There was little doubt that Travis Pastrana would successfully recreate three of Evel Knievel's most famous jumps all in one evening (despite History Channel's marketing for the Evel Live event), but there is always the chance that it could go wrong. A crowd of 25,000 spectators gathered at two locations in Las Vegas to witness the feats firsthand, while millions watched globally on History. Most were there to witness the Nitro Circus ringleader soar over 52 crushed cars, 16 buses, and the infamous fountains at Caesars Palace in three well-planned jumps. Some wrung their hands, secretly waiting for a rag-doll crash like those that befell Knievel so many times, crushing his bones and motorcycles into twisted wrecks. Pastrana sailed through the air three times to cheers and gasps from the crowd, nailing the landing to thunderous applause—even from those hoping for disaster.