jaw-dropping moments. This year will be no different.

4.) The finale of American Ninja Warrior Junior

The show that finally put the spotlight on all the talented young athletes in the Ninja community went on hiatus for the holidays. After airing its first 10 episodes, it will return in February to wrap up the qualifiers and move into the semi-finals. Stay tuned to Universal Kids on Saturdays to find out which young Ninjas will take home the win!

5.) More and more community events

We can hardly keep up with the Ninja news that has nothing to do with the show. It seems like every week there’s a new Ninja gym. That means new places to hold competitions and new camps to inspire young athletes. This all leads to new Ninjas who one day might take on the course for the cameras. There’s no slowing this sport down. 2019 will be a testament to that.

What Ninja Warrior things are you looking forward to in 2019? Hop down to the comments and tell us!