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World Championship VII (also known as Discovery Season 7 and the 2022 season) was the seventh season of BattleBots since its return to television in 2015, and the fifth season since the Discovery network picked the show up from ABC.

In August 2021, The Hollywood Reporter that announced BattleBots would remain on Discovery for at least another two seasons, following the success of World Championship V. Several teams who opted out of applying for or were not selected for the 2021 season of the show expressed their desire to enter the seventh season, notably international teams who were largely absent from the previous two seasons as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The competition was again filmed at Caesars Entertainment Studios in Las Vegas, Nevada, which became the new and permanent venue for BattleBots in 2021.

BattleBots Discovery Season 7 Tickets banner

A banner featuring SawBlaze and Kraken to promote filming.

On August 26, 2022, the BattleBots Twitter account inferred "mid-October" as a filming date for BattleBots World Championship VII, responding to a tweet from a fan. This was later confirmed on the BattleBots website, specifically stating filming sessions running from October 18 until October 30.[1] A trailer was also uploaded to their YouTube channel to promote ticket sales.[2] Tickets were made available to Facebook Supporters on September 9, 2022 before being released to the general public on September 12, 2022 at 10am PT.

BattleBots World Championship VII saw a total of 50 competing robots,[3] including teams from the UK, Canada, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand and The Netherlands. Relaxation to international travel restrictions meant teams from those countries could make the journey without travel bans or NIE Visa restrictions which plagued teams in the last two seasons.

WCVII ad Discovery

Another banner promoting the season premiere on Discovery, featuring Banshee and Overhaul.

The season once again featured several established BattleBots teams entering multiple bots, such as Bots FC with Emulsifier and Shatter!, Robotic Death Company with Cobalt and Gigabyte, Seems Reasonable Robotics with Tantrum and Blip, Team Whyachi with Hydra and Fusion, and the newly formed Omega Team with Starchild and RIPperoni. There were also notable absences from World Championship VII, however, including former Giant Nut winner Tombstone, veterans Icewave, Blacksmith, SubZero, Ghost Raptor, Yeti, DUCK!, Uppercut, P1 and fan favorite Deep Six.

The seventh season saw an increase from 40 to 54 total hours ordered by Discovery, which paved the way for BattleBots to be able to provide a builder stipend - a monetary amount set aside to financially support teams for their investment each season. This amount included space for several special episodes which aired alongside the main competition, two of which aired on January 5 and February 2, 2023. A third special aired on February 16, 2023 - a compilation of Main Events involving World Championship V runner-up Whiplash.[4]

The Fight Night format returned to four fights per robot for the first time since World Championship IV. Teams which are able to fulfill their four Fight Night battles are rewarded the full builder stipend, and were made aware of all four opponents in their schedule ahead of their opening battle. In spite of the change in the Fight Night format, the Top 32 single elimination Championship bracket remained.

Banners WCVII

Banners of former Giant Nut winners put up for World Championship VII.

While Chris Rose, Kenny Florian, Faruq Tauheed, judges Derek Young and Lisa Winter and referees John Remar and David Sanfilippo all returned to their respective roles, pit reporter Jenny Taft was once again absent following the birth of her daughter in March 2022. Judge Jason Bardis, who had been present since the judging panel was made permanent in 2019, was also no longer present.[5] His replacement was later discovered to be former guest judge and Mouser Mecha-Catbot builder Fon Davis, who returned to the panel for the first time since the 2016 competition. While he was still present doing his usual duties as a behind-the-scenes producer, Pete Abrahamson no longer appeared on camera as a fight analyst.[6] He still produced content for the BattleBots YouTube channel, however, conducting in-depth interviews with teams and technical talk about their robots. The first of these videos, titled Bot Whisperings, was with Team End Game and uploaded on March 2, 2023.[7]

Road to the Giant Nut logo

The Road to the Giant Nut logo.

During the World Championship bracket, Chris and Kenny debuted a televised post-fight segment called Road to the Giant Nut. Here, they spoke to various team captains about their most recent fight, as well as seeing the robot up close to analyse damage and tactics.

Team SawBlaze WCVII Giant Nut

Team SawBlaze celebrating their Giant Nut win.

This season also saw the introduction of an official Match Steward, as confirmed in the 2022 season Tournament Rules, acting as a middleman between the judges and competing teams. The Match Steward was later revealed to be former Bombshell captain Mike Jeffries. In addition to this, a new female referee, Kathryn Godfrey, joined the team to further assist with the enforcement of rules before, during and after fights.[8]

The season was won by Jamison Go and SawBlaze, who advanced through the Fight Night rounds with a 3-1 record before taking out No.1 seed Minotaur, surprise package Ribbot and the undefeated HUGE in order to claim its first Giant Nut trophy.

BBVII logo

The website logo for World Championship VII.

Best in show awards were not given out during the regular season, and were instead presented parallel to the second installment of BattleBots: Champions. While the Excellence in Sportsmanship Award was given to Rory Mangles of Team Monsoon, the Most Destructive Robot Award was won by World Championship VII runner-up HUGE. The Grant Imahara Award for Best Design was presented to newcomer RIPperoni and the Founder's Award was won by MadCatter.

