12 Oct 2017

The UAL, back with a purpose... read on Puller Magazine

Puller Magazine, is a new armwrestling website run by Giordano Cruz. I invite you to visit PullerMag, and here is the first article with interview, with Bill Collins talking UAL Back.

"While we were riding the high of being on television, collecting huge prize money and hammers, and telling all our friends and family members to look out because Armwrestling is on ESPN now and is soon going to be huge, one of our most beloved leagues to ever exist in the world of American Armwrestling called it quits. How could this be? A company that was nationally the biggest name in Armwrestling competition was done? Was the support from the Armwrestling community no longer there? Was it due to the competition offering larger payouts and television exposure? Or was the task of competing against such a large entity with a seemingly endless supply of finances too daunting? We may never know. One thing we know for sure is the gravy train is over for now. No $20k payouts, no big corporate sponsors and no face time on ESPN…….. for now. Will we ever see the consistent exposure that us as Armwrestlers and athletes need to make traveling and competing at events around the country viable? The UAL may be the answer for the future and as of now looks like our only hope.

Bill Collins is the founder of the UAL and its sister company the NAP. Many Armwrestlers around the country know Bill for his commitment to traveling around to different venues and putting on some of the best competitions. Usually with the help of his son Chris Collins and his wife Ginger Collins. The UAL was the place to be for the best Armwrestlers to prove themselves. Big money tournaments, a huge following and what looked to be a television deal on the table, the UAL was full steam ahead. Co Owner, (at the time) Robert Drenk had a lot of influence in the UAL as well. Making many promises for the future of the UAL. Then came the contracts. It started with the best of the best. Michael Todd and other top level Pullers were signed to a supposedly paid contract with the UAL. Then came other top level pullers some contracts said to be “paid” and some not. Then came a snowball effect. Every other Armwrestler was running to social media to proudly announce their contracted status with the UAL. At this point it seemed like anyone and their Mom could get a contract. But what did this contract mean? For a lot of Pullers it meant a chance at a higher pay day or possibly exposure on Network Television. What the contract turned out to mean for many Armwrestlers was limitations. Whether you had a huge supermatch for money on the table or were just another Armwrestler (who more than likely would never see the main stage at the UAL competition), you were held to the same rules; meaning you could not compete in other organizations’ venues if its filmed. Then, it turned into you can’t pull at certain venues at all. The frustration and disappointment from the Armwrestling community was evident.

Well, that was the past. Like a Phoenix rises from the ashes the UAL has returned! This time with a single owner in the man Bill Collins. Some disagreements between Armwrestlers in the community and Robert Drenk may be the reasoning behind Bill taking the UAL forward on his own. Regardless, the organization that we all loved so dearly has returned with two venues already booked and a $26,000 ring on the line via an eight man tournament that is in the works, featuring Monster Michael Todd, Dave Chaffee, and Jerry Cadorette, who are already confirmed with Devon Larratt as a possibility. I recently interviewed Bill Collins to try to get more information on what the UAL has planned. Here is the interview:

Cruz: There is a lot of excitement brewing among the armwrestling community in anticipation of the Ultimate Armwrestling leagues return. Any new exciting things coming we can share with the community?

Collins: UAL has a few things that is work in progress, I don’t like exposing them until ink is on the contracts. If we can get ink the objectives it will change armwrestling.

Cruz: Looks like the first event will be in California at the LA convention center following with nationals in April. Any other events possible for 2018 that we can tease the fans with?

Collins: Jan 6-7, 2018 is the first UAL event, the Calif Sate at the LA fit expo…we hope to include a series."

Read all interview on pullermagazine.com

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By Tomasz Wisniowski