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Dream Matchup Eight: Dennis Wolf vs Jay Cutler
by Allan Donnelly
September 24, 2008
THE MATCHUP: Dennis Wolf vs Jay Cutler
Leading up to the 2008 Mr. Olympia on September 26-27 at The Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, we’ll break down some of the most intriguing potential matchups and subplots to the contest.
The eighth in our Olympia Dream Matchup Series is a classic battle of size versus size, the New Breed versus the Old Guard. Simply put, it is one man trying to climb to the top of the mountain, against the man who stands on top of it: Dennis Wolf versus Jay Cutler.
FLEXONLINE OLYMPIA DREAM MATCHUPS LINEUP
Matchup One: Dennis James vs Melvin Anthony
Matchup Two: Melvin Anthony vs Silvio Samuel
Matchup Three: Toney Freeman vs Dennis Wolf
Matchup Four: Dennis James vs Gustavo Badell
Matchup Five: Silvio Samuel vs Toney Freeman
Matchup Six: Phil Heath vs Dennis Wolf
Matchup Seven: Phil Heath vs Dexter Jackson
NAME: Dennis Wolf
WEIGHT: 265 pounds
OLYMPIA HISTORY: 2006, DNP; 2007, 5th
TALE OF THE TAPE
NAME: Jay Cutler
NICKNAME: Mr. O
WEIGHT: 270 pounds
OLYMPIA HISTORY: 1999, 15th; 2000, 8th; 2001, 2nd; 2003, 2nd; 2004, 2nd’ 2005, 2nd’ 2006, 1st; 2007, 1st
WHY WE WANT TO SEE IT: The Olympia still belongs to the mass monsters, and, among them, there is no more intriguing battle than Dennis Wolf versus reigning Mr. Olympia Jay Cutler. A lot of talk has been made about last year’s event, when Wolf was never directly compared to Cutler. With two Olympias under his belt, including last year’s fifth-place finish, Wolf is now a known commodity on the Olympia stage, and he will be oozing with confidence this year. Although he won’t say it, Cutler sees a lot of himself in Wolf, and Wolf’s sheer size alone has played a large part in Cutler regaining the fire he seemingly lost leading up to the 2007 Olympia. You can bet Wolf will be gunning for Cutler, and you can bet Cutler will want to shut the door on Wolf’s Olympia hopes from the moment the two turn around.
WHAT WE WILL SEE: Size. Perhaps the single most anticipated moment of the contest will be when the two are called for the first time – without question in the first callout – and stand side by side. The present versus the possible future.
SEE FOR YOURSELF: Standing relaxed, Wolf’s shoulder-to-waist ratio will give him the illusion of being impossibly wide. Wolf will more than hold his own in the most muscular, his signature pose, and will push Cutler in the front lat spread. At first glance, he’ll do so in the side shots, until Wolf’s lack of hamstring and lower back development becomes apparent. After years of playing catch-up to Ronnie Coleman in the back department, Cutler’s total development there is unmatched, and he will dominate in that area from mid-back down.
OUR TAKE: Wolf will at first have the crowd on his side, in particular after hitting his unmatched most muscular. Cutler’s lack of conditioning in 2007 opened the door for Wolf to be mentioned as a challenger this year, and the two-time Mr. Olympia now recognizes the German as a legitimate threat. But all signs point to Cutler coming in to this contest in his best-ever form. When looking at the complete picture, Cutler’s balance of a vastly superior proportioned upper and lower half – complete with calves and the best back in the sport today – will leave no question as to who owns the present.