Champion Runner-Up Semi-Finalists Quarter-Finalists
SawBlaze HUGE Copperhead

Ribbot

Riptide

Witch Doctor
Minotaur
Hydra

Pre-Season Power Rankings[]

In the build-up to World Championship VII filming, BattleBots began their Pre-Season Power Rankings, counting their top robots to look out for during the season. With four robots revealed each day from October 6 until October 13, 2022, this also served to confirm returning robots such as Quantum, Monsoon, DeathRoll and Beta directly from the show's social media accounts.[9] It also marked the official confirmation of Team Whyachi and Hydra, who had notably not even been unveiled to Facebook Supporters during the 2022 roster reveal.

Pre-Season Power Rankings
#1 End Game Team End Game
BB2022-end-game-bot
#17 Bloodsport Bots 'n' Stuff Robotics
BB2022-bloodsport-bot
#2 Tantrum Seems Reasonable Robotics
BB2022-tantrum-bot
#18 Copperhead Caustic Creations
Copperhead BB2022
#3 Witch Doctor Team Witch Doctor
Witch Doctor BB2022
#19 Shatter! Bots FC
BB2022-shatter-bot
#4 SawBlaze Team SawBlaze
SawBlaze BB2022
#20 MadCatter Team Bad Kitty
BB2022-MadCatter-bot
#5 Hydra Team Whyachi
BB2022-hydra-bot
#21 JackPot Vegas Combat Robotics
Jackpot BB2022
#6 Minotaur Team RioBotz
Minotaur BB2022
#22 DeathRoll Team DeathRoll
DeathRoll BB2022
#7 Whiplash Team Fast Electric Robots
Whiplash BB2022
#23 Valkyrie Team VALKYRIE
BB2022-valkyrie-bot
#8 HyperShock Team HyperShock
BB2022-HyperShock-bot
#24 Gigabyte Robotic Death Company
BB2022-gigabyte-bot
#9 Glitch Combat Robotics at Berkeley
Glitch BB2022
#25 Lock-Jaw Mutant Robots
BB2022-lockjaw-bot
#10 Blip Seems Reasonable Robotics
BB2022-blip-bot
#26 Monsoon Team Monsoon
Monsoon BB2022
#11 Ribbot Team Ribbot
BB2022-ribbot-bot
#27 HUGE Team HUGE
BB2022-huge-bot
#12 Cobalt Robotic Death Company
BB2022-cobalt-bot
#28 Malice Team Malice
BB2022-malice-bot
#13 Riptide Team Break32
Riptide BB2022
#29 Beta Team Hurtz
BB2022-Beta-bot
#14 ROTATOR Team Revolution
BB2022-rotator-bot
#30 Quantum Team Robo Challenge
Quantum BB2022
#15 Skorpios Bot Bash Party Crew
BB2022-skorpios-bot
#31 HiJinx Offbeat Robotics
BB2022-hijinx-bot
#16 Black Dragon Team Uai!rrior
BB2022-black-dragon-bot
#32 Mammoth Team Mammoth
BB2022-mammoth-bot

Reveals and Trailers[]

In anticipation of the new season, several key producers of BattleBots, namely Pete Abrahamson, Greg Munson, Chris Cowan and Aaron Catling, attended the LA Comic Con event on December 2, 2022 at 7pm to answer fan questions as well as provide a sneak peek for a few episodes of the upcoming season. In addition, Martin Mason and Matt Vasquez showcased their respective bots at the event.[10] Several robots had their full Fight Night schedule revealed with a view for every robot's schedule to be made public at a later date. The entire first episode's fight card was shown too, although this information was not made public for another month.

On December 15, 2022, three weeks before the season premiere, BattleBots released a thirty-second official trailer for the upcoming season on their Facebook account.[11] The trailer featured shots of Las Vegas, followed by brief clips exclusively from 2021 season battles, all of which were narrated by Faruq. The trailer closed with Faruq saying his catchphrase "It's robot fighting time!" as the January premiere date was confirmed, with the same black and gold color scheme seen in the trailer for BattleBots: Champions.

Facebook Supporters then received another trailer on December 22, 2022 showcasing clips from World Championship VII, and every robot's Fight Night schedule was also shown to the Supporters on Christmas Day. The second trailer was released publicly on December 25. Every robot's full Fight Night schedule was publicly revealed on January 5, 2023, just hours before the season premiere.[12]

Broadcasts[]

The season was confirmed to be premiering in January 2023 by judge Lisa Winter on Instagram, as was estimated by Greg Munson in a Behind the Bots podcast previously.[13] The premiere date was later confirmed to be 8pm EST on January 5, 2023 by Discovery on social media. For the first time also, episodes premiered simultaneously in the United States and Canada. Following the airing of Episode 10, World Championship VII went on a two week hiatus due to March Madness.

Facebook Supporters were also granted a sneak peak to BattleBots: Nastiest Knockouts on December 28, 2022, and it premiered on Discovery immediately after Episode 1 of World Championship VII. A second special episode titled BattleBots: Most Outrageous Moments aired after the fifth episode of the main season.

Rule Changes[]

Mobility[]

Minotaur Witch Doctor no engagement

Witch Doctor refusing to engage with Minotaur, anticipating a count-out during the 2021 season quarter-finals.

