It looks like the National Geographic Channel beat the History Channel in the race for the first jousting reality show. The History Channel is currently producing Full Metal Jousting set to air in 2012. Knights of Mayhem, produced by the National Geographic Channel, airs the first two episodes this Tuesday, 15 November at 2100 EST.
Charlie Andrews is the founder of the Knights of Mayhem and the co-founder of the Ultimate Jousting Championship. He is also the current world champion of the UJC.
Here is a synopsis of the Knights of Mayhem
Will full-contact professional jousting be the next extreme sport? For some, it is a real-life passion and thrives outside of the movies and Renaissance fairs. Charlie Andrews leads the “Knights of Mayhem,” a group of modern-day Lancelots and Galahads dedicated to transforming this medieval sport from a staged act to a professional sports phenomenon that will sweep the globe. For these “knights,” jousting is no dinner show. Donning 130 pounds of steel armor, they mount 2,000-pound horses and charge at each other with solid hemlock lances at speeds up to 30-mph, while peering through a quarter-inch eye slot in their helmets. When lance and knight collide, riders struggle to control their horses and absorb devastating impacts with potential for concussions, broken bones and far worse.
What are your thoughts? Are you going to be watching Knights of Mayhem?
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