"These guys almost made it onto the show, but didn't quite get in. But now, thanks to Grudge Match, they finally made it."
Craig Charles

The Reserve Rumble was a one-off battle featured in the Grudge Matches episode of Robot Wars: The Second Wars. The battle was a melee between five heavyweight robots which applied for the main series, but were not selected to compete for various reasons.

Competing RobotsEdit

Reserve RumbleEdit

Lateral Thought vs Malice vs Bumblebot vs Forklift vs Jim StrutsEdit


Bumblebot and Jim Struts duel


Malice is picked up by Killalot

The robots all made for the middle of the arena at the start except for Lateral Thought for reasons unknown had strangely wandered into the PPZ, where it was attacked by Dead Metal and Shunt, who punctured the shell. Meanwhile, Malice motionless, and already immobilized was picked up by Sir Killalot, whilst Shunt dumped Lateral Thought in the pit, and Malice soon followed. This left only Bumblebot, Forklift and Jim Struts. Bumblebot, as it had at the start, attempted some hammer blows on Jim Struts, but these were off target.


The innards of Forklift

"...well, I don't think we've seen a robot mashed up quite like this one! That's the end of Forklift!"
— Jonathan Pearce, on Forklift

Forklift tried to use its lifting prongs on Jim Struts, but these weren't strong enough to counter the walkerbot's excessive weight. Forklift then dodged a hammer blow from Bumblebot, and consequently ran into the PPZ as a result of its move. Whilst Bumblebot and Jim Struts duelled, Forklift was punctured half a dozen times by Shunt. Sir Killalot then overturned Forklift and picked it up, and the shell came loose, hanging limp as Sir Killalot dragged it over the flame grid. Its electrics were set ablaze and smouldered as Sir Killalot shoved its remains into the pit. Bumblebot, one of only two surviving machines, appeared to have broken its axe mechanism and was using it instead as a battering ram. At this point Jim Struts used its unique weapon, a manipulation of its walking mechanism allowing it to 'flick' the feet to overturn opponents, but failing to make any difference to Bumblebot; however, Bumblebot strayed into the PPZ on its own accord and was set on by the House Robots. It is noticeable that, by the end of the fight, Sir Killalot's head appeared to have been dislodged from its bracket, and was hanging loose.

"And meanwhile, Jim Struts, alone, undaunted, unmarked, and, I believe, a very curious winner!"
— Jonathan Pearce

Winner: Jim Struts

Jim struts

Jim Struts, the first walking robot on Robot Wars and the winner of the Reserve Rumble.


  • This battle not only marked the first appearance of a walking robot on Robot Wars - Jim Struts - but also the first victory by one.
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