In response to several fights that were won under highly controversial circumstances during the 2021 season, BattleBots stated their intention to revise the rules regarding controlled movement as well as unsticks and avoidance of engagement for future seasons.[14] This was confirmed by Greg Munson, who stated that "controlled movement" as a concept would no longer be enforced, and a count-out would only occur if a robot was totally immobile. This rule was first trialed at the 2022 re:MARS all:STARS event, and was well-received by teams.

"We don't care if you're crab-walking, we don't care if you're using your weapon to gyro yourself to different parts of the arena. That's not a knockout anymore... It's basically a duel to the death now."
— Greg Munson on the Behind the Bots podcast

Post-Match Functionality[]

In addition to this, post-match functionality checks were now an option for teams who wished to prove to the judges that they could still function as intended ahead of a judges' decision. These were only done if deemed safe, and demonstrations were to last no more than ten seconds before the robots were removed from the BattleBox. This addition to the rules was added to clear up ambiguity over whether a primary weapon had been disabled during the course of the fight, or simply powered down to preserve it or for any other tactical reason. Similarly, big hits late in a fight could sometimes make it unclear how damaged the recipient's drive was in the closing seconds, so the post-match functionality option allows teams to prove or debunk this ahead of a decision.

Cobalt whiplash double ko

Whiplash becomes stuck in the Upper Deck during its tournament fight against Cobalt in the previous season.

Engagement and Unsticks[]

HyperShock SawBlaze Double KO WCVII

HyperShock and SawBlaze's opening battle ends in a double KO.

Referees now also held the right to warn teams who refuse to engage during battles with the possibility of fights being called and ending as a double knockout, instead going to the judges. This first happened in Episode 9 when a double knockout was declared during the fight between Malice and Valkyrie as both bots were unable to engage due to mobility issues. Unsticks are only to occur if two or more robots are stuck to each other, as opposed to any part of the BattleBox. This rule was brought into play twice during the second episode; SawBlaze and HyperShock became stuck together in the opening battle and could not be separated, so the fight went to the judges. Valkyrie and Mammoth also became stuck, but were separated and the episode was edited to mask this off-screen effort. The successful unstick between HUGE and Blip, by contrast, was not edited out.

Hydra tantrum

Hydra sitting and allowing Tantrum to drive over its front during the 2021 season.

Judges' Decisions and Appeals[]

The 11-point judging system (5 points for Damage, 3 points for Aggression and 3 points for Control) as well as the Matrix system introduced in 2021 remained. In response to controversial fights such as the World Championship VI semi-final match between Hydra and Tantrum, clarification was provided to ensure less ambiguity over what constituted a showing of aggression. The 2022 Judges Guide states "actively moving around searching for an attack angle is considered more aggressive" than remaining largely stationary while keeping your weapon pointed towards the opponent.

Appeals WCVII

The appeal process explained during Episode 5 of World Championship VII.

As of this competition, teams now hold the right to dispute a judges' decision if they feel they have been wronged, as per the BattleBots judging criteria. It is the duty of the Match Steward to liaise with the teams, and then to present the dispute to the judges, who have the right to accept or deny the appeal. If a team loses their appeal, they cannot issue another for the remainder of the tournament. If successful, however, the team are allowed to appeal again. The rule first came into play in Episode 9 when Malice captain Bunny Liaw successfully used her appeal to win the judge's decision against Valkyrie after the judges initially declared Valkyrie the winner.

Sawblaze mad catter 1

LiPo smoke from Gassy Cat filled the BattleBox during the previous season's battle between MadCatter and SawBlaze.

Minibots[]

One notable rule change concerning robot design saw minibots weighing up to 20lbs no longer being allowed to use lithium polymer batteries, largely due to the tendency for LiPo fires when minibots had been hit by the primary weapon of its considerably larger opponent. This led to some minibots being retired, including Big Dill's Spicy Meatball.

Maximum Voltage[]

Another change made for safety reasons concerned the maximum voltage robots could dedicate to their weapon and drive systems. This notably affected former Top 16 and Top 8 finishers Uppercut and Ribbot, whose weapons ran above this cap in previous seasons. Therefore, a custom, low voltage alternative was produced for Uppercut's successor, RIPperoni.

"The voltage used for the weapon and motion systems cannot be more than a nominal 60 volts. The maximum voltage allowed for any low-power auxiliary systems anywhere else in the bot is 240 volts. However, if your bot uses any voltages higher than 60 volts, you will have to convince us that you know what you are doing, and we reserve the right to reject your bot's design for failure to meet our safety requirements."
— BattleBots Design Rules 2022

Changes to the BattleBox[]

Battlebox 2022

The newly-painted BattleBox for World Championship VII.

The BattleBox itself remained largely the same as in 2021, with the Upper Deck returning for its second season, albeit with minor aesthetic changes.

Lexan Walls for OOTA zones corner BattleBox 2022

The Lexan additions to the OOTA zones.

