The 12 teams are made up of one fighter that controls the moves of the robot called the “robo-jockey” and one engineer or “robo-tech”. Much like wrestling, the bots themselves have their own creative names, styles, strengths and weaknesses.
“This is something that we’ve never seen before, and that was the interesting thing while shooting the first season,” Jericho said. “The people that are controlling the robots aren’t the people that invented them. They are just normal people. You have the ones who are the rocket scientists, the ones with the PHDs. Then you have the ones who are the jockeys that are controlling the robots who are MMA fighters, army pilots and Olympic athletes.
“You have two separate kinds of people that are put together. The techs control the walking of the robot and try to make the repairs, and the jockeys control the fighting [as a sort of shadow boxer] for the robot. It really is an amazing thing that we are learning how to control the robots, as well as learn strategy. How do you win the fight? What do you do to take control of the fight? It’s something that hasn’t been before in the history of anything.”
Over the course of the nine episodes, viewers will have the opportunity to cheer on their favorites. The charismatic star says it’s about connecting with the crowd and making sure the people are having a good time.
“I controlled the flow of the show,” Jericho said. “I provided a shoulder to cry on when they screw up. I was there to give them a kick in the ass if they needed it or an inspirational speech if they need it. It’s something that if you are a wrestling fan, boxing fan, science fiction fan, a drama fan, there many aspects to this.”
Jericho believes there is something for everybody to enjoy in the show.
“The robots are amazing,” Jericho said. “They cost like a million dollars each, these immaculately created machines that are put into a fight in the middle of this pit. It was like having a demolition derby with a Lamborghini. It just hurts you to see them get pummeled and destroyed. They have 2,000 PSI per punch. It could actually kill you to get hit by one of these robots. Not only that, but you have the dramatics of the team.
“These are people who have never met each other. You see how much chemistry they are going to have. You see how they work together to win these fights. There are a whole lot of elements that this show has in making it unique. It’s more than the gimmick of the robots. It’s like a NASCAR race. You have the fastest car, but is the driver going to be able to control it to win. That’s what we have going on as well. I think a lot of different people from a lot of different genres are going to enjoy the show because of all these elements that contribute to it.”
The voice of the league looks back at one fight that really put the project in perspective. It was during a match between the dangerous Scorpio facing off with the militant Commander.
“Scorpio has blades on his fists,” Jericho described. “One of the earlier fights Scorpio was just hitting the midsection of Commander. It’s like a boxing match with robots, where it gets judged and if the robots don’t get knocked they go by score. Scorpio was pummeling this other robot called Commander that is kind of an army kind of robot.