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"Wild Card Warriors gives those couch-potato competitors brave enough (or stupid enough) - who have an untried robot at home - the chance to put up or shut up. Newcomers who have never fought in the arena before will be invited to take on some of the top All-Star veterans in head-to-head contests. Those novice robots and teams lucky - or unlucky - enough to be given a Wild Card will get their chance to see what it's really like to do battle in the arena. Will they have the metal to match the mouth and give the veterans a hard time - or will they become metal mincemeat?"
Robot Wars Extreme: The Official Guide[1]

Wild Card Warriors was a side competition held during Robot Wars Extreme: Series 1. It consisted of a series of one-on-one battles between new robots which had not fought in the main competition before, and a selection of experienced veterans from previous series. The newcomers would fight to prove their capabilities against their seasoned opponents, and to win themselves a place in the 'Robot Wars family.' However, of the six newcomers to take part, only one won a Wild Card Warrior battle, although its victory was not televised.

The idea of the Wild Card Warriors competition may have influenced the similarly-themed Extreme 2 New Blood Championship.

Competing Robots Edit

Veterans Edit

BehemothS5
Behemoth
Weight 95kg
Dimensions 1.1m x 0.62m x 0.57m
Power 24v Motor
Weapons Pneumatic Scoop
Strengths Self-righting Mechanism
Weaknesses Low Impact Weaponry
From: Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire
Team Members: Anthony Pritchard, Michael Pritchard, Kane Aston
Dominator 2
Dominator 2
Weight 96kg
Dimensions 0.65m x 0.65m x 1.35m
Power 2 x 750w Electric Motors
Weapons Pneumatic Axe
Strengths Power & Speed
Weaknesses Accuracy of Axe
From: Huntingdon
Team Members: Peter Halloway, Elliot Smart, Chris Hall
Hypno-disc5
Hypno-Disc
Statistics not displayed
From: Middleton Cheney, Banbury in Oxfordshire
Team Members: Dave Rose, Derek Rose, Ken Rose
King b powerworks
King B Powerworks
Weight 88kg
Dimensions 1m x 0.77m x 0.25m
Power 36v DC Motor
Weapons Front Disc and Rear Lifter
Strengths Extremely Powerful
Weaknesses Exposed Tyres
From: Havant in Hampshire
Team Members: Simon Harrison, Grant Hornsby
PanicAttack Extreme 1
Panic Attack
Weight 98kg
Dimensions 1m x 0.7m x 0.16m
Power 24v Motor
Weapons Lifting Forks
Strengths Impenetrable Armour
Weaknesses Reliability of Weapon
From: Thornhill in Cwmbran, Gwent
Team Members: Kim Davies, Michael Davies, Christian Bridge
Stinger Extreme1
Stinger
Weight 83kg
Dimensions 0.71m x 0.61m x 0.38m
Power 2 x 24v Electric Motors
Weapons Bludgeoning Spike
Strengths Heavy Duty Weapon
Weaknesses Exposed Tyres
From: Branston, Lincoln
Team Members: Kevin Scott, Tim Mann, Karl Skinner

Newcomers Edit

Ajjay
Ajjay
Weight 100kg
Dimensions 1.1m x 1.1m x 0.25m
Power 12v Motors
Weapons 4 x Flailing Arms
Strengths High Speed Robot
Weaknesses First Time Competitor
From: Tilehurst in Reading
Team Members: John Shepherd, Liam Ryan
Axe-awe
Axe-Awe
Weight 97kg
Dimensions 1.12m x 0.86m x 0.57m
Power 24v Electric Motors
Weapons Axe & Flipper
Strengths Experienced Engineers
Weaknesses Slow & Sluggish
From: Langport in Somerset
Team Members: Gilbert Grimm, Robert Grimm, Adrian Moore
Draven
Draven
Weight 100kg
Dimensions 1.15m x 0.73m x 0.55m
Power 2 x Electric Motors
Weapons Hydraulic Jaw
Strengths Heavily Armoured
Weaknesses Reliability
From: Cranbrook in Kent
Team Members: Martin Gutkowski, Joe Gibson, Richard Johnstone
The Executioner Extreme 1
The Executioner
Weight 100kg
Dimensions 1.32m x 0.88m x 0.51m
Power 2 x 750w Electric Motors
Weapons Hydraulic Crushing Blade
Strengths Powerful Weapon
Weaknesses Exposed Tyres
From: Stanground
Team Members: Mark Nenadic, Ian Sanford, David Sanford
The spider
The Spider
Weight 100kg
Dimensions 0.60m x 1.33m x 0.90m
Power 750w Electric Motor
Weapons 4 x Rotating Spikes
Strengths Invertible
Weaknesses No Armour
From: Mold in Flintshire
Team Members: John Udale, Robert Udale, Carol Udale
TX-108
TX-108
Statistics not displayed
From: Burntwood in Staffordshire
Team Members: Craig Danby

Matches Edit

Stinger vs Ajjay Edit

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Sir Killalot picks up Ajjay

The fight began with both robots largely dodging each other. Ajjay made the first attack, ramming into Stinger whilst avoiding its bludgeoning spike, but its spinning weapon didn't appear to be working. Stinger missed several hits with its spike, and Ajjay continued to ram it, eventually hitting it into the pit release button. Stinger drove away, and Ajjay attempted to ram it again, but made no meaningful attacks, whilst Stinger merely continued to slam its mace on the arena floor.