"The Upper Deck is a platform raised several inches off the floor of the Arena... The two other sides of the platform are short barrier step-ups to the platform level."
— Updated information regarding the Upper Deck, highlighted in blue as a change from the 2021 season

As seen in panned shots of the BattleBox, the exit areas on either side leading into the short corners were now painted red and blue. The out of the arena zones by the BattleBox doors were now guarded by Lexan doors, making out of the arena knockouts still possible, but now more difficult to achieve.[15]

Fight Night Schedules[]

Robot Fight Night Record Fight Night Opponents
Banshee
BB2022-banshee-bot
1-3
Switchback BB2022
Valkyrie BB2022
Emulcifier BB2022
BB2022-blip-bot
Beta
Beta BB2022
3-1
Kraken BB2022
Shatter! BB2022
BB2022-black-dragon-bot
BB2022-bloodsport-bot
Big Dill
BB2022-big-dill-bot
1-3
BB2022-hijinx-bot
Skorpios BB2022
MadCatter BB2022
Free Shipping BB2022
Black Dragon
BB2022-black-dragon-bot
2-2
Monsoon BB2022
Quantum BB2022
BB2022-Beta-bot
Riptide BB2022
Blip
BB2022-blip-bot
2-2
End Game BB2022
HUGE BB2022
BB2022-tantrum-bot
BB2022-banshee-bot
Bloodsport
BB2022-bloodsport-bot
2-2
Copperhead BB2022
Gigabyte BB2022
Rotator BB2022
BB2022-Beta-bot
Captain Shrederator
Captain Shred BB2022
1-3
Quantum BB2022
BB2022-hijinx-bot
Riptide BB2022
Jackpot BB2022
Claw Viper
BB2022-claw-viper-bot
3-1
Ominous BB2022
BB2022-ribbot-bot
Overhaul BB2022
HyperShock BB2022
Cobalt
BB2022-cobalt-bot
3-1
DeathRoll BB2022
Minotaur BB2022
Overhaul BB2022
BB2022-lucky-bot
Copperhead
Copperhead BB2022
3-1
BB2022-bloodsport-bot
BB2022-triton-bot
Kraken BB2022
RIPperoni BB2022
DeathRoll
DeathRoll BB2022
2-2
BB2022-cobalt-bot
Switchback BB2022
Mammoth BB2022
Monsoon BB2022
DOOM
DOOM BB2022
0-0
**
Doomba *
Doomba BB2022
0-2
BB2022-double-tap-bot
BB2022-dragon-king-bot
Double Tap *
BB2022-double-tap-bot
2-0
Doomba BB2022
Slammo! BB2022
Dragon King *
BB2022-dragon-king-bot
1-1
Doomba BB2022
Terrortops BB2022
Emulsifier
Emulcifier BB2022
1-3
Fusion BB2022
BB2022-malice-bot
BB2022-banshee-bot
Quantum BB2022
End Game
End Game BB2022
3-1
BB2022-blip-bot
RIPperoni BB2022
HyperShock BB2022
Gigabyte BB2022
Free Shipping
Free Shipping BB2022
1-3
Gigabyte BB2022
Minotaur BB2022
BB2022-hydra-bot
BB2022-big-dill-bot
Fusion
Fusion BB2022
1-3
Emulcifier BB2022
Witch Doctor BB2022
HUGE BB2022
Rotator BB2022
Gigabyte
Gigabyte BB2022
1-3
Free Shipping BB2022
BB2022-bloodsport-bot
Starchild BB2022
End Game BB2022
Glitch
Glitch BB2022
0-4
Riptide BB2022
Lock-Jaw BB2022
BB2022-triton-bot
Valkyrie BB2022
Gruff
Gruff BB2022
1-3
RIPperoni BB2022
Quantum BB2022
Witch Doctor BB2022
BB2022-malice-bot
HiJinx
BB2022-hijinx-bot
1-3
BB2022-big-dill-bot
Captain Shred BB2022
RIPperoni BB2022
Switchback BB2022
Horizon
Horizon BB2022
1-3
Shreddit Bro BB2022
Monsoon BB2022
Shatter! BB2022
BB2022-triton-bot
HUGE
HUGE BB2022
4-0
Shatter! BB2022
BB2022-blip-bot
Fusion BB2022
Starchild BB2022
Hydra
BB2022-hydra-bot
3-1
Rotator BB2022
BB2022-tantrum-bot
Free Shipping BB2022
SawBlaze BB2022
HyperShock
HyperShock BB2022
2-2
SawBlaze BB2022
Whiplash BB2022
End Game BB2022
BB2022-claw-viper-bot
JackPot
Jackpot BB2022
2-2
Skorpios BB2022
Rotator BB2022
BB2022-ribbot-bot
Captain Shred BB2022
Kraken
Kraken BB2022
0-4
BB2022-Beta-bot
BB2022-lucky-bot
Copperhead BB2022
Mammoth BB2022
Lock-Jaw
Lock-Jaw BB2022
3-1
BB2022-malice-bot
SawBlaze BB2022
Glitch BB2022
MadCatter BB2022
Lucky
BB2022-lucky-bot
3-1
BB2022-triton-bot
Kraken BB2022
Shreddit Bro BB2022
BB2022-cobalt-bot
MadCatter
MadCatter BB2022
2-2
Whiplash BB2022
Riptide BB2022
BB2022-big-dill-bot
Lock-Jaw BB2022
Malice
BB2022-malice-bot
3-1
Lock-Jaw BB2022
Emulcifier BB2022
Valkyrie BB2022
Gruff BB2022
Mammoth
Mammoth BB2022
2-2
Valkyrie BB2022
Starchild BB2022
DeathRoll BB2022
Kraken BB2022
Minotaur
Minotaur BB2022
4-0
BB2022-tantrum-bot
Free Shipping BB2022
BB2022-cobalt-bot
Witch Doctor BB2022
Monsoon
Monsoon BB2022
2-2
BB2022-black-dragon-bot
Horizon BB2022
Whiplash BB2022
DeathRoll BB2022
Ominous
Ominous BB2022
1-3
BB2022-claw-viper-bot
Shreddit Bro BB2022
Switchback BB2022
Shatter! BB2022
Overhaul
Overhaul BB2022
1-3
Starchild BB2022
BB2022-claw-viper-bot
BB2022-cobalt-bot
Shreddit Bro BB2022
Quantum
Quantum BB2022
4-0
Captain Shred BB2022
Gruff BB2022
BB2022-black-dragon-bot
Emulcifier BB2022
Ribbot
BB2022-ribbot-bot
1-3
Witch Doctor BB2022
BB2022-claw-viper-bot
Jackpot BB2022
Skorpios BB2022
RIPperoni
RIPperoni BB2022
3-1
Gruff BB2022
End Game BB2022
BB2022-hijinx-bot
Copperhead BB2022
Riptide
Riptide BB2022
4-0
Glitch BB2022
MadCatter BB2022
Captain Shred BB2022
BB2022-black-dragon-bot
ROTATOR
Rotator BB2022
2-2
BB2022-hydra-bot
Jackpot BB2022
BB2022-bloodsport-bot
Fusion BB2022
Rusty
Rusty Jr. BB2022
0-0
***
SawBlaze
SawBlaze BB2022
3-1
HyperShock BB2022
Lock-Jaw BB2022
Skorpios BB2022
BB2022-hydra-bot
Shatter!
Shatter! BB2022
1-3
HUGE BB2022
BB2022-Beta-bot
Horizon BB2022
Ominous BB2022
SHREDDIT BRO!
Shreddit Bro BB2022
2-2
Horizon BB2022
Ominous BB2022
BB2022-lucky-bot
Overhaul BB2022
Skorpios
Skorpios BB2022
2-2
Jackpot BB2022
BB2022-big-dill-bot
SawBlaze BB2022
BB2022-ribbot-bot
Slammo! *
Slammo! BB2022
0-2
Terrortops BB2022
BB2022-double-tap-bot
Starchild
Starchild BB2022
0-4
Overhaul BB2022
Mammoth BB2022
Gigabyte BB2022
HUGE BB2022
Switchback
Switchback BB2022
3-1
BB2022-banshee-bot
DeathRoll BB2022
Ominous BB2022
BB2022-hijinx-bot
Tantrum
BB2022-tantrum-bot
1-3
Minotaur BB2022
BB2022-hydra-bot
BB2022-blip-bot
Whiplash BB2022
Terrortops *
Terrortops BB2022
2-0
Slammo! BB2022
BB2022-dragon-king-bot
Triton
BB2022-triton-bot
2-2
BB2022-lucky-bot
Copperhead BB2022
Glitch BB2022
Horizon BB2022
Valkyrie
Valkyrie BB2022
2-2
Mammoth BB2022
BB2022-banshee-bot
BB2022-malice-bot
Glitch BB2022
Whiplash
Whiplash BB2022
2-2
MadCatter BB2022
HyperShock BB2022
Monsoon BB2022
BB2022-tantrum-bot
Witch Doctor
Witch Doctor BB2022
3-1
BB2022-ribbot-bot
Fusion BB2022
Gruff BB2022
Minotaur BB2022

