On April Fools’ Day Former Arnold Classic Champ Pranks About Olympia 2024 Comeback With Jay Cutler, Fans React to Stunt

Published 04/02/2024, 7:45 AM EDT

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On April Fools’ Day, former Arnold Classic champion Victor Martinez ignited excitement with a prank about a potential comeback to the Mr. Olympia stage alongside Jay Cutler. Martinez’s playful tease, coupled with Cutler’s recent jab at an event, has set the bodybuilding world abuzz with anticipation for a possible reunion.

It all started with Cutler’s mischievous jab at Martinez during his Lifetime Achievement Award speech at the 2024 Arnold Classic which seemed to reignite the competitive spirit within Martinez. In response, Martinez took to social media with a video and pranked fans with an announcement, hinting at a participation in the upcoming 2024 Mr. Olympia.

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A post shared by Generation Iron, showcased Martinez’s video, accompanied with a caption, “BREAKING: Victor Martinez confirms – Jay Cutler and Victor Martinez to do battle on the 2024 Mr. Olympia stage.” In the video, one could see Martinez fresh off the Arnold Classic in Ohio, revving up for 2024 with the ambition to challenge Quad Stomp at the Olympia.  Martinez expressed his determination to elevate his game in the new year, while acknowledging Jay Cutler’s well-deserved Lifetime Achievement Award at the Arnold Classic, extending his congratulations.

But Martinez wasn’t content with merely applauding his successes. He seemed to be setting his sights on the Olympia stage, aiming to go head-to-head with the Cutler. “We have signed the contract, we’re gonna face off, it’s gonna be a repeat ’07. Can’t wait to do it. Training starts now,” said the former Arnold Classic champ. That being said, the thrilling declaration did not fool fans, and their reaction to the news was filled with humor and sarcasm.


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The prank sparked a flurry of reactions from fans, with many reminiscing about the epic battles between these two titans of the sport. While it was all in good fun for April Fools’ Day, the brief glimpse into what could have been left fans eagerly anticipating.

Fans wonder how the real battle would have looked like

Despite the humorous atmosphere of April Fool’s, fans showed their support for Cutler.“I know it’s April Fool’s Day, but I’d bet on @jaycutler any day,” wrote one. Many fans simply acknowledged that it’s April 1st, associated with pranks and jokes, with one user writing “Lol April 1st.” Another questioned the information due to the occasion, and wrote, “It’s April Fool’s Day, right?”

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A few sports fanatics sarcastically played along with Martinez’s prank and mentioned, “I heard Ronnie Coleman is competing vs Arnold?!?!” “Dexter the Blade just posted a video saying that he wants to jump in too,” wrote another fitness enthusiast, jumping on the bandwagon. Although people understand that it’s April Fool’s Day, many eagerly wanted the legends to actually compete again in a throwback to the golden era spirit. “Who wants this to be not an April Fool’s Day trick?” wrote one such fan.

While this stunt is definitely an April Fools’ prank, would you also want them to grace the stage again at the Mr. Olympia 2024. Who do you think would win? Let us know in the comments.

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Written by:

Arpita Shrivastava


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Arpita Shrivastava is a bodybuilding writer at EssentiallySports who specializes in tracking the lifestyles of bodybuilders. A master’s degree holder in Mass Communication, Arpita is a frequent contributor to coverage about her idols Ronnie Coleman and Jay Cutler. She likes going behind the scenes to understand the nitty-gritty of building a shredded physique.
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Abhishek Manikandan