|Missy Franklin (Olympic Gold Medalist)|
Rob Gronkowski (New England Patriot)
Scottie Pippen (NBA Great)
|A.Smith & Co.|
Beat the Champions is a one-hour, reality competition special in which everyday athletes are epically mismatched against some of the world's best athletes (i.e. Missy Franklin, Rob Gronkowski & Scottie Pippen).
To level the playing field, the champs will be faced with increasingly absurd and hilarious handicaps, while the amateurs will be given increasing levels of assistance to beat their elite competition whether in the water, on the line of scrimmage or on the hardwood. The greater the assist needed by the contestant, however, the lesser the prize money awarded. Over the course of three rounds, competitors will have chance to win more than $100,000.
Countries that have done their own versions of Beat the Champions include:
- Germany (country that originated the program as Schlag den Raab)
- United Kingdom
- Finesse Mitchell was a former SNL alumni.
- Before this special, New England Patriot, Rob Gronkowski competed in an episode of Celebrity Family Feud on ABC in the same year.
- Scottie Pippen appeared in a 2010 episode of the former FOX animated series The Cleveland Show called Love Rollercoaster (which in turn the title episode in particular is a reference of the popular 1975 hit song by The Ohio Players which was later covered by the Red Hot Chili Peppers in 1996) in the animated music video called Balls Deep in Love sung by Cleveland Jr. (voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson).
- The special aired immediately following the coverage of the FIFA Women's World Cup.
Based on a German format Schlag den Raab (Beat the Raab - Raab being Stefan Raab)