FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Arm wrestling star Andrew “Cobra” Rhodes has called Fort Wayne home for the last 20 years, but the legend now has a new home Tuesday night’s on AMC.
Rhodes is one of the main characters in the reality series “Game of Arms” that follows the sports of arm wrestling. One of 25 athletes on the show, Rhodes is co-captain of the Kansas City Rolling Thunder. Rhodes trains and coaches other arm wrestlers in Missouri throughout the year and calls Kansas City his “second home.”
The show has five teams – Kansas City, Baton Rouge, Sacramento, New York, and Erie – with each show revolving around a match between two teams.
The show debuted Tuesday, February 25 and hauled in over one million viewers for the first episode.
Rhodes, 48, is a 15-time world champion. He isn’t new to Hollywood – Rhodes was a consultant for the 1987 arm wrestling movie “Over The Top” starring Sylvester Stallone. Stallone helped give Rhodes the nickname “Cobra” and even gave Rhodes a small part in the movie as a referee for the match against Bull Hurley.
Rhodes says the show has been 2-3 years in the making and is headed by some of the same people who worked on the reality show “Deadliest Catch.”
The show began shooting in November and is still in production. Rhodes notes there was a crew in Fort Wayne this week shooting some footage for an upcoming show.
“Game of Arms” airs at 10 p.m. Tuesdays on AMC.