Gladiators Legend Wolf Voices His Opinion
The iconic Gladiators star Wolf has taken a swipe at the new BBC reboot, claiming that the new star Viper is nothing more than a "carbon copy" of himself. Wolf, whose real name is Michael Van Wijk, rose to fame in the early 90s on ITV's Gladiators and was known for his bad boy persona and impressive physical abilities.
Competition in Today's Digital World
Speaking to Radio Times, Wolf expressed his thoughts on the new Gladiators reboot. He acknowledged that the show faces more competition now with the rise of streaming and social media platforms. Wolf reminisced about the show's peak, where it pulled in a staggering 13 million viewers. He believes that matching those numbers will be a challenge for the new Gladiators.
Still Fit and Ready for Action
Despite being 70 years old, Wolf still maintains an impressive level of fitness. He works out five days a week, lifting weights alongside men half his age. In an exclusive interview with The Celeb Report, he revealed that he is in even better shape now than when he was on Gladiators. Wolf enjoys sprinting and lifting heavy weights, proving that age is just a number.
A Life of Happiness in New Zealand
After emigrating to New Zealand with his family 18 years ago, Wolf has created a comfortable life for himself. He resides in a holiday home known as a bach, which is just a two-minute walk from the beach. He describes the area as beautiful, with palm trees and stunning views of the water. Wolf spends his weekends there, enjoying the peacefulness and natural surroundings.
From Poverty to Success
Wolf's journey to success has been remarkable. He worked his way out of poverty and became a successful business owner and TV star. He sold his gyms in the UK to fund his move to New Zealand, where he opened two more. Although he admits he is not rich, he cherishes the comfortable life he has built for himself and his family.
Overall, Wolf's criticism of the new Gladiators reboot and his claim that Viper is a "carbon copy" of him has sparked interest among fans of the original show. It remains to be seen how the new Gladiators will fare in today's competitive digital world.
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