Arm Wrestling Is the Sport of the Moment

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    Sep 13, 2016 2:05 AM GMT

    NYT: The arm regarded by many as the strongest in New York measures 39 inches from neck to wrist, with biceps the circumference of a football and skin spray-tanned to a similar leathery brown. Even in repose, its snaky veins swell to the surface, masked only by a tangle of tattoos. Six days a week, the arm spends two hours in the gym, sculpting itself to perfection. It can curl 100-pound dumbbells with ease. It requires specialized tailoring. It has saved lives.

    So the man attached to the arm, a 6-foot-5, 275-pound behemoth named Mike Ayello, was more than a little surprised one Saturday afternoon in August to see his prized limb pinned against the table of a Long Island sports bar in a matter of milliseconds.

    Mr. Ayello works as a New York City firefighter for Ladder Company 135 in Glendale, Queens, but for seven years, he has moonlighted as a professional arm wrestler. The pursuit is no mere hobby: Arm wrestling has become big business. The popularity of the sport has been growing ever since, attracting a burst of fans and corporate sponsors. Many of the game’s top “pullers,” as arm wrestlers are called, now train with the urgency of Olympic athletes for tournaments that can net them tens of thousands of dollars in a single day. Still, for a great many competitors, the money is hardly the point.

    “There’s no feeling like taking a guy down with my arm,” Mr. Ayello, 39, said. “It rips their soul away. It emasculates them. I like doing that to people.”
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    Sep 13, 2016 2:54 PM GMT

  • Triggerman

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    Nov 18, 2017 1:28 AM GMT
    Been an arm or wrist wrestling fan since I saw my first in Petaluma, CA. Used to be the capitol of Arm wrestling. Even has a sculpture of it downtown. Loved the movie Over The Top as a kid. Have done it informally for years in bars, gyms, and garages. Still an underground sport for the most part but glad it is gaining popularity. The only thing that concerns me is that it is not drug tested like most mainstream sports at pro level. But that takes money and it is not there yet.

    I would love to start a Fight Club style league of arm wrestling. Competitors from all over. Say I am in Chicago for a weekend. I challenge a Chicago guy on here. We meet up, compete, loser buys dinner and drinks. We post the results on here. Next guy challenges me in my hometown. Accept or decline. All done with a gentleman's agreement to fairness and honesty. Like golf. You self check cheating of any kind. No weight classes. Just challenge or accept/decline a challenge. I think a stud on here is coming to San Diego, CA in February and has challenged me and I am up for it win or lose. Will post honest results when he loses, might lie if he Naw, fair is fair.