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Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge is an American reality television competition show that premiered on July 6, 2014 on Country Music Television. Its second season premiered on January 4, 2015 and ended on March 15, 2015. It is created and hosted by former professional wrestler Steve Austin. New episodes will air every Sunday at 8 pm EST on CMT.

Series overview

Each episode of Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge brings a group of eight contestants, either all male or all female, to the "Broken Skull Ranch" to compete in a series of physical challenges. In an interview with KMTV-TV, Austin revealed that the actual location was not the real Broken Skull Ranch, which is owned and operated by Austin near Tilden, Texas, but an area just outside of Los Angeles, CA designed to represent his ranch. The contestants were selected from athletic backgrounds, including CrossFit, Spartan Racers, Tough Mudder, mixed martial arts (MMA), and pro wrestling. The contestants are eliminated in a series of competitions with the last one standing facing a tough obstacle course known as the Skullbuster, and possibly win a US$10,000 cash prize and a chance to win even more.

Elimination challenges

In each episode, the eight contestants face off in head-to-head competitions in a single-elimination bracket format. The first round bracket match-ups are chosen at random. Austin first explains the challenge to the contestants and to the viewers, then provides verbal encouragement to the contestants and somewhat of a play-by-play analysis of the competition while it is ongoing. The competitions shown include the following:

  • Trench Warfare — a trench (45 feet long and 3 1/2 feet deep) is filled with water and has a bell hung from a post at each end. The contestants both start at opposite ends of the trench, then jump into the trench and must use any means necessary to get past the opponent and ring a bell at the opposite end of the trench. The first one who rings the bell wins. In season two, the trench was narrowed from 5 1/2 feet wide to 4 1/2 feet.
  • Pulverizer — a course (120 feet long) covered in sand is laid out with a series of three sets of two weight sacks (three equal sets of two 50-pound sacks for males, and two 10-pound sacks, two 15-pound sacks, and two 20-pound sacks respectively for females) over the course, a coil of rope at the starting end of the course, and a metal sled at the other. Two contestants must first run the rope to the sled and attach it. They then run back and pull the sled completely to each series of weights. They then run to the weights, load them into the sled, then run back to the rope pull area. This is repeated for all three series of weights. The first one to pull the fully loaded sled across a finish line wins.
  • Possession — a course (60 feet long by 20 feet wide) covered in sand has a 20-inch-wide circle of rope in the middle of the course. Two contestants grab the rope and attempt to force the rope out of the opponent's hands by way of yanking, pulling, twisting, throwing, or otherwise ripping the rope out. The one who obtains sole possession of the rope wins. This event is very similar to the Whiplash event of American Gladiators.
  • Loaded — a dirt hill (120 feet long in season one, 160 feet in season two) has a 35-pound yoke with hooks on it at the beginning and three sets of weights (each set 40 pounds total for males and 14 pounds total for females in season one; sets are 40, 50, and 60 pounds respectively for males in season two and 10, 20, and 30 pounds respectively for females) on pedestals along the course. Two contestants must shoulder the yoke then carry it to each set of weights, stopping to attach the weights to the yoke. They then carry the weighted yoke onward to the next set of weights. The one who carries the fully loaded yoke across a finish line first wins.
  • Snatch — a course (60 feet long by 20 feet wide) covered in sand has a 15-pound sandbag in the middle and a bell hung from a post at each end. Two contestants rush from the ends to grab the sandbag and then use any means necessary to carry the sandbag to the opponent's bell and ring it. The first one who rings the bell with possession of the sandbag wins.
  • Stacked — a course (120 feet long) covered in sand has three large tractor trailer tires (150, 170, and 185 pounds respectively for males; 80, 100, and 115 pounds respectively for females) staggered across it, with a 5-foot tall pole past a line and a bell hung from a post just past the pole. Two contestants must run to the first tire and flip it end over end until it fully crosses the line at the end. The process is then repeated for the remaining two tires. Once all three tires are across the line, the contestant must then lift and stack them in any order onto the pole, then ring the bell when completed. The first one who rings the bell wins.
  • Drag Race — a course (60 feet long by 20 feet wide) covered in sand has a 9-foot-long rope in the middle which is attached to two harnesses, and a bell hung from a post on each end of the course. Two contestants start facing opposite ends of the course, and must pull, drag, or lift their opponent to their bell and ring it, in a modified tug of war contest. The first one who rings the bell wins.
  • Bagged — a dirt hill (120 feet long) has three sandbags (40 pounds each for males, 25 pounds each for females) at the bottom, a wall (7 feet high for males, 6 feet high for females) at the top, and a bell hung from a post on the other side of the wall. Two contestants must first carry each bag up the hill to the base of the wall. Once all bags are at the wall, they then throw each bag over the wall, then climb over the wall and ring the bell at the end. The first one who rings the bell wins.
  • Pain Train — a dirt course (120 feet long) has a bell hung from a post behind a starting line and a set of steel plates (300 pounds for males, 175 pounds for females) chained together at the opposite end. Two contestants must run to the steel plates and drag them back towards the original starting line to the bell. The first one who rings the bell wins.
  • Summit — a dirt hill (50 feet long) has a bell hung from a post at the top. Two contestants race to the top of the hill and are allowed to impede their opponent's progress by wrestling, tackling, etc. The first one who rings the bell wins.
  • Tired — a dirt hill (160 feet long) has a tire (200 pounds for males, 115 pounds for females) halfway up the hill, a 5-foot post at the top, and a bell hanging from a post beyond it. Two contestants run up the hill to the tire and must move it any way necessary to the post at the top of the hill, then lift the tire up and onto the post, then ring the bell. The first one who rings the bell wins.
  • Barn Burner — a dirt course (120 feet long) has a harness at one end attached to a facade of a barn door and wall (280 pounds for males, 215 pounds for females) with a guide rope along the course and a bell hung from a post at the end. Two contestants are attached to the harness and must use the guide rope to aid them in dragging the barn facade toward the bell. The first one who rings the bell wins.
  • Rip Off — a course (60 feet long by 20 feet wide) covered in sand puts two contestants in the field with each contestant having a large industrial-strength velcro wrap placed around their ankle. The two contestants wrestle each other to remove the wrap from their opponent's ankle. The first one who removes the wrap wins.
  • Ass Kicker — a dirt hill (160 feet long) has four bagged kettlebell weights with ropes attached to them buried along the hill, each bag weighing 30 pounds for males, 16 pounds each for females. The two contestants race to the kettlebells and must pull them out of the ground then drag them to the next set of weights until all weights are such removed. The first one who crosses the finish line with all the weights wins.
  • Ball Breaker — a dirt hill (160 feet long) has three weighted balls at the bottom (20, 30, and 40 pounds for males; 10, 20, and 30 pounds for females), a wall (8 feet high for males, 6 feet high for females) at the top and a bell hung from a post beyond the wall. Two contestants must take the lightest ball partially up the hill and throw it a set distance so that it lands in a holding area. They then go back to get the second heaviest ball and go further up the hill to throw it into a holding area. They then take the heaviest ball to the top of the hill, throw it over the wall, climb over the wall, and finally ring the bell. The first one who rings the bell wins.

