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This WWE alumnus is helping to bring medieval fighting to cable television

WWE alumnus Christian (Jay Reso) is helping bring medieval times fighting to cable television, and what better place to host these actual battles between would-be Vikings, Byzantine Knights, Barbarians, Roman Knights, Knights Templars and more than History channel.

Christian is the host and a judge for “Knight Fight,” featuring the full-contact Armored Combat League — often referred to as “Medieval MMA” or “Knight Fight Club.”

Modern-day warriors compete in more than 80 pounds of plated armor with real steel weapons, engaging in numerous battle rounds to see who has the skill and strength to win the ultimate Knight Fight.

This eight-episode nonfiction competition series premieres Wednesday at 10 p.m. on History. It will follow historical drama TV series and History channel original “Vikings.”

Christian talks in-depth about “Knight Fight” and more.

Christian discusses the “Knight Fight” competitiveness, learning history, live audience for battles and more.

Christian talks about being hired for “Knight Fight,” the gear, the contests, respect, combat sports, pro wrestling prospects and more.

The gladiators are showman, entertainers, big, physical combatants and carry some bravado. Trash talking is also prevalent. Hey, $10,000 is on the line.

About Knight Fight on History

Welcome to the toughest, most violent armored combat competition in the world today.

HISTORY’s new eight-episode nonfiction competition series “Knight Fight” premiering Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on HISTORY channel.

The show steps inside the world of the full-contact Armored Combat League — often referred to as “Medieval MMA” or “Knight Fight Club.”

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Photo By Tim O’Connell/Courtesy History

This blood sport is where modern-day warriors battle in more than 80 pounds of plated armor with real steel weapons. Rooted in historical traditions, for the first time, these knights are set to wage war as each episode features six new fighters who customize era-specific armor, garb and weaponry and engage in numerous battle rounds to see who has the skill and strength to win the ultimate Knight Fight.

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Hosted and judged by WWE alum Christian (Jay Reso), the winner walks away with a championship title, $10,000 and a spot in the season finale for a chance to become the first “Knight Fight” champion.

Live by the sword, die by the sword. Knights were some of history’s most brutal warriors.

With an armor of steel and a will of iron, they took part in some of the bloodiest battles ever fought. So dedicated were these warriors, that between meets they would challenge one another to extreme trials of combat.

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Photo By Tim O’Connell/Courtesy History

“Knight Fight” introduces both beginner and expert armored athletes of different ages and backgrounds – many taking this on as a second profession – ready to endure a ruthless, intense and physically demanding tournament.

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Photo By Tim O’Connell/Courtesy History

Targeting a specific time period on each episode, “Knight Fight” examines the Vikings vs. Byzantine Knights, Barbarians vs. Roman Knights, Knights Templar, 100 Years War and much more.

Reso is joined by expert judges Andre Sinou, co-founder and creator of the Armored Combat League, and John Clements, director of the Association for Renaissance Martial Arts.

Impressing the judges on the criteria of aggression, technique and defense in each of the following rounds will be no easy feat: the grand melee, three one-minute battles where it is every man for himself; a two on two team melee and a duel where the final two competitors left standing face off in an epic head to head clash. With $10,000 on the line and a coveted title, only one can emerge victorious.

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