Cool story about my buddy Shawn Rhoden, the reigning 2018 Mr. Olympia:
Mr. Olympia is the Superbowl of the bodybuilding world. Win it and you are indisputably recognized as the man/woman with the greatest body on earth.
This year all eyes were on the legendary Phil Heath, the dude who'd won the competition a preposterously impressive SEVEN TIMES. Had Heath won his 8th world title this year, he'd have broken the all-time record and surpassed (I think) Arnold Schwarzenegger, making him the greatest bodybuilder in the history of the sport.
The rub: Heath and Shawn had public beef. Heath had been attacking Shawn on social for two years and not once did Shawn respond. He remained silent, classy and above the fray.
Shawn knew he was better. And he knew precisely how to get his revenge.
So the big day finally came, a rousing+electrified audience at the jam-packed venue in Las Vegas. And, as EVERYONE predicted, Shawn and Heath were the final two athletes announced.
Thousands on the edge of their seats. Would the factor of biased judges come into play? Would the influence of @therock -- the greatest Instgrammer in the world who'd been backing Heath publicly for weeks -- make a difference?
Well...the host picked up the microphone, and with a booming voice told the world that @flexatronrhoden was the 2018 MISTER FUCKING OLYMPIA...and the crowd erupted like a glorious volcano that had been suffering from molten blue balls for millennia.
What a moment.
Shawn unmercifully took away what would have been Heath's record-breaking 8th title. He seized his glory. He snatched the man's immortality. Imagine losing to your most hated rival like THAT? Jesus, Heath must be dying on the inside daily.
Perspective: The reason why this is excruciatingly painful is because Heath didn't come in 30th or 17th or 5th. He came in SECOND.
Anyway, Shawn and I had a good laugh about it. As usual, he was very calm and gracious. But every time I brought Heath's name up, you could see his little smirk, clearly quite proud of the year he's had as a pro, and, more importantly, as a man.
Proud to call you a friend, Rhoden! You better win it all again next year or I'm unfollowing you on IG! 👑