* These robots were alternates for the competition, and as such, did not receive the full four Fight Night battles.

** DOOM was forced to relinquish its place as a full competitor. It was replaced by Big Dill, who adopted DOOM's intended Fight Night schedule.

*** Rusty was originally an alternate for the competition, but experienced issues and could not compete in the regular season.

BattleBots: Fight Night[]

Episode 1: ROBOTS, READY!!![]

"It's opening night of BattleBots VII. All your favorite killer machines and genius teams are back for the #1 tournament in robotic sport. The BattleBots World Championship qualifiers kick off with an epic fight card, including fancied contenders like Witch Doctor, Ribbot, Glitch, and Riptide. The climax is a Main Event for the ages, as the reigning champion Tantrum begins its title defense against Minotaur, the raging bull from Brazil. It's Robot Fighting Time!"
— Official description for Episode 1

Main article: World Championship VII/Episode 1

Ribbot vs. Witch Doctor
Quantum vs. Captain Shrederator
RIPperoni vs. Gruff
HUGE vs. Shatter!
Riptide vs. Glitch
Free Shipping vs. Gigabyte

Tantrum vs. Minotaur

Episode 2: WHAT THE FLIP?![]

"It's the second week of the Championship qualifiers, and the temperature is rising. Fan favorites like HyperShock, SawBlaze, MadCatter and Whiplash return to the BattleBox, plus there's the debut of some exciting hotshot rookies. And at the end of the night, a menacing main event features two title holders: Golden Bolt winner End Game, from New Zealand, takes on Blip, the flipper designed by Aren Hill, who created the current Giant Nut holder Tantrum. Standby for Chaos!"
— Official description for Episode 2

Main article: World Championship VII/Episode 2

SawBlaze vs. HyperShock
Emulsifier vs. Fusion
Valkyrie vs. Mammoth
Whiplash vs. MadCatter
Switchback vs. Banshee
Big Dill vs. HiJinx

