Golf nerd Charlie Robbins, 20, was crowned the winner of Ninja Warrior on Monday night, pocketing the $100,000 cash prize for being the fastest around the course.
While Charlie didn’t manage to conquer the course’s treacherous Mount Midoriyama obstacle, he won by default as he was the fastest of all four finalists during the grand finale showdown.
If a contestant managed to complete the entire course they would have won $300,000, but unfortunately all four contestants failed to make it past the floating doors component.
Winner by default: Golf nerd Charlie Robbins won Australian Ninja Warrior on Monday night – but the show faced a fan backlash after none of the contestants beat the final challenge Mount Midoriyama
Since Charlie managed to reach the floating doors component first, he was crowned the winner.
Meanwhile, Channel Nine is facing fan backlash from frustrated viewers for crowning a winner when none of the finalists actually completed the entire course.
‘What a waste of time,’ one disgruntled viewer shared on Twitter as the show came to an end.
One viewer directed his tweet at host Ben Fordham, writing: ‘Please defend your ‘There will be a winner’ slogan.’
Another shared their frustration over no Australian ever conquering Mount Midoriyama in the show’s history.
‘Another year and no mountain climb, we’re never seeing that thing attempted,’ they wrote.
So close, yet so far: However, Channel Nine is facing fan backlash after none of the finalists conquered the final challenge – Mount Midoriyama. Charlie [pictured], 20, crashed at the floating doors component, meaning he was unable to progress to Mount Midoriyama
‘What a waste of time!’ Viewers of the show took to Twitter after the grand finale to voice their frustration over none of the contestants being able to complete the entire course
Outrage: ‘What a waste of time,’ one disgruntled viewer shared online, after Channel Nine promised there would be a winner in the trailers
Not impressed: One viewer directed his tweet at host Ben Fordham, writing: ‘Please defend your ‘There will be a winner’ slogan’
Yet to be conquered: Another shared their frustration over no Australian ever conquering Mount Midoriyama in the show’s history
Just a matter of time? However it wasn’t all negative, with one viewer suggesting we should be patient
The show’s previous two seasons similarly also received criticism from viewers after airing similarly anti-climactic finishes.
However it wasn’t all negative, with one viewer suggesting we should be patient.
‘A lot of people here need patience, seriously. It took years for people to beat everything in Japan and the US versions, it doesn’t happen immediately,’ they wrote.
During Monday night’s episode, finalists Josh O’Sullivan, Daniel Mason, Charlie and Bryson Klein all crashed at the floating doors, meaning they were unable to conquer the show’s greatest challenge – Mount Midoriyama.
Fell short: Bryson Klein [left], 21, and Josh O’Sullivan [right], 26, also failed to make it past the floating doors component
Only six people in the franchise’s history have made it to the top of Mount Midoriyama.
With the Mount Midoriyama challenge providing a $300,000 cash prize, one of the four Australian finalists had to settle for $100,000.
Hosts Ben Fordham and Rebecca Maddern announced Charlie as the ‘winner’ after reaching the floating doors the fastest.
Charlie said that in his ‘wildest dreams’ he never expected to come out on top.
‘This isn’t real. I feel like I’ll wake up and it’s all just gonna… I’m going to be sitting in bed.’
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Channel Nine for comment.
Not fast enough: Daniel Mason [pictured], 25, also crashed out at the same component, but wasn’t fast enough to be crowned the ‘winner’