Pit challenges

The final two contestants face off in a two-part challenge. The first part is not an elimination challenge; it is designed to wear down the contestants. Once the first part is completed, both contestants proceed immediately into the Pit to determine a winner. The competitions shown include the following:

  • Junkyard — a dirt course (120 feet long) is laid out with two barriers in the middle, and a large amount of various scrap objects at the beginning, such as rolled chain-link fencing, small girders, and gas cylinders. Males have approximately 600 pounds of total junk, while females have approximately 300 pounds. The two contestants must move each individual piece of junk over or under the barriers and to the opposite end of the course.
  • Grip and Rip — a dirt course (120 feet long) has three bags of weights along it (30, 35, and 40 pounds respectively for males; 10, 20, and 30 pounds respectively for females) and a guide rope along the middle to aid with the players' grips. The two contestants are first harnessed to a large tractor trailer tire (246 pounds for males in season one, 205 pounds for males in season two; 150 pounds for females in seasons one and two). They use the guide rope to drag and pull the tire along to the weights, where they must stop and throw the weights into the tire. They continue to add weights and drag the tire until the tire fully crosses a finish line.
  • Chained Up — a dirt hill (100 feet long) has a post with two padlocks holding a large chain (200 pounds for males, 135 pounds for females) at the bottom of the hill, and a post with two keys at the top. The two contestants race up the hill, grab one of the keys, run down the hill, and unlock one of the padlocks. This process is repeated. Once the chain is fully unlocked, it must be completely dragged across a finish line.
  • Blowout — a dirt course (120 feet long) has 5 bagged kettlebell-style weights (20 pounds each for males, 7 pounds each for females) spread over the course, and a tractor tire (351 pounds for males, 190 pounds for females) past the weights. The two contestants first run to each individual "kettlebag" and carry it back across the starting line. Once all bags are across the starting line, they then run to the tractor tire and flip it end over end across the finish line.
  • Barrelled — a dirt course (120 feet long) has three wooden pallet platforms spread over the course, amd three enpty metal drum barrels (a 50-gallon, a 30-gallon, and a 20-gallon drum for males; a 30-gallon, a 20-gallon, and a 10-gallon drum for females) at the starting line. The two contestants must move each of the barrels onto one of the wooden platforms by any means except rolling them. The contestants must move all three barrells onto the three platforms.
  • Excalibur — a dirt course (120 feet long) has three concrete slabs (2, 4, and 6 inches thick respectively for males; 2, 3, and 4 inches thick respectively for females) with sledgehammers (30 and 50 pounds for males; 18 pounds each for females) embedded in the first two slabs and a rope attached to a kettlebell weight embedded in the third. The contestants start the course with a sledgehammer (20 pounds for males, 12 pounds for females), carry the sledgehammer to the first slab and use it to break the slab and free the next sledgehammer, which they carry to the next slab. This is repeated until the slab with the rope and kettlebell is freed which must then be dragged across a finish line.
  • Cranked — a dirt hill (160 feet long) has a weighted sled (115 pounds for males, 75 pounds for females) with a rope attached to it on the hill and a crank attached to a large spool at the top. Two contestants run to the sled, grab the rope, and attach it to the spool, then use the crank to pull the weighted sled to the top of the hill. Once there, they must grab a sandbag (25 pounds for males, 15 pounds for females) out of the sled and carry it back to the bottom of the hill.
  • Hard Labor — a dirt course (120 feet long) has three weight stations along it (200 pounds, 150 pounds, and 150 pounds for males; 125 pounds, 75 pounds, and 75 pounds for females), a wheelbarrow at the beginning, and a cart near the end. Two contestants run to each weight station and carry the weights back and load them into the wheelbarrow. The fully loaded wheelbarrow is then pushed to the container where all weights must be loaded into the cart.
  • Splinter — a dirt course (120 feet long) has two wooden posts (one 5 feet long weighing 60 pounds and one 15 feet long weighing 200 pounds for males; one 5 feet long weighing 37 pounds and one 15 feet long weighing 115 pounds for females) that are buried in the ground, with the smaller post being buried almost all the way and the larger post being mostly buried, and a bell hung from an elevated post at the end of the course. Two contestants must extract the first pole, carry or drag it to a hole near the bell post, and insert it into the hole, then repeat the process with the second pole. Once both poles are in the hole, they must then climb the pole and ring the bell.

