Full Metal Jousting: Episode 10 “The Championship Joust”

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This is it! The Wildcard joust and the Championship joust. How will they pick the Wildcard and who will it be? At the end of it all the first Full Metal Jousting Champion will stand tall. Let’s get started…

Episode 10: ‘The Championship Joust’

The competitors are in the house and Shane and the coaches show up. They all gather together and Shane explains that the jousters, not the coaches will pick the Wildcard match-up. He wants to see one black team member and one red team member.

As the red team is deliberating James Fairclough and Jake Nodar both say they should not be eligible for the Wildcard since they made it to the quarterfinals. Avery has a different view, he believes that he should get another chance at jousting. John Stikes also thinks he deserves another chance and James agrees with him. John states that he is not there for the money, he just wants to joust. Avery clearly states that he needs the money.

As the black team is discussing the match-up Joe thinks that they only two who should be eligible are Rope and Jack. He never reveals his reasoning but everyone agrees with him. They decide that it should be based on performance.

Personally I think anyone who made it to the quarterfinals shouldn’t be eligible for the Wildcard Joust. But there is no such rule yet.

At the Wildcard selection Shane asks the Black Team who they choose and they said they didn’t make a choice. They are going to flip a coin between Jack and Rope. Coach Rod flips the coin, Jack calls tales and Rope is the winner.

The Red Team went with a secret ballot. Coach Ripper tallies the votes the outcome is David: 2 votes, Avery: 2 votes and the winner with 3 votes is John Stikes. John is glad he got the pick. But Avery and David don’t agree with the pick.

$25,000 Wildcard Joust

Full Metal Jousting History Channel Rope MyersRope Myers riding Navarro
vs.
Full Metal Jousting History Channel John StikesJohn Stikes riding Crispin

Pass 1:
Red Team, John: Miss
Black Team, Rope: Strike +1

Pass 2:
Red Team, John: Miss
Black Team, Rope: Miss

Pass 3:
Red Team, John: Miss
Black Team, Rope: Miss

Pass 4:
Red Team, John: Miss
Black Team, Rope: Miss

Pass 5:
Red Team, John: Strike +1
Black Team, Rope: Miss

Pass 6:
Red Team, John: Miss
Black Team, Rope: Miss

Pass 7:
Red Team, John: Miss
Black Team, Rope: Broken Lance +5

Pass 8:
Red Team, John: Strike +1
Black Team, Rope: Miss

Final:
Red Team, John: 2
Black Team, Rope: 6

Rope Myers wins the $25,000 joust.

This joust rivals the Hiltman vs. Klassen as the worst joust of the season. If it wasn’t for the hard hit on the seventh pass it might have been the worst. On Pass 7 Rope was able to deliver a solid hit and almost unhorsed John. The Widlcard Joust is over and now onto the Championsip Joust.

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The night before the Championship Joust the guys are celebrating their time on the show. They all reflect on jousting and are ready to joust in the future.

Josh and Matt are both excited for the final joust. Josh is ready and prepared to win. Matt is expecting to hit the sand a few times, but is ready to hit Josh hard.

Shane checks on the jousters and wishes them well.

Championship Joust

Full Metal Jousting History Channel Matt HiltmanMatt Hiltman riding Crispin
vs.
Full Metal Jousting History Channel Joshua KnowlesJosh Knowles riding Navarro

Pass 1:
Gold Team, Josh: Broken Lance +5
Black Team, Matt: Broken Lance +5

Pass 2:
Gold Team, Josh: Strike +1
Black Team, Matt: Miss

Pass 3:
Gold Team, Josh: Strike +1
Black Team, Matt: Broken Lance +5

Pass 4:
Gold Team, Josh: Broken Lance +5
Black Team, Matt: Broken Lance +5

Pass 5:
Gold Team, Josh: Miss
Black Team, Matt: Miss

Pass 6:
Gold Team, Josh: Miss
Black Team, Matt: Miss

Pass 7:
Gold Team, Josh: Miss
Black Team, Matt: Strike +1

Pass 8:
Gold Team, Josh: Broken Lance +5
Black Team, Matt: Miss

Final:
Gold Team, Josh: 17
Black Team, Matt: 16

Josh Knowles wins the $100,000 prize and the title of first ever Full Metal Jousting Champion!

The joust started out great with two broken lances and ended with a bit of a cliffhanger. Watching the final pass in slow motion, several times it is not clear if Matt had a strike or not. The angles that they showed don’t help. I will say this, if I had to watch it several times from different angles in slow motion and still can’t tell if it was a touch then I don’t fault the judges for their decision. They have to make their decision based on one viewing only. If they had called it a tie it would have been a good call as well.

The first season of Full Metal Jousting is in the books and I thought it was great! I thought it was interesting that the two guys in the final were the two guys that took a lance to the groin earlier in the season. Matt still had stitches in his leg! All the jousters were tough guys for a tough sport! Overall the format and flow of the show was good. I hope this show gets pick up for a second season and beyond. If it does I will report it here.

