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The Item: Career Updates, Special Appearances, Andrew Oye's IFBB Pro Athletes Roundup, WWE Pro Athletes Roundup

The Scoop: Recently Announced: IFBB Pro League athletes and other pro athletes had career updates and will make guest appearances at various sports, bodybuilding, physique and fitness events. The latest "Andrew Oye's Pro-Muscle Report" Pro Athletes Roundup includes bodybuilders, wrestlers, and bodybuilding wrestlers.

The "So What?": IFBB Pro Vinny Galanti is scheduled to be a guest poser at the 1st Annual Bill Grant NPC Atlantic City Classic Bodybuilding Championships at the Trump Taj Mahal on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on Saturday (October 23). The Bill Grant Classic is part of the 9th Annual MMA & Sports Expo, a 3-day event with more than 1,000 athletes and 9,000 fans and attendees. The extravaganza is action-packed with sports and fitness events, including MMA, grappling, karate, Olympic-style weightlifting, strongman, boxing and the bodybuilding contest hosted by IFBB Pro Bill Grant, a Mr. America, Mr. World and Muscle Beach Hall of Fame award winner. (Grant also competed at the 1984 Mr. Olympia against the likes of IFBB Pro Lee Haney IFBB Pro Jusup Wilkosz, IFBB Pro Samir Bannout, IFBB Pro Sergio Oliva and IFBB Pro Tom Platz.)

Joining Galanti at this weekend's event will be Mr. USA Bodybuilding Champion, WWE Hall of Famer and WBBG Hall of Famer Tony Atlas, as well as a slew of other sports celebrities, including Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA Impact) and World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Pro Athlete Rob Terry. Standing 6'5" at 300+ lbs., Terry sports a massive, muscular physique, so the Welsh-born wrestling champion -- and self-proclaimed "World's Largest Natural Pro Bodybuilder" --  tends to draw attention when he and his fellow superstars of the ring appear at fitness events, such as Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend Expo and the Arnold Sports Festival (host of the IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships).


 
Andrew Oye's Verdict: Bodybuilding for over 25 years, Vinny Galanti earned his IFBB Pro card by winning the 40+ Light Heavyweight Class and the 40+ Overall title at the 2008 NPC Masters National Bodybuilding Championships. Galanti's last competition was the 2009 IFBB New York Pro Bodybuilding Championships, where he finished in 7th place in the 202 Class behind winner IFBB Pro Kevin English (IFBB Pro Evan Centopani won the Open Class). As I have noted before, fans are still waiting for a recent winner of the NPC Masters Nationals (such as Powerlifter IFBB Pro Stan Efferding, IFBB Pro Andy Haman, or others) to make a significant dent in the upper end (i.e., Top 3) of IFBB Pro League contests. Could Galanti be the one?

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