The Roulette Cylinder (ルーレットシリンダー), was introduced as the first obstacle of the redesigned Third Stage in SASUKE 25, the tournament after Urushihara Yuuji's kanzenseiha.

The obstacle was similar to the Rumbling Dice, only the Roulette Cylinder's track was shorter and instead of a box, competitors must negotiate a cylinder with spikes coming out of it. At the end of the track, competitors must directly make the transition to the next obstacle, the Doorknob Grasper.

In SASUKE 26, the obstacle was modified by adding two drops on the track (similar to when the Rolling Maruta was modified into the Sandan Rolling Maruta in SASUKE 13). As the result, it took out Brian Orosco, when he failed before transitioning to the Doorknob Grasper.

The Roulette Cylinder and Doorknob Grasper were removed in favor of the Arm Bike in SASUKE 27.

David Campbell attempted the redesigned Roulette Cylinder, SASUKE 26

American Ninja Warrior Appearances

American Ninja Warrior 4's Roulette Cylinder in Stage Three

American Ninja Warrior 5's Roulette Cylinder in Stage Three

The Roulette Cylinder appeared as the first obstacle in Stage Three on American Ninja Warrior 4 and American Ninja Warrior 5, which was similar to the Roulette Cylinder from SASUKE 26.

On American Ninja Warrior 4, Brent Steffensen (who was the only competitor to advance to Stage Three) was able to complete the obstacle. On American Ninja Warrior 5, seven competitors attempted the obstacle, and two of them failed to complete it (Idoko Abuh and Casey Finley). On American Ninja Warrior 6 the obstacle was replaced by the Cannonball Incline.

This obstacle served as the basic concept of Rolling Thunder, which was used on American Ninja Warrior 8 in Philadelphia and American Ninja Warrior 9 in Daytona Beach, with much bigger wheel, longer track, and more difficult than Roulette Cylinder. Also, the Ninjago Roll from American Ninja Warrior 9's Denver finals had a similarity with this obstacle.

Competitors' Success Rate

  • All results based on the TBS/NBC broadcast and external information found


SASUKE Clears Attempts Percentage
25 5 5 100%
26 5 6 83.33%
Total 10 11 90.91%

American Ninja Warrior

ANW Clears Attempts Percentage
ANW4 1 1 100%
ANW5 5 7 71.43%
USA vs. Japan 8 8 100%
Total 14 16 87.5%
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