Arm Wrestling Hulk, Who Once Came Into Spotlight for ‘Insane’ Steroid Use, Challenges God of Thunder Chris Hemsworth to a Duel

Published 07/09/2023, 2:16 PM EDT

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After the release of the action thriller Extraction 2, the film and the actors in the movie have been the focus of action film fanatics. The movie has amassed over 42.2 million views. Interestingly, it features the reigning arm wrestler Levan Saginashvili. He plays the role of Vakhtang, one of the strongest henchmen of the antagonist, Zurab. Thanks to an intense action scene between him and lead actor Chris Hemsworth, the duo’s partnership has created quite the buzz. 

The pro athlete shared a fascinating video on the day of the movie’s release. Talking on his YouTube channel, Levan challenged the Hollywood actor to an arm wrestling match.

Levan Saginashvili and Chris Hemsworth had an arm wrestling match on set


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Weeks ago, the 34-year-old arm-wrestler seized the opportunity for a brief session with the man behind Thor. In what is probably a glimpse from their mid-shoot scenes, the two actors were in their characters’ attires during the impromptu match. In the video titled ‘Thor vs Hulk’, the two went against each other in an arm wrestle. 


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Hemsworth dramatically portrayed his struggle, unable to beat the Georgian champ’s strength. The athlete is known for his seven World Champion titles and is often referred to as the Georgian Hulk. However, news surfaced a month ago that the icon might be on steroids. 

In a clip, the bodybuilder Larry Wheels alleged Saginashvili of steroid use. He claimed in the video that fans would be shocked if he revealed what the top arm wrestler is using on a regular basis. Saginashvili apparently went from 176 pounds to 396 pounds, which had the fans wondering what the Georgian professional arm wrestler was using. The Georgian has since admitted to using SARMS.


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The Georgian Hulk’s history of wins

A notable win for Levan was when he outperformed Devon Larratt last year. The match was concluded after a 6-round super-match. This was his moment as the World’s Number 1 and remains unmatched to date. The right-handed arm wrestler also won the Euro Championship six times. 


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Saginashvili has aced all major arm-wrestling competitions. He has proven himself at the Worlds’, Vendetta, and EuroArm. Moreover, his appearance in the movie served as a successful promotion for his beloved sport of arm wrestling. 

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Tiyasa Biswas


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Tiyasa is a sports writer at EssentiallySports, with a keen focus on ice hockey. She is as fascinated by the speed of the ice hockey players as she is by the surges of the surfers in the high seas. Drawing inspiration from legendary figures like Wayne Gretzky, the iconic GOAT of the Edmonton Oilers, Tiyasa's writing reflects her admiration for the tenacity and grit displayed by athletes in the face of challenges.
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Stefan Thomas