The All-Stars Tournament of Robot Wars Extreme: Series 1 was the first of three Robot Wars All-Stars Tournaments. The tournament took place as a side event which spanned several episodes of Robot Wars Extreme: Series 1, and consisted of a straightforward knockout competition between sixteen competitors with pedigree in UK and international championships held up to Extreme 1.
- 1 Format
- 2 Competing Robots
- 3 Heats
- 4 Quarter-Finals
- 5 Semi-Finals
- 6 Final
- 7 Trivia
- 8 References
Two competitors each were grouped into eight one-on-one Heats, with the winners of each Heat advancing to the Quarter-Finals. The four winners from the Quarter-Finals would then advance to the Semi-Finals, with the winners of each Semi-Final facing each other in the Final. The winner of the Final would then be declared the All-Stars Champion.
In common with later All-Star Tournaments, this event was specifically intended to feature some of the most experienced and successful competitors in Robot Wars up to the time of the event's broadcast. In the Extreme 1 tournament, robots which had at least reached the Semi-Finals of either the UK or World Championships were eligible to compete, although only sixteen of these finalists would ultimately appear.
|3 Stegs 2 Heaven|
|Dimensions||0.24m x 1.12m x 0.79m|
|Power||750w Electric Motor|
|Strengths||Experienced in Combat|
|From: Nought's Hill, Southampton|
|Team Members: Peter Rowe, Danny Hill, Richard Francis|
|Dimensions||1.1m x 0.62m x 0.57m|
|Weaknesses||Low Impact Weaponry|
|From: Hemel Hempstead (in Hertfordshire)|
|Team Members: Anthony Pritchard, Michael Pritchard, Kane Aston|
|Dimensions||0.9m x 0.71m x 0.38m|
|Power||24v Electric Motor|
|Weapons||Pneumatic Powered Flipper|
|Strengths||Unbeaten In Competition|
Rarely Beaten in Competition
|Weaknesses||Limited CO2 Supply|
|From: Bramford, Ipswich|
|Team Members: George Francis, Ian Swann, Richard Swann|
|Dimensions||1.17 x 1.04 x 0.39m|
|Weapons||Wedge & Scoop|
|Strengths||Low Ground Clearance|
|From: Clondalkin, Dublin|
|Team Members: Peter Redmond, Joe Gavin, Dr. Zulu|
|Dimensions||0.65m x 0.65m x 1.35m|
|Power||2 x 750w Electric Motors|
|Strengths||Power & Speed|
|Weaknesses||Accuracy of Axe|
|From: Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire|
|Team Members: Peter Halloway, Elliot Smart, Chris Hall|
|Dimensions||0.29m x 0.97m x 0.82m|
|Power||2 x Electric Motors|
|Weapons||Pneumatic Flipping Arm|
|Weaknesses||Poor Transmitter Reliability|
|Team Members: Graham Bone, Alex Mordue, Hazel Heslop|
|Dimensions||0.68m x 0.3m x 0.38m|
|Power||4 x Electric Motors|
|Weapons||High Powered Flipper|
|Weaknesses||Hard to Control|
|From: St. Leonards-on-Sea|
|Team Members: Shane Howard, Brian Fountain, Daryl Howard|
|Dimensions||0.9m x 0.55m x 0.25m|
|Power||24-36v DC Motors|
|Weapons||Large Rotating Disc|
|From: Middleton Cheney, Banbury in Oxfordshire|
|Team Members: Dave Rose, Derek Rose, Ken Rose|
|Dimensions||1m x 0.7m x 0.16m|
|Weaknesses||Reliability of Weapon|
|Team Members: Kim Davies, Michael Davies, Christian Bridge|
|Dimensions||0.56m x 0.73m x 0.97m|
|Power||2 x Electric Motors|
|Strengths||Always Lands On Its Feet|
|Team Members: Alan Gribble, Robert Bettington, David Gribble|
|Dimensions||0.39m x 1.06m x 0.66m|
|Power||2 x 24v Motors|
|Weapons||Hydraulic Ram & Scoop|
|From: Bournemouth (in Dorset)|
|Team Members: Simon Scott, Vincent Blood, Ian Lewis|
|Dimensions||0.71m x 0.61m x 0.38m|
|Power||2 x 24v Electric Motors|
|Strengths||Heavy Duty Weapon|
|From: Branston, Lincoln|
|Team Members: Kevin Scott, Tim Mann, Karl Skinner|
|Dimensions||0.85m x 0.7m x 0.25m|
|Power||2 x 750w Motors|
|Weapons||2000rpm Spinning Disc|
|From: Huntingdon (in Cambridgeshire)|
|Team Members: Andrew Marchant, David Gamble, Bryan Moss|
|Wheely Big Cheese|
|Dimensions||1.32m x 0.95m x 0.44m|
|Power||2 x 24v Motors|
|From: Langport (in Somerset)|
|Team Members: Roger Plant, Jon McGugan, Murray Wharf|
|Dimensions||0.46m x 0.79m x 0.65m|
|Power||750w Electric Motor|
|Weapons||2 x Blades & Spinning Disc|
|Strengths||Speed & Control|
|From: Ash in Hampshire|
|Team Members: Nick Adams, Isabelle Adams, Jake Adams|
|Dimensions||0.8m x 0.6m x 0.5m|
|Power||24v Electric Motors|
|Strengths||37kg Axe & Base|
|From: Belmont in Hereford|
|Team Members: Marlon Pritchard, Paul Lewis, Simon Baldwin|
Chaos 2 vs X-Terminator
- "Chaos 2 is an old robot. This is all new, he hasn't seen it working before, and Chaos 2, we're coming to get you!"