The Pit is always featured as the final individual challenge to determine the episode's overall winner. It is also always immediately preceded by one of the previous challenges as described earlier, with no rest period except for the player who completed the previous challenge first. Beginning in the second season, a rule was instituted that the second contestant must enter the Pit within one minute of the first contestant or he/she is disqualified. The Pit is a circular dirt ring resembling an amateur wrestling circle or a sumo wrestling ring, measuring 15 feet wide. Once both players have entered the Pit, a signal is given, and the two contestants wrestle each other. The first person able to force their opponent out of the ring is declared the winner. Takedowns may occur but they do not apply toward the final outcome. The style of the Pit is very similar to the Conquer portion of the Breakthrough & Conquer event of American Gladiators.

Skullbuster

After a day's rest, the winner of the elimination challenges moves on to face the Skullbuster, a 1/2-mile-long obstacle course with a series of ten obstacles over the course. Some of the obstacles are identified as "restart elements", where the contestant must restart the obstacle from the beginning if they fail to properly complete the obstacle.

In the first season, the obstacles of the course were as follows, in order of their appearance:

  • Backbreaker — carry a log (60 pounds for males, 30 pounds for females) down 1/4 mile of road.
  • Shredder — crawl under 30 feet of barbed wire.
  • Mudbath — cross a 15-foot rope swing over a pit of mud onto a landing area. If the contestant falls in the mud, they must restart this obstacle.
  • Spiderweb — climb over a 60-foot section of cargo net suspended between two containers.
  • Nutcracker — negotiate a series of a 4-inch-wide balance beam, a balance post, a teeter-totter, and three more posts all over a sand pit. If the contestant falls into the sand at any point along this series, they must restart this obstacle.
  • Commando Crawl — climb across a 24-foot-long suspended rope crawl which is 12 feet off the ground. If the contestant falls off the rope at any time before completing this obstacle, they must restart this obstacle.
  • Wallbusters — climb over three military-style wall climbs (6, 8, and 10 feet respectively for males; 4, 6, and 8 feet respectively for females).
  • Deep Freeze — climb through a pit with water at 35 degrees Fahrenheit and two beams in the middle, going over the first beam and under the second.
  • Heartbreak Hill — climb a 100-foot hill with a 40-degree incline, circle around a post at the top, and run or slide back down.
  • Ropeburn — ascend a 17-foot vertical rope climb up to a bell and ring it, thus ending the course.

In the second season, the Skullbuster was modified. The obstacles of the new course are as follows, in order of their appearance:

  • Backbreaker — carry a log (70 pounds for males, 40 pounds for females) down 1/4 mile of road.
  • Mudbath — cross a 15-foot rope swing over a pit of mud onto a landing ramp. If the contestant falls into the mud, they are allowed to continue.
  • Holding Pattern — climb across a vertical wall 40 feet long by 15 feet high over a pit of water using separated hand and foot holds. If the contestant touches the water at any point, they must restart this obstacle.
  • Skyscraper — climb up and over a vertical cargo net 20 feet high.
  • Nutcracker — negotiate a series of a peaked balance beam, ascending and descending foot posts, and a spinning log all over a pit of sand. If the contestant falls into the sand at any point along this series, they must restart this obstacle.
  • Commando Crawl — climb across a 25-foot-long suspended rope crawl which is 15 feet off the ground. If the contestant falls off the rope at any time before completing this obstacle, they must restart this obstacle.
  • Log Jam — climb over a series of seven elevated log hurdles.
  • Deep Freeze — climb through a pit with water at 35 degrees Fahrenheit and a 8-foot-long fence over it, swimming or crawling under the fencing.
  • Heartbreak Hill — climb a 100-foot hill with a 40-degree incline, circle around a post at the top, and run or slide back down.
  • Ropeburn — ascend a 20-foot vertical rope climb up to a bell and ring it, thus ending the course.

