- June 20, 2018 at 10:49 am #57927
Chris von GutschiParticipant
What an honor to create the first ever post in this forum! I’ve followed the show since it first aired in late 2009, had my fair share of favorites over the years and find it arguably more interesting now than ever before – due to the potential finishers each season. Before you knew that none would make it, but now there are 5-10 that have realistic chances.
Anyway, my first topic will be about a very interesting interview I listened to here the other day with Isaac Caldiero who was invited to the American Ninja Warrior Podcast hosted by Matt and Akbar. He talked about, among other things, the Wolfpack and his break-up with them.
Here are a few of his remarks:
– Wolfpack thought that through Isaac’s success they’d all get famous. And when that didn’t happen they got angry at him.
– Wolfpack took it all too seriously. Isaac didn’t share their vision and plans and got turned off by it.
– Wolfpack started rumors on their podcast about him which just made him more confident that he didn’t want anything to do with them.
– One of the rumors was that the money would be shared, which Isaac said was not the case, but rather that Brian suggested that the winner among them would share 10 000$ to each member. This wasn’t a legit deal though according to Isaac, rather just something Brian had come up with because he felt intimidated that Isaac and/or Ian would have better chances at stage 4.
It’d be interesting to hear from Noah or Ian, or hey – even Brian about Isaac’s interview and what he said in regards to the Wolfpack. Obviously, it’s hard to say anything from an outside perspective, all I know is that I really liked the Wolfpack and how close you guys seemed to be. It’d also be cool to hear what you think about Isaac’s return to the show? Is there still hostility/bitterness among you, or will you be able to patch things up now when you’re meeting each other at ANW?
June 22, 2018 at 6:17 pm #58067
- This topic was modified 2 years, 3 months ago by Chris von Gutschi.
I don’t think there is a ‘VS’ anyone. It’s just people going through life. Nothing ever stays the same. I personally know the Wolfpack cares about helping make our country healthier by making fitness fun. Their events speak for themselves and everyone involved loves them, especially the kids! Climb high.June 26, 2018 at 5:53 pm #58136
Dr. Noah KaufmanParticipant
Yeah… Wow… I just personally feel bad that my old friend Isaac said that he was “depressed” after winning American Ninja Warrior for the last few years.
For sure Wolfpack Ninjas is trying to great things to make kids healthier, and I think Isaac leaving the Wolfpack was a natural evolution since he was more focused on personal goals and brand development.
We never knew that Isaac felt that Wolfpack was “taken too seriously”, and he always seemed to be super psyched by the concept and the team approach and we all did hangout train together much more than he downplayed on the podcast. He lived at my house and Brian’s house for months that year training before the show and it was definitely a team effort that helped propel him up that tower.
The deal we all had was discussed many times by my recollection, and since I fell in qualifiers that year, I was not involved in the “split” as per what we all discussed as a team. I know and love Brian, Isaac and Ian and Meagan like kin, and when Isaac decided not to pay Ian and Brian, I was surprised and a bit disappointed since although not involved, I felt there was a “deal” of sorts there. I still love Isaac like family. As a physician, money doesn’t interest me much, tbh. I am more interested in friendship, loyalty and creating true value in the world to make changes that spread health and happiness. This is my new obstacle now that I have retired from American Ninja Warrior.
Isaac went through a lot when he won, and when he spoke to Matt and Akbar on the podcast, he made it sound like he was the same but everyone else had changed.
I don’t think that’s true and as he said, “winning made [him] depressed”. If that isn’t a big change in a personality, I don’t know what is.
Turning the Wolfpack brand into a business that can support Ninjas as professionals (financially, unlike the show) and accomplish our mission to “make the world healthier one kid at a time, takes a LOT of hard work.
Isaac didn’t see the personal value in being a part of that story or mission and wanted to focus on his own brand and fame. I think that is totally ok and miss talking with him and hanging out with him since he is truly one of the coolest guys I know.
There is so much more to the story, but I think that winning American Ninja Warrior was probably one of the worst things that ever happened to Isaac Caldiero.
Just my 2 cents,
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