- — Simon Baldwin
Almost immediately, Chaos 2 drove straight at X-Terminator and flipped it over just as the axe fired. X-Terminator was able to right itself using its axe, only to land on top of Chaos 2, who flipped it aside. The two drove at each other again and Chaos 2 attempted another flip, but missed. This time, however, the flipper locked open, and despite several attempts to get it closed, it was left powerless as X-Terminator struck it from the rear with its axe.
- "X-Terminator has sensed that something is wrong with the all-powerful Chaos 2"
- — Jonathan Pearce makes no attempts to hide Chaos 2's favoured status
X-Terminator shoved Chaos 2 towards Shunt's CPZ, and in doing so, the Suffolk-based machine's flipper actually did close, but when it missed another flip, it jammed again. X-Terminator struck Chaos 2 once more, but not only did this cause its own weapon to jam, but it also knocked Chaos 2's flipper back into place. As a result, it was only a matter of time before Chaos 2 flipped X-Terminator over, and with its axe broken, X-Terminator could do nothing as Refbot counted it out. As the house robots closed in to attack, X-Terminator was actually re-righted, only to be flipped by Chaos 2 straight onto Matilda's flywheel.
- "X-Terminator immobilised, given the red card by Refbot...X-Terminator, exterminated"
- — Craig Charles strikes his cliched response to X-Terminator's loss
Winner: Chaos 2
Diotoir vs Wheely Big Cheese
- "They've got a flipper that's powered by a couple of car springs, which is no problem because we can flip an entire car"
- — Roger Plant's thoughts on Diotoir
The two robots drove slowly towards one another, with Diotoir landing the first attack, flipping Wheely Big Cheese up slightly, but not over. After this, the two machines began a bit of a shoving match, getting under each other a few times, but making no attempt to flip each other. Then, as Wheely Big Cheese drove at Diotoir, its spiked wheel broke off one of Diotoir's eyes. Moments later, it flipped Diotoir over, breaking the second eye clean off.
- "OH! One of the eyes has come of DIOTOIR!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Diotoir loses an eye then gets flipped
Wheely Big Cheese then threw Diotoir again, getting it caught on the arena wall. Refbot came to count Diotoir out, only for Sir Killalot to attack the Irish machine, despite the fact that it was not yet officially immobilised or in a CPZ. Refbot issued Killalot with a yellow card, but this did not matter much, as moments later, he counted Diotoir out, allowing Killalot and Dead Metal to attack it properly. They pushed Diotoir towards the flame pit, but it escaped before it could catch fire, not without shedding part of its fur, though.
- "The warzone is strewn with parts of Diotoir"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Cease is called
Winner: Wheely Big Cheese
Firestorm 3 vs Panic Attack
This was a rematch and a grudge match from the Third Wars when Firestorm ended Panic Attack's reign as champion.
- "We've done it once, we'll do it again"
- — Hazel Heslop of Team Firestorm
As soon as Activate was called, Panic Attack charged right at Firestorm 3, but at just the last moment tried to veer to the side. This allowed Firestorm to get right underneath the side of the skirts, and it flipped Panic Attack over.
- "It was almost like a suicidal lunge at Firestorm 3"
- — Jonathan Pearce
Firestorm then pushed Panic Attack against the arena wall to prevent it from self-righting, and managed to get the Welsh machine stuck on the wall. Sir Killalot, Dead Metal and Firestorm then each took turns trying to get Panic Attack off the wall, but it kept getting stuck, and was eventually counted out.
Winner: Firestorm 3
Behemoth vs Hypno-Disc
- Julia Reed: "From what I can see boys, your robot's half built and it's got no weapons"
- Michael Pritchard: "Aye, it doesn't have a weapon, but we're indestructable"
- — Confidence from the Behemoth team
Hypno-Disc, by far the favourite, quickly spun up its disc and charged at Behemoth. However, Behemoth was able to deflect Hypno-Disc by lifting its scoop just before impact.
- "Withstood the pressure, and the power, and the punishment...and this is interesting. I didn't think it could go this far"
- — Jonathan Pearce, seeing Behemoth as the underdog
Hypno-Disc attempted several more attacks, but Behemoth continued to use its scoop to deflect it, although one attack flung it violently sideways and another spun it around. Behemoth pursued Hypno-Disc towards Dead Metal's CPZ, but was then hit on the side, however Hypno-Disc's flywheel caused no damage. Again, Behemoth tried its scoop-deflection technique, and Hypno-Disc was forced to retreat. As it slammed into the arena wall, Behemoth quickly followed and began to push Hypno-Disc towards Sergeant Bash's CPZ. Despite giving the former runner-up some breathing space, Hypno-Disc seemed to have mobility problems, and Behemoth pushed it straight into the House Robot, whose pincer stopped the flywheel dead. Behemoth continued to push, although its scoop seemed to have buckled slightly.
