by Matt Weik
When I first saw Phil Heath's hashtag from #breakingolympia on his Instagram, I was intrigued. Then I let my mind wander and it took me places that made me a little worried about the Olympics. What exactly is Breaking Olympia? As we've learned from others in the industry, e.g. From Nick & # 39; s Strength & Power, it is indeed a film or documentary about Phil Health. Not much else was mentioned. But here's what we know and what we can put together (or at least assume).
Let's not call it a comeback
While Phil Heath was out in the 2019 season, he worked intensively on other ventures both inside and outside the sport. Recent photos and videos of him show a Phil Heath we're all used to seeing, and it looks like every show he goes to in 2020 could be an easy payday for him.
What is the Breaking Olympics business we're hearing right now? It is rumored that he is working on a documentary about his career and maybe what Phil can expect in this sport.
Phil Heath currently has seven Mr. Olympia titles. Had he returned in 2019, he would probably have eight and would have bound Ronnie Coleman. But that's neither here nor there, as he has decided to take the year off to recover from his hernia surgery and concentrate on his various businesses.
In the meantime, fans on all social media have asked what to do next, when to step on stage, when to come back, etc. His answer to the questions was, "I never left." He keeps telling people that he hasn't retired and it looks like Phil will be back in 2020 – but when?
Photos of Phil and The Rock showed up together. We then found out that Seven Bucks Productions (owned by Dwayne Johnson) jointly produces Breaking Olympia (or whatever they will call it). This is an interesting step that raises some questions that we all hope to answer.
Well, as far as I know, this won't be in theaters. Breaking Olympia will appear to be available on Netflix. And frankly, it makes sense, based on what we've seen with brands like Generation Iron, that have gone down the path of content production for non-television and off-the-air channels.
So what do I think about all the hustle and bustle around Breaking Olympia? Is Breaking Olympia a slap in the face of the Olympia itself?
I spoke to some members of the IFBB organization and Olympic production myself and asked them if they had heard about Breaking Olympia and what exactly Phil Heath was up to. To my surprise, the answer was: "What are you talking about?" Breaking Olympia didn't seem to have been passed on to the people I spoke to – or they can really lie to me and play stupid (which I don't think).
Breaking the Olympics when it comes to Phil's career and comeback is great. However, if this is an attempt to smudge the Olympics because Phil feels they dirty him and disregarded him, he's at war.
Phil has felt for some time that the IFBB and the powers within Mr. Olympia are not showing him any respect. They exaggerate other competitors instead of talking about Phil coming back to win another title, and it's like wiping him completely off the page. Is it on purpose? I do not believe that. I think it creates a better narrative and story to outsmart competitors who come in to take out the champion – and Shawn Rhoden did just that in 2018.
But if Phil uses this Breaking Olympics film to blow up the Olympics and instead promote Athleticon, I think it's a very bad game and a slap in the face for the Olympics that helped Phil explode in the industry , We all know that Olympia is the Super Bowl of bodybuilding. It is a stage on which everyone wants to stand. There is no other show like the Olympia and unlike other shows you simply cannot enter the show and go on stage – you must either be invited or have earned your place on stage through the points system or win.
If this Breaking Olympia film is actually a slap in the face of the Olympics, you can kiss goodbye to Phil's chance of ever tying or even defeating Ronnie's Olympic record. In fact, I don't think Olympia Phil will ever get back on stage if this is a lubrication attempt.
What is Phil doing?
I think Phil will skip the Olympics and make his comeback at Athleticon. Is that the right move? Maybe for The Rock and Athleticon, but not for Phil. Phil belongs on the Olympic stage and competes against the best of the best. Is Phil getting something from The Rock to skip the Olympics and jump onto the Athleticon stage? Who knows? Maybe this ties in with the Breaking Olympia film?
But if The Rock is involved in the film and throws a negative light on the Olympics, it's also a very bad piece for The Rock and the opportunities it could have within IFBB when it comes to showing future shows. I don't think The Rock would be so naive to think there would be no effect, but maybe he thinks he's bigger than the sport?
Overall, I kept my fingers crossed that Breaking Olympia will have something to do with Phil's comeback and his desire to break the Olympic record. I hope the pun for the Breaking Olympia title is more for a positive result than for a smear campaign. I think only time will tell, but I'm willing to bet that Phil will skip the Olympics. Breaking Olympia will be released shortly after, and at that point Phil will announce that he will be back on the stage at Athleticon. That's just my opinion, what's yours? Let us know in the comments.