Who Will Be Mr. Olympia? The Best Man On Stage Or….

The most popular bodybuilding competition Mr. Olympia is one month away and everybody is getting ready with their prediction who will take the first place. This brings the question – what was the deciding factor behind the previous Mr. Olympias? Was the best man on stage always the winner? Of course, not.

Those who pay order the music.

Since bodybuilding is a beauty contest the placings can be manipulated according to personal preferences and behind the curtains activities. It would be naive to think that the judges would select the winners solely according to their looks. They take into consideration the history of the competitor, their sponsors as well as their behavior prior to the contest.

A good example would be the last Mr. Olympia when Jay Cutler placed 6th even though he didn’t deserve to be top 10. There were guys like Mamdouh Elssbiay a.k.a. Big Ramy who were better than him and yet this was overlooked.

In the photo below you can see Big Ramy ‘destroying’ Jay Cutler and yet Cutler placed 6th and Ramy 8th.



Obviously, Jay Cutler received higher position because of his history rather than shape. This is not a surprise since the industry is good to those who have played according to the rules which are: you do as you’re told and keep quiet.

If we go back in time, we’ll see that the same thing was happening since the times of Arnold Schwarzenegger who was heavily promoted by Joe Weider. It seems that both men were equally important to each other’s careers. Arnold was the face and Weider was the brain.

The young Arnold was used by Joe Weider as a model for most of his products – from bodybuilding supplements to training courses.

In the poster below Arnold is used as advertisement of a bracelet which is somehow supposed to increase the size, power and strength of one’s arms. Similar statements are not only logic deprived, they’re plain irrational and misleading. You arms won’t grow any bigger by wearing bracelets. On top of everything Arnold himself did not rely on similar gimmicks to build his arms. He lifted and took steroids to build them massive pythons. What’s even funnier is how the ads says: ‘No exercise – no sweat to create arm power!‘ Keep dreaming.


In 1980 it was no surprise when Arnold Schwarzenegger was allowed to compete in Mr. Olympia even though his participation was against the rules. Arnold decided to compete in the last second while others needed to registered a month prior to the contest.

Here’s what Mike Mentzer who was heavily against Arnold’s participation in 1980 Mr. Olympia said on the topic:

The 1980 Mr. Olympia was definitely fixed. The promoter of that contest was Paul Graham, a very, very close friend of Arnold’s. As it turned out, while the rules stated that individuals had to officially enter their application to compete one month before the contest, the IFBB bent the rule and let Arnold enter the day before! He waited that long because by that point he knew who the judges were. CBS, who was there to film the event for future televising, was convinced it was fixed and discovered that a majority of the judges had either close personal or financial ties with Arnold. Well, so convinced – and pissed off – was CBS Sports that, despite the time, money and effort required to send a film crew half way around the world to Australia to film a sporting event, they refused to air that contest. As further evidence, I suggest you view the video of the 1980 Mr. Olympia.”

Paul Graham, the promoter of Mr. Olympia 1980, and Arnold arm wrestling in 1974.

Paul Graham, the promoter of Mr. Olympia 1980, and Arnold arm wrestling. Good buddies indeed.

However, nobody was surprised that Arnold was allowed to bend the rules in order to compete in a show created by his mentor/friend/promoter Joe Weider.

What makes this topic even more interesting is that the competition was postponed by one hour and the audience was already bored when the bodybuilders came out. Nobody was expecting to see Arnold but he was there.


The muscle duo – Joe Weider and Arnold

Only a year later in 1981 Mr. Olympia was once again a very controversial contest. The winner was Arnold’s best friend and long time training partner Franco Columbo. Many consider his title undeserved because he had obvious sign of gynecomastia and poor asymmetric leg development due to an accident he suffered a few years ago.


Franco (middle) with obvious gynecomastia on the right nipple and poor leg detail wins the Olympia while Padilla (left) and Dickerson (right) place respectively 5th and 2nd.

One could only wonder does the placement of Franco Columbo have something to do with the fact that he was a real good friend with Joe Weider’s favorite bodybuilder?


In 1983 Mr. Olympia had its standard controversy – those who were nice and kind to the right people moved forward and those weren’t – were punished.

At that show a man under the name of Bertil Fox was placed at 5th place even though he was good enough for 2nd and maybe even 1 st. Why? According to one of the judges the reason for Bertil Fox’s 5th place was his personality. Since when are we supposed to judge bodybuilding contests according to the personality of the competitor? At that show Bertil Fox had more muscle than anyone and yet even Frank Zane placed higher.

In the video below you can see that the whole crowd was not ‘ok’ with Bertil Fox placing 5th.