What are your thoughts on the show? Did the judges get it right or should they have awarded Matt a strike on the final pass? Are you ready for Season 2? Leave your predictions on the champion in the comment section.
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17 Responses to Full Metal Jousting: Episode 10 “The Championship Joust”
  1. miclane
    April 27, 2012 | 16:52

    Rope didn’t even have to joust in the wildcard match, as he was clearly going to beat Stikes. As for Rope getting in the wildcard match, he’s very likeable so I was glad it was him and not that slimey guy Jack…. he is so gross. Yuk.
    Next season I think instant replay must be utilized!!!!

  2. miclane
    April 28, 2012 | 01:02

    To answer the moderator’s question, did the judges do the proper thing, in not awarding points to Matt, which would have ensured that the wrong person won the 100K tournament. According to a previous instant replay, Matt actually did not even win the semi-final match and therefore, should not have even been in the finals. The match in question was awarded to the wrong person. Oh, I bet that would have gone over well, with not just the riders but also the populous.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

  3. miclane
    May 2, 2012 | 10:45

    Although, I have complained about the Matt Hiltmann, and those gross guys Jack and Mike. I truly enjoyed this show and will be angry if it is renewed for next season. Especially, when pawn shops have multiple shows. As equestrian sports are the sports of kings, equestrian sports seem to have hit there crest and people now want to see them showcased! 

  4. miclane
    May 10, 2012 | 14:36

    Correction: I will be angry if this show is NOT renewed for next season.

  5. Archivist
    May 11, 2012 | 14:27

    There are some changes they could make to the show, but overall I enjoyed it. I hope it gets renewed as well. I haven’t heard anything yet, but if I do I will post it here.

  6. miclane
    May 13, 2012 | 14:40

     @Archivist
    Thanks, I would appreciate that. After they have shaken the kinks out the upcoming season should really be great. I hope they limit the goofs from Midievil Times!

  7. tim1978
    May 19, 2012 | 23:50

    thats stupid that the wild card match was decided on a vote rather then the coaches picking the best competitor.  If the producer wanted this show to continue they have to have 2 good competitors go at it.  The downfall of the show will be the boring matching that have a lot of miss passes.  people want to see broken lances, unhorsing and injuries on shows like this.

  8. miclane
    May 20, 2012 | 07:25

     @tim1978
     I agree. I think they should have used past jousts to see who made the most points. I knew that would be, no match.

  9. miclane
    May 20, 2012 | 07:28

     @tim1978
     The fellow, Rope has won about a million dollars in past, wrestling bulls. His wife has at least one album. I know that it would be wrong to exclude him for that reason but the others seemed desperate to win. Seems they should have given all contestents some money. 

  10. Dan M
    May 20, 2012 | 13:45

    Does anyone know how to apply to be a contestant for the 2nd season?
    Thanks Dan

  11. Archivist
    May 21, 2012 | 22:23

     @Dan M For the first season they did a casting call in July 2011 and the show aired in February 2012. If there is a second season I would guess the casting call would be sometime this summer. 
     
    I will post it on the site when they make they announcement.

  12. Archivist
    May 21, 2012 | 22:24

     @tim1978 Yeah, I wasn’t a fan of the jousters picking the wild card matchup. I hope there is a second season and they work out some of the kinks.

  13. miclane
    May 22, 2012 | 08:03

     @Archivist  @Dan M
     Thx Dan!

  14. miclane
    May 22, 2012 | 08:09

     @Archivist  @Dan M  
     This season should be more interesting as they have been able to work out the kinks. I certainly hope, that with all the cameras, they institute auto replay. After all, this is a professional sport, right?

  15. miclane
    May 22, 2012 | 08:11

     @Dan M
     It is happening now!!!! Go to knightsofvalour.com and and send your resume with cover letter highlighting why you want to joust! Good Luck!!
     

  16. Merrybat1
    June 23, 2012 | 13:22

    I don’t know what happened in the Championships jousting. I just wish I could have seen both jousts. Meredith

  17. miclane
    June 23, 2012 | 20:03

     @Dan M
     
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    Thanks for all for your interest in training with the Knights of Valour. We are beginning our Joust Training Clinics that will be held at our central training facility, the Ohio Renaissance Festival in Wilmington, Ohio.  Each clinic will be five days in length and are open to all levels of ability.  Once you arrive you will be assessed to your ability and devised into groups.  Once assigned to a group you will have two, one-hour lessons per day for a total of ten lessons within the five days.  Each clinic will cost $1000.00 per person, for the group of ten lessons. All payments are non-refundable, if you miss a scheduled lesson you will not be able to make it up and there will be no refund for the lesson.  Training equipment and horses will be provided.  Although you do not need any armor to begin your training in the sport of jousting, if you are already at an advanced jousting level and have equipment you are comfortable using, please bring that with you i.e., armor, shield, helm, etc.
    Please understand that you are coming to an intense training clinic and that you are going to be trained for a very extreme and dangerous sport.  Please prepare yourselves physically and mentally.  I am sure you have all heard of a military boot camp well this is a jousting boot camp!  There are three clinics in the works right now.
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