- "Hypno-Disc is going nowhere at the moment, and they know it"
- — Jonathan Pearce
Suddenly, Dead Metal grabbed hold of Behemoth from behind, which prompted Refbot to push him away. As he issued the House Robot with a yellow card, Behemoth pushed underneath Hypno-Disc and managed to flip it over. Hypno-Disc was able to right itself, and finally managed to get away from the CPZ. However, its mobility issues struck again, and despite getting its flywheel up to speed, it was unable to retaliate when Behemoth got behind it and pushed it into another CPZ, unable to flip it again due to its damaged scoop. However, Dead Metal attacked Behemoth again, trying to pull it away from Hypno-Disc, who just managed to escape. Behemoth managed to fight its way out of Dead Metal's pincers before he could bring his saw down, and Refbot responded by giving the House Robot a red card, prohibiting him from leaving his CPZ for the rest of the battle.
- "You cannot come out and play anymore, you naughty boy! Home, boy, and do not come out again!"
- — Jonathan Pearce scolds Dead Metal from the safety of his booth
Hypno-Disc, still struggling to move, was slowly edged onto the flame pit by Behemoth, despite its flywheel causing minimal damage to its opponent's scoop. Once on the fire hazard, Hypno-Disc lost all mobility and was, shockingly, counted out, much to the surprise of both teams.
- "This has certainly been one of the best pieces of robot stylistics we've ever seen in the wars, and in Extreme version, Behemoth have seen Hypno-Disc counted out"
- — Jonathan Pearce as the battle ends
Wild Thing vs Dominator 2
Both robots got off to a fast start, with Wild Thing dodging Dominator 2's first two axe blows. It then drove up Dominator 2's bi-wedge shape, but managed to escape before it could be hit by the axe. It then drove into the side of Dominator, attempting to cut through the tyres. Dominator's axe blows continued to miss, and when it finally did land, it could not hold onto Wild Thing, who continued to aim for the wheels. The two then collided side-on and began to spin around, but Wild Thing's flywheel had the advantage over Dominator's uni-directional axe. Dominator then drove away, before coming back and trying to hit Wild Thing again, but its axe only managed to clamp its opponent momentarily. It then got underneath Wild Thing, preventing it from moving, but its axe only knocked its opponent off. After driving away, Wild Thing hit Dominator from the rear, but then Dominator turned and was finally able to land a meaningful axe blow on Wild Thing. However, as it pushed Wild Thing away, it became apparent that its right tyre was now badly torn.
- "It looks to be tattered! So the weapon on Wild Thing has caused damage to Dominator 2...certainly Dominator 2 is on the defensive!"
- — Jonathan Pearce discovers the damaged tyre
Wild Thing made another side on attack, this time to attack the other wheel. Dominator 2 tried to use its axe, but missed altogether. It missed another attack as Wild Thing again kept to its target
- "12 kilos of weight, two blades, 6000rpm, spinning dangerously, spinning madly, spinning with venom!"
- — Jonathan Pearce on Wild Thing's new disc
Dominator 2 managed to wedge itself underneath Wild Thing again, but once more, Wild Thing escaped before Dominator actually used its axe. After a bit more dodging, Wild Thing actually forced itself underneath Dominator 2, who wasn't able to hit it properly. Wild Thing let Dominator go, and the two continued to drive around the arena, with Dominator missing several more axe blows and Wild Thing continually aiming for the sides. Eventually, Dominator caught up to a fleeing Wild Thing and used its axe to clamp it down, but Wild Thing was able to escape. Wild Thing hit Dominator side on, and a bit of smoke was just about visible. Dominator missed one last axe blow before Wild Thing pushed it side on again, and time ran out. The judges made the decision of Wild Thing on aggression.
- "Four out of ten, could try harder"
- — Peter Halloway on Dominator's performance. He then agreed that Wild Thing deserved the win.
Winner: Wild Thing
3 Stegs 2 Heaven vs Tornado
- "They're like all tornadoes, they're just hot air"
- — Peter Rowe
Tornado had the faster start, and pushed 3 Stegs 2 Heaven onto one of the flame jets, which 3 Stegs 2 Heaven spun around on. 3 Stegs 2 Heaven drove away, but was pursued by Tornado and its cutting blade struggled to hit its target properly. Tornado then reversed into 3 Stegs 2 Heaven, pushing it around the arena, before ramming into 3 Stegs2 Heaven's right wheel just as it turned to try and attack. It then rammed 3 Stegs 2 Heaven into the CPZ, its spinning drum causing the former grand-finalist to jump around.
- "Grand Finalists with Steg-O-Saw-Us in Series 3, semi-finalists with Steg 2 in Series 4, but they'll go no further here"
- — Jonathan Pearce
3 Stegs 2 Heaven was unable to move away, and Sir Killalot grabbed hold of it, crumpling through its armour. He then carried 3 Stegs 2 Heaven to the flame pit, and it became clear that Team Steg-O-Saw-Us had practically given up. As Killalot dragged 3 Stegs 2 Heaven away, it became clear that one of its drive chains had broken off. Sir Killalot dropped 3 Stegs 2 Heaven, but it failed to move, and Tornado quickly rammed it into another CPZ, causing more damage.
