01/07/2008 (08:00PM - 09:00PM) (Monday) : Iconic series "American Gladiators" is back -- better then ever -- with a heart-pounding, action-packed, two-hour premiere. Helmed by hosts Hulk Hogan ("Hogan Knows Best") and Laila Ali ("Dancing with the Stars"), each of the series' eight episodes features two male and two female contenders competing against each other for points -- all while the incredulous gladiators are lurking. The final two male and female contenders to make it to the end of this grueling competition will receive $100,000 each. In this episode Christie Phillips a karate instructor and mother of two takes on life coach Siene Silva on the women's side, while Satellite Engineer Adonis Locket battles radiation control technician Jeff "Big Country" Chapman for the men. Stiff competition throughout the episode puts extra emphasis on the importance of the "Eliminator". This hour brings a tight battle with small town heart and big time hits.