"But is there control? Is there any aim to this?"
— Jonathan Pearce noting both robots lacking in good control

The constant dodging continued, with Ajjay seemingly unable to control itself properly. This became evident when, under no pressure, it drove straight into Sir Killalot's CPZ, who picked it up in his claws.

Stinger vs Ajjay

Stinger attacks Ajjay

"Ajjay! Ajjay! Ajjay!? OK? KO? I think so..."
— Jonathan Pearce

Killalot eventually dropped Ajjay, who then drove onto the flame pit. Ajjay then drove at Stinger, who at last started landing meaningful attacks with its spike. The two robots then continued to drive at each other.

"The underdogs have come here, though, with plenty of pluck, determination and courage, and we'll give them credit for that"
— Jonathan Pearce praises Ajjay
A few more less meaningful attacks occurred to both robots, and suddenly Stinger reversed towards Sir Killalot, who grabbed hold of it by its axle. He then proceeded to carry it towards the arena wall; cease was called, but Killalot dropped Stinger out anyway. The judges were called to make a decision.
"They've done all the work, but it looks as if it could get tossed out of the arena here! But Killalot's got to beat the clock! The clock is ticking down, can Stinger survive? Can Stinger stay in? I think they've just stayed in! Out of the arena they go. But I think it was after time, in which case, Killalot was bang out of order!"
— Jonathan Pearce as Killalot throws Stinger out of the arena.
"Now, this is not a unanimous decision. They've decided, two-to-one, that the winners are Stinger!"
— Craig Charles announces the decision

Winner: Stinger

Behemoth vs The Spider Edit

Behemoth vs The Spider

Behemoth turns The Spider over

"There's always new ones, they always stand to their own fair chance, but they're not too sure what it's like out in the real world of the battles and, well, we're quite familiar ourselves, so we'll show them what it's like"
— Michael Pritchard
BehemothSpider

Behemoth lifts The Spider out

The battle begun with both robots dodging around each other. After three of these, they both drove front on at each other, and Behemoth flipped The Spider over, driving it straight into the arena wall. Upon contact, Spider's spinning blades made matters worse for itself by pulling it up the wall. Behemoth charged at the stuck Spider, knocking it onto its side. It then made another charge and lifted it over the arena wall altogether. This was the first time a non-flipper weapon had thrown another robot out of the arena.

"Out of the web, out of the picture, out of the plan!"
— Jonathan Pearce after the quick battle

Winner: Behemoth

King B Powerworks vs Draven Edit

King B Powerworks vs Draven

King B hooks Draven

"I've been talking to Martin [Gutkowski] who's the team captain, and I've always laughed at his robot, saying "Oh, it's so complicated, you've taken two years to get that going, you'll never get it going, it's going to fall over as soon as you get in there"...and he HAS got it going and now it's frightening"
— Simon Harrison, captain of King B Powerworks, on Draven's back-story

King B Powerworks got off to the faster start, but the first few moments of the battle had the two simply driving around one another. Eventually, Draven managed to catch King B within its jaw, but wasn't able to close it in time and instead pushed it around the arena. King B when attempted to use its saw on Draven, but it did not appear to be working. Draven took the advantage and pushed King B into the CPZ, but the more experienced machine escaped. With its saw out of action, King B attempted to use its lifting spikes to ram Draven's side, but no damage was caused. Draven eventually managed to catch King B Powerworks again, but the jaw was too slow to catch its faster adversary.

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King B pushes Draven towards the pit

"Draven had a chance there to close the beak on King B and they failed to do so. If it goes to the judges, they will have taken notice of that"
— Jonathan Pearce

King B then attempted to use its saw on Draven again, which seemed to flicker back to life momentarily before stopping again. With this failing, it attempted to use its spikes again and this time it was able to get underneath Draven and hook itself between its wheels. Draven attempted to escape by raising its lifting mechanism, but this only caused part of its armour to break off. Unable to escape, King B took the immediate advantage and, in a decidedly Panic Attack-equse move, activated the pit and pushed Draven straight in.

"And once again, it's the more experienced robot, King B Powerworks, that wins it"
— Jonathan Pearce

Winner: King B Powerworks

Dominator 2 vs The Executioner Edit

Executioner pits itself

The Executioner executes itself

"Go home, guys. You're gonna get trashed"
— Mark Nenadic, of The Executioner

As soon as the battle began, The Executioner drove away from Dominator 2 and attempted to press the pit release button, but missed. It attempted a second time, with the same result. A third attempt finally managed to open the pit as Dominator tried to push underneath it. It missed an axe blow and The Executioner drove away, but as Dominator gave chase, the newcomer suddenly turned around and drove straight into the descending pit.