End Game vs. Blip

Episode 3: Strike While the Bot's Hot[]

"It's the return of DeathRoll, the Aussie Assassin that punches its blood-soaked fist in victory every time it destroys an appointment. Tonight it faces a nautical monster with the biggest weapon in the field – the rookie Triton. Meanwhile Bot Legend Donald Hutson returns to try and resurrect Lock-Jaw's reputation after a disappointing display last season. The night culminates in a tumultuous Main Event as the world's most infamous flipper Hydra looks to flip the script on the master of destruction, ROTATOR."
— Official description for Episode 3

Main article: World Championship VII/Episode 3

Cobalt vs. DeathRoll
Claw Viper vs. Ominous
Bloodsport vs. Copperhead
Lock-Jaw vs. Malice
Triton vs. Lucky
JackPot vs. Skorpios

ROTATOR vs. Hydra

Episode 4: 0-2. Am I Through?[]

"The stakes are high as World Championship VII heads into its fourth week of the season. The last eight robots that have yet to fight will go head-to-head in glorious robot combat. While six other squads will look to improve on or continue their success in the BattleBox."
— Official description for Episode 4

Main article: World Championship VII/Episode 4

Black Dragon vs. Monsoon
Emulsifier vs. Malice
Overhaul vs. Starchild
Gruff vs. Quantum
Kraken vs. Beta
SHREDDIT BRO! vs. Horizon

Whiplash vs. HyperShock

Episode 5: Bad Blood Boiling?[]

"The second round of qualifying fights continues with a fight card jam packed with Giant Nut contenders. With dreams of the world championship tournament creeping into the minds of the combatants, the teams look to leave a lasting impression by unleashing their fury inside the BattleBox. This symphony of violence reaches a crescendo in a main event between two teams with serious beef, as these squads are ready to settle the score."
— Official description for Episode 5

Main article: World Championship VII/Episode 5

Free Shipping vs. Minotaur
Claw Viper vs. Ribbot
Lock-Jaw vs. SawBlaze
Blip vs. HUGE
Witch Doctor vs. Fusion
Doomba vs. Double Tap

MadCatter vs. Riptide

Episode 6: Robot Redemption[]

"It's just a few weeks into World Championship VII, and if you thought things were violent, standby for some even more ferocious matchups. Like the return of two former Most Destructive bots, ROTATOR and Valkyrie; fan-favorite Skorpios and Aussie bot DeathRoll, with its terrifying severed arm. The world's only Pizza Bot, RIPperoni, tries to slice through the former World Champion from New Zealand, End Game. But at the end of the night, there's a Main Event for the ages. In the most anticipated fight of the season so far, there's a rematch between current Giant Nut holders Tantrum, and the formidable flipper Hydra, whose last match was... controversial, to say the least. Get your spiciest popcorn ready!"
— Official description for Episode 6

Main article: World Championship VII/Episode 6

RIPperoni vs. End Game
Switchback vs. DeathRoll
Captain Shrederator vs. HiJinx
ROTATOR vs. JackPot
Big Dill vs. Skorpios
Banshee vs. Valkyrie

Hydra vs. Tantrum

Episode 7: Violent Night[]

"In Vegas, where dreams are made… and broken, the stakes are climbing for 14 more teams as Week 7 of World Championship VII rolls on. Expect a heaping helping of destruction as Cobalt and Minotaur collide in a Main Event so violent, it should be rated "R"."
— Official description for Episode 7

Main article: World Championship VII/Episode 7

Bloodsport vs. Gigabyte
Claw Viper vs. Overhaul
Horizon vs. Monsoon
Starchild vs. Mammoth
Triton vs. Copperhead
Lucky vs. Kraken

Minotaur vs. Cobalt

Episode 8: Mirror, Mirror[]

"With the tournament approaching, some of the biggest names in the sport will be jockeying for top seeds in tonight's fight card. And in the main event it's the ultimate sibling rivalry when Blip steps into the BattleBox to face its sister team and defending World Champions Tantrum."
— Official description for Episode 8

Main article: World Championship VII/Episode 8

Free Shipping vs. Hydra
Fusion vs. HUGE
Lock-Jaw vs. Glitch
Beta vs. Shatter!
Quantum vs. Black Dragon
Slammo! vs. Terrortops

Tantrum vs. Blip

Episode 9: You Want a Pizza Me?[]

"It's the third qualifying fight for these teams. Some must dig themselves out of a hole, while others try to separate from the pack. It's nonstop action, and builds to a kill or be killed main event between a pair of superstars, End Game and HyperShock."
— Official description for Episode 9

Main article: World Championship VII/Episode 9

Gruff vs. Witch Doctor
Malice vs. Valkyrie
MadCatter vs. Big Dill
Ribbot vs. JackPot
Skorpios vs. SawBlaze
RIPperoni vs. HiJinx

End Game vs. HyperShock

Episode 10: Mid-Season Mayhem[]

"World Championship VII has reached Week 10, and the pressure is on! We're about two-thirds of the way through the qualifiers, and with the Round of 32 just a few weeks away, time is running out for teams to make lasting impressions and prove they're tournament-material. Tonight will be no different, as we've got an eclectic mix of hard-hitting favorites."
— Official description for Episode 10

Main article: World Championship VII/Episode 10

Riptide vs. Captain Shrederator
Mammoth vs. DeathRoll
Banshee vs. Emulsifier
Copperhead vs. Kraken
Horizon vs. Shatter!
Ominous vs. SHREDDIT BRO!

