SHAWN RHODEN TALK WITH JAY CUTLER - MR. OLYMPIA 2019

8/3/19
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLL-pEl1-UU&feature=youtu.be

Jay Cutler:
Is more relevant here, it takes place here, but
Uh, they asked me to step forward and be kinda like the face guy
So I put my stamp of approval on the Olympia but at the same time
You know, I’m working to do some media uh correspondence type things and really just get out there and promote the experience of the Mr. Olympia because it’s not just, “Hey, you’re coming to watch uh, body-building or fitness or men’s physique event.” You’re coming to whole experience of like the expo and motivational things that you know these expos bring to a lot of people.

Uh, Getting to go face to face and getting to try different things and involve yourself in different activities that happened over that weekend. And, granted the shows are in two different locations, you know. The show itself is at The Orleans. Some of it as at the Convention Center.

John Bartolo:
Do you think they should bring it under one roof?

Jay Cutler:
Yeah, yeah.

John Bartolo:
I absolutely agree with that.

Jay Cutler:
Used to be… it used to be at Mandalay Bay I mean years ago, that’s where it all started. 1999, was the first year I did the show. I was second to last in that show. But, they did have a small expo. Remember, that’s before expos were really present at the body-building events. The big draw was actually the event, but we also didn’t have all the other divisions. It was just men’s and women’s body-building at that point.

John Bartolo:
Right.

Jay Cutler:
And there were a lot less people competing. I mean, there were only 15 guys in the show that year.

John Bartolo:
Is it more exciting to have a consecutive winner year in and year out and have the battle like you and Ronnie have or is it more exciting when it’s wide open?

Jay Cutler:
I think it’s more exciting when it’s wide open. I think uh the same guy winning all the time, although unfortunately, you know, a lot of these sports, there’s a dominant figure, right?
So it’s not like any other thing like a basketball or baseball, there’s certain athletes that do stand when you know they’re present uh on Championship teams there’s gonna be uh, there’s gonna be certain factors that allow them the advantage to be able to be the victors, right?

So, I think it’s uh, it’s something we can’t fight ‘em and if you look at the records, of you know, Arnold winning seven; Lee Haney winning eight; Ronnie winning eight; you know, Phil Heath, seven, during the H6; me four, uh you know and then so on and so on.
It’s just that the guys, it’s very rare that the guys turn in one in and one out the next year.

John Bartolo:
And it’s gonna to be wide open this year with the recent news of Shawn, um, you know and obviously, you know, we’re gonna wait till that unfolds and that plays out um, hopefully you know, obviously, you know, that plays the process out, uh it was you know, an unfortunate thing, but I mean, do you have anything you wanna comment on the Shawn thing?

Jay Cutler:
Yeah I mean listen, it’s unfortunate and right now it’s accusations, right? Until it’s sorted out, AMI took the stance that any business uh or entity would take that, you know, has a brand, and they said, “Listen, we don’t want to tie ourselves in the middle of it…”

John Bartolo:
Let him go through the process…

Jay Cutler:
Yeah, we, don’t… You know, they’re not saying that the guy’s guilty, necessarily… They’re saying that, “listen, there’s a lot of bad press involved around this. We’re trying to have a positive um outcome with this contest and you know it makes a lot of sense if you know the brand, you know, listen if the guy gets convicted or if doesn’t get convicted, either way, there’s a spin to it, right? Later.
Uh AMI you know, they supported him by letting him compete even though he was convicted and you know, if he’s found not-guilty…

John Bartolo:
If he’s exonerated, I believe, and I’ll say this Jay, I’ll put it out there, if he’s exonerated, I think the sport should go out of its way to lift him up as well…umm

Jay Cutler:
But John, it may be too late by then, I mean, the guy’s 44 years old. He’s the current champ, I mean he sits out this year. Next year he’s 45. A new Mr.Olympia rolls in, right? You know how hard it is to…

John Bartolo:
To unseat a champion.

Jay Cutler:
Right? It’s very very difficult. I mean, I’m the only one in history to ever lose the title and come back and win it the next year. With a new champion in place, right? Dexter.
So, it’s just you’re against the odds and with age I mean he’s the oldest ever, right? To win the title, he won at 43 and you know, it’s gonna be a difficult road because it’s not gonna happen in the next two months that this thing is gonna, unless…just by some…

John Bartolo:
No, it’s gonna be a long process.

Jay Cutler:
Yeah, I mean…

John Bartolo:
He’s gonna have to dig his heels in..

Jay Cutler:
And it’s gonna be a lotta money. I mean, it’s unfortunate and it’s gonna be exposure that’s not something that is a positive thing…

John Bartolo:
No, there’s gonna be…

Jay Cutler:
And no matter what, it’s gonna hang over his head til the end of time.

John Bartolo:
Yeah, there’ll be no positive exposure that comes out of it, but you know obviously it has to play the process out. You know, um, as much as you try not to condemn someone beforehand it’s gotta play the process out. So, you know, obviously, you know, I think AMI did do the right thing. I think it’s in the best interest of them to sit back and let the process play out.
And I explained it to someone that came at me a little bit with that, and I said, look, if it was the NFL and it was a domestic abuse thing they would do the same thing. They would suspend him or make him sit out, and it just is what it is.
If he’s out, and it’s wide open, uh, everybody’s been throwing names around as who would be a contender. I hate to put you on the spot cuz I know it’s a shitty thing you know to try to say, “Hey, maybe this guy, maybe that guy” Who jumps in now and who are the top two or three guys?

John Bartolo:
Yeah, go ahead…

[Off-Screen]:
So, you wanna lead a situation like that too kinda look back to Mike Tyson’s situation back when he was at his prime and he caught a case and mentally, after that, it just changes you.

John Bartolo:
Right.

[Off-Screen]:
And uh more than likely that might actually happen to Shawn too.

John Bartolo:
Yeah, no that’s a good point.

Jay Cutler:
Yeah but Shawn’s a beast, he’s like doesn’t… I know Shawn on a personal level so, like and I was super supportive of him as he made his quest to become you know the 14th Mr. Olympia. Um, he’s very strong. In his mind, yes, this is, this is definitely, uh…

John Bartolo:
A blow.

Jay Cutler:
… a set-back. But at the same time, like he’s taking it with stride, right? But right now, it’s just, it’s a mess, you know? And yes but I think, I think it’s more of a time thing with his age like, okay by the time this thing clears up – what can you do with your body? You know it’s kinda like they talk about that ring rust, like guys that box, right? Once they’re out for a certain time it’s very hard to get – and you’re talking to a guy who tried to come back after an injury uh and I was set out and lived real life for almost two years and I came back and I thought “Oh man, I’m gonna come in and demolish these guys” and I placed worst I placed in ten years, you know, sixth. And it was an eye opener for me.

John Bartolo:
Yeah, he’s…it’s gonna… the age is going to be definitely a factor, uh, coz like you said, he is the oldest to get the crown so it’s gonna be a tough road ahead for him. It’s gonna definitely be a…

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