Just in time for the scorching months of summer, CMT debuts the most badass competition series yet when Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge premieres July 6 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
The brainchild of wrestling icon Steve Austin, the 10-episode series pits elite athletes against everyday men and women in the ultimate test of strength, stamina and wit. Each episode features eight contestants in head-to-head battles until the last man or woman standing earns the right to take on the Skullbuster, which Austin created as the toughest obstacle course in America, for a chance to win cash.
Austin, who previously helmed three seasons of Redneck Island on CMT, is known for being one of the toughest competitors in the wrestling arena. Broken Skull Challenge combines his fierce love for physical competition with extreme challenges using the core tenants from such current fitness trends as CrossFit and Spartan Race.
Austin’s half-mile Skullbuster features 10 obstacles designed to stop even the most hardcore athletes, built to progressively break the body down. Everyone’s equal at the ranch, as women find themselves subject to the same punishment as men.
In the first episode, there is no shortage of adrenaline as eight men battle for the win in Trench Warfare, the Pulverizer and the Junkyard. If they lose, they leave. Austin’s rules are fair, and competitors are quick to learn that even those with the most physical power may not be a match against pure determination. In the end, only one athlete will make it to the Skullbuster and even then, there are no guarantees it will be completed.