by Matt Weik
Patrick Bet-David recently sat down with some great bodybuilders (like Brandon Curry, Phil Heath and Dorian Yates) and met with 8-time Mr. Olympia winner Ronnie Coleman in his last interview. Patrick Bet-David runs a very successful business and is also the content creator and head of the YouTube channel Valuetainment. In this Valuetainment interview, Patrick Ronnie Coleman asks some very interesting questions, in which the tears from the violent laugh will run down your face from the answers.
An interview with Ronnie Coleman? Yeah buddy!
I can only speak for myself, but every time I see an interview with Ronnie Coleman, I take some time to look at it – and this interview did not disappoint. Ronnie talked about his time on stage, his time as a police officer and his current status after all his operations.
When it comes to classifying the top bodybuilders of all time, it's hard not to have Ronnie Coleman number one. The man is never duplicated. Not only was he tall, he also had the stamina that many lack in sport today. That was one of the things Ronnie laughed about in this interview. When asked what the competition looked like today, he giggled and said, "I don't see it." He expanded this comment and mentioned that none of them look in shape. He went so far as to say that many of them wouldn't even return to the top 10 when he started.
If you follow Ronnie, you know his sense of humor and that in every moment a jewel comes out of his mouth and gives you a belly laugh that hurts your sides – he never disappoints. I think the bodybuilding industry is missing that today. Nobody really filled the shoes of people like Ronnie and Jay. Everyone is so serious these days (except for Cedric McMillan, who is funny).
The state of the sport
Ronnie Coleman was actually quite critical when he talked about the current state of the bodybuilding industry. He said that after Joe Weider died, things went downhill and nobody had as much passion for the sport as he did. In a way, I would rather agree, but on the other hand I see some people working hard to promote the sport and be entertaining.
When asked whether someone like The Rock, Arnold or Dan Solomon could revitalize the sport, he mentioned that he could contribute to the growth, IF he had the same passion, but mentioned that the name alone wouldn't change anything if his passion would not be there.
Here is my opinion on this statement from Ronnie. I think Arnold is doing a good job promoting the Arnold Classic events. Is he doing a lot for the Olympics? Apart from that, The Rock 2020 will have its own show and it will be interesting to see how it all works and what role it will play for the IFBB. Finally, I would like to go into Dan Solomon. I've known Dan for years, I wrote for Digital Muscle when he owned it, and I had him on my Fit Business podcast. He is a great ambassador for the sport and was faced with a lot of mishaps in 2019 that led to the Mr. Olympia competition with all the competitors who didn't want to compete. He destroyed it in 2019 and the show was one of the largest with a completely sold out arena. I think Dan is right for sports and I think his heart is in the right place.
Patrick Bet-David said at the end of his interview with Ronnie Coleman that he would love to have Robin Chang and even Dan Solomon interviewed on the show. I sent a text to Patrick mentioning that I can contact Dan Solomon if he is interested. At the time of writing Patrick hadn't yet arrived at my place.
I have a few people that I would like to see in an upcoming value-added interview. These people would be Arnold, Dexter Jackson, Lee Haney, Flex Wheeler, Lee Priest and Jay Cutler. I would also like to see Dan Solomon on the show Patrick mentioned earlier. Pat, if you read this, there are a few ideas for you.
So I would like to see an interview with everyone
Arnold – Do we need a reason at all? He is one of the greatest bodybuilders and icons of all time. There is so much to talk about.
Dexter Jackson – The guy still places himself well on stage, is the oldest participant on stage and has more victories than any other bodybuilder in history (which I don't think anyone will ever break).
Lee Haney – A great bodybuilder with lots of great stories.
Flex wheeler From bodybuilders to business people to leg loss. There are so many topics that can be discussed in this interview.
Lee Priest – If not for anything else, the man has a lot of stories and is one of the funniest bodybuilders out there.
Jay Cutler – A true champion of a bodybuilder with a great career and then pursuing his time on stage to build his own complement line and make some great investment decisions. This would be a great interview to talk about bodybuilding and business.
Dan Solomon – The focus should be on the Olympic theme. Where it was, where it is and where it was going would be ideal. Dan has a lot of great ideas and it would be fun to hear some of the things he will have up his sleeve for years to build the brand.