"Well it took them long enough to activate the pit release, and as soon as they did they went straight down!"
— Jonathan Pearce on The Executioner's appaling driving

At about 16–18 seconds, it proved to be the quickest battle in either series of Robot Wars Extreme.

Winner: Dominator 2

Panic Attack vs Axe-Awe Edit

"You've got one shot and make it a good one, because it's the only one you're gonna have"
— Kim Davis' message to Axe-Awe
Axe awe self-rights

Axe-Awe self-rights

Despite both robots low speed of 8 mph, the battle started quickly. Axe-Awe spun around, revealing its rear to Panic Attack, but the former champion did not capitalize. The two eventually charged at each other front on, but clashed slightly to the side, resulting in Axe-Awe missing an attack with the axe. Axe-Awe then tried to use its flipper, but missed and Panic Attack reversed away. Axe-Awe tried another attack with its flipper, and managed to lift up one of Panic Attack's skirts. Panic Attack came back strongly by lifting up Axe-Awe from the side, meaning it was unable to use its axe properly. Panic Attack then rolled Axe-Awe over, but the Wild Card quickly righted itself using its axe. It spun again, exposing its back to Panic Attack, and this time the veteran took advantage, ramming it into the side wall and lifting it up onto its top, keeping Axe-Awe's wheels off its body using its lifting forks.

"This is all rather inevitable, isn't it?"
— Jonathan Pearce, realising what Panic Attack has in mind
Panic Attack vs Axe-Awe

Panic Attack traps Axe-Awe...

Axe-Awe vs Panic Attack

...and drops it in the pit

Axe-Awe was powerless to do anything as Panic Attack pulled off its signature move, carrying its opponent towards the pit release, then dropping it into the pit. After the battle had finished, it was briefly shown that Panic Attack had tried to attack Shunt again.

"Axe-Awe in awe of an ex-UK champion!"
— Craig Charles after the battle

Winner: Panic Attack

Hypno-Disc vs TX-108Edit

"No Wild Card challenger has yet beaten one of our experienced machines, don't forget"
— Jonathan Pearce, prior to Axe-Awe's challenge of Panic Attack

Hypno-Disc started the battle strongly, cutting into TX-108's armour. However, after only 20 seconds, the former runner-up suddenly broke down. Refbot counted it out, leaving TX-108 as the winner, and the only Wild Card warrior to beat one of the veterans.

The Hypno-Disc team, unsatisfied with the result, requested a rematch. Team Terrafonics were unable to comply, however, so the pre- and post-match interviews went ahead based upon the fight. However, the producers were also unsatisfied with the battle and it was not aired on television. To this day, no images or footage of the battle has been found.

Winner: TX-108

Trivia Edit

  • Dominator 2's victory over The Executioner is ranked within the Shortest Battles in UK Robot Wars. It is the quickest battle in both Extreme series.
  • TX-108 was the only newcomer to win a battle, defeating Hypno-Disc via the veteran breaking down. However, the fight was never televised, possibly due to its short length and presumed lack of exciting content.
  • From the six newcomers, only Axe-Awe, Draven and The Executioner fought in the UK Series after this, with TX-108 failing to qualify and Ajjay and The Spider presumably failing as well, while Draven took until 2016 to debut. However, The Spider and Axe-Awe were not true newcomers, the teams having fought in previous UK Championships with different machines, The Spider with Robocow and Axe-Awe with Iron-Awe.
    • If teams are considered, then Craig and Chris Danby entered in a UK Series afterwards, however the team did so with unrelated robots, Foxic and Apex.
  • This event marked Behemoth's first out of the arena flip, and the first robot not to use a flipping weapon to do so.
    • It was also the first case of a House Robot throwing a robot out of the arena, with Sir Killalot doing so to Stinger in its battle. However, as cease had already been called, Stinger still won the Judges' decision.
  • King B Powerworks' battle against Draven is the only battle in Robot Wars history to be extensively edited after its original airing (on BBC Choice). Draven had originally gone by the name of "Anthrax", but after an anthrax scare occurred at around the time its fight aired on BBC2, the name had to be changed. As a result, all usage of the Anthrax name by Craig Charles and Julia Reed was removed, and Jonathan Pearce re-commentated the entire fight.
  • Pussycat was originally intended to fight Draven, but after they could not compete, Draven sought out King B Powerworks to fight instead.
"That wasn't *entirely* coincidental, was it Simon Harrison? We were supposed to face Pussycat but they were banned due to having used a shattering blade. We couldn't return the following day so had to find someone to fight there and then. So I did indeed tap up my mate..."
— Draven's Facebook page on why they fought King B Powerworks

ReferencesEdit

  1. Robot Wars Extreme: The Official Guide, p.105

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