Gary Roberts of ARM TV posted on NEAMB a link to the free video with the interview of Mark Zalepa been asked about the reason of Canadian Pullers's absence at this year's Arnold Classic. Ohio, US is only few hours drive from the southeast of Canada. Why they didn't come then for so important sport event as Arnold Classic is ?
Two days after Gary commented his post: "no comments on this free video? what? do we have any armwrestlers up in here? that is why this sport is dyin! ouch. no love or passion in anyone unless it is anger. WTF is going on.
Do I miss anything when I step away to work my other job? I guess not. "
LOTS of PASSION and LOVE here. Don't know WTF he's talking about.
And honestly, I don't care at all about that tournament. I've been there and was not impressed at all at the rushed format, weak reffing, being treated as nobody (because really it's the bb, strongmen, fitness people who get all the prestige).
Why would I go to that tournament? Really, we have a better one here in Toronto. More time, supermatches, better tournament format etc. Arnolds isn't as important to everyone as you think it is."
Then Giles Russell comment also saing: "I'm pretty sure I heard a dog fart during one of the best matches. How? There was virtually no one there watching except the pullers. Why? It's boring to watch. We could speed it up a bunch more and make it way more watchable if it was 100% set grip and straps right out of the gate. Also, way too many bs fouls called. All the grab- assing for a grip only to result in a finger pull and/or a slip (both are horrible to watch) or a ref that is way too eager to stop a match with an invisible foul or a questionable pin. Those things make it hard to watch.".
This is why the sport we love did not get a real attention of media being over 30 years on the map as a WAF World Federation. This is why Petaluma was so popular in the prime and had a 16 years deal with ABC TV becouse the rules was simple, pullers could expressed the strength, startegy that was a real combat sport with pure fight of two armwrestlers.
Now a referee is often more important the armwrestlers, using the rusty rules of the World Federation makes the fights so boring that event these who love this sport can not watch it.
Why ARM WARS has a deal with Eurosport.... I tell you why, BECOUSE ARM WARS RULES LET PULLERS FIGHT NOT PLAY... BECOUSE ARM WARS RULES DON'T KILLS THE SPORT ONLY PROMOTE HIM, MAKE MORE POPULAR AND INTRESTING TO WATCH. THIS IS WHY EUROSPORT WHATS MORE END MORE EVENTS.
ROBERT DRENK, A NEW BLOOD IN ARMWRESTLING (THANKS GOD FOR THAT ... IT MEANS THAT HE IS NOT PERMEATED OF ACTIVISTS) TOGETHER WITH BILL COLINS'S EXPERIENCE WILL ALSO TAKE ARMWRESTLING TO THE NEXT LEVEL. UAL HAS SIGN A CONTRACT WITH FOX TV, THIS SAME TV CHANNEL WHAT UFC IS. WHAT DOES IT MEANS FOR ARMWRESTLERS... LESS OR MORE A POPULARITY WHICH MEANS THAT WILL BE EASYER FOR THEM TO FIND A SPONSORS, MORE OFTEN INTERVIEWES WILL COME OUT IN TV OR NEWS PAPERS ETC... AND ALSO UAL USE HIS OWN RULES WHICH LET PULLERS FIGHT...
GIVE THE US ARNOLD CLASSIC TO UAL OR ARM WARS... THEY WILL SHOW PEOPLE THIS WHAT IS THE BEST IN THIS SPORT.
DEAR ACTIVIST WAKE UP... IF YOU DON'T WANT TO SEE A TWILINGHT OF TOURNAMENT FORMAT IN ARMWRESTLING. BETTER DO SOMETHING BECOUSE ONE DAY YOU WILL BE A WITNESSES HOW AT THE OPENING CEREMONY ANNONCER SAYS TO THE EMPTY GRANDSTANDWE: "WE ARE ALMOST 40 YEARS IN THIS SPORT, AND WE ARE THE ONLY ONE WORLD FEDERATION..."
/ Tomasz Wisniowski