- "One wheel is spinning, but the right wheel is not! Something's come off there, something's trailing!"
- — Jonathan Pearce on 3 Stegs' mobility
With 3 Stegs 2 Heaven unable to move, Dead Metal quickly grabbed hold of it, and dragged it all the way to the floor flipper. When it became apparent that it still wasn't going to move, 3 Stegs 2 Heaven was thrown by the flipper, and it landed upside down, only to suddenly begin turning slightly. This wasn't enough to put off Sir Killalot, who easily crumpled its armour, and began performing his signature spin, right as the pit was activated. However, he failed to thrown 3 Stegs 2 Heaven into the pit, it began spinning again, desperately trying to use its blade to gain some mobility. Tornado continued to attack, rocking it again, and pushing it onto the flame pit.
- "Let's be honest here....they're trying to limp away, using the cutter to gain some sort of forward momentum. It's not going to come."
- — Jonathan Pearce as 3 Stegs 2 Heaven gets desperate
Surprisingly, in all this time of immobility, 3 Stegs 2 Heaven wasn't counted out, and the judges had to make a decision, but the decision was obvious, and Tornado was given victory.
- "Never mind, team. Better luck next time. Scrap metal!"
- — Julia Reed after the fight
Gemini vs Razer
- Julia Reed: "I take it there's no point in asking you guys who you'll be routing for in the Stinger-Pussycat battle"
- Ian Lewis: "Well, I just hope someone gets their paws stung pretty bad."
- — Old grudges die hard
As soon as the battle started, Razer intercepted Gemini as it split, catching hold of one of the twins and crushing into its lightweight armour. The other twin rammed into Razer in an attempt to free it. Razer managed to drive the captured Gemini twin around the arena, which then tried to use its flipper to free itself, but failed to do so, which allowed Razer to crush even deeper into the armour. The other half of Gemini tried to flip Razer over, but missed the first attempt. The second attempt was more successful, and Razer was flipped over, still clutching hold of its captured twin.
- "They tumble together there! You ever seen fighting crabs on a beach? That's what they look like, tumbling over together."
- — Jonathan Pearce
Razer, whose beak had now actually penetrated out the other side of Gemini's armour, tried to right itself, but it failed to do so at first and in doing so let the captured twin go. Razer eventually self-righted and gave chase of Gemini. After a little bit of sizing-up each other, Razer grabbed hold of the other Gemini twin by the flipping arm. It was unable to crush through the flipper of its opponent and both robots were overturned by the remaining Gemini twin.
- "How much effective weaponry is there when they split? Well, you've just got the answer to that. Razer has been turned turtle again."
- — Jonathan Pearce as Gemini flips Razer a second time.
The fallen twin was the first to right itself, but the other was unable to prevent Razer from righting itself. Razer continued to pursue the Gemini twin it had been holding onto, but the twin was able to evade Razer with its superior speed. However, it ran straight into its other twin, wheelying upwards (the anti-wheelie bars had yet to be installed) and allowing Razer to grab its wheel, crushing straight through its tyre.
- "Oh, there is the damage! Listen to the popping of the tyre there! It's like a balloon popping there! That was an amazing attack by Razer!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Razer makes its mark on the other half of Gemini
Razer then let the Gemini-half go, and tried to grab it front on again. After driving it over a flame jet, it wedged underneath the twin, but it escaped. The other half drove at Razer, but did not get close enough to flip it as Razer drove away.
- "Saw the pincer movement, got away from it"
- — Jonathan Pearce as the seconds supposedly tick down
Razer then launched one last attack, but failed to clamp hold of either twin, and got a blast from the flame jet for its trouble.
The fight ended at this point on the televised version, but the actual outcome was very different. As Razer drove over the floor flipper, it activated, throwing Razer up into the air and back into the flipper mechanism. The flipper then attempted to close, threatening to crush the World Champion. Razer was eventually released, but it had lost drive to one side. Regardless, it was still about to grab hold of one half of Gemini by the flipping mechanism and attempted to crush it. However, the captured twin fired its flipper in an attempt to fend off the attack and, under the severe pressure, Razer's hydraulics burst, immobilising the entire robot. Because the flipper was only meant to be used on immobilised robots, the judges stopped the fight and judged it up until the flipper had been used, giving the win to Razer. The incident was edited out when the fight was shown on TV.
- "Razer the winners on a judges' decision, and they'll fly on to the All-Stars Quarter-Finals later in the series"
- — Jonathan Pearce, alongside a fully-repaired Razer and Gemini
Stinger vs Pussycat
This battle was the main event of the 8th episode of Robot Wars Extreme. Amongst the build-up was a mock CCTV clip appearing to show Cold Fusion Team captain Alan Gribble bribing judge Noel Sharkey with strawberries.
In the battle itself, the two robots charged at each other, with Stinger spinning to defend itself against Pussycat's blade. Pussycat charged at Stinger, but it bounced down heavily and got its blade caught in the arena floor, before eventually breaking free. It then pursued Stinger who continued to spin, and pushed it around as best it could.