The first contestant in the series to successfully complete all elements of the Skullbuster wins $10,000, sets the time to beat for all future contestants, and is declared champion. Any future contestant must complete the Skullbuster in less time in order to win the $10,000, thus becoming the new champion and setting the new time to beat. Male contestants have a male champion and female contestants have a separate female champion. If a contestant fails to beat the champion's time or does not complete the course, the champion wins another $10,000 for every unsuccessful effort. In the beginning of the series, if a contestant did not complete the Skullbuster and there was no set time to beat (no champion), no one won any prize.

Awards and honors

Year Category Nominee(s) Episode Result
2014 Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Reality Programs Adam Vetri "Welcome to the Gun Show" Nominated

Episode results

Season One

E101: "My Ranch, My Rules"

Original Air Date: July 6, 2014

  Trench Warfare Pulverizer Junkyard/The Pit
                           
   Todd    
 Jason    
   Jason    
   Ryon    
 Kyle  
   Ryon    
     Jason  
   Dustin  
   Daniel    
 Dustin    
   Dustin  
   Brett    
 Brett  
   Joe    


Skullbuster results
Male time to beat = NONE
Jason's time = DID NOT FINISH

E102: "Didn't Even Break a Nail"

Original Air Date: July 13, 2014

  Trench Warfare Pulverizer Junkyard/The Pit
                           
   Colleen    
 Ashley    
   Ashley    
   Kalin    
 Alysha  
   Kalin    
     Ashley  
   Ogom  
   Ogom    
 Melissa    
   Ogom  
   Tessa    
 Tessa  
   Shellane    


Skullbuster results
Female time to beat = NONE
Ashley's time = DID NOT FINISH

E103: "Beards and Brawn"

Original Air Date: July 20, 2014

  Bagged Stacked Chained Up/The Pit
                           
   Brandon    
 Ryan    
   Brandon    
   Joe    
 Joe  
   Brian    
     Joe  
   Jeff  
   Jeff    
 David    
   Jeff  
   Michael    
 Doug  
   Michael    


Skullbuster results
Male time to beat = NONE
Joe's time = 9:15 (wins $10,000)

E104: "Boom or Bust"

Original Air Date: July 27, 2014

  Bagged Stacked Chained Up/The Pit
                           
   Connie    
 Shana    
   Connie    
   Jyllianne    
 Jyllianne  
   Darlene    
     Connie  
   Heather  
   Heather    
 Andi    
   Heather  
   Alison    
 Allison  
   Sandra    


Skullbuster results
Female time to beat = NONE
Heather's time = 8:59 (wins $10,000)

E105: "Locked and Loaded"

Original Air Date: August 3, 2014

  Possession Loaded Grip and Rip/The Pit
                           
   Keith    
 Josh    
   Keith    
   Giovannie    
 Nick  
   Giovannie    
     Giovannie  
   Grey  
   Michael    
 Dave    
   Dave  
   Grey    
 Joe  
   Grey    


Skullbuster results
Male time to beat = 9:15 (Joe, E103)
Giovannie's time = DID NOT FINISH (Joe wins additional $10,000, total winnings $20,000)

E106: "The Good, the Bad, and the Crazy"

Original Air Date: August 10, 2014

  Possession Loaded Grip and Rip/The Pit
                           
   Kristen    
 Tina    
   Kristen    
   Briana    
 Shelly  
   Briana    
     Kristen  
   Randalene  
   Ashley    
 Morgan    
   Morgan  
   Randalene    
 Randalene  
   Danielle    


Skullbuster results
Female time to beat = 8:59 (Heather, E104)
Randalene's time = 9:22 (Heather wins additional $10,000, total winnings $20,000)

E107: "Welcome to the Gun Show"

Original Air Date: August 17, 2014

  Drag Race Bagged Blowout/The Pit
                           
   Damon    
 Colin    
   Damon    
   Aaron    
 Aaron  
   Dustin    
     Aaron  
   Alex  
   Bryce    
 Tom    
   Tom  
   Alex    
 Alex  
   Matt    


Skullbuster results
Male time to beat = 9:15 (Joe, E103)
Alex's time = 6:07 (wins $10,000, Joe leaves with $20,000)

E108: "Looks Can Be Deceiving"

Original Air Date: August 24, 2014

  Drag Race Bagged Blowout/The Pit
                           
   Arianna    
 Jenny    
   Arianna    
   Karis    
 Amber  
   Karis    
     Karis  
   Megan  
   Taylor    
 Taunya    
   Taunya  
   Megan    
 Megan  
   Rachel    


