The contender faced a Gladiator in a two-man tug of war, conducted on tilting platforms. The contender started with their platform tilted back, while the Gladiator had to start tilted forward.

If the contender could pull the Gladiator off (or pull the rope out of the Gladiator's hands) in 30 seconds, they earned 10 points. Five points could be earned if the contender pulled more rope, with a flag, to their side when time expired.