Watch Syfy's new show Robot Combat League online before it hits TV

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Feb 19, 2013, 5:09 PM EST

Syfy's new series Robot Combat League wasn't supposed to premiere until next Tuesday, but as we always say, it's never too early for fightin' robots.

So to sate all our appetities for spark-throwing, metal-crunching robot action, Syfy has released the first episode of the competition series one week early, and you can go watch it right now. If you haven't heard of the show before, the title sorta says it all, but as you'll see from Syfy's official description, there's a little more to it than just robots hitting other robots.

Each week Robot Combat League, hosted by Chris Jericho, the wildly popular WWE superstar, features tournament-style battles between eight-foot tall humanoid robots controlled by a human fighter (“robo-jockey”) and an engineer (“robo-tech”). The robots were designed and created by robotics expert, Mark Setrakian (Hellboy, Men in Black), a leader in the sport of robotic combat.

In the premiere episode of Robot Combat League, the contestants are paired into 12 teams, comprised of a robo-jockey and a robo-tech. Each team is then introduced to its own unique robot, which they will control using a high-tech exo-suit that translates their exact movements to their robot. The contestants take control of the robots for the first time in a timed challenge to earn their rankings for the fight tournament. The top-ranked team and the bottom-ranked team then fight for their life in three rounds of non-stop mechanical carnage.

The first episode, "Rise of the Machines," is available on,, XBox 360, Roku and VOD. Some platforms might not be completely operational just yet, but our pals at Syfy assure us that everything will be up and running very soon. In the meantime, why not watch it right here?

Robot Combat League premieres Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 10 p.m. EST on Syfy.

(Via Syfy)