The Mountain quits strongman event over 'BS' cheating claims

Chris Young
Sports Reporter
Hafthor Bjornsson, world-class strong competitor and former Game of Thrones star, is contemplating retiring from competitive lifting after he was accused of cheating by rival Eddie Hall. Pictires: Youtube/Instagram/throbjornsson

Game of Thrones star and World’s Strongest Man competitor Hafthor Bjornsson has threatened to retire from strongman competition over his long running ‘cheating’ feud with rival Eddie Hall.

Hall posted a video of behind the scenes footage from the 2017 World’s Strongest Man competition which he claims is proof Bjornsson had over-egged claims he’s ‘cheated’ during the competition.

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Bjornsson, who played hulking mercenary ‘The Mountain’ on Game of Thrones, claimed he’d been robbed of victory in the 2017 event, a claim Hall bitterly disputed.

Hall said his footage proved Bjornsson had been unable to complete several lifts in what was largely seen as an attempt to stoke the pair’s years-long rivalry - but now Bjornsson says he’s done with competition after the release of the ‘BS’ video.

Speaking on his Twitch stream, Bjornsson said hall and event organisers Giants Live had gone too far by releasing the footage, suggesting he would withdraw completely from competition.

“I’m absolutely done,” Bjornsson, said.

“I would never in my life compete for Giants Live again, never.

“And I probably would never compete at World’s Strongest Man again ever and I’m probably retired.

“That was just the last straw for me, that BS video, and that Giants Live posted as well was just the last straw.

“Those motherf*****s went too far and I’m done with this.

“I’m not competing for those guys ever again. I might do Arnold, but Giants Live, never.”

Hafthor Bjornsson slammed by Eddie Hall

While their rivalry could be over if Bjornsson decides to withdraw from most strongman competitions, it doesn’t sound as though his rival Hall will miss him.

The English strongman was unequivocal in his condemnation of the former Game of Thrones star when he posted his YouTube video several weeks ago.

“I have to say this video stopped me in my tracks – how desperate a man can be when things don’t go his way,” Hall said in the video.

“This video exposes the raw truth and it shows you what really happened behind the scenes at the 2017 World’s Strongest Man. It’s time for the truth to be told.

“Hafthor Bjornsson, you and your yes men should be ashamed of yourselves. Words are cheap and I’m sick and tired of hearing the lies coming out of your mouths.

“You used to be a good man and believe it or not, I used to classify you a good friend. But you’ve been poisoned by your yes men.”