The Cross Bridge (クロスブリッジ), known on the English broadcast as the Bridge of Blades, was a First Stage obstacle, firstly introduced in SASUKE 13. It was placed immediately after the Sandan Rolling Maruta.
Competitors must run across 4 blades with a centre axis to reach the landing platform (in a similar fashion with the Godantobi). The blades would rotate when the competitors put their weight on them.
Although few competitors failed on the obstacle, it eliminated some top competitors such as Nakayama Kinnikun in SASUKE 13 and Yamada Katsumi in SASUKE 15. In Yamada's case, he lost his balance after completing the obstacle and subsequently fell off the side, resulting in a course out.
A modified version of the obstacle, the X-Bridge (which Ninja Warrior also called as the Bridge of Blades), would later appear in SASUKE 24, as the second obstacle in the First Stage, with six small blades instead of four large blades.
American Ninja Warrior Appearances
The Cross Bridge (called as the Bridge of Blades) appeared as the third obstacle on American Ninja Warrior 2 in qualifying and semifinal. Although there was no center axis, the padding caused it to be in a plus-shape, providing an interesting threat for the competitors. It was one of the most deadly obstacles during qualifying, eliminating many top competitors such as Brett Sims, Paul Darnell, and Rick Huelga. It was also extremely dangerous, as one competitor (Robert Mullinix) suffered a wound to the head that caused him to bleed. During the semi-finals, it eliminated a few competitors, such as Andrew Karsen, Ibrahim Peek and Andrew Taber.
Then, the Bridge of Blades returned once again on American Ninja Warrior 6, where it was used in St. Louis. However, competitors were not allowed to grab the blades with their hands. If they did so, they would be disqualified. This eliminated a fair number of competitors, such as Pavel Fesyuk, and most shockingly, Mike Bernardo.
The Cross Bridge (called locally as Cầu Chữ X) appeared as the third obstacle in Stage 1A on SASUKE Vietnam, which was similar to one used on American Ninja Warrior. However, on SASUKE Vietnam 2 and SASUKE Vietnam 3, the obstacle was moved as the second obstacle in Stage 2. On SASUKE Vietnam 4, the obstacle was replaced by the Rope Jungle.
On SASUKE Vietnam 1, the obstacle had a 95.33% completion rate in Stage 1A.
Australian Ninja Warrior
On Australian Ninja Warrior, the Bridge of Blades appeared as the third obstacle in every qualifying heat. However, competitors were not allowed to grab the blades with their hands. If they did so, they would be disqualified.
Then, the obstacle returned on Australian Ninja Warrior 2, once again as the third obstacle in every qualifying heat. This time, to make the obstacle harder than the one used on the previous season, the bridge was placed in almost a plus-shaped, making it almost similar to the Bridge of Blades used on American Ninja Warrior 2. As the result, the obstacle was proven to be more difficult, as several competitors either fell at the fourth blade or got disqualified for grabbing the obstacle with their hands.
On Australian Ninja Warrior 3, the Tuning Forks replaced the Bridge of Blades as the third obstacle in every qualifying heat. However, on the next season, the obstacle returned as the third obstacle in every qualifying heat.
Competitor's Success Rate
- All result based on the TBS broadcast and external information found