One of the best new shows from the Spring 2009 TV season was Deadliest Warrior on Spike.
Wikipedia has a fairly concise summary of the show:
The show is hosted by Geoff Desmoulin, a biomedical scientist and martial arts expert who collects the data created when testing the weapons, Max Geiger, a video game designer who runs the data through the simulation engine, and Dr. Armand Dorian, an ER doctor who serves as the show’s medical consultant.
There is no real formula to determine who fights against whom. The only rule is that the warriors cannot have met in actual combat. In Season 1, the matchups fell into 3 categories: one-on-one combat between warriors from specific cultures (ex. Spartan vs. Ninja), group-on-group combat (ex. Green Beret vs Spetsnaz), and one-on-one combat between specific historical figures (ex. William Wallace vs Shaka Zulu).
Deadliest Warrior is an exciting, action-packed, and extremely gruesome show. No announcements have been made for a second season, but my fingers are more than crossed!
In my hope for season 2, I decided to put together a list of warriors and warrior cultures that I would like to see if the show returns. I tried not to list any warrior cultures with similarities to those already featured on the show. In no particular order:
Huns under Attila:
Mongols under Genghis Khan:
I know they are probably mythological, but it would still be cool!
Now, Spike just needs to tell us they are bringing the show back! If you love Deadliest Warrior as much as I do, contact firstname.lastname@example.org