Skullbuster results
Female time to beat = 8:59 (Heather, E104)
Megan's time = DID NOT FINISH (Heather wins additional $10,000, total winnings $30,000)

E109: "Last Man Standing"

Original Air Date: August 31, 2014

  Trench Warfare Pain Train Barrelled/The Pit
                           
   Trevor    
 Van    
   Van    
   Tommy    
 Erik  
   Tommy    
     Tommy  
   Bob  
   Barry    
 Frank    
   Frank  
   Bob    
 Josh  
   Bob    


Skullbuster results
Male time to beat = 6:07 (Alex, E107)
Tommy's time = 5:58 (wins $10,000 and ends season as champion, Alex leaves with $10,000)

E110: "You Lose, You Leave"

Original Air Date: September 7, 2014

  Trench Warfare Pain Train Barrelled/The Pit
                           
   Cameron    
 Laura    
   Laura    
   Regina    
 Adele  
   Regina    
     Laura  
   Heather  
   Leah    
 Rachel    
   Leah  
   Heather    
 Heather  
   Kristen    


Skullbuster results
Female time to beat = 8:59 (Heather, E104)
Heather's time = DID NOT FINISH (Heather wins additional $10,000, total winnings $40,000 and ends season as champion)

Season Two

E201: "Welcome Back to Hell"

Original Air Date: January 4, 2015

  Summit Tired Excalibur/The Pit
                           
   Josh    
 Skylar    
   Skylar    
   Justin    
 Chris  
   Justin    
     Skylar  
   Mack  
   Jeff    
 Dustin    
   Dustin  
   Mack    
 Mack  
   Casey    


Skullbuster results
Male time to beat = 6:41 (Tommy, E109)
NOTE: As the previous season's returning champion, Tommy was given the first chance to run the new Skullbuster and set the new time to beat.
Mack's time = 7:00 (Tommy wins additional $10,000, total winnings $20,000)

E202: "Ladies First"

Original Air Date: January 11, 2015

  Summit Tired Excalibur/The Pit
                           
   Ami    
 Francis    
   Francis    
   Desiree    
 Desiree  
   Heather    
     Desiree  
   Brittney  
   Brittney    
 Tanya    
   Brittney  
   Stephanie    
 Stephanie  
   Danielle    


Skullbuster results
Female time to beat = 16:54 (Heather, E104)
NOTE: As the previous season's returning champion, Heather was given the first chance to run the new Skullbuster and set the new time to beat.
Desiree's time = DID NOT FINISH (Heather wins additional $10,000, total winnings $50,000)

E203: "The Last Face You See"

Original Air Date: January 18, 2015

  Snatch Barn Burner Cranked/The Pit
                           
   Lee    
 Ryan    
   Lee    
   Tony    
 Andrew  
   Tony    
     Lee  
   Chris  
   Chris    
 Johnny    
   Chris  
   Rob    
 Orrin  
   Rob    


Skullbuster results
Male time to beat = 6:41 (Tommy, E201)
Chris' time = DID NOT FINISH (Tommy wins additional $10,000, total winnings $30,000)

E204: "Big Girls Don't Cry"

Original Air Date: January 25, 2015

  Snatch Barn Burner Cranked/The Pit
                           
   Heather    
 Emily    
   Emily    
   Monique    
 Felicia  
   Monique    
     Emily  
   Jen  
   Jordan    
 Erin    
   Erin  
   Jen    
 Jen  
   Danielle    

Skullbuster results
Female time to beat = 16:54 (Heather, E202)
Emily's time = DID NOT FINISH (Heather wins additional $10,000, total winnings $60,000)

E205: "Gods of War"

Original Air Date: February 8, 2015

  Trench Warfare Loaded Hard Labor/The Pit
                           
   Joey    
 Nick    
   Nick    
   Sam    
 Sam  
   Jesse    
     Sam  
   Josh  
   Chris    
 Jake    
   Chris  
   Josh    
 Steve  
   Josh    


Skullbuster results
Male time to beat = 6:41 (Tommy, E201)
Josh's time = DID NOT FINISH (Tommy wins additional $10,000, total winnings $40,000)

E206: "Fallen on Hard Times"

Original Air Date: February 15, 2015

  Trench Warfare Loaded Hard Labor/The Pit
                           
   Nicole    
 Ashley    
   Nicole    
   Sarah    
 Sarah  
   Gena    
     Sarah  
   Jacqueline  
   Anna    
 Blair    
   Anna  
   Jacqueline    
 Jacqueline  
   Misti    


Skullbuster results
Female time to beat = 16:54 (Heather, E202)
Jacqueline's time = 12:03 (wins $10,000, Heather leaves with $60,000)

E207: "Totally Ripped"

Original Air Date: February 22, 2015

  Rip Off Ass Kicker Grip and Rip/The Pit
                           
   Kevin    
 Caleb    
   Kevin    
   Jonathan    
 Jonathan  
   Kyle    
     Jonathan  
   Will  
   Jeremiah    
 Will    
   Will  
   Nate    
 Anthony  
   Nate    


