Let’s not forget about the background of this story. And about a group of people ready to risk and act, people with vision. ()
Armwrestling icon is back?
It was August 1985, Beverly Hills. One of Russian athletes admitted in an interview that having watched the film Over the Top, he knew exactly what he would be doing in his life. I guess it was Vasiliy Kuznetsov. But he was not the only to think this way. Had it not been for the tournament and the movie, there would not have gathered one thousand competitors at the upcoming world championships. That’s how it started…
But let’s not forget about the background of this story. And about a group of people ready to risk and act, people with vision.
Are they back in business?
I think so. A lot will be going on in near future. Finally, competitors from both sides of the ocean have a choice!
It was August 1985, the matches started. Armwrestlers from United States, Canada, Israel and Japan competed in qualifications. Then the final match took place on 26 July, 1986. The event lasted 18 hours without a break! Of course, it was in Las Vegas.
The next year Over the Top was released starring Sylvester Stallone. It looked like a true story.
Will this atmosphere, scale and big money be back?
Let’s ask Marvin..
In 1985 a keen armwrestler and owner of a car showroom, Lori Cole met Marvin Cohen.
Is Alex Marvin Cohen a link connecting these two big events? I mean Over the Top and the World Bar Arm Wrestling Championships.
One thing is certain – we know little, but what we know is very exciting. Our competitors have already checked the flights from Europe to the USA. They are also trying to get visas. The strongest ones are thinking about the prize money and wondering how they would manage to transport the truck to their country. We haven’t felt such excitement for many years. Let’s take a closer look at the event.
Let’s hear from Marvin.
Marvin Alex Cohen? Hello! Are you organizing the World Bar Arm Wrestling Championships?
Marvin Alex Cohen: Yes, I am…
Marvin, it’s been many years since Over the Top was held and people still associate your name with this event.
Marvin Alex Cohen: At Over the Top I was responsible for all sponsorships which equaled 6 million dollars. I also provided the truck and prize money as well as hotel rooms and flights for hundreds of pullers.
Anything else apart from that?
Marvin Alex Cohen: Well, I was the one to show Stallone how to armwrestle. In the movie I made an appearance as Rick Z Bull Hurley.
Marvin, how come you came up with the idea of the World Bar Arm Wrestling Championships after so many years?
Marvin Alex Cohen: Joe Hand Promotions PPV Department of UFC approached me regarding armwrestling events as they realized no US promoter had TV or real prize money. They look at pullers as true athletes who deserve respect through TV and big prize money.