- "For me, Pussycat has to be among the top two or three robots in the world right now, not just the UK"
- — Jonathan Pearce with high hopes for Pussycat
Stinger was pushed past the flame pit, but it spun hard, pushing Pussycat into the angle grinders. Spinning once again made Pussycat somewhat hesitant, but when it did, its blade clipped the top of Stinger's tyre, dislodging some foam.
- "Oh, is it too crazy? I think I saw some padding out of the tyre! Lets have a look to see if there is padding coming out of the tyre, because if there is...there is! It means the actual remote control aerial, which is in there, is suspect and maybe damaged!"
- — Jonathan Pearce on Stinger's foam
Stinger continued to spin, knocking Pussycat aside once more. Pussycat then attempted to charge at the axle of Stinger, causing no obvious damage, but evading damage itself. Stinger retaliated by chasing down Pussycat and using its mace as a hammer on the top of Pussycat, causing little damage. After driving around the arena a little more, Pussycat attacked the other wheel, causing no damage. After further driving around, the two attacked each other again, Pussycat appearing to dislodge more foam. Stinger pursued Pussycat, landing several blows with its mace, helped out when Pussycat accidently reversed into Dead Metal as it swapped CPZs
- "Drawing Stinger on, but nearly drawn on to Dead Metal"
- — Jonathan Pearce
The two robots continued to attack each other, but another slice by Pussycat's blade tore out some more foam from Stinger's tyre. The two then engaged in some skillful dodging manuveres, neither able to catch the other. Stinger tried to line up another attack, but veered away and missed. Pussycat then sliced into the tyre of Stinger again, tearing out more foam, and managed to evade Stinger's spinning attack.
- "This is too close for me to call...something's coming out of the tyre."
- — Jonathan Pearce as the battle draws on
Pussycat then chased after Stinger and tried to cut into its axle. The two charged at each other once more, then avoided each other for the last ten seconds. The judges decided that Pussycat had done enough to go through to the Quarter-Finals.
- David Gribble: "It's a real tough robot, we just don't know how to attack this thing, so we just went for it"
- Craig Charles: "But its tyres seemed to be its weak-spot"
- Alan Gribble: "It's his only weak-spot, we got his power links, we tried to get it, but we took some massive blows up top"
- — After the battle
Chaos 2 vs Wheely Big Cheese
This fight was a bit of a rematch from Chaos 2's heat final in Series 3 where it beat Roger Plant's predecessor The Big Cheese.
- "It's little flipper against big flipper and usually, the bigger the better?"
- — Julia Reed backs Wheely Big Cheese
As the battle started, Chaos 2 charged straight at Wheely Big Cheese, buffeting it upwards but missing with its flipper. It reversed to have another attack, and this time was able to throw it. Wheely Big Cheese reversed into Chaos 2, buffeting it as well, but then drove onto its flipper and was flipped over. Chaos 2 quickly reversed away before easily getting underneath its opponent and flipping it again. Wheely Big Cheese was unable to get underneath Chaos 2, who flipped it again, before performing the same pattern again, with Wheely Big Cheese looking extremely sluggish in response. This allowed Chaos 2 to drive under its side, adjust itself and push it towards the arena wall, but it failed to flip it out of the arena, instead flipping Wheely Big Cheese into the CPZ, where it was attacked by both Dead Metal and Shunt.
- "Think that's easy to do? The Cheese weighs 99 kilograms, just think about that. It's 1 metre 32 long, it's nearly a metre wide, it's huge"
- — Jonathan Pearce tries to put Chaos 2's power into perspective
This assault got Chaos 2's flipper stuck on the arena wall, but Wheely Big Cheese failed to take the opportunity to flip it. Chaos 2 managed to escape as Shunt nearly pushed Wheely Big Cheese onto its side. The flipper took a while to close, but once it did, Chaos 2 suddenly drove on top of its flipper. However, Wheely Big Cheese's weapon seemed very slow to respond, which allowed Chaos 2 to drive off before it could open all the way up. The two drove at each other's sides, but each missed a light flip. Later, Wheely Big Cheese backed into Chaos 2, only to drive onto its flipper again, and Chaos 2 promptly responded by flipping it. Wheely Big Cheese quickly escaped, now moving faster than earlier, but as it rammed Chaos 2 from the side, it was unable to flip its smaller adversary due to its flipper not being closed properly. Chaos 2 was able to flip Wheely Big Cheese over once more, although it appeared to have lost some of its flipper power, and it pushed Wheely Big Cheese into Shunt. A combination of the two robot's lifting weapons, plus Shunt's axe, knocked the Cheese onto its side, but it recovered and drove away just as Cease was called.
- "Competitive, but I thought they were both a little nervy"
- — Jonathan Pearce
A unanimous judges' decision gave Chaos 2 the victory.
Winners : Chaos 2
Firestorm 3 vs Wild Thing
- "Two classic wedge-shaped robots here"
- — Jonathan Pearce introduces the two robots
As the battle began, Firestorm 3 immediately got underneath Wild Thing and drove it into an unoccupied CPZ before flipping it over. Wild Thing managed to self-right just before Dead Metal could grab hold of it. After ramming against the house robot, Firestorm pursued Wild Thing. However, Wild Thing was able to outmaneuver its opponent, pushing underneath from behind and ramming it against the arena wall. It eventually allowed Firestorm to escape and the two drove around each other. Wild Thing launched a side on attack, tearing away some of the polka-dot fur supplied by Team Nemesis on the side of Firestorm. Firestorm then got underneath Wild Thing's front and flipped it over, but Wild Thing once again righted itself.