Skullbuster results
Male time to beat = 6:41 (Tommy, E201)
Will's time = DID NOT FINISH (Tommy wins additional $10,000, total winnings $50,000)

E208: "Mean Girls"

Original Air Date: March 1, 2015

  Rip Off Ass Kicker Grip and Rip/The Pit
                           
   Robin    
 Amber    
   Robin    
   Julie    
 Julie  
   Marti    
     Robin  
   Jessica  
   Jessica    
 Ashley    
   Jessica  
   Danielle    
 Tiffany  
   Danielle    

Skullbuster results
Female time to beat = 12:03 (Jacqueline, E206)
Robin's time = DID NOT FINISH (Jacqueline wins additional $10,000, total winnings $20,000)

E209: "Put Up or Shut Up"

Original Air Date: March 8, 2015

  Drag Race Ball Breaker Splinter/The Pit
                           
   James    
 Phil    
   James    
   Chris    
 Amadeus  
   Chris    
     Chris  
   Joe  
   Alex    
 Joe    
   Joe  
   Lex    
 Lex  
   Logan    


Skullbuster results
Male time to beat = 6:41 (Tommy, E201)
Joe's time = 7:29 (Tommy wins additional $10,000, total winnings $60,000 and ends season as champion)
^Note 1 : The contestant was disqualified for failing to enter the Pit within one minute of the opponent.


E210: "Best for Last"

Original Air Date: March 15, 2015

  Drag Race Ball Breaker Splinter/The Pit
                           
   Christina    
 Elise    
   Christina    
   Megan    
 Megan  
   Brianne    
     Christina  
   Nikki  
   Hannah    
 Erika    
   Erika  
   Nikki    
 Sophie  
   Nikki    

Skullbuster results
Female time to beat = 12:03 (Jacqueline, E206)
Christina's time = 8:38 (wins $10,000 and ends season as champion, Jacqueline leaves with $20,000)
^Note 2 : The contestant was disqualified for failing to enter the Pit within one minute of the opponent.

BOLD challenge winner
RED contestant did not finish Skullbuster or did not beat best time
GREEN contestant finished Skullbuster and set new best time

Season Three (2016)

E301: "Season Premiere: Rank and Fight"

Original Air Date: January 3, 2016

  Snatch Water Logged The Crate/The Pit
                           
   Justin - Marines    
 Todd - Army    
   Justin    
   Shawn    
 James - Navy  
   Shawn - Marines    
     Justin  
   Kevin  
   Chris - Navy    
 Kevin - Air Force    
   Kevin  
   Brent    
 Anthony - Marines  
   Brent - Marines    


Skullbuster results
Men's time to beat = 6:52 (Tommy, E109)
NOTE: As the previous season's returning champion, Tommy was given the first chance to run the new Skullbuster and set the new time to beat.
Kevin's time = DID NOT FINISH (Tommy wins additional $10,000, total winnings $70,000)
NOTE: This episode featured a contest between veterans of the military and all contestants were playing for charity. The winner automatically received $10,000 for their charity (Kevin's winning charity was the USO).

E302: "Special Delivery"

Original Air Date: January 10, 2016

  Snatch Water Logged The Crate/The Pit
                           
   Jefferi    
 Larissa    
   Larissa    
   Becca    
 Becca  
   Ashley    
     Becca  
   Brenna  
   Amy    
 Brenna    
   Brenna  
   Cassandra    
 Andrea  
   Cassandra    


Skullbuster results
Women's time to beat = 9:52 (Christina, E210)
NOTE: As the previous season's returning champion, Christina was given the first chance to run the new Skullbuster and set the new time to beat.
Becca's time = 13:06 (Christina wins additional $10,000, total winnings $20,000)

E303: "Fighters' Chance"

Original Air Date: January 17, 2016

  Trench Warfare Pole Dancer Chain Gang/The Pit
                           
   Dustin    
 Khurtis    
   Dustin    
   David    
 Brian  
   David    
     Dustin  
   Ian  
   Andrew    
 Ian    
   Ian  
   Chris    
 Chris  
   Orry    


Skullbuster results
Men's time to beat = 6:52 (Tommy, E301)
Ian's time = 6:39 (wins $10,000, Tommy leaves with $70,000)

E304: "Flipping Out"

Original Air Date: January 24, 2016

  Trench Warfare Pole Dancer Chain Gang/The Pit
                           
   Cynthia    
 Lisa    
   Lisa    
   Gretchen    
 Gretchen  
   Natalie    
     Gretchen  
   Jess  
   Nichole    
 Lindsey    
   Nichole  
   Jess    
 Dominique  
   Jess    


Skullbuster results

Women's time to beat = 9:52 (Christina, E301)
Jess's time = DID NOT FINISH (Christina wins additional $10,000, total winnings $30,000)

E305: "A Frog's Hair Away"

Original Air Date: January 31, 2016

  Summit High & Dry Cranked/The Pit
                           
   Todd C.    
 Tyler    
   Todd C.    
   Dan    
 Dan  
   David    
     Todd C.  
   Todd D.  
   Tommy    
 Andrew    
   Andrew  
   Todd D.    
 Zac  
   Todd D.    


