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Warning! The following contains spoilers for The Titan Games' episode that first aired Monday, June 29. Read at your own risk!

After his second straight Titan defense, Noah Palicia is looking to be one of the people to watch out for on The Titan Games. The Air Force veteran has brought his A-game in all outings thus far, though what is seen on television only tells part of the story.

Noah Palicia spoke to MEAWW about his time on The Titan Games (which filmed before COVID-19), and was asked about the biggest lesson he learned from the show. Turns out Palicia didn't pass along any tips or workout tricks he learned from Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, but rather the surprise he learned from being on the set of the series.

The biggest lesson learned from this show is that the product that reaches television is vastly different than the actual filming itself.

As is the case with so many other shows on television, what is shown on screen is not the whole story of what happens during an actual filming. American Idol contestants apparently go through a whole slew of auditions to get in front of the celebrity judges, House Hunters has been known to film episodes where participants already selected a home (via Distractify), and apparently, The Titan Games is more than what is shown on screen.

Noah Palicia may have given an idea of what he was talking about when he discussed what was going through his head during his in-game showdown against his brother Eric Palicia. The battle looked fierce between the two on television, but apparently, it only told part of the story.

Well, in reality, the battle between my brother and me went on for about 13 grueling minutes! We were hanging from that obstacle until complete exhaustion. Because you cannot see each other and can only make a strategic move based on feel, it was a game of listening to the audience to find the right time to strike.

13 minutes does sound grueling, but that wasn't what The Titan Games' viewers saw. The battle that aired was condensed to a little over a 4 minute showdown, which still looked plenty intense regardless. The bottom line is the show has to be contained within an hour with commercials, and with all due respect, watching two men pull a golden rod back and forth can only get so interesting.

Still, I can see how much more grueling that challenge can be for someone in person after seeing it on The Titan Games. These athletes may break or gas themselves far too early going too hard, or become discouraged because the event is going much longer than what they saw in other episodes. Noah Palicia may have done future competitors a favor letting them know the show is more than it looks on television, so they better be prepared.

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