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Absolutely no one failed the Warped Wall in season 12

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Is this the easiest obstacle, or is it all in how you look at it?

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Whoa. Is the Warped Wall the easiest obstacle on American Ninja Warrior?

Hang on. Let’s talk about this for a second. Remember when we looked at the numbers to determine the most difficult obstacles of Season 12? We just decided to look back again to determine which obstacles were the easiest and we’re not sure what to think!

Over the course of the season, the Shrinking Steps took out only seven Ninjas. This is pretty much what we expected to see and that we expected to declare the easiest obstacle. After all, it’s no fun if a bunch of people fail right off the bat. It doesn’t make sense to put a very difficult obstacle in this position.

But then, when you look at the only other obstacle to appear on all seven courses of season 12, there is one that ended absolutely zero runs.

The Warped Wall.

We do need to provide some context here. Season 12 was a unique season in that only 150 Ninjas took part. That’s drastically down from the 600-plus Ninjas that usually would attempt a season. Generally, there are some in that crowd that can’t complete the Warped Wall. Also, the Warped Wall is in the sixth position on the course. That means the competitors have to get through five other obstacles to even face it. So is the Warped Wall “easy” or is it that the competitors who reach it are equipped to handle it?

We mean, there’s no way we could get up a Warped Wall unassisted, so it feels odd to call it easy. However, in season 12, it was the only obstacle to appear on every single course and not take out a single Ninja. Interestingly enough, the Salmon Ladder also failed to end any runs. But it wasn’t on every course.

Look at these numbers! For each course of season 12, we’ve listed out the obstacles with the lowest number of falls/fails at that point.

Qualifiers night one

  • Shrinking Steps: 1
  • Warped Wall: 0

Qualifiers night two

  • Shrinking Steps: 1
  • Warped Wall: 0

Qualifiers night three

  • Shrinking Steps: 3
  • Beehive: 3
  • Spinning Bridge: 3
  • Warped Wall: 0

Qualifiers night four

  • Shrinking Steps: 2
  • Warped Wall: 0

Semifinals night one

  • Shrinking Steps: 0
  • Sideways: 0
  • Warped Wall: 0
  • Salmon Ladder: 0

Semifinals night two

  • Shrinking Steps: 0
  • Spring Forward: 0
  • Warped Wall: 0
  • Salmon Ladder: 0

Finals

  • Shrinking Steps: 0
  • Warped Wall: 0
  • Salmon Ladder: 0

So, is the Warped Wall the easiest obstacle on American Ninja Warrior?

It can’t be... Can it?