Breaker Box was a heavyweight robot built by Team Nightmare which fought in Discovery Season 4 of the BattleBots reboot, as well as the 2009 BattleBots Professional Championship. As a middleweight, it originally fought in an invite-only event in 2006.
It was a box-shaped robot armed with a titanium lifting scoop with a large central axle offering 360 degrees of motion on the primary weapon, much like modern versions of DUCK!. As such, Breaker Box could function while being invertible. The team previously entered iconic heavyweight Nightmare into Comedy Central BattleBots, which also returned for the first two reboot seasons on ABC.
Breaker Box was originally a middleweight built in three weeks for a competition in 2006 and was a essentially an up-scaled version of Team Nightmare's antweight, Shazbot. On their Facebook page, Jim Smentowski confirmed that Breaker Box would return in place of Nightmare with a new look ahead of the 2019 BattleBots season.
For Discovery Season 4, Breaker Box sported a neon yellow and copper color scheme, as well as an electrical warning sign on the top plate and LED panel on its bottom plate. For weaponry, Breaker Box could either use one of three lifting wedges designed to counter spinning weaponry, or a 46lb hammer, all of which could rotate around the bot. Breaker Box also had in a wedged minibot called Hacker, which came equipped with a flamethrower that would shoot up at a 45 degree angle. It also swapped out its drive motors for more speed at the cost of reliability. Breaker Box struggled during the Fight Night rounds, finishing 1-3 and failing to make the tournament bracket as a result.
Following the 2019 season, Jim Smentowski said he would not be competing with Breaker Box in any future BattleBots competitions.
Outside of BattleBots, Breaker Box fought at various US live events over the years. Jim Smentowski competed with it at Combots Cup V, losing to Last Rites before racking up wins over Ragin' Scotsman and Great Pumpkin. Breaker Box rounded off the tournament with a loss to Sewer Snake. It then fought at RoboGames 2011 and earned a run of wins against Vice Crypt, Death and Taxes, Son of Ziggy and Last Rites respectively. However, it then suffered losses in rematches against Sewer Snake and Last Rites.
Breaker Box also fought in Chinese robot combat show This is Fighting Robots under the name Wrecker. Appearing very similar to its BattleBots guise, repainted black and red and sporting a curved scoop, Wrecker did not perform well in China, losing both of its fights and subsequently being eliminated.
Jim Smentowski and Breaker Box returned for January's Robot Ruckus event at the 2022 South Florida Fair. Largely unchanged from its look in 2019, it fought against a non-televised robot called Bush Hog.
Pro Championships 2009
Breaker Box vs. Brutality
In Breaker Box's fight against Brutality, Breaker Box got the first attack in before Brutality could spin its blade up to speed, pushing Brutality with the scoop. Brutality escaped and retaliated, causing sparks with the impact of its blade on Breaker Box's scoop. The impact was so great that Breaker Box was immobilized and eliminated from the tournament.
Discovery Season 4
Breaker Box vs. FalconBreaker Box made its return to robotic combat with a match against the new Falcon. In response, Breaker Box stuck with its trademark lifting plow to hopefully absorb hits from its opponent and/or thrown them around the arena. Since it was also slightly underweight, Breaker Box was accompanied by a minibot named Hacker that was equipped with a titanium wedge and a flamethrower. As the match got underway, that's pretty much what they were able to do as Falcon was having drive issues. This allowed Breaker Box to shove them all around the arena. Falcon managed to get some mobility back but Breaker Box flipped them over and maintained their advantage over them. However, the fight took a surprising turn as Breaker Box soon had troubles of its own, firing its weapon when Falcon was out of reach and not driving all that well, even having no life in the last stages of the fight. Regardless, both robots made it to the end of the fight, and the judges awarded a split 2-1 decision to Breaker Box.
