Now that the NFL Draft is behind us, there isn’t much in terms of exciting football news that will happen until teams hit training camp in mid-July. One of the additions to Steel City Blitz this off-season will be coverage of the new season of Battlebots. This will be the third season of the revamped Battlebots show. The original show was a staple of late night Comedy Central programming in the early 2000s but was cancelled because of legal disagreements over licensing. In 2015, it was resurrected by ABC and ran for two seasons (Seasons 6 and 7). Now it has been picked up by the Discovery Channel and the Science Channel for a 2018 run.
We will have full coverage of the new season, which begins on FRIDAY, MAY 11 at 8pm. In preparation for the new season, we already took a look back at 10 of the best fights from the Comedy Central era and the Top 10 fights from the recent ABC seasons. After looking back at those epic battles between bots, there’s another aspect of robot fighting I felt the need to highlight – the incredible destructive kill shots. Some of the fights featured in those posts also feature some incredibly destructive kills so I won’t include them in this post.
- Witch Doctor vs Rotator
- Tombstone vs Brutus
- Minotaur vs Photon Storm
- Toro vs Little Blue Engine (“There goes a wheel!”)
10. Minion vs No Apologies
Minion was the top-ranked heavyweight bot and No Apologies delivered a spike right through the heart of the beast that perfectly hit its kill switch.
9. Minotaur vs Blacksmith
Season 7, Round of 32
Any time you can rip someone’s face off and set them on fire, it deserves to make a list of best knockouts.
8. Mechavore vs Towering Inferno
Mechavore’s spinning disc burst onto the scene in Season 3 and carried it all the way to the semifinals where it lost a weird fight to Son of Whyachi. Mechavore returned with even more power in Season 4 and started off by taking chunks out of Towering Inferno.
7. Hazard vs Heavy Metal Noise
Season 4, Middleweight Semifinal
“What do you mean ‘is that it?’ Heavy Metal Noise is all over the floor!”
6. T-minus vs Sunshine Lollibot
T-minus was a rookie and a miniaturized version of Toro. Sunshine Lollibot had a big spinner. I think you know how this one is going to end.
5. Ziggo vs Scrap Daddy
Ziggo was a lightweight full-bodied spinner that just shredded its competition. Scrap Daddy lived up to its name.
4. Tombstone vs Bombshell
Season 7 Championship
In one of the greatest mis-calculations in Battlebots history, Bombshell had reached the final with a vertical spinner and swapped it out for a horizontal spinner to take on Tombstone in the final. “WHO WANTS SOME MORE?!”
3. Poison Arrow vs Son of Whyachi
Season 7, Round of 32
In one of the greatest collisions of kinetic energy in Battlebots history, the vertical spinner of Poison Arrow collided with the spinning hammers of Son of Whyachi, who did his best Space Jam impression. I believe I can flyyyyy….
2. Tombstone vs Counter Revolution
Season 6, Qualifying
The revamped Battlebots got off to a bang by introducing everyone to Tombstone’s viscous spinner by feeding up Counter Revolution for slaughter.
1. Son of Whyachi vs Nightmare
What else would be #1?