Whiplash vs. Monsoon

Episode 11: Never Say Die[]

"Buckle up for a bumpy ride. For some of tonight's teams, it's Do or Die – they must either win the battle or go home. And there's a Main Event so violent, sparks will be bouncing off the BattleBox, as one robot dies and the other fries. But will victory go to Bloodsport or ROTATOR?"
— Official description for Episode 11

Main article: World Championship VII/Episode 11

Black Dragon vs. Beta
Cobalt vs. Overhaul
Switchback vs. Ominous
Triton vs. Glitch
Gigabyte vs. Starchild
Captain Shrederator vs. JackPot

Bloodsport vs. ROTATOR

Episode 12: Jaws and Claws[]

"With the World Championship VII tournament just around the corner, the race for the Giant Nut kicks into top gear. Tonight's fight card features some of the biggest names in the sport jockeying for tournament seedings in their final fight of the qualifying rounds. And in what could be a preview of this year's Championship Final, in the Main Event, for the first time ever SawBlaze will face the formidable flipping power of Hydra."
— Official description for Episode 12

Main article: World Championship VII/Episode 12

Lock-Jaw vs. MadCatter
Gruff vs. Malice
Doomba vs. Dragon King
Claw Viper vs. HyperShock
Free Shipping vs. Big Dill
SHREDDIT BRO! vs. Lucky

Hydra vs. SawBlaze

Episode 13: Pizza Party[]

"With dreams of World Championship glory only a few weeks away, anxious, desperate, and dangerous robots are barreling into the arena and putting everything on the line. Tonight, more teams will wrap up their qualifying season with their fourth and final fight. While some seek a coveted top seed in the tournament, others just want to avoid a humiliating defeat. As the roller coaster ride to the Giant Nut nears its apex, it's the last chance to hop on board for the ultimate robot ride."
— Official description for Episode 13

Main article: World Championship VII/Episode 13

Emulsifier vs. Quantum
Gigabyte vs. End Game
SHREDDIT BRO! vs. Overhaul
ROTATOR vs. Fusion
Skorpios vs. Ribbot
Dragon King vs. Terrortops

Copperhead vs. RIPperoni

Episode 14: The Unbeatables[]

"Black Dragon has never been knocked out; Riptide has destroyed every opponent in seconds. Tonight these two formidable foes face each other in the ultimate match up."
— Official description for Episode 14

Main article: World Championship VII/Episode 14

Starchild vs. HUGE
Ominous vs. Shatter!
Triton vs. Horizon
Bloodsport vs. Beta
Mammoth vs. Kraken
Valkyrie vs. Glitch

Black Dragon vs. Riptide

Episode 15: The Big Reveal[]

"Tonight the Round of 32 Bracket will be revealed for World Championship VII. And in perhaps the most anticipated rematch in BattleBots history, Minotaur faces off against Witch Doctor."
— Official description for Episode 15

Main article: World Championship VII/Episode 15

Lucky vs. Cobalt
Blip vs. Banshee
Monsoon vs. DeathRoll
Tantrum vs. Whiplash
HiJinx vs. Switchback
Slammo! vs. Double Tap

Minotaur vs. Witch Doctor

Top 32[]

Episode 16: World Championship VII - Round of 32[]

"It's Robot Elimination Time, as the Tournament begins with some of the most ferocious bots in the world squaring off in the BattleBox."
— Official description for Episode 16

Main article: World Championship VII/Episode 16

Round of 32
(30) JackPot vs. Witch Doctor (3)
(18) HyperShock vs. Lucky (15)
(19) Bloodsport vs. Lock-Jaw (14)
(31) Shatter! vs. Riptide (2)
(22) MadCatter vs. Claw Viper (11)
(27) Skorpios vs. HUGE (6)
(23) ROTATOR vs. Copperhead (10)
(26) Tantrum vs. End Game (7)

Episode 17: 8 MORE TO FALL[]

"The World Championship Tournament continues with the left side of the bracket. Eight more teams must fall before the final 16 robots are set, and tensions are reaching their boiling point inside the arena. As the squads look to carve out their paths to the Giant Nut, the action inside the BattleBox is more perilous than ever. The most elite field ever assembled has been shrunk down to the best of the best. No bot is safe from a potential upset, and one of these squads might be kickstarting the run of a lifetime and become the next BattleBots champion."
— Official description for Episode 17

Main article: World Championship VII/Episode 17

Round of 32
(21) Black Dragon vs. RIPperoni (12)
(24) Monsoon vs. Cobalt (9)
(32) Fusion vs. Minotaur (1)
(29) DeathRoll vs. Hydra (4)
(28) Ribbot vs. Quantum (5)
(17) Malice vs. Switchback (16)
(20) Whiplash vs. Beta (13)
(25) Blip vs. SawBlaze (8)

Top 16[]

Episode 18: World Championship VII – Round of 16[]

"Tonight is the Round of 16, and there is no holding back! These lone-surviving bots will clash in hopes of breaking into the quarter-finals. Tonight's action will be bigger, louder, and deadlier than anything we've ever seen. Will the perennial favorites mow through the competition, or will we witness an all-time upset? Nothing is safe here in the post-season, and these teams know it. Some of them have made it this far before, others are here for the first time, but they all have the same goal in mind: to hoist the Giant Nut. Who's it gonna be?"
— Official description for Episode 18

