His last time out, Storm Chellino put the World Armwrestling League officials on notice.
He wanted challenges.
Only weeks after a dominant performance at the WAL 404 Supermatch Showdown Series in Norfolk, Virginia, Chellino, a Scott Twp. resident, gets a shot at a championship.
On Wednesday, Chellino will pull against Rob Vigeant Jr. for the WAL Middleweight Championship as part of a soldout Showdown Series card in Atlanta. The event will be broadcast on Bleacher Report Live at 7 p.m.
“This match means more to me than any other match I have ever had,” Chellino said. “To arm wrestle a guy like RVJ who is a top-tier competitor is a great opportunity.
“I have been training two to three times a day. I have never trained with this consistent or this hard ever. To go against a competitor like RVJ, you have to be ready to give 110 percent because he is more than capable of beating you if you aren’t ready.”
Recognized as one of the top stars in the WAL, Chellino, who entered the league in 2015 and has a career record of 32-7, made his debut in the new Showdown Series format July 20. He powered his way to a best-of-3 sweep of Justin Bishop.
Following his convincing win, Chellino, a 6-foot-0, 195-pound power plant technician, played to the crowd in Virginia and in a post-match interview for the internet broadcast. He told commentator Jason Fisher that “I want WAL to not put me up against who they think. It was a good match for me. I want them to put me against the best.”
In Vigeant Jr., Chellino gets and opponent who is just that: One of the best. The 6-2, 205-pound contractor from Newburyport, Massachusetts, is 30-6 overall.
In 2015, he placed second with his right hand, and third with his left during the WAL middleweight championship tournaments. He also finished first at the WAL Northern Regionals a year later.
The rivalry between Chellino and Vigeant Jr. began at the 2015 WAL Championships. In the left-handed tournament, Chellino defeated Vigeant Jr. in the semifinals before beating Todd Hutchings in the final.
By rule, the Showdown Series matches are all pulls with the right hand.
“RVJ is a different style and uses more power and has different attributes,” Chellino said. “That’s where I am more ready to arm wrestle him. I am a little better trained and definitely more prepared.”
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