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Steel Reign was a superheavyweight robot built by Team XD which participated in the final three seasons of Comedy Central BattleBots, as well as both the 2004 NPC Charity Open and 2005 Rochester Robot Rampage.

It was a four-wheel drive machine originally sporting a front wedge, but than being rebuilt to have a spinning 'thresher' weapon and a lifting spike before losing the spike for Season 5.0. It lost its first two fights before reaching the Round of 32 and being defeated by Son of Whyachi. Team XD also entered the NPC Charity Open in 2004 with lightweight HazMatXD and middleweight Adonai.

Builder of Steel Reign, Logan Davis, would later go on to drive and captain SubZero from 2020. In March 2023, he revealed both the first and second builds of Steel Reign remained in his possession.[1]

Robot History[]

Season 3.0[]

Steel Reign vs. Hoobot

Steel Reign's first and only opponent in BattleBots was against Hoobot. Hoobot won on a close 23-22 judges' decision and Steel Reign was eliminated from the tournament.

Season 4.0[]

Steel Reign vs. New Cruelty

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New Cruelty pushes Steel Reign against the spikestrip.

Steel Reign's only match in Season 4.0 was against New Cruelty. Both robots went straight at each other, but miss. Steel Reign got its lifting spike under the side of New Cruelty, but New Cruelty escapes and started pushing Steel Reign against the spikestrip. New Cruelty attempts to push Steel Reign against the spikestrip again, but Steel Reign escapes. As Steel Reign was hitting New Cruelty's front with its threshers, New Cruelty pushes it against the spikestrip again and Steel Reign stopped moving. Steel Reign was being counted out and New Cruelty won by KO. This meant that Steel Reign was eliminated from the tournament again.

Season 5.0[]

Steel Reign vs. M2K02

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M2K02 unbalances itself after hitting Steel Reign.

Steel Reign's first match in Season 5.0 was against M2K02. Steel Reign charges and M2KO2 strikes with one flail, only to lose it. Steel Reign bashes M2K02 and M2K02's weapon stops. Steel Reign scoops M2K02 and brings into the spikes, then starts ramming M2K02 who was clearly dead (its wheels were also dislocated and visible underneath). Steel Reign won by KO at 57 seconds and advanced to the final preliminary round, where it faced RoboLoco.

Steel Reign vs. RoboLoco

Steel Reign vs RoboLoco

Steel Reign takes a hit from RoboLoco's blade

Steel Reign rushes in and takes a hit from RoboLoco. Undaunted Steel Reign tackles RoboLoco who flees to get its bar at maximum, which it eventually does. RoboLoco hits Steel Reign twice with the bar, though Steel Reign wasn't affected. Steel Reign then pushes RoboLoco into the corner while getting its drum to full-speed. After releasing RoboLoco Steel Reign begins attacking with its drum. Steel Reign then pushes RoboLoco into the wall. RoboLoco managed to hit Steel Reign with the bar again, but Steel Reign pushes RoboLoco in close proximity to a pulverizer. RoboLoco was hitting Steel Reign with its bar while Steel Reign was bashing RoboLoco and pushed it into the wall. Steel Reign won on a 37-8 judges' decision and advanced to the TV rounds, where it faced My Nutz Are Stainless.

Steel Reign vs. My Nutz Are Stainless

Steel Reign vs My Nuts Are Stainless

Steel Reign pushes My Nutz Are Stainless into the spikestrip

The fight was a slow pushing match with Steel Reign constantly out-maneuvering the less agile My Nutz Are Stainless for most of the match and My Nutz Are Stainless missing most of its lifts and out-pushing Steel Reign in the few times it came face-to-face. Steel Reign won on a close 24-21 judges' decision and advanced to the Round of 32, where it faced the former heavyweight champion Son of Whyachi.

Steel Reign vs. Son of Whyachi

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Son of Whyachi rips off Steel Reign's side panel.