After this, the two robots drove around each other again. Wild Thing temporarily drove onto Firestorm's wedge, but could not be flipped. After this, it pushed into Firestorm's side, driving it around the arena momentarily. After getting underneath it again, Wild Thing pushed Firestorm towards Dead Metal's CPZ, however Firestorm veered out of the way just in time, resulting in Wild Thing driving into Dead Metal's pincers. Firestorm then moved behind Wild Thing, blocking its escape route. As Dead Metal attacked Wild Thing, Firestorm flipped it further into Dead Metal's saw, which also allowed Shunt to attack Wild Thing. Eventually, Wild Thing escaped and tried to attack Firestorm again, but its disc was no longer spinning. Firestorm attempted to flip Wild Thing again, but it rolled back onto its wheels. However, Firestorm quickly launched another attack and flipped Wild Thing over. Then, just as Wild Thing tried to right itself, Firestorm flipped it again, this time against the arena wall on its front. Wild Thing desperately tried to close its self-righting arm, but as it attempted to open it again, it resulted in pinning the arm open, rendering Wild Thing stuck.
- "Wild Thing suddenly on the defensive, the entire battle has been turned on its head!"
- — Jonathan Pearce
Unable to move, Wild Thing was counted out by Refbot. Dead Metal and Shunt attacked it before slowly moving it towards the now-open pit. However, as they approached, Firestorm got underneath Dead Metal and tried to push it into the pit as Wild Thing was nudged in. It failed in this, and thrust Dead Metal away. Shunt responded by hitting Firestorm's gas canister with his axe, but caused no damage. Cease was called, but Firestorm was not put off, and quickly flipped Shunt over.
- "This was madness, but great fun, great courage, if a little bit crazy!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as the battle ends
Winner: Firestorm 3
Razer vs Behemoth
- Julia Reed: "You might think that Behemoth would be pretty confident about this battle, having beaten Hypno-Disc to get here, but what did you tell me earlier about Hypno-Disc, before you fought them?"
- Antony Pritchard: "We said Razer was the most destructive, not Hypno-Disc."
- — Prior to the battle
This was a rematch from the First World Championship final, the Series 4 Southern Annihilator and the Series 2 Soccer trials, where on all occasions Razer had come out on top.
The battle started quickly, with Razer buffeting Behemoth up as the collided. It then pushed underneath Behemoth and drove it into the arena wall, but failed to utilize its crusher. After trying to get around their sides, both robots went for a head-on attack, but Razer's ground clearance won out. It then proceeded to buckle Behemoth's scoop with its claw, with the two engaging in a back-and-forth pushing match whilst doing so.
- "And IS Behemoth indestructable?"
- — Jonathan Pearce, questioning the claim made throughout Extreme
Eventually, Behemoth forced Razer all the way back into Shunt's CPZ and Razer was forced to let go of its opponent. It attempted a side attack, but Behemoth dodged away just in time. A lot of dodging and driving around each other occurred, until Behemoth got to Razer's side and flipped it right over, pinning it down with its scoop at the same time. This prevented Razer from righting itself, and Behemoth drove Razer against the arena wall, still pinning it down.
- "We know they can lift 300 kilos, but what's the pressing power of it? Not much...because of the damage sustained to Behemoth; they couldn't press Razer down."
- — Jonathan Pearce
However, due to the "no-pinning" rule, Behemoth was forced to retreat. Instead, it attempted to flip Razer just as its "wings" stretched out to their furthest, preventing it from self-righting. The second attempt backfired and Razer landed on its wheels. It then charged at Behemoth from the side, buffeting it and forcing underneath, before crushing straight into the side armour. In the last five seconds, it was forced to let go, but Behemoth retaliated and managed to flip Razer just before Cease was called. Despite this last spurt of aggression, a unanimous judges' decision gave Razer the win.
Tornado vs Pussycat
- Julia Reed: "How fast does your blade travel at?"
- Robert Bettington: "Three and a half thousand RPM"
- Julia Reed: "So, Tornado....what have you got?"
- Bryan Moss: "We've got two and a half (thousand), but ours is a lot heavier"
- — Weapon comparisons before the battle
Tornado had the faster start, and took advantage of a rear-up from Pussycat to get underneath it and push it against the arena wall. It backed away for another push, and then pushed it back into the arena wall, against one of the angle grinders. As Pussycat drove away, Tornado hit it once more, knocking it upright and dislodging a small part of Pussycat's polycarbonate armour. Again, it pushed Pussycat into the angle grinder and as Pussycat dropped down onto its side, the grinder clipped one of its wheels and tore it clean off.
