BattleBots Collegiate Championship (partially lost unaired spinoff of robot combat TV show; 2009)
BattleBots Collegiate Championship was a spinoff series of then cancelled American robot combat game show BattleBots, which was set to air on CBS College Sports in 2009.
The Event[edit | edit source]
The BattleBots event, held in Vallejo, California, ran from April 21st through the 26th. The event gave host to three tournaments: The High School Championship (120lb), the Collegiate Championship (120lb), and the Pro Championship (220lb). The BattleBots arena was much smaller than the one used in the Comedy Central era, instead looking somewhat similar in size and design 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.
Several veteran builders from the Comedy Central era returned for the event, whether it was to compete or commit to staff roles. Mark Setrakian and Peter Abrahamsen (of The Master and Ronin fame) participated as judges, and Brian Nave (of Phrizbee/Shrederator fame) assumed the role of chief tech inspector. Among the returning competitors were Team Whyachi (BABS, Falcon, Warrior SKF), Team Nightmare (Breaker Box), Team Mutant Robots (Root Canal), The Bot Dudes (Hugs & Kisses), Operation Boilermaker (Counter-Revolution), Team Think Tank (VD6.0), Team XD (Subzero), Eric Stoliker (Bender), and Team Loki (Surgeon General).
Planned Airing[edit | edit source]
The Collegiate Championship was eventually picked up by CBS Sports, who set up a weekly airing schedule starting from December 10th.  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. No other network picked up the show since, thus preventing the show from getting off the ground. Had the show been aired, it would've been the first televised robot combat event since Series 7 of Robot Wars in 2004, a feat that would later be achieved 2 years later when Killer Robots: RoboGames 2011 was aired on the Science Channel.
Availability[edit | edit source]
10 days prior to the planned airing, Autodesk Inventor (the main sponsor of the event) uploaded several raw clips of robot fights and interviews taken in the event, along with footage of fights from the original show.
On July 27th, 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 17th, 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. Although the winner of the Collegiate division was never officially revealed by BattleBots themselves, the college affiliated with the winning team revealed on Facebook that the tournament victor was none other than U.W. Stout's Falcon, operated by Clint and Jake Ewert.
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See Also[edit | edit source]
- 1995 Robot Wars UK Open (partially found rejected robot combat TV show pilot; 1995)
- American Robot Wars 2000 (lost MTV pilot of British robot combat game show; 2000)
- BattleBots (found Comedy Central robot combat game show; 2000-2002)
- BattleBots (lost build of unreleased GameCube/PlayStation 2 game based on robot combat TV series; 2003)
- Mechanoids (partially found BBC robot combat game show; 2003)
- Plunderbirds: Talk Robots (partially found unfinished robot combat mockumentary film; 2019)
- Robot Wars (found cameos of robot combat-themed BBC 2 ident; 1999-2000)
- Robot Wars (lost footage and HSE documentation of behind-the-scenes accidents of BBC robot combat game show; 1998-1999)
- Robot Wars (lost near-death footage of Jeremy Clarkson from robot combat game show; 1998)
- Robot Wars (lost work on unfinished cartoon series based on robot combat game show; existence unconfirmed; 2002-2004)
- Robot Wars (partially found footage of robot combat show qualifying auditions and battles; 1998-2003)
- Robot Wars (partially found unaired or partially aired battles of BBC robot combat game show; 1998-2017)
- Robot Wars (partially found uncut battles from BBC robot combat game show; 1998-2017)
- Robot Wars Extreme: Series 1 (lost original BBC Choice version of robot combat battle; 2001)
- Robot Wars: Extreme Warriors: Season 1 (found TNN robot combat game show; 2001)
- Robot Wars: Extreme Warriors: Season 2 (partially found behind-the-scenes footage of TNN robot combat game show; 2002)
- Robot Wars Revealed (partially found BBC Choice spin-off of robot combat game show; 1998-2000)
- Robot Wars: Series 8 (lost unaired pilot of BBC robot combat game show; 2016)
- Robot Wars: The Kick-Off (lost BNN robot combat special; 2001)
- Robotica (found TLC robot combat game show; 2001-2003)
- Robots Revenge (partially found Discovery robot combat documentary series; 2001)
- Why Hypno-Disc can't work in an office (found testing video of Robot Wars competitor; 2000, 2007)
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