Breaker Box vs. Uppercut
Breaker Box's second opponent was newcomer Uppercut. As a result, Breaker Box kept its usual lifting plow to at least reduce the damage it would take during the fight. Breaker Box was not able to do much against Uppercut as their plow had a small part of it ripped up. Still, Breaker Box attempted to take control of the fight and managed to shove Uppercut around a few times and tried to keep it on its side, but it came down every time. Uppercut's weapon kept going and Breaker Box eventually began to smoke again and was suffering a similar problem in its fight with Falcon. As the match continued, the smoke got worse and Breaker Box found itself immobile once again, trying to use its plow to move. Since there was more time on the clock, it was counted out as Uppercut bashed the rear of Breaker Box, denting the panel and giving Uppercut the win by KO.
Breaker Box vs. Bloodsport
Breaker Box next went against another newcomer in Bloodsport and opted for its curved black scoop in attempt to deflect Bloodsport's blows and/or control their opponent. As the match bot underway, Breaker Box managed to keep Bloodsport at bay with their weapon and push them into the arena barrier. However, Bloodsport got its weapon going and Breaker Box took a hit to the side of its plow. After another impact, Breaker Box's right support arm for its plow had come loose and Breaker Box was having some drive issues. Breaker Box then lost its entire plow and was left exposed with nothing to fight with. Luckily, Bloodsport's weapon stopped working correctly by this point, but Breaker Box had no way to take advantage. Breaker Box took one final hit from Bloodsport and stopped moving before being counted out, giving Bloodsport the win by KO.
Breaker Box vs. HyperShock
Having had little success thus far, Breaker Box was in need of a second win and was placed against Will Bales and HyperShock. In response, Breaker Box went with its classic scooped lifter setup, which also had pointed tips at the top to allow the lifter to double as a hammer. However, as the match got underway, Breaker Box wasn't doing well as they were quickly thrown into the air repeatedly by HyperShock. None of this seemed to phase Breaker Box, but parts of the lifter did come off, the rear panel was thrown off, and Breaker Box could only drive on two wheels now. However, Breaker Box got a lucky break as HyperShock managed to flip themselves over and had no functioning self-righting mechanism, leaving them to drive inverted. Additionally, HyperShock got one of its weapon supports stuck in the killsaw slots so Breaker Box freed them. HyperShock then got stuck in the killsaw slots again with its weapon struggling to get up to speed. This allowed Breaker Box to get in an attack before it stopped moving. Breaker Box was counted out with seconds left on the clock, giving HyperShock the win by KO.
|BREAKER BOX - RESULTS|
|BattleBots 2009 Pro Championship|
|2009 Pro Championship|
|Winners Bracket||vs. Suspect Device||Won|
|Winners Bracket||vs. Brutality||Lost|
|Losers Bracket||vs. Root Canal||Lost|
|Discovery Season 4|
|Fight Night||vs. Falcon||Won (Split JD)|
|Fight Night||vs. Uppercut||Lost (KO)|
|Fight Night||vs. Bloodsport||Lost (KO)|
|Fight Night||vs. HyperShock||Lost (KO)|
- Live Event Wins: 1
- Live Event Losses: 2
- TV Show Wins: 1
- TV Show Losses: 3
- Total Wins: 2
- Total Losses: 5
|2009 Pro Championships||Suspect Device|
|Discovery Season 4||Falcon (Undercard Match)||
Uppercut (Undercard Match)
Bloodsport (Undercard Match)
HyperShock (Undercard Match)
Faruq Tauheed Introductions
"It puts the beat in beatbox, and you're about to break into electric boogaloo. Pop it, lock, you can't stop it. It's BREAKER BOX!"
"We've got a 10-33 emergency. The 10-20, the BattleBox. What's the 10-36? Time for smashing. You're going to need to take a 10-100, 10-4 good buddy? It's BREAKER BOX!"
"This bot's got two turntables and a microphone. It'll spin you around and break your bones. It will be cutting and scratching while it puts you in tr-tr-tr-tr-traction. BREAKER BOX!"
"It's the bottage with the wattage. It puts the volt in revolt, and inside the box, it'll give you a jolt. Moves like lightning and claps back like thunder, hope it doesn't tear you asunder. It's BREAKER BOX!"