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    First and foremost, letís qualify the title statement. Bonac wasnít ďall aloneĒ at the 2019 Mr. Olympia, but that line deals with a bit of taunting by Olympia emcee and Bodybuilding Hall of Famer Shawn Ray, who couldnít help but asking The Conqueror about his ďInstagram Movie.Ē Bonac was totally caught off guard, much like a deer in headlights, when Ray asked him about the IG piece. He hadnít a clue, nor did many of the other panelists. To put things into perspective, the press conference this year had been very goodnatured, it went very easy on any controversey, and without saying it was boring, I will say it was very PC.

    Shawn had other plans and when he elaborated a bit further, you can see Cedric McMillan calming Bonac down, Brandon Curry laughing, and the audience most defintiely at the edge of their seat. The truth is, Bonac didnít just break ties with his longtime coach, Neil Hill, it was a very public, very dramatic break. The Conqueror complained of athlete/coach splits that saw him having to fork over as much as 40% of his prize money and basically making the case that his coach wasnít even as engaged as in the past. The truth is, the break made headlines, with all the big names in the bodybuilding press, from Dave Palumbo all the way to Ron Harris weighing in. Youtube sensation Nickís Strength & Power, as well as other Youtube notables like Nick Trigili weighed in as well. By the time just a couple of days had passed Ė absolutely everyone Ė knew what had happened. So, when Shawn asked about it, then pressed on for a second round, it was very interesting to see Bonac totally deflect the question. He answered on some level, but it wasnít what Ray wanted.
    The truth be told, we often see Top 6 Olymians as being inextricably linked to their coaches. We, as media and fans, believe that coaches and camps are imperative to an athleteís success on stage. Perhaps itís the romance of the whole thing, perhaps some of us want to look at bodybuilding like boxing, or better yet, like the Hollywood version of boxing. The movie Rocky resonates with many of us. Maybe of us want to think of a William Bonac like a Rocky Balboa and as Neil Hill as a younger, hipper, Micky. Whatever the case may be, itís ultimately the bodybuilder who trains, eats, takes supps and dries out. Itís ultimately the athlete who has to be on stage, nail the poses, and battle it out at the posedown. Nonetheless, many of us thought that Bonac would be at a severe disadvantage without Hill. Itís interesting, but I thought the same thing, subconsciously, and when Shawn asked those questions, I couldnít contain myself. You can probably even hear me on my video. I rarely, if ever, let my emotions be documented in my coverage, but the same way Ray caught Bonac off guard, I think he caught me off guard as well. I know that after the press conference, I had to make a point to tell Shawn that that question was so on point and also so out there, that it truly made the whole press conference memorable. I honestly couldnít recall a single question, answer, or story from that whole press conference, and it was barely just a week ago. That being said, I can remember Shawnís question and the awkwardness it created like it happened ten minutes ago. I suspect Iíll be able to remember Shawnís question next month, next year, really forever. Iím not saying that it was the best question, but man, did it throw a monkey wrench into the whole process!

    So was Shawn, right? Well, to be fair, Shawn didnít say he thought Bonac wouldnít do well. Thatís important. He simply asked, in a lighthearted way, how Bonac felt being at the O without a coach.
    So how did Bonac do? Whatís very interesting is that Bonac could have won the Olympia. The same guy he battled with, down to the Top 2 earlier this year in Columbus at the Arnold Classic, would be the same guy heíd end up battling it out with, at the Top 2, for the Olympia. The Conqueror took runner-up, his highest placing ever, at the Superbowl of Bodybuilding Ė and he did it without an allstar coach. He did it without any actual coach. Thatís huge!!
    Could he have looked better? Absolutely, but he totally disproved the notion that an athlete at that level cannot self-prep. While he wasnít there alone, and had an entourage there with him, he basically prepped himself. I donít think anyone said William was robbed or Brandon didnít deserve to win, but everyone believed Bonac was deserving of the #2 spot and totally, without a doubt, beat Iranian sensation Hadi Choopan. This placing in Las Vegas makes Bonacís future quite bright, as he could very conceivably win the title in 2020.
    I think itís awesome how things played out, but you gotta wonder what Neil Hill is thinking? You gotta also wonder if other top guys might have a try at prepping themselves Ė not to mention keeping that huge chunk of their prize earnings!! More importantly, what do YOU think?
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    I think if you hire a coach he deserves to get paid a fair wage but something that's affordable to both parties. 40-50% of prize money is just wrong in so many ways.
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    Quick question brother. Do you know or does anyone know what Neil was being paid per month or was he not being paid and the only thing he was making was 40% of bonacs winnings?


    Also you probably won't like this and neither will a lot of people but I definitely had haddi in 2nd place.. William definitely did a good job prepping his self but how do we know that had Neil prepped him that he would not have looked better? which could have put him in second or winning the show? Just some food for thought....

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    Haddi is going to be a main threat for sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Macho313 View Post
    Quick question brother. Do you know or does anyone know what Neil was being paid per month or was he not being paid and the only thing he was making was 40% of bonacs winnings?
    The matter has been a dance of numbers for many weeks, nobody apart from Neil and Bonac really knows what their contract was.

    Bonac did well without his guru, beating many guys with the best gurus, so others should follow that path, just to try.

    Bonac would not have won Olympia with Neil, Curry is far superior in structure and lines as he showed in the Arnold.

    Most people had Hadi ahead of Bonac.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beti ona View Post
    The matter has been a dance of numbers for many weeks, nobody apart from Neil and Bonac really knows what their contract was.

    Bonac did well without his guru, beating many guys with the best gurus, so others should follow that path, just to try.

    Bonac would not have won Olympia with Neil, Curry is far superior in structure and lines as he showed in the Arnold.

    Most people had Hadi ahead of Bonac.
    I agree he would not have won the Olympia with Neal but he could have placed the same place you place last year which was better than he did this year. I don't know if you've ever competed yourself but if you have you know is very very hard if not damn near impossible to prep yourself especially the last few weeks your mind starts playing tricks on you when you look in the mirror and becomes very hard. I'm not saying bonac didn't do a good job. He did a hell of a job, but the question will always be could have placed second with Neil as a coach. I think he is doing the Arnold so let's see where he ends up there...

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    Quote Originally Posted by drtbear1967 View Post
    Haddi is going to be a main threat for sure.
    @DRT I agree with your brother and I honestly think he looks better when he doesn't open until some drop so much weight.. I don't know how much more muscle you can add to that frame though..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Macho313 View Post
    I agree he would not have won the Olympia with Neal but he could have placed the same place you place last year which was better than he did this year. I don't know if you've ever competed yourself but if you have you know is very very hard if not damn near impossible to prep yourself especially the last few weeks your mind starts playing tricks on you when you look in the mirror and becomes very hard. I'm not saying bonac didn't do a good job. He did a hell of a job, but the question will always be could have placed second with Neil as a coach. I think he is doing the Arnold so let's see where he ends up there...

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    Bonac is a great bodybuilder with or without Neil, surely a coach helps, but it seems that it was costing too much money. He got a good check with second place at Olympia, so we can expect him to hire a different coach and see what he can bring.
     

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    Hill could have gotten Bonac to place out of the top 5.
     

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