Not Jay Cutler, but GOAT Ronnie Coleman Shares His Greatest Bodybuilding Rivalry With a Legend Who Helped Him Win 8 Olympias

There are many famous rivalries in the bodybuilding world, but very few remain iconic throughout several generations. One such rivalry is between Ronnie Coleman and Jay Cutler. However, the eight-time Mr. Olympia winner also acknowledged another rivalry he had with a veteran bodybuilder, which the fans may have failed to witness. Ronnie Coleman recently acknowledged the four-time Arnold Classic champion and Hall of Famer Flex Wheeler as his biggest rival.

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Coleman decided to upload an Instagram video and showcase how powerful Flex Wheeler was, and they looked on stage together. Let’s see what Coleman has to say about their legendary rivalry.

Ronnie Coleman gives a blast from the past


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The recent Instagram video was a throwback from 1998 Mr. Olympia, where Flex Wheeler and Ronnie Coleman stood on stage side-by-side. Both of them have exceptional conditioning and muscular bodies. They are symmetrical, and their aesthetic physique was the perfect partnership for the stage, and audiences went gaga over both of them.

Coleman captioned the post, “One of Bodybuilding’s Greatest Rivalries!! @officialflexwheeler.” The 1998 Mr. Olympia changed a lot of things, and it was the first time that Coleman won against Flex Wheeler. When the police officer turned bodybuilder registered his 1998 Olympia win, Wheeler was determined to come back stronger. Ronnie had beat him by two points. However, despite the loss, Wheeler was comfortable that he had won with a perfect score.

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Before Ronnie Coleman embarked on his journey to win eight Mr. Olympia trophies, he had lost to Wheeler 11 out of 12 times over the first seven years of his career. But in the final five years, Coleman never lost to Wheeler. In a previous YouTube video, Coleman acknowledged that Flex Wheeler had taught him a lot of things.

Ronnie Coleman considered Flex Wheeler his best friend

During a previous Ask Me Anything YouTube video on his channel, the King was asked a particular question by a fan. The fan asked who his best friend was as a bodybuilder. Surprisingly, he did not answer Jay Cutler or Schwarzenegger.


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It is true because Ronnie Coleman was about to quit bodybuilding in 1997. But it was Flex Wheeler who urged him to continue bodybuilding and leave his police officer job. Who would have thought that they would become the best of friends and powerful rivals? What do you think about their camaraderie? Tell us in the comments below.

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