Skullbuster results
Men's time to beat = 6:39 (Ian, E303)
Todd's time = DID NOT FINISH (Ian wins additional $10,000, total winnings $20,000)

E306: "High and Dry"

Original Air Date: February 14, 2016

  Summit High & Dry Cranked/The Pit
                           
   Rachel    
 Allison    
   Allison    
   Libby    
 Libby  
   Jessica    
     Libby  
   Emily  
   Emily    
 Jodi    
   Emily  
   Kristen    
 Nina  
   Kristen    


Skullbuster results

Women's time to beat = 9:52 (Christina, E301)
Emily's time = 9:47 (wins $10,000, Christina leaves with $30,000)

E307: "Winners Never Quit"

Original Air Date: February 21, 2016

  Rip Off Loaded Dead Weight/The Pit
                           
   Justin    
 Marty    
   Marty    
   Adam    
 Adam  
   Eric    
     Adam  
   Rodney  
   Rodney    
 Bobby    
   Rodney  
   Andrew    
 Cody  
   Andrew    


Skullbuster results
Men's time to beat = 6:39 (Ian, E303)
Rodney's time = DID NOT FINISH (Ian wins additional $10,000, total winnings $30,000)

E308: "Stars and Scraps"

Original Air Date: February 28, 2016

  Rip Off Loaded Dead Weight/The Pit
                           
   Alley - Army    
 Tara - Army    
   Tara    
   April    
 April - Army  
   Taralin - Army    
     April  
   Candice  
   Jessie - Army    
 Sierra - Navy    
   Sierra  
   Candice    
 Miki - Air Force  
   Candice - Marines    


Skullbuster results

Women's time to beat = 9:47 (Emily, E306)
Candice's time = 8:31 (wins $10,000, Emily leaves with $10,000)
NOTE: This episode featured a contest between veterans of the military and all contestants were playing for charity. The winner automatically received $10,000 for their charity (Candice's winning charity was Girls on the Run).

E309: "Is There a New Sheriff in Town?"

Original Air Date: March 6, 2016

  Drag Race Pile Up Splinter/The Pit
                           
   Brendan    
 Jeff    
   Brendan    
   Tim    
 John  
   Tim    
     Tim  
   Hunter  
   Johnathan    
 Colton    
   Johnathan  
   Hunter    
 Hunter  
   Tristan    


Skullbuster results
Men's time to beat = 6:39 (Ian, E303)
Hunter's time = 6:03 (wins $10,000, Ian leaves with $30,000)

E310: "You Gotta Dig Deep"

Original Air Date: March 13, 2016

  Drag Race Pile Up Splinter/The Pit
                           
   Brenda    
 Jennifer    
   Brenda    
   Amanda    
 Amanda  
   Staley    
     Amanda  
   Ana  
   Jade    
 Ana    
   Ana  
   Carrie    
 Valerie  
   Carrie    


Skullbuster results

Women's time to beat = 8:31 (Candice, E308)
Amanda's time = 9:17 (Candice wins additional $10,000, total winnings $20,000)

E311: "Heavy Hitters"

Original Air Date: March 20, 2016

  Possession Bail Out The Crate/The Pit
                           
   Phillip    
 Travis    
   Phillip    
   James    
 James  
   Jason L.    
     James  
   Jason T.  
   Jason T.    
 Chad    
   Jason T.  
   Trevor    
 Tyler  
   Trevor    


Skullbuster results
Men's time to beat = 6:03 (Hunter, E309)
James' time = DID NOT FINISH (Hunter wins additional $10,000, total winnings $20,000)

E312: "A Woman Possessed"

Original Air Date: March 27, 2016

  Possession Bail Out The Crate/The Pit
                           
   Brandy    
 Catherine    
   Brandy    
   Katie    
 Katie  
   Kim    
     Brandy  
   Danielle  
   Megan    
 Shuree    
   Shuree  
   Danielle    
 Liz  
   Danielle    


Skullbuster results

Women's time to beat = 8:31 (Candice, E308)
Brandy's time = 8:55 (Candice wins additional $10,000, total winnings $30,000)

E313: "King of the Hill"

Original Air Date: April 3, 2016

  Summit Barn Burner Strapped/The Pit
                           
   Casey    
 Kyle    
   Casey    
   Patrick    
 Brent  
   Patrick    
     Casey  
   Jason  
   Morgan    
 Nolan    
   Nolan  
   Jason    
 Jarrod  
   Jason    


Skullbuster results
Men's time to beat = 6:03 (Hunter, E309)
Casey's time = 10:17 (Hunter wins additional $10,000, total winnings $30,000)

E314: "Strapped"

