Open letter to all,
I have just read the letter from Mike Bonelli, a long time
friend of Steve Stanaways in the last ArmSport Newsletter.
Who has the most arm
wrestlers? AAA, USA, or the IAF ...What difference does it make? We are
talking about all the same competitors. Most arm wrestlers compete in
all organizations events.
I have competed in
WPM, AAA, USWA/USAA, WWC and IAF tournaments and so have many others. I
believe that the arm wrestlers aren't concerned as much with who puts on
a tournament, as with how well it is run and who is doing the most for
you look objectively at the sport and its' progress it is my opinion
that Mr. Dave Devoto (World Wristwrestling Championships Inc.) has done
the most for arm wrestling over the years, having the Petaluma
Championships televised. Mr. Tony Celeste (Ann Wrestling International)
added to the awareness of the sport by putting the pro football and pro
baseball tournaments on ESPN. Has the AAA ever done anything like this?
We must remember that the AAA is now a business owned by Frank and
Karen Bean not a sports organization for the benefit of its members as
previously portrayed. There is no longer a board of directors or any
by-laws and the only people who have a voice concerning the AAA are
Frank and Karen Bean.
As far as I know the only two tournaments the AAA puts
on are their Nationals and the Arnold Classic Tournament and in the case
of the Arnold Classic the Schwartznegger group provides the prizes so
although the AAA participates in it they aren't really responsible for
providing the tournament. All other AAA tournaments
are sanctioned by the AAA (Frank & Karen Bean), which means a fee is
paid to the Beans and they put it on their web site. However all the
expenses for these tournaments are the responsibility of the meet
director who is holding the tournament.
I have been a member of the AAA for
over twenty years, competed at Petaluma for many years and more recently
have been introduced to USWA/USAA. To my surprise Leonard and Denise
were not the demons that I had envisioned, but two people who do a lot
for the sport of arm wrestling and for the arm wrestlers.
which events to compete in, look at the numbers... the number of
tournaments put on and the prize money given away… and support the
organization that does the most for the sport.