In the match, Son of Whyachi started spinning its hammers and Steel Reign gets hit a couple of times. Steel Reign tries to drive into Son of Whyachi again to stop its spinning hammers, but it was having steering problems and Son of Whyachi kept hitting Steel Reign multiple times. Steel Reign brushes up against Son of Whyachi with its side, allowing small pieces of armor to be tossed around the arena. Then a big collision sends Steel Reign over to the killsaws and Son of Whyachi goes sliding into the base of a screw on the other side of the BattleBox. Steel Reign goes straight at Son of Whaychi, but Son of Whyachi escapes and later gets caught on the killsaws. Steel Reign comes close to stopping its spinning hammers, but as Steel Reign is knocked back by a blow, Son of Whyachi brings it back up to speed. Steel Reign pushes Son of Whaychi into the other base of the same screw. Steel Reign drives into Son of Whyachi again and gets knocked into the screw itself. Steel Reign attacks Son of Whyachi with its spinning thresher and one hit instantly snaps the thresher in half, throwing a big chunk into the corner of the arena. Steel Reign chases after Son of Whyachi, which appears to gently slide away after every collision. Two more hits from Son of Whaychi and now pieces of Steel Reign's armor are coming off. Son of Whyachi hits Steel Reign again and a side panel is thrown off of Steel Reign. Son of Whyachi rams into Steel Reign and sends itself sliding across the BattleBox. Steel Reign is no longer moving properly because from the hit that came immediately before the one initiated by Son of Whyachi, Steel Reign's frame was broken and bent into its tire, making it very difficult to move that side of the robot. Son of Whyachi comes over and starts to attack Steel Reign. Finally, after several additional blows, Steel Reign stopped moving and Son of Whyachi does a victory spin as it was being counted out. Son of Whyachi won by KO and Steel Reign was eliminated from the tournament once again.

2004 NPC Charity Open[]

Steel Reign vs. ShovelHead

After receiving a bye in round one, Steel Reign went up against Shovelhead. Shovelhead won on a judges' decision and Steel Reign was now in the loser's bracket. After receiving two more byes, Steel Reign went up against Super Megabyte.

Steel Reign vs. Super Megabyte

Steel Reign takes Super Megabyte to the wall

Steel Reign takes Super Megabyte to the wall.

Before the match began, Team XD added an attachment on the top rear of Steel Reign in order to stop Super Megabyte. In the match, Super Megabyte started spinning and Steel Reign went straight at the full-body spinner, pushing it against the arena wall with its added attachment. Super Megabyte was now under the pulverizer and ran away from Steel Reign.

Steel Reign got its attachment on Super Megabyte and Super Megabyte started ripping it apart. As Super Megabyte was still spinning, Steel Reign slammed into Super Megabyte from the rear and more pieces were coming off of Steel Reign's attachment. Steel Reign reversed into Super Megabyte and both robots bounced off each other. For the majority of the match, Steel Reign kept charging at Super Megabyte from the rear and Super Megabyte eventually stopped spinning before the time ran out. Despite the amount of damage that Super Megabyte caused to Steel Reign, the judges voted in favor of Steel Reign.

Steel Reign vs. OUCH!!

This shock win put Steel Reign to the next round, where it faced OUCH!!. However, OUCH!! won the match and Steel Reign was eliminated from the tournament.

R3: Rochester Robot Rampage 2005[]

Steel Reign vs. Sir Punch-A-Lot

Steel Reign's first match at this event was against Sir Punch-A-Lot. It won this fight, and advanced to face The Black Knight.

Steel Reign vs. The Black Knight

It won this as well, and advanced to the semi-finals where it faced Shovelhead.

Steel Reign vs. Shovelhead

It lost this fight, and was sent to the losers bracket final where it faced Ziggy.

Steel Reign vs. Ziggy

It lost this fight, and was eliminated from the competition.

Wins/Losses[]

  • Wins: 6
  • Losses: 7
Competition Wins Losses
Season 3.0 None Hoobot
Season 4.0 None New Cruelty
Season 5.0 M2K02
RoboLoco
My Nutz Are Stainless
Son of Whyachi
NPC Charity Open Super Megabyte Shovelhead
OUCH!!
BattleBots Rochester R3 Sir Punch-A-Lot
The Black Knight
Shovelhead
Ziggy

References[]

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