Original Air Date: April 17, 2016

  Summit Water Logged Strapped/The Pit
                           
   Marciea    
 Andrea    
   Marciea    
   Lauren    
 Carly  
   Lauren    
     Lauren  
   Christian  
   Danyelle    
 Jessica    
   Danyelle  
   Christian    
 Belinda  
   Christian    


Skullbuster results

Women's time to beat = 8:31 (Candice, E308)
Lauren's time = 9:43 (Candice wins additional $10,000, total winnings $40,000)

E315: "Guns and Hoses"

Original Air Date: April 24, 2016

  Trench Warfare High & Dry Hard Labor/The Pit
                           
   Cody    
 Jay G.    
   Cody    
   Christian    
 Christian  
   Jerry    
     Christian  
   Keith  
   Jay S.    
 Adam    
   Adam  
   Keith    
 Mark  
   Keith    


Skullbuster results
Men's time to beat = 6:03 (Hunter, E309)
Christian's time = 7:22 (Hunter wins additional $10,000, total winnings $40,000)
NOTE: This episode featured a contest between first responders and all contestants were playing for charity. The winner automatically received $10,000 for their charity (Christian's winning charity was National Fallen Firefighters Foundation).

E316: "Labor Pain"

Original Air Date: April 24, 2016

  Trench Warfare High & Dry Hard Labor/The Pit
                           
   Kristina    
 Meredith    
   Kristina    
   Kacy    
 Kacy  
   Christina    
     Kacy  
   Terry  
   Melinda    
 Terry    
   Terry  
   Jennifer    
 Molly  
   Jennifer    


Skullbuster results

Women's time to beat = 8:31 (Candice, E308)
Terry's time = DID NOT FINISH (Candice wins additional $10,000, total winnings $50,000)

E317: "Shell Shocked"

Original Air Date: May 1, 2016

  Rip Off Shockwave Dead Weight/The Pit
                           
   Dalton    
 Eddie    
   Dalton    
   David    
 Jake H.  
   David    
     David  
   Jake L.  
   Jake L.    
 Robert    
   Jake L.  
   Marcus    
 James  
   Marcus    


Skullbuster results
Men's time to beat = 6:03 (Hunter, E309)
Jake L.'s time = DID NOT FINISH (Hunter wins additional $10,000, total winnings $50,000 and ends season as champion)

E318: "Finish Strong"

Original Air Date: May 1, 2016

  Rip Off Loaded Pile Up/The Pit
                           
   Andrea    
 Krissy    
   Andrea    
   Janice    
 Jennifer  
   Janice    
     Janice  
   Cassidy  
   Maggie    
 Hannah    
   Hannah  
   Cassidy    
 Cassidy  
   Shannon    


Skullbuster results
Women's time to beat = 8:31 (Candice, E308)
Cassidy's time = 8:15 (Cassidy wins $10,000 and ends season as champion, Candice leaves with $50,000)


BOLD challenge winner
RED contestant did not finish Skullbuster or did not beat best time
GREEN contestant finished Skullbuster and set new best time

Season Four (2016-2017)

E401: "Toughest Place in America"

Original Air Date: November 13, 2016

  Trench Warfare Water Weight The Peak/The Pit
                           
   Sean    
 Ben    
   Ben    
   Chris    
 Ronnie  
   Chris    
     Chris  
   Patrick  
   Patrick    
 Justin    
   Patrick  
   Brandon    
 Brandon  
   Nik    


Skullbuster results
Men's time to beat = 6:33 (Hunter, E309)
NOTE: As the previous season's returning champion, Hunter was given the first chance to run the new Skullbuster and set the new time to beat.
Chris' time = 18:13 (Hunter wins additional $10,000, total winnings $60,000)

BOLD challenge winner
RED contestant did not finish Skullbuster or did not beat best time
GREEN contestant finished Skullbuster and set new best time

E402: "The Girls Are Back In Town"

Original Air Date: November 20, 2016


E403: "Last Man Smilin'"

Original Air Date: November 27, 2016

External links


List of Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge episodes
Season One (2014)
My Ranch, My RulesDidn't Even Break a NailBeards and BrawnBoom or BustLocked and LoadedThe Good, the Bad, and the CrazyWelcome to the Gun ShowLooks Can Be DeceivingLast Man StandingYou Lose, You Leave
Season Two (2015)
Welcome Back to HellLadies FirstThe Last Face You SeeBig Girls Don't CryGods of WarFallen on Hard TimesTotally RippedMean GirlsPut Up or Shut UpBest for Last
Season Three (2016)
Rank and FightSpecial DeliveryFighters ChanceFlipping OutA Frog's Hair AwayHigh and DryWinners Never QuitStars and ScrapsIs There a New Sheriff in Town?You Gotta Dig DeepHeavy HittersA Woman PossessedKing of the HillStrappedGuns and HosesLabor PainShell ShockedFinish Strong
Season Four (2016)
Toughest Place in AmericaThe Girls Are Back In TownLast Man Smilin'Down & Dirty

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