BattleBots Collegiate Championship (partially lost unaired spinoff of robot combat TV show; 2009)

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BattleBots Logo.jpg

The BattleBots logo as seen in the opening of the pilot episode.

Status: Partially Lost

BattleBots Collegiate Championship was a spinoff series of then cancelled American robot combat gameshow BattleBots , which was set to air on CBS College Sports in 2009. The BattleBots competition, held in Vallejo, California, gave host to three tournaments; The High School Championship (120lb), Collegiate Championship (120lb), and the Pro Championship (220lb). The BattleBots arena was constructed much smaller than the one used in the Comedy Central era, instead looking somewhat similar in size to the one used to host the annual BattleBots IQ tournaments in years past. The hazards also had a fair share of changes, with the pulverizers being operated by the competitors, the hellraisers and killsaws making a return, and the screws having completely serrated edges.

The Collegiate Championship was eventually picked up by CBS Sports, who set up a weekly airing schedule starting from December 10th. [1] However, CBS prematurely dropped the show after being unable to find any companies willing to fill in the show's commercial slots. FOX Sports later picked it up along with the Pro Championship, only to drop it as well for possibly the same reasons.[2]

On July 27, 2010, the official BattleBots YouTube channel released seven raw cuts of fights involving the winner of the High School Championship, The Blender. Likewise, the winner of the Pro Championship, Brutality, had all of its fights uploaded to YouTube by the same channel on August 24th.

On September 17, 2010, the official BattleBots YouTube channel uploaded the pilot episode of the BattleBots Collegiate Championship. To this day, the pilot episode remains as the only episode of the spin-off series to ever meet the public eye. With the winner of the Collegiate Championship still remaining a secret, there's a chance that BattleBots had plans to save the rest of the series for getting them on the air at some point in the future.

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