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The Rock vs. Arnold Schwarzenegger?

It's happening, but not at Wrestlemania or Mr. Olympia. Instead, this dynamic battle is headed to a television near you -- in the form of two competing bodybuilding shows.

CBS Television recently announced that it will air Pump, a drama that attempts to tell the story of Schwarzenegger's life in the 70s, kicking backsides and taking names, on his way to becoming the greatest bodybuilder of all-time.

"The ’70s were such a colorful, transformational time, for me and for our entire country,” Schwarzenegger said, according to “I look forward to bringing that color to people’s living rooms with the fantastic, deep characters and the multi-layered story lines of Pump.”

Also coming soon, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is set to debut Muscle Beach, another hour-long drama about bodybuilding in Venice Beach in the 1980s. This was the era of MTV, Ronald Reagan and Hulkamania. God those were good years.

The series, "explores the body-obsessed fitness movement" that emerged during the 1980s. The Rock will be a producer on the show.

"As a kid growing up in the 80's it's exciting to produce a series that stays true to our brand and dig deep into an iconic time in bodybuilding and unique Venice Beach culture," The Rock wrote on Instagram.

Schwarzenegger became the biggest bodybuilder of all time, then the biggest movie star of all-time, starring in The Predator, The Terminator, and comedies such as Twins with Danny DeVito. He then stunned the world by becoming governor of California.

The Rock left professional wrestling to become one of the biggest action movie stars of all-time, and who knows, politics may even be in the charismatic wrestler's future also.

As for now, It looks like bodybuilding is back. Do you even lift, bro?


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