Season 13 of American Ninja Warrior won’t start filming until the end of March, but that doesn’t mean we can’t dream about it! Recently, we asked you which Ninjas have unfinished business on the course that you want to see resolved in season 13. We got a LOT of responses. Below, we’ve pulled together seven of the Ninja names we saw pop up multiple times.
Who will reach their goals in season 13 and who will need to keep fighting? (Please keep in mind that season 13 casting decisions are still being announced. We’re not sure yet if all of these competitors will get their shots at redemption!)
Austin is in a position where he wants to finish what he started. In season 12, he dominated on the course and made it all the way to the final round of the Power Tower playoffs. In a very close match, he lost out to Daniel Gil who took the title of champion for the year. Austin was THIS close to being the 2020 American Ninja Warrior winner, so you know he’s hankering for it now.
Jesse Labreck had a pretty downright stellar season 12. However, she has more to do, for sure. We think one of Jesse’s biggest goals for season 13 will be to get her revenge on Stage One of the National Finals. She’s faced that course four times, and come up just short four times. It is so time.
The general thought is that Joe’s “unfinished business” is the whole dang shebang. After eight seasons, five trips to Stage Three of the National Finals, and two turns as the Last Ninja Standing, what’s left for him? He’s ready to climb the rope. Season 12 saw Joe surprisingly fall in the Finals and not make the top eight. But that’s just fuel for his fire.
Najee always seems ready for more and season 12 might have set him up for a new chapter. After a lackluster season 11, Najee returned for season 12 with a fresh frame of mind and it pushed him all the way to the Power Tower playoffs. Najee has been to Stage Three once before. Will he make it back there in season 13?
James is a long-time veteran of the sport. After nine seasons that included six trips to the National Finals (and one trip to Stage Three in Las Vegas), James sat out of season 11 due to a shoulder injury. He did not take part in season 12 but has announced that he applied to season 13 and is ready to make a return to the competition. He’s not ready to close the book on Ninja Warrior.
Caleb and his Ninja family were well-known in the community before his debut at the Atlanta Qualifiers in Season 11. There, he impressed everyone with his run to the Mega Wall, which he defeated on the second try. Fans expected more accomplishments from Caleb for season 12. When he fell on just the third obstacle of the Qualifiers, everyone was shocked. Caleb’s unfinished business is in proving he's the top Ninja we know he can be.
Michael found his footing during season 10 of American Ninja Warrior, his sophomore year on the show. He took first place at the Indianapolis Qualifiers and made it to the National Finals. A member of the National Guard, Michael did not take part in season 11 as he was attending Army Ranger school. In season 12, he fell on the third obstacle of the Qualifiers. Judging by the number of times we say his name mentioned, his friends and fans know he has more to do should he get the chance.