We normally refer to the ROBO-ONE bouts in the ring as 'robot wrestling', though frankly speaking it's usually more like robot boxing, or pushing, or diving rather than close up, full contact grappling. But, every once in a while, right in the middle of a bout, something happens that gives you a glimpse of the future. For just an instant you see what these robots are really capable of, and what the ROBO-ONE bouts might look like a year or two down the road.
This past Thursday, at the ROBO-ONE Gran Prix competition in Tokyo, we got a clear view of true robot wrestling. About 46 seconds into the Retro-King Kizer match something happened that was so startling that everyone in the audience gasped. We actually forgot about our video camera for a moment - it was that surprising. Thankfully, we managed to catch it all on video to share with you.
The two robots are very distinctive. The red robot in the video is King Kizer, the current ROBO-ONE champion, while the silver colored robot is Retro, created by the Sugiura Brothers team.
Note: In spite of Retro's heroic efforts, King Kizer ended up winning this particular match. (Thanks to Joe for pointing out our oversight.)
ROBO-ONE website (Japanese)
Sugiura Brothers' Official Retro website (Japanese)
King Kizer's Official Website (Japanese)