by Christian Duque
It’s fun, but I often associate people with places – or vice versa. For example, when I think of Bostin Loyd, I think of him at RxMuscle. Whether in their NY studios or at the sprawling FL headquarters, some of the best interviews and gigs the man who once knew as Big Daddy B made appeared alongside the bodybuilding legend known simply as Dave “Jumbo” Palumbo, to take place.
Even though Dave is no longer pushing 300 pounds and twenty years have passed, he continues to be a major force in the bodybuilding media. Together, Loyd and Palumbo made a great team. There was an undeniable love between these two iron superstars. If I had to put my finger on it, I’d say their relationship was an uncle-nephew dynamic, and even brotherly at times. In its prime, Dave was the guy who pushed the card. He put muscle mass on mass, trained legs like no other and had no problem sharing his secrets with the world. Because of this, he was perfect to lead Muscular Development Online and become the first online editor-in-chief. People, including me, tuned in because Dave was saying things that no one else said. This unfiltered, unreserved kind of comment could almost be relied on when visiting RX Muscle. As the years went by and Palumbo’s path changed, other celebrities helped spark interest in the site. In many ways, I thought Loyd was an extension of The Whack Pack – he was a regular that people associated with Dave and his website.
Guys like Bostin breathed new life into it, there was a website mostly aimed at old men, something for the younger generation. Guys 35 and younger tuned in to see what Bostin would say. Even many of RX’s most loyal viewers (in the 60-85 category) enjoyed South Florida Gearhead. Much like Dave in his prime, there was no limit to what Bostin would say, and at that time Palumbo couldn’t get enough. Bostin wore Species shirts and enjoyed Species products, he was on RX all the time and Dave used him all the time. Oddly enough, I think Bostin’s candor is slowly getting old and his work with competing YouTube channels may have sown the seeds of contempt. When Xavier Wills first covered the potential feud on his hugely successful desktop bodybuilding channel, I knew it was time for you, the loyal readers of Iron Magazine, to speak up on the matter.
While I wouldn’t call this a feud at this point, I need to be careful on this point as a feud can happen anytime. While many of us believe that there is a very strong connection between the two, so much that we can say has been exposed.
In a recent interview, Loyd stated that he was not going to ghost Palumbo or avoid his calls, but also said that the two had not spoken and that he had lost a lot of respect for Dave. This last part has taken the industry media by storm. If these two get it on, it could be a total curmudgeon that could get very ugly. In addition to appearing on RX, Loyd had appeared in a number of smaller outlets and even worked as a columnist at one point. Unlike other members of The Whack Pack, Bostin has options when it comes to getting the word out. In fact, Loyd has learned to maintain strong connections with his followers despite being restricted and / or banned from popular platforms like Facebook, YouTube, and others, be it for a short time or indefinitely. This is because Bostin started right before the big break on social media. This is important because while most influencers today would be completely sidelined if they couldn’t use IG or The Clock, Bostin would be fine.
Dave realizes that he has to get out and forestall this potential ridicule. In typical palumbo form, Dave tried to downplay Bostin’s comments to argue that this was petty and beneath him. Flanked by RX’s senior statesmen, Chris Aceto, the two talked about positivity, not responding to critics and moving forward. That being said, Palumbo couldn’t resist telling Bostin for his comments on a GoFundMe page launched to help Dusty Hanshaw down.
It’s not so much about what Dave said, but more about what he wanted and what he didn’t want. It’s clear that Loyd hit a nerve and Dave really wanted to attack him but decided not to. Dave Palumbo 10 years ago would have been a different story, but today it would be bad for business to go to war with someone as popular as Bostin. If anything, Dave played it exactly the way he should have done. But who knows if even the little he said was too much?
As of now, no one has really grilled either of the two and as long as neither does I don’t expect there will be much trouble. I’m also not surprised that Nick Strength & Power largely ignored the story. MD could possibly cover it, but Steve Blechman has built such a dazzling media empire that it would seem wasteful to hire legendary writers like Ron Harris to write about one of these characters. On the other hand, summer is just around the corner, so it’s possible that if the magazine has interns, they may be hired to write a report while they wait for the coffee to be brewed. As Steve would say, “Everything happens with MD.” And it is !! I just bought the magazine a few days ago.
While coverage of a potential Loyd / Palumbo feud could be as newsworthy as drying paint on a wall, we know our readers will find it delightfully entertaining – and I admit it would be interesting to see what would happen . When you think about it all, I’d think they’d both lose in the end. That may have been 5-10 years ago, but with more and more channels popping up, things are getting back to normal, not to mention summer is here – no one wants to follow a spit online.
Hopefully these two good friends will jump in on a call and bury the hatchet. I know Dave loves doing this on shows (for hits), but these guys know way too much of each other. Plus, with one wrong move, these guys could go from friendly to hostile in seconds. When the tensions are this high, it could make great TV, but it could also be way too risky. I think what is needed is heart-to-heart, low-key, man-to-man. When that happens, I think that is the only way to save that friendship.
What do you think of the dead end Boston Loyd / Dave Palumbo? What do you think they should do?