[The television show “Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge” is set on his remote ranch in Southern California.]
Tomell: Describe one of the matches and how it all was filmed?
Graupner: There were 40 or 50 cameras and drones all over the place shooting from every angle – 3-2-1 go. You and a girl head to head in a sand pit. They want you to go all out.
Tomell: What were other challenges you performed?
Graupner: Jump into a canal, carry sandbags. It's so encompassing. There's some physical contact – no punching or kicking, but some wrestling. I was a wrestler in eighth grade at Haines [Middle School]. I got to use some of those skills.
Tomell: What type of vetting took place to land a spot on the show?
Graupner: They take you immediately to medical for about six hours [after you first land] in L.A. They do a ton of interviews – what can you do, why do you think you can win this? You do some interviews with Steve Austin. I [did] different types of back flips for them.
Tomell: Competitors weren't permitted to speak with one another?
Graupner: They want you to have this intensity toward these other women. [That's ] definitely Hollywood, [and you] play the part. CrossFit and Functional Fitness are about community and getting to know everybody and being encouraging. As soon as [we] were all done, we were the best of friends.
Tomell: What will viewers experience?
Graupner: I hope they enjoy how intense it is. It's pretty entertaining to watch. It was so different coming from St. Charles, which is so far removed from the Hollywood scene – a little bit mind-blowing.