The Headline: ANDREW OYE'S WWE+IFBB PRO ATHLETES ROUNDUP: PRO WRESTLER ROMAN REIGNS, 'INCREDIBLE HULK ' LOU FERRIGNO, MR. OLYMPIA JAY CUTLER, IFBB PRO RONNY ROCKEL, IFBB PRO ROELLY WINKLAAR, ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER CLASSIC CHAMPIONS IFBB PRO FLEX WHEELER, IFBB PRO RICH GASPARI, IFBB PRO BRANCH WARREN, IFBB PRO STEVE KUCLOThe Item:
IFBB Pro Legends Update, Career Updates, Special Appearances, Andrew Oye's IFBB Pro Athletes Roundup, WWE Pro Athletes RoundupThe Scoop:
Recently Reported: IFBB Pro League athletes and athletes from other sports leagues had career updates or made recent guest appearances at various pop culture, sports, bodybuilding, physique and fitness events. The latest "Andrew Oye's Pro-Muscle Report" Pro Athletes Roundup includes International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness champions whose careers span decades, and a World Wrestling Entertainment champion who had a gridiron career.The "So What?":
Over the weekend, WWE Superstar Roman Reigns made an appearance for photo ops and autograph signings at the Wizard World Comic Con in Las Vegas, Nevada. IFBB Hall of Famer and founder of the Ferrigno Legacy Pro Bodybuilding Championships, retired IFBB Pro Lou Ferrigno (star of "Incredible Hulk" and "Hercules") was also at the convention. In related news, winner of the inaugural Ferrigno Legacy in 2014, IFBB Pro Ronny Rockel (a.k.a. "The Rock"), announced that he will not compete at the upcoming Arnold Classic Brasil (May 29-31). Last year's champ IFBB Pro Steve Kuclo, a Texas firefighter, is not on the competitors list for Rio de Janeiro either.
Four-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Jay Cutler hosted a training seminar and meet-and-greet events in Athens, Greece, (home country of Greek IFBB Pro Michael Kefalianos). Two-time winner of the Arnold Sports Festival's IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships, IFBB Pro Branch Warren (a.k.a. "Quadrasaurus") was the headlining guest-poser at the NPC New York Capitol Championships in Albany. Legendary Arnold Classic Champions IFBB Pro Flex Wheeler and IFBB Pro Rich Gaspari were special guests at the 23rd Annual Fresno Classic in California. IFBB Pro Roelly Winklaar guest posed at the NPC BB Bodybuilding Championships in Irving, Texas. IFBB Pro Milton Martinez posed at the NPC Gateway Classic in Lake City, Florida.Andrew Oye's Verdict:
Interconnectedness in this edition of the MUSCLE INK Magazine athletes roundup is strong. Last month, Roman Reigns competed against former MMA UFC Fighter Brock Lesnar and Seth Rollins for the World Heavyweight Championship title at WWE Wrestlemania in California (where "Terminator" and "Governator" Arnold Schwarzenegger was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame). Before gaining stardom in professional wrestling, Reigns was a defensive tackle at Georgia Tech University and played pro football for the National Football League's Minnesota Vikings and the NFL Jacksonville Jaguars. Lou Ferrigno -- who also took a shot at pro football career (in the Canada Football League), starred with Schwarzenegger in "Pumping Iron," and was briefly involved in WWE CEO Vince McMahon's WBF World Bodybuilding Federation) – launched an IFBB Pro Olympia Qualification Series contest, which gives athletes opportunities to compete at Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend (the "Super Bowl of bodybuilding") -- which Ferrigno lost twice to Schwarzenegger. Though Rockel will skip Schwarzenegger's contest, hopefully he will travel from Germany to defend his title at Ferrigno's event, which moves to Palm Springs, California, this year (November 20).
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