Eddie Hall Addresses the Hafthor Bjornsson Controversy From the 2017 WSM

Eddie Hall has made some interesting comments regarding his future, his deadlift record, and his rivalry with Hafthor Bjornsson.

In a new interview with Sport360, he was asked about the controversy surrounding his win at the 2017 World’s Strongest Man event. As you may recall, Hall won the contest by just one point and Bjornsson wasn’t particularly pleased with the result, saying that he completed one more rep in the Viking press than the judge awarded him.

When asked about Bjornsson at the three-minute mark, Hall had this to say :

Hafthor had the bit of controversy, claiming he was robbed of the title but all I can say is that it’s not a game of cards, you can’t slip an ace in and cheat. It’s not that kind of sport. It’s who can lift the most weight from A to B as many times as you can. There’s no hiding, there’s no cheating and there’s no fakery.

At the end of the day, he got his arse handed to him in a strongman competition and the little pussy cat can’t take it. That’s it.

When asked if he had a desire to compete again, Hall didn’t appear to have any interest, citing the risk to his brand and the strain that competing at such a high level puts on his body.

[Hall, Bjornsson, Brian Shaw, and Zydrunas Savickas discuss the toll of strongman in depth in the new documentary, Born Strong. Read our review here!]

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He also said that after he finishes strongman at the end of 2018, he plans to “shred up” and “see what (he) can do with (his) body aesthetically.” Hall flirted with the idea of bodybuilding in Born Strong and he said in the interview that he’d like to make a documentary about his planned weight loss. It’ll certainly be interesting to see how far he takes his aesthetics.

Hall was also asked about whether he had any interest in breaking his 500-kilogram record deadlift, and he gave an answer that was similar to the one he gave us in his BarBend interview: only if there’s serious money to be made.

I was lucky not to end up in a wheelchair off the back of that. And to go and do that again, unless there’s like, literally millions of pounds on the table, I’m not going to bother. (…)

I was the first man to deadlift half a ton. There’s no one even f*cking close to me at the minute. If someone else were to come along and deadlift 501 kilos, who gives a shit? I was the first man to do 500 and that’s the truth.

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There’s also an interesting comparison between the WWE and the sport of strongman, and Hall even notes, “We’ve been approached by them [WWE] and it’s something we’ll look at.”

Hey, if any strongman has a wrestler’s bravado, it’s Eddie Hall.

Featured image via Sport360 on YouTube.

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