Dorian Yates admits that Flex Wheeler could have possibly beat him at the ’94 Olympia.
The 90s saw a major shift in competitive bodybuilding. During that shift we saw the emergence of the mass monster, namely the six-time Olympia champion Dorian Yates. While he dominated 90s bodybuilding, he had many talented challengers. One was Flex Wheeler who gave Yates all he could handle. In fact, in a recent interview Dorian Yates said that if not for Flex Wheeler missing the ’94 Olympia, his rival could have beat him.
Dorian Yates has always had a proficiency for building quality muscle. After all, Yates was the first mass monster to dominate the bodybuilding world. He was a massive figure during his heyday and turned back every challenge that came his way after winning his first Olympia championship in 1992.
But every step of the way Flex Wheeler proved to be a massive challenge for the reigning champion. But misfortune would strike when Flex Wheeler found himself in a car accident that would see him missing the 1994. Dorian Yates even admitted that in 1994, Flex Wheeler had a great chance at defeating him.
In a recent interview, Dorian Yates spoke about his years as champion. He specifically mentions 1994 as being a year he was less than pleased with his physique.
“Some years were better than others. ’94 I wasn’t happy and Shawn was in great shape, but if you look over the majority of the poses I just overpowered him,” Yates explained.
“If Flex (Wheeler) had come in ’94 and hadn’t had the car accident, and he came in like ’93, then he possibly would have beat me in ’94, but it didn’t happen.”
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