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المصارعون’ wild secret history of backstage orgies, heroin addiction and crime

BACKSTAGE orgies, criminal convictions and secret substance addictionhas there ever been a prime-time show quite as wild as Gladiators?

هذا الاسبوع, fan favourite Acereal name Warren Furmanopened up to The Sun about his steroid and alcohol abuse while filming the original run of the ITV hit back in the Nineties.

Gladiator presenter Ulrika Jonsson flanked by two of the show's stars, Shadow and Warrior

Gladiator presenter Ulrika Jonsson flanked by two of the show’s stars, Shadow and Warriorالإئتمان: ITV/ Rex/ Shutterstock
Gladiators star Ace admitted to steroid and alcohol abuse while he was on the show

Gladiators star Ace admitted to steroid and alcohol abuse while he was on the showالإئتمان: ITV/Rex Features /Shutterstock

The blond hunk joined المصارعون in its fifth series in 1996 and was soon earning £2,000 an hour, hanging out with celebrities and even getting engaged to Katie Price.

But he admitted: “I saw destructive forces come into my life. My destructive choices were slowly killing me.”

فى السنوات الاخيرة, the OG Gladiators have lifted the lid on the unbelievable and sometimes dark underbelly of the show, which first ran from 1992 ل 2000.

Ahead of a much-anticipated reboot coming to the BBC, we look back at its wild secret history.

Life-threatening accident

Gladiators stunner Jet quit the show after suffering a catastrophic fall

Gladiators stunner Jet quit the show after suffering a catastrophic fallالإئتمان: ITV/ Rex Features
Jet - real name Diane Youdale - nearly suffered a fatal snap

Jetreal name Diane Youdalenearly suffered a fatal snapالإئتمان: ريكس

Nineties pin-up Jetreal name Diana Youdalewas one of the original cast, but ended up quitting after four seasons.

Jet bowed out due to a neck injury she sustained in a nasty fall during one of the challenges in a 1996 live show.

أخبرت الشمس: “I remember thinking, ‘Have I broken my neck?"”

Had she not been so bendy, medics said she would have suffered a fatalhangman break” – the type of fracture that killed prisoners executed by hanging.

Jet and Panther in 2017 marking 25 years since the start of Gladiators

Jet and Panther in 2017 marking 25 years since the start of Gladiatorsالإئتمان: ITV/Rex Features/Shutterstock

شرحت: “It terrified me so much that I could have sat in a chair for the rest of my life and possibly worse.

“I had a choice, and I made that choice, and that was to leave.

فى السنوات الاخيرة, Jet, الآن 49, لديها retrained as a psychotherapist and pilates instructor.

Pantherreal name Helen O’Reillyalso sustained a serious neck and back injury after falling head-first during the Tilt event.

Backstage orgies

Gladiators hunk Hunter revealed there were backstage orgies and affairs that people will 'take to the grave'

Gladiators hunk Hunter revealed there were backstage orgies and affairs that people will ‘take to the graveالإئتمان: ITV/ Rex Features/ Shutterstock
Hunter on Good Morning Britain in 2019

Hunter on Good Morning Britain in 2019الإئتمان: ريكس الميزات

صيادreal name James Crossleyhas spilled the tea on the saucy antics behind the scenes at Gladiators.

He previously told the Daily Star: “There was a lot of sexual tension… We were a bunch of young girls and guys at the peak of physical fitness.

“Not everyone was involved but we were young, virile guysI will leave it to you to work out what happened.”

أضاف: “There was a lot of testosterone flying about. Sometimes people would go off in threesomes or foursomessometimes even groups of boys or girls together.

“Of course there were affairssome of which have never come out. I reckon those involved will be taking that stuff to the grave.”

Hunter himself even ended up dating the show’s presenter Ulrika Jonsson between 1996 و 1997, although they kept their romance under wraps until Ulrika’s 2003 السيرة الذاتية.

Jailed for corruption

Gladiators legend Warrior was jailed for corruption and perverting the course of justice in 1998

Gladiators legend Warrior was jailed for corruption and perverting the course of justice in 1998الإئتمان: ريكس
Warrior received a suspended sentence in 2018 for possession of CS spray canisters.

