Joseph "Jo Jo" Bynum is a software engineer in Huntsville, Alabama.
His first year competing in American Ninja Warrior was in Season 6. He completed the course in the Dallas Qualifier. Jo Jo seemed to take his time through each obstacle. During the Ring Toss, he missed a couple of pegs but was able to recover in order to finish. Jo Jo was able to make it up the Warped Wall in his first attempt finishing in 18th place.
After making it through qualifying, Jo Jo was able to not only get past the first six obstacles he faced in qualifying he was able to make it up the Salmon Ladder and get to the Swinging Frames in a fast enough time to be able to compete in Vegas. As a rookie, he did an extraordinary job by making it through Stage 1 with 17.85 seconds to spare. He had the 9th fastest time in Stage 1.
On Stage 2, he struggled with Rope Jungle, using up precious energy. He still managed to complete the Double Salmon Ladder. However, as he attempted to make the transition from the bar to the Unstable Bridge, he lost his grip and fell in the water. Right after he fell, he desperately called for help to get out of the water, and he infamously became known for not being able to swim.
In Season 7, he completed qualifying and made it once again to the eighth obstacle, this time being Cannonball Alley. He completed Stage 1 in Vegas with over 20 seconds remaining, and once again moved on to Stage 2.
Unlike last year, he had no trouble on Rope Jungle and completed it in 15 seconds. However, on the Double Salmon Ladder, he got too ambitious and attempted to jump up 2 rungs. The right side of the bar reached the third rung, however the left side got caught up on the second rung resulting in the bar being uneven and causing him to fall off the ladder.
In Season 8, he competed in the Atlanta Qualifying Round and finished the course in 18th place, just like in his rookie season in Season 6.
Then, in the Atlanta Finals, Jo Jo Bynum was exhausted after the first five obstacles which caused him to fail the Warped Wall on the first two attempts. He managed to regain his composure then scale the wall on his last attempt. Miraculously, he was able to get past both the Salmon Ladder and the Floating Monkey Bars before falling on The Clacker. By making it to the ninth obstacle, he put up his best finals run to date, and secured a spot in the finals placing 7th in the top 15.
However, in Las Vegas, he fell on Stage 1, failing the Giant Log Grip.
In Season 9, he competed in Daytona. His qualifying run was fast forwarded, but he was shown to have failed the new Wingnuts, and failed to make it to the city finals for the first time in his career.
|6||23||Failed Unstable Bridge (Second Stage)||Failed transition from the Double Salmon Ladder. Struggled to get out of the water after failing.|
|7||16||Failed Double Salmon Ladder (Second Stage)|
|8||2||Failed Giant Log Grip (First Stage)|