Main article: World Championship VII/Episode 18

Round of 16
(28) Ribbot vs. Black Dragon (21)
(14) Lock-Jaw vs. Witch Doctor (3)
(17) Malice vs. Minotaur (1)
(10) Copperhead vs. End Game (7)
(24) Monsoon vs. SawBlaze (8)
(20) Whiplash vs. Hydra (4)
(22) MadCatter vs. HUGE (6)
(18) HyperShock vs. Riptide (2)

Top 8[]

Episode 19: The World Championship VII Finals[]

"The World Championship VII Finals have arrived! Tonight, the most thrilling tournament in the sport's history reaches its epic conclusion. Eight of the baddest bots in the world leave no screw unturned in their quest for BattleBots immortality. A grueling gauntlet awaits, but at the end of it all, one team will be crowned BattleBots World Champion and hoist the most coveted trophy in all of robot combat, the Giant Nut! And stay tuned after the action for post show: Road to the Giant Nut, where Chris and Kenny will chat with the new champion."
— Official description for Episode 19

Main article: World Championship VII/Episode 19

Championship Quarter-Finals
(8) SawBlaze vs. Minotaur (1)
(6) HUGE vs. Witch Doctor (3)
(28) Ribbot vs. Hydra (4)
(10) Copperhead vs. Riptide (2)
Championship Semi-Finals
(28) Ribbot vs. SawBlaze (8)
(10) Copperhead vs. HUGE (6)
Championship Final

(6) HUGE vs. SawBlaze (8)

Vengeance in Vegas II[]

Vengeance in Vegas II Thumbnail promo

The promotional thumbnail for Vengeance in Vegas II.

On August 14 2023, BattleBots began posting exhibition fights to Facebook Supporters under the title Vengeance in Vegas II In total, there are twelve exhibition battles - an increase from ten in the previous season. Ten of the twelve fights were publicly confirmed on the BattleBots website on November 10, 2023, ahead of their public release on November 25.[16] Two, known to be DOOM vs. Samurai and Banshee vs. Horizon, have been omitted for unknown reasons.

Rusty vs. Hydra
Mammoth vs. Terrortops
Gruff vs. Slammo!
DeathRoll vs. ROTATOR
Double Tap vs. Quantum
Lucky vs. Beta
Kraken vs. Skorpios
Overhaul vs. Doomba
Malice vs. Captain Shrederator
Big Dill vs. Bloodsport

See Also[]

Trivia[]

  • World Championship VII was the first competition to have been announced more than a season in advance, as it was confirmed alongside World Championship VI.
  • BattleBots: Champions I was erroneously referred to as 'Season 7' on multiple platforms, including YouTube and Amazon.
    • In line with this, World Championship VII was referred to as 'Season 8'.
  • World Championship VII marked the first BattleBots competition Tombstone would not participate in since the show's revival in 2015.
  • World Championship VII was the first BattleBots competition since World Championship I to not feature multibot competitors.
  • Gruff vs. RIPperoni was teased on December 26, 2022, making it the first publicly-confirmed fight of the season.[17]
  • World Championship VII was the first season since the introduction of the Fight Night format in World Championship III where every robot's full Fight Night schedule is revealed ahead of a BattleBots season premiere.
  • World Championship VII was the fifth season in a row to air on the same network, tying the number of seasons aired during the Comedy Central era of the show.
  • World Championship VII was the first season since World Championship III where SawBlaze didn't fight in the opening battle of a season.
    • SawBlaze did, however, fight in the opening battle of the second episode.
  • World Championship VII marked the first time thermal cameras were used during a BattleBots fight, first seen in the fight between Emulsifier and Fusion in Episode 2.
  • World Championship VII was also the first time that current BattleBots competitors served as guest commentators alongside Chris and Kenny, first seen in Episode 2 when SawBlaze captain Jamison Go previewed Whiplash vs. MadCatter.
  • World Championship VII was the first season where all of the competing teams are polled on who they think will win fights. The first instance of this came in Episode 1 when teams were asked to predict the outcome of Riptide vs. Glitch.
  • World Championship VII was the first season to feature a fight where both bots were from the same team.
  • The fight card of Episode 6 was the first to be officially sponsored.
  • World Championship VII was the first season to have banners featuring past heavyweight Giant Nut winners across both the classic and reboot eras of BattleBots.
    • There was also a banner honoring La Machine and its US Robot Wars championship win.
  • This is the first season where Mammoth lost their first fight and the first one where they won their second.
  • World Championship VII marked the first time that JackPot and Glitch lost battles during Fight Night.
  • World Championship VII marked the first time that Copperhead and HUGE made it to the quarter-finals.
    • It also marked the first time that HUGE, MadCatter and Malice made it past the first fight of a championship bracket.
  • World Championship VII was the first season since World Championship I where the top four seeds all progressed to the quarter-finals.
    • It was also the first time that all top four seeds were eliminated at the quarter-finals stage.
    • The title decider was also the first to go to a judges' decision since World Championship I.
  • World Championship VII marked the first season since World Championship II where the Giant Nut was not won by a four-wheel drive robot armed with a vertical spinner.

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