- "The wheel has gone! Has the plan gone with it?"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Pussycat's wheel rolls away
Tornado then managed to roll Pussycat over onto its other side, and pushed it into the CPZ. It then reversed and slammed into it, knocking it back onto its one-wheeled side. Unable to gain any traction without its missing wheel, Pussycat could do nothing to prevent Shunt from landing an axe blow, although this caused little damage. Another axe blow managed to penetrate Pussycat briefly, but Tornado broke the two apart and managed to overturn Pussycat again. Now running on its two-wheeled side, Pussycat tried to retreat from its opponent, but Tornado pursued and rammed Pussycat from behind. Pussycat's attempts to turn around and use its blade on Tornado's front proved futile, as it caused no damage and allowed Tornado to push Pussycat onto its one-wheeled side again, once more limiting its traction.
- "This is a relentless robot, Tornado! It doesn't know when to stop!"
- — Jonathan Pearce
Tornado, having knocked Pussycat back onto its two-wheeled side, pushed Pussycat into another angle grinder in an attempt to dislodge another wheel. Pussycat escaped unharmed and tried to launch another attack, but Tornado resisted all its blade attacks and pushed it into the arena wall, eventually knocking it onto its side. As it had landed on its one-wheeled side, Pussycat took a long time to right itself. When it did, it drove straight into Sir Killalot, running into his claw, and then his front breastplate, but reversed away before the house robot could attack. However, despite landing on its two-wheeled side, it was unable to move away and was attacked by both Sir Killalot and Shunt. Subsequent attacks caused one of its tyres to dislodge, and as this was on the same side as its missing wheel, this effectively immobilised Pussycat.
- "The nine lives have run out. The cat's claws ripped away. Tornado the cat's whiskers out there, I can tell you."
- — Jonathan Pearce as Pussycat slowly falls
Eventually, Shunt rolled Pussycat onto its side, onto a flame vent. With its tyre dislodged, it was unable to escape and was deemed immobilised. Sir Killalot pushed it off of the flame vent to allow Refbot to count the Series 4 runner-up out, but the earlier attack on it by Pussycat had damaged some hydraulic cables. As a result, driving over the flame vent caused Sir Killalot to catch fire, much to the delight of the Cold Fusion Team. Refbot attempted to use his fire extinguisher to put out the fire, but despite his best efforts was unable to do so.
- "Are we sympathetic? Well I am, because he lives near me."
- — Jonathan Pearce as Sir Killalot burns
Fire still blazing, Sir Killalot eventually drove towards a CO2 geyser, which finally extinguished his flames. Although Pussycat was not counted out, it was declared immobilised and Tornado was declared the winner. Winner: Tornado
- "There's two places up for grabs in the All-Stars semi-finals and four robots who want them. You do the maths"
- — Craig Charles, prior to the semi-finals
Razer vs Firestorm 3
The battle began quickly, with the two circling each other, before Firestorm drove at Razer. Razer's wedge won out and it immediately gripped Firestorm with its claw, puncturing straight through Firestorm's flipper. Firestorm forced its flipper open in a bid to protect itself, then managed to drive Razer around the arena, but was unable to stop Razer from causing more damage. Razer then raised Firestorm into the air, but Firestorm fell off, only to land on Razer's wedge once more. After making another hole in the flipper, Razer pierced Firestorm's main body.
- "Well, this is very one sided, surprisingly so"
- — Jonathan Pearce in the opening stages
After driving it around a little more, Razer raised its claw to its fullest height, with Firestorm still firmly attached. Firestorm's attempts to free itself proved futile, and Razer finally lowered it, letting its opponent go. Firestorm once again drove at Razer, only to get caught on its wedge again, and received another hole in its front for its troubles.
- "It's kamakaze, really"
- — Jonathan Pearce on Firestorm's brave but suicidal attempts
Razer then drove Firestorm into Matilda's CPZ, and both Matilda and Shunt proceeded to attack Firestorm, Shunt hitting it several times with his axe. Despite this, Firestorm managed to survive to a judges' decision, but to no avail: Razer easily won the decision.
Chaos 2 vs Tornado
This was something of a grudge match, as Chaos 2 had beaten Tornado in the semi-finals of the Fourth Wars.
The battle started quickly, and Chaos 2 immediately tried to flip Tornado, but missed. The resulting flip not only overturned itself, but also caused its flipper to lock, as it had done against X-Terminator. Tornado quickly took advantage and pushed it straight into the nearest arena wall. The slams eventually re-righted Chaos 2, but Shunt was quick to exit his CPZ and use his axe on Chaos 2. Tornado got to Chaos 2's side and pushed it around the arena, into another CPZ. Chaos 2's flipper eventually reset, but it missed another flip and it jammed open again. Forced to retreat, Tornado caught up to it and pushed the champion onto its side. It then pushed it into the angle grinders.
- "This could be a huge upset!"
- — Jonathan Pearce
Finally, Chaos 2 was able to launch an attack, flipping Tornado over, but as its opponent was invertible, it had no effect, and Tornado pushed Chaos 2 into Dead Metal's CPZ. Chaos 2 tried to flip Dead Metal away from it, and was able to hold him off the ground to prevent him from using his saw, but Tornado blocked its only escape path. Eventually, however, Dead Metal fell off of Chaos 2, and managed to use his saw on it before the champion escaped. Chaos 2, its flipper still stuck open, chased after Tornado, but Tornado pushed it into another CPZ.
- "They can sense victory here, they're after Chaos 2"
- — Jonathan Pearce
Tornado ended up following into the CPZ as well, and despite being the aggressor, Dead Metal attempted to grab Tornado rather than Chaos 2. Chaos 2 then used its flipper, managing to catch both machines, the result of which left Tornado stuck on the arena wall.
- "Well, this is interesting, because the whole tide could have turned!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Tornado is stuck on the wall
Chaos 2 tried to flip Tornado out of the arena, but missed, and Dead Metal grabbed hold of it, cutting into its bodywork whilst Shunt axed the beached Tornado. Eventually, Refbot managed to free Tornado from the wall (much to the displeasure of the crowd) and it escaped. Chaos 2 managed to flip it once more, but its flipper seemed to be weakening, and Tornado launched another attack. Yet another attack knocked Chaos 2 onto its side, and Tornado pushed underneath it. The two finished the battle with a head-on collision, with Tornado's drum causing a few sparks to fly. The judges were called to make a decision, and they gave the victory to Tornado.
- "They've beaten us before, so it's revenge for us"
- — Andrew Marchant, after the battle
Razer vs Tornado
- "And our main event, it is the All-Stars final, the best of the best, Razer against Tornado!"
- — Jonathan Pearce
This fight was the main event of Episode 15, the last episode of the series, and as such the climax of Robot Wars Extreme. The moment the battle started, Razer drove at Tornado and managed to grab hold of it just behind its front-right wheel. It penetrated deeply, raising Tornado off the ground slightly, but not causing much actual damage.
- "Part bird, part reptile, the whole is deadly!"
- — Jonathan Pearce, favouring Razer over Tornado
Razer spun Tornado around and attempted again to penetrate, causing the tyre of Tornado to be pushed askew slightly, but not permanently. Eventually, Razer was forced to let go, but Tornado remaining stuck on its wedge, allowing Razer to adjust its position and crush part of its actual bodywork. In trying to lift it, Razer dropped Tornado, who quickly launched an attack from the side, sending sparks flying, but little more. For a while, the two spun around each other, trying to gain an advantage, but as they met head-on, Razer won out, and crushed into the front-left wheel depression. Adjusting its aim, Razer tried to crush into the wheel, but was not able to get at the right angle.
- "Hard as cheek, with that old beak! Into the tyre it plunges once again! Tornado, all of a sudden, is looking a "tyred"-out old thing, there, in the warzone, in the arena."
- — Jonathan Pearce cracks a few puns.
Razer let go of Tornado once more, but Tornado did not appear to be driving fully, and Razer wedged underneath it from the side again. Another attack on the front-left wheel did not appear to do too much damage, but as it backed away, Tornado appeared to have broken down. Razer came in from the side once more, and finally managed to puncture the frame of Tornado, raising it into the air. Shunt left his CPZ and managed to dislodge Tornado from Razer's beak using his axe. As the house robots investigated Tornado for any signs of movement, Razer pressed the pit release button. Just as it descended, Refbot counted out the immobile Tornado.
- "It's all over for Tornado. They'll end up in the pit ultimately, but after being counted out by the Refbot. Razer, worthy winners of our All-Stars final, worthy champions of Robot Wars Extreme, as all that is left to do is snuff out the Tornado, dampen down the hurricane, quieten the whirlwind. "We have put the wind up you" says Razer, and in the end, lets be honest, it wasn't even a close shave"
- — Jonathan Pearce
Sergeant Bash and Shunt pushed Tornado around for a little bit, bringing it away from the flame pit, before Shunt placed it on the floor flipper, which sent it flying a short distance. Bash then began to push Tornado towards the pit, but Razer stole its beaten opponent away and shoved it in the pit itself.
- "Razer has the last word, Tornado has the last rites"
- — Jonathan Pearce
All-Star Champion: Razer
- Craig Charles: "One angry robot has realised its dream"
- Julia Reed: "The All-Star of All-Stars"
- Craig Charles: "On Robot Wars"
- Both: "Extreme!"
- — The Extreme 1 sign-off
- Robots that would potentially have been eligible for the tournament under the criteria of having "reached the Semi-Finals of either the UK or World Championships", but were not included despite also appearing in Extreme, include Killertron (fourth place in the Second Wars), King B Powerworks, Napalm, Plunderbird 5 (all semi-finalists in the Second Wars), 101 (a semi-finalist in the Third Wars and the First World Championship), Bigger Brother (a semi-finalist in the Third Wars), Spawn Again (a semi-finalist in the Third and Fourth Wars), Thermidor 2, Mousetrap and Splinter (all semi-finalists in the Fourth Wars). Spawn Again has been seen as the most notable omission, as it had reached the semi-finals of the two most recent series but was not included even though X-Terminator (which had only reached one semi-final) was.
- Every battle except for the final lacked the pit release tyre.
- Early in filming, the first round line-up was altered to have Stinger and Tornado fight each other instead of their intended opponents of Pussycat and 3 Stegs 2 Heaven, respectively. This was at the request of both teams, because there were delays in filming and they had supporters in the audience who had come to see them fight. Although the battle was contested, the producers eventually decided to revert back to the original draw. The battle between Stinger and Tornado was instead aired as a Vengeance battle.