Whereas subjecting your self to a waterpark impediment course for the prospect to win a cool $10,000 seems like a manageable activity, the sector featured on USA’s Cannonball is way extra intense than it seems. From a several-stories-high Mega Slide, to a water hose that strikes at upwards of 70 miles per hour, to getting launched within the air like a human cannonball, the competitors favors confidence and guts over sheer bodily energy.
Hosted by WWE famous person Mike “The Miz” Mizanin and 106 & Park alum Rocsi Diaz, and that includes sideline reporter Simon Gibson, Cannonball would be the good summer season escape for households who’re caught inside (and who’re caught with one another) due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Followers of competitors reveals like Netflix’s Flooring is Lava, ABC’s Wipeout, and Fox’s Final Tag will wish to tune into Cannonball to see the athletes attempt to snag the prize.
The Miz spoke solely with Distractify forward of the present’s premiere, and he mentioned why viewers will wish to tune in and the way he was consistently shocked by the athletes he met. Plus, he teased a number of the extra distinctive contestants who will quickly be successful the hearts of viewers — even when they do not win the money.
Who’re the ‘Cannonball’ contestants?
For every of the 10 episodes of Cannonball Season 1, round a dozen contestants will compete for that $10,000 prize. The extraordinary waterpark course is split into 5 rounds, and a number of other athletes are eradicated after every impediment relying on their performances.
Whereas talking with Distractify, Mike promised that every episode would shock viewers and that it could present some a lot wanted comedic reduction.
“It is simply a type of reveals that you just sit down with the entire household to observe and escape the drama that is happening in your personal life. You possibly can enter into our actuality and chortle with your loved ones,” he defined.
However, in case you do watch Cannonball, you can even count on to measurement up your personal members of the family to see which of them would do nicely on the course.
“That is the present that can have folks taking a look at their members of the family on the sofa going, ‘I can do that present,'” The Miz continued. “Anyone can do it so long as they’ve the wherewithal and the drive to do it.”
The Cannonball host famous that the athletes featured on Season 1 are really all very totally different from each other. Whereas some would possibly count on that bodily health would possibly assist sure opponents win, Mike stated that wasn’t the case in any respect.
“Our contestants are from all walks of life — each race, each ethnicity, and each measurement,” he stated.
He teased that a number of the extra memorable athletes from the lineup embrace a man who owns dozens of cats (who The Miz referred to as a “cat daddy”), a radio star named DJ Mullet, and an alien fanatic, amongst others.
“We’ve got each single character that you would presumably need, and by the tip, you are going to discover an individual that you’re going to root for,” he added.
The Miz defined what methods labored finest for the ‘Cannonball’ athletes.
In contrast to American Ninja Warrior, the place intense coaching usually is not sufficient to get by means of the course, there isn’t any actual bodily preparation that may be achieved to prepare for Cannonball.
Mike stated that he and co-host Rocsi (who he referred to as “an immense expertise”) would usually focus on which opponents they thought would triumph earlier than they started the course.
“She and I might be going forwards and backwards on who we might assume was going to be superb,” The Miz stated about having preconceived notions in regards to the contestants. “More often than not we had been improper.”
Although developing with a plan forward of time was a wise transfer, in keeping with Mike, he stated that essentially the most profitable athletes on the present had been those who had been keen to assume on their toes.
“Cannonball is its personal separate sport and to be good at it, it’s a must to have a technique. You will have to have the ability to go away from that technique once you’re 80 toes within the air and attempting to hit a goal that’s like the dimensions of a dime,” he defined. “It’s important to be actually good at improvising on the spot.”
The Miz and Mrs. star mentioned how the true key to victory is avoiding overthinking.
“While you’re not considering an excessive amount of into it and you are not dissecting what it’s a must to do, I feel that is the most effective wager,” he stated. “Typically the mind simply will get in the best way.”
As for The Miz’s internet hosting technique, he stated that the technique was just like that of the opponents.
“Cannonball examined the skills I’ve, the skills I haven’t got, and the skills I didn’t know I had. You by no means know what is going on to occur or what somebody goes to say. Fortunately, I’ve some improv expertise from my time in WWE that I’m able to go off of no matter is occurring at that second. These challenges are so wild and loopy that something can occur.”
Cannonball launches onto screens on July 9 at eight p.m. ET on USA. New episodes air on Thursdays.