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19 Covers Featuring a Good Old-Fashioned Arm Wrestling Match

True story.

I was in eighth grade when the movie Over the Top came out. That’s the one starring Sylvester Stallone as the trucker/competitive arm wrestler who’s trying to reconnect with his estranged son. If you haven’t heard of it, don’t worry about it — not a lot of people heard of it when it came out in theatres, either.

But the movie must have had some impact on my school, because not long after it came out the boys in my class were obsessed with arm wrestling. For a couple of weeks, there we were every day at recess, pitting our muscles against each other to see who would claim the arm wrestling champion title in our grade.

As I recall, I did all right… but that might have been due to the fact I was one of the early sprouters in my school, going through all those fun puberty milestones a little earlier than my friends.

I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t win many matches today with these pipe cleaners of mine, but it’s still fun to watch a good arm wrestle. A contest of strength and you get to sit down while you’re doing it? Sign me up.