There is one very important rule of Mr. Olympia that you won’t be able to find in the manual. The rule goes like this: in order to have a new Mr. Olympia the current title holder must come really off so that the difference between 1st and 2nd is glaring. The reigning champ always has an advantage and it’s much easier to win Mr. Olympia for consecutive time than to do it for the first time.

Nobody wants to talk about that rule but it has been part of the contest for many years.

A good example and notebook application of the rule took place in 1997 when Dorian Yates won Mr. Olympia for 6th consecutive time. Of course, the show was surrounded with controversy. Yates tore his biceps a few years back and that was already showing in many poses such as the front double biceps pose. In 1997 he tore his triceps just a few weeks prior to the contest. On the day of the final battle he was able to take 1st place over Nasser El Sonbaty who placed second. Many believe that the only reason Yates won were politics and the fact that he was the reigning champion. Nasser had just as much mass and better proportions compared to Dorian. The judges, however, seemed to be in disagreement.

Nasser and Yates in 1997

Nasser and Yates in 1997

While one can argue that Nasser El Sonbaty had a weak back throughout his career there is no doubt that in many poses he just outclassed the reigning champ Dorian Yates. Do you think that if the roles were reversed and Nasser was the defending champion going against the title contender Yates, the winner would have still been the same? Most likely not because the rule always stays the same – the champ gets to make mistakes while the others don’t.


One would think that in any contest the best man on stage wins regardless of what they do in their free time, as long as it’s legal and does not affect the competition. However, this is not the case. As you can see what you do backstage and in between bodybuilding seems to be highly important.

The best modern example of a bodybuilder who’s done the wrong thing in his spare time is Kai Greene. He is one of the most popular bodybuilders on the planet and well known for his muscle mass and overall high level bodybuilding package. Unfortunately, there are many controversial facts surrounding his name.

Kai Greene is known for doing exotic dancing and porn movies. The most infamous of which shows sexual intercourse with a grapefruit. Kai Greene was also caught on tape doing intense striptease in front of men.

While activities like that are hard to ignore when you form your opinion of someone, they should not be taken into consideration when you are judging a bodybuilding contest and the judges need to give the man what he deserves regardless. The last time we checked there are no saints on that stage and virtually all of the muscle men you see in the line up have done some shady deals. They are just lucky that nothing has came out yet.

However, we don’t believe the powerful rich societies behind bodybuilding would want the face of the sport to be associated with similar material even though they’re well aware of the fact that many bodybuilders are relying on extra activities such as G4P and prostitution to pay their drug bills.

Even competitors seem to share this idea.

A few months ago the current Mr. Olympia Phil Heath posted a comment on Facebook stating that Kai Greene will never be the champ and he will remain a ‘grapefruit for life‘. That’s why we don’t expect Kai Greene to take the first place ever unless Phil Heath breaks his leg or something, and even then it seems highly questionable.



Phil Heath is the most likely winner of Mr. Olympia 2014. He is the reigning champion and that puts him 20% ahead of everybody already. Regardless of the Big Ramy hype the main rival of Phil Heath is still Kai Greene. Ramy is the biggest guy currently but he lacks thickness and conditioning. He may have the most muscle mass but he doesn’t have the quality since he is the youngest of them all and lacks muscle maturity. On top of everything he has really hard time getting shredded according to Olympia standards.

Big Ramy is also not marketable. He does not speak English and does not live in the US. This means that the big supplement companies do not want him as a face of their fart powders and we all know how important those companies are. Just look at the sponsors of Mr. Olympia.

The sponsors of the Olympia - taken directly from the official website.

The sponsors of Mr. Olympia 2014

As you can see the majority of the sponsors are supplement companies with English names targeting the the US market which is currently the biggest. Who do you think would be more marketable – the guy from Egypt (Big Ramy) or USA’s very own Phil Heath? It’s obvious that it would be easier to sell something to the uneducated crowd by using an ‘American hero’. One could argue that Kai Greene is also an American but as you already know he has ‘dirty’ past and compromising video clips.

To top it all off a quick look at the sponsors reveals that one of them is Phil Heath’s very own and recently launched Gifted Nutrition. In other words one of the competitors in Mr. Olympia, Phil Heath, has his company listed as a sponsor of the event. Isn’t that at least a little contradictory?

At the same time the sponsors of Kai Greene which are MuscleMeds and Flex Magazine are nowhere to be seen as sponsors of the event. Makes one wonder, doesn’t it?  Of course, all of this could be considered just speculation but as truthers we always question everything.


Mr. Olympia has always been a manipulated contest in one way or another. The judges speculate with the fact that bodybuilding is subjective and do as they’re told by the rich men behind.

The winner of Mr. Olympia 2014 will most likely be Phil Heath once again. Kai Greene has very little chance to beat him, if any.

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