The Headline: ANDREW OYE'S WWE+UFC+WSM+IFBB PRO ATHLETES ROUNDUP: HOLLYWOOD ACTOR/WRESTLER 'THE ROCK' DWAYNE JOHNSON, STRONGMAN/MMA FIGHTER MARIUSZ PUDZIANOWSKI, MR. OLYMPIA RONNIE COLEMAN, ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER CLASSIC CHAMPIONS IFBB PRO KEVIN LEVRONE, IFBB PRO JAY CUTLER, IFBB PRO BRANCH WARREN, BODYBUILDERS IFBB PRO MAMDOUH ELSSBIAY ('BIG RAMY'), IFBB PRO BEN PAKULSKI, IFBB PRO ROELLY WINKLAARThe Item:
Legends Update, Career Updates, Special Appearances, Special Honors, Andrew Oye's IFBB Pro Athletes Roundup, WWE Pro Athletes Roundup, WSM Pro Athletes Roundup, UFC Pro Athletes Roundup, KSW Pro Athletes Roundup, Combat SportsThe Scoop:
Recently Reported: IFBB Pro League athletes and athletes from other sports leagues had career updates or made recent guest appearances at various entertainment, sports, bodybuilding, physique and fitness events. The latest "Andrew Oye's Pro-Muscle Report" Pro Athletes Roundup includes a broad mix of strength, combat and physique -- with pros from the Ultimate Fighting Championships, World Wrestling Entertainment, Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki MMA, World's Strongest Man Championships, International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness, as well as Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend (the "Super Bowl of bodybuilding"). The "So What?":
Last week, 8-time World Wrestling Entertainment Champion, WWE Superstar Pro Wrestler and TV/movie Actor "The Rock" Dwayne Johnson (star of "The Scorpion King," "G.I. Joe: Retaliation, " "Hercules," and "Fast & Furious 7") cemented his Hollywood legacy with a Hand and Foot Imprint Ceremony at the famed TCL Chinese Theatres in Los Angeles, California, where his handprints and footprints were immortalized in a block of cement that is displayed in the "Forecourt to the Stars" for tourists, fans and moviegoers to see, along with the imprints of celebrities past and present who have been invited to participate in this honor since the 1920s.
Following his appearance at the previous weekend's BodyPower Expo UK, quad-monster IFBB Pro Ben Pakulski remained in the United Kingdom for a few more days to host a mid-week, full-day seminar at a gym in Nottingham. Over the weekend, 4-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Jay Cutler hosted the NPC Jay Cutler Classic Championships in Boston, Massachusetts. Two-time Arnold Classic winner, IFBB Pro Branch Warren (a.k.a. "Quadrasaurus") was the featured guest-poser at the NPC Grand Rapids Bodybuilding Championships in Grandville, Michigan. IFBB Hall of Fame Bodybuilder, Actor, IFBB Pro Kevin Levrone made a special appearance at the NPC Lehigh Valley Championships in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
IFBB Pro Roelly Winklaar and IFBB Pro Mamdouh Elssbiay (a.k.a. "Big Ramy") guest-posed at the IFBB Amateur Olympia Physique Championships in Kuwait, where Arnold Classic Physique Champion IFBB Pro Sadik Hadzovic was also spotted. Elssbiay, who earned his IFBB Pro card by winning the 2012 Amateur Olympia Bodybuilding Championships, is preparing to step onstage at the Arnold Sports Festival's IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. This will be the Egyptian beast's first IFBB Pro Olympia Qualification Series competition of the 2015 IFBB Pro League contest season and his first time contending at any of the Arnold Classic franchises (USA, Europe, Brasil, Australia).Andrew Oye's Verdict:
Regular readers know I like to report on crossover success news. In addition to Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson smoothly moving between sports and entertainment -- from football to wrestling to movie acting to TV hosting and producing -- as chronicled in the MUSCLE INK Magazine "Headlock on Hollywood" series, the multi-hyphenate continues to be recognized for his crossover appeal. Forbes named Johnson the top-grossing actor of 2013, with $1.3 billion worldwide box-office earnings that year. In more career-expansion news, legendary 8-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Ronnie Coleman (a former police officer) announced the launch of his videogame called "Ronnie Cop" (available for play on mobile devices). A multi-sport athlete featured in my "Game Changers" series, 5-time WSM World's Strongest Man Mariusz Pudzianowski won his Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki KSW MMA match against Rolles Gracie, Jr., in Poland. The strongman-turned-MMA fighter's record is now 9-3. Meanwhile, Hollywood star and "Governator" Arnold Schwarzenegger attended the UFC Ultimate Fighting Championships mixed martial arts match in Las Vegas, Nevada, where Daniel Cormier became the new Light-Heavyweight Champion. (More to come on these stories.)
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