Warrior received a suspended sentence in 2018 for possession of CS spray canisters.الإئتمان: GladiatorsTV / موقع التواصل الاجتماعي الفيسبوك

Warriorreal name Michael Ahearnewas cheered by millions on Gladiators until his life came crashing down.

The 6ft4 muscle-man starred in the first six series of the show, but in 1997 became embroiled in a plot to foil the prosecution of Philip Glennon Jnr, a then-associate of former international cocaine baron Curtis ‘Cocky’ Warren.

Glennon Jnr was jailed for six years at Preston Crown Court in 1998 for attempted murder after being accused of firing a handgun at a doorman and a police officer outside a nightclub in 1996.

Also in 1998, Warrior was sent to prison for corruption and perverting the course of justice in a firearms case.

حكم عليه ب 15 months in prison but served just six after impressing bosses at Wealstun jail in West Yorkshire.

ومع ذلك, هو ran into trouble with the law again في 2018 after a police raid of his Wirral home uncovered a CS spray and a stash of anabolic steroids.

He was charged over the CS spray canisters and admitted three counts of possessing a weapon “designed or adapted for the discharge of a noxious liquid”.

He was sentenced to six months in prison, علقت ل 12 الشهور, at Liverpool Crown Court in October 2018.

‘Bleeding drunk’

Gladiators favourite Cobra admitted to being drunk on set during his time on the show

Gladiators favourite Cobra admitted to being drunk on set during his time on the showالإئتمان: ريكس

Cobrareal name Michael Wilsonadmitted he was often “bleeding drunk” when he battled contestants on Gladiators.

Despite his rippling muscles and peak physical fitness, he would sometimes struggle to chase contestants up the infamous 32ft-high wall because he was so drunk.

Cobra, who was on the show from start to finish, told the Mirror in 2020: “I didn’t take it too seriously. I was mucking about pranking, I had so much fun…

“There were end of show parties, when we had international Gladiators come over, we would be up all night boozing.”

فى السنوات الاخيرة, Cobra is living a quiet life and has battled serious illness, even landing himself in hospital with pneumonia in 2019.

Blaming his illness on his punishing workouts for the ITV show, Cobra قال الشمس: “I’m only half a Gladiator now. It’s been touch and go.”

Cobra also suffered with pleurisy, a ruptured bicep and shoulder, as well as severe acute pancreatitis in 2019, but his current condition is unknown.

Spiralling addiction

Gladiators hero Shadow was fired after steroids were found in his system

Gladiators hero Shadow was fired after steroids were found in his systemالإئتمان: ريكس

ظل – الاسم الحقيقي جيفرسون كينج – was one of the most formidable Gladiators on the show, but his TV career was cut short in 1995 when he found himself at the centre of a drug scandal.

A drug test found steroids in his system and he was booted from the show.

ورد الضابط بشيء ما لتأثير "لا, Shadow’s marriage collapsed amid a cheating row and he went on to struggle for the next two decades with addiction and legal problems.

It appeared that Shadow has turned his life around, forging a new career working in a drug rehabilitation centre, but he hit headlines again last year after falling foul of the law.

A mugshot of Shadow revealed a shocking change in appearance since his Gladiator days

A mugshot of Shadow revealed a shocking change in appearance since his Gladiator daysالإئتمان: Rex/ Shutterstock

Shadow was jailed for six years and three months after admitting two counts of blackmail over a drug debt.

He was one of four people who held Aaron Ali hostage for hours in a flat in Acton, west London, where he was subjected to an eight-hour ordeal of being beaten and filmed for “highly distressing” videos sent to his family to elicit a ransom of up to £1,000.

It has been reported that Shadow is a long-time user of crack cocaine and heroin.

His fellow Gladiator star Cobra claimed last year that Gladiators producers “turned a blind eye” to Shadow’s spiralling addiction.

He told the Mirror: “They knew he was doing cocaine and steroids for six months and they turned a blind eye to it…

“They built